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Lady Science is a collaborative writing project that highlights women's lives and contributions to scientific fields, critiques representations of women in history and popular culture, and provides an accessible and inclusive platform for writing about women on the web.  Since its inaugural issue in October 2014, readers find a monthly dose of cultural criticism, usually in the form of two easy-to-swallow essays focusing on stories about women in science, technology and medicine, both in modern, popular media and in history.
   
In January 2016, co-editors Leila McNeill and Anna Reser announced publication of Lady Science: Volume I.  This anthology is an edited and expanded collection of the Lady Science essays published from 2014-2015.  Download the free e-book in a variety of formats here.

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Lady Science editors:

Leila McNeill
Holds an MA in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.  She completed a thesis focusing on midwifery, public health, and popular medical texts for women in the nineteenth century.  Leila‚Äôs writing interests include the history of science and cultural criticism.  She is a violence prevention educator.
Contact: @leilasedai, leilawritesstuff.com

Anna Reser
Recently completed an MA in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, entitled "The body of the astronaut as a body of images: the visuality of the American space program, 1959-1960", exploring the myth, memory and men of the American space program.  Anna is currently pursuing a PhD and writing a dissertation about design culture and the built environment in the American space program.  Her other writing and research interests include popular culture, critical and literary theory, art history, and women and gender studies.  She is a painter, sculptor and printmaker, focusing on the aesthetics of technology and information.
Contact: @annanreser, annareser.com



Margaret Gaida Receives Mellon/ACLS

Margaret Gaida has received notice of her successful bid for a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Ms. Gaida is one of 66 recipients selected in the tenth annual competition for the award. Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the award provides support for research and writing in the last year of PhD dissertation writing to advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences. The ACLS Fellowship provides a total award of up to $38,000, including a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are eligible to participate in a three-day seminar in the fall, preparing them for the academic job market. Ms. Gaida is currently completing her sixth year in the History of Science graduate program and plans to complete her dissertation in Spring 2017.

Ms. Gaida's dissertation follows the historical trajectory of a single text, Alcabitius' Introduction to Astrology, from its composition in Arabic in tenth-century Aleppo, to its translation into Latin and subsequent readership in medieval and Renaissance Europe, and finally to its transformation from manuscript to print in late fifteenth-century Venice. From this textual biography, the project develops a culturally-sensitive and situated account of the transmission of astrological knowledge from the Islamic world into the Latin West. A close study of a selection of the Introduction and its surviving manuscripts, commentaries, and printed versions reveals a diverse group of medieval readers. Studying these readers and their contexts reveals how astrology took shape in Europe by assimilating and adapting Islamic ideas.

 Her work already has achieved an international presence as a contribution to a better understanding of the circulation of knowledge in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean. Ms. Gaida received the Lily Auchincloss Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in April 2014, which supported her research during 2014-2015 at the American Academy in Rome. In addition, she was also named a 2014 Mediterranean Regional Research Fellow by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), which funded a research trip to Istanbul, Turkey, in fall 2015.