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Research in the History of Science, Technology & Medicine

Research in the History of ScienceIn addition to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, all members of the faculty are committed to scholarship within the discipline, both in their individual research programs and in fostering innovative research produced by undergraduate and graduate students. Many members of the department have received funding from the significant agencies or foundations that support scholarly activity in our discipline (e.g. National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Sciences Research Council, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program). Since 1987, the program has received $1.2 million from foundations to support research fellowships for scholars from around the Research in the History of Scienceworld pursuing projects in the University's History of Science Collections. The program is the home of two fundamental publications of the field: Technology and Culture, and the Isis Current Bibliography. Several faculty are involved in digital humanities projects that provide resources to scholars in the discipline. We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions about projects described in these pages.Research in the History of Science

Research Highlights

  • World History of Science Online

    Margaret Gaida and Amy RodgersThe World History of Science Online (www.dhst-whso.org) is an international bibliographical project that is currently headed by Prof. Stephen Weldon. This resource supplements the annual Isis Bibliography by indexing the burgeoning online resources in our field. The WHSO project has recently launched a new browsing feature that contains data collected by two OU graduate students, Margaret Gaida and Amy Rodgers. These two students worked with Dr. Weldon over the summer of 2011 to collect information about scholarly websites around the globe devoted to history of science, technology, and medicine. The WHSO website is hosted by the University of Melbourne’s e-Scholarship Research Centre in Australia, and it allows users to search for web-based resources by keyword. It includes information about the languages supported, the institutions and individuals who have created the different resources, and the types of materials available (ranging from full text archives to bibliographical lists). It also explains access information where relevant. Weldon expects to continue adding to this resource yearly with the help of OU’s graduate students as well as volunteers worldwide.

  • new home for technology and culture

    Technology and CultureTechnology and Culture, the journal of the Society for the History of Technology, is now housed at OU. Associate Professor Suzanne Moon is the Editor-in-Chief of the flagship journal, joining a short list of distinguished scholars who had previously guided T&C. The department and CAS are honored to support her and SHOT in this important scholarly endeavor. To learn more about her goals for the journal, read her introductory essay, "Editor's Note: Accepting the Baton," from the January 2011 issue.

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