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6 January 2017
More Sumner on Dalton: Great British Railway Journeys

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James Sumner with Michael Portillo in front of the Dalton statue. In the foreground is the slippered foot of James Joule, Dalton’s pupil and pioneer of thermodynamics, who faces him across the entranceway.

Following his recent appearances on In Our Time and The Matter of the North, James Sumner returns to the airwaves to discuss John Dalton once again on Tuesday 10 January, as part of a sequence for BBC2's Great British Railway Journeys.

The programme, which, as usual, sees host Michael Portillo travelling the country's rail networks guided by the Victorian Bradshaw’s guidebooks, refers to a passage in an 1850s edition noting that it was in Manchester that Dalton “developed his great discovery of the Atomic theory, which has done so much to give precision to the science.” In a scene filmed around the iconic Francis Chantrey statue of Dalton in Manchester Town Hall, James discusses Dalton’s achievements and his importance for the building of Manchester’s early reputation as a seat of learning as well as industry.

The programme also features a much more recent story of Manchester discoveries in atomic structure, with a visit to the National Graphene Institute to discuss the Nobel-winning work of Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov.

James is not the first member of CHSTM to appear on Great British Railway Journeys. His PhD student, Erin Beeston, contributed to a 2014 episode in her former role as curator at Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum, Bolton, discussing the spinning machinery of Samuel Crompton.

 

8 December 2016
Duncan Wilson talks about extinction and conservation at Manchester Museum

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Duncan talking about the conservation efforts of groups such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, whose famous ‘Red Lists’ of endangered species are also on display at the exhibition.

Duncan Wilson recently gave guided tours of Manchester Museum’s new Extinction or Survival exhibition, which runs from October 2016 to April 2017. He discussed why humans have caused the extinction or near-extinction of some of the animals on display at the exhibition, including the Dodo and the Bison, then talked about why scientists and conservation organisations have increased their efforts to save particular species in recent decades, along with the difficult ethical choices this work raises.  

In addition to giving guided talks, Duncan will take part in a round-table on extinction and conservation at the Museum in January 2017. His work with Manchester Museum is the first of several outreach activities associated with his Wellcome Trust University Award project, which looks at how growing awareness of the connections between species loss and human health have fostered new ways of viewing, valuing and intervening in the natural world since the early twentieth century. 

 

1 December 2016
Open Day videos: MSc HSTM and Medical Humanities

We’ve updated our open days page with a recording from the recent sessions on our MSc History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Medical Humanities pathways, including course content, views from current students, fees and funding information, and career destinations of past graduates.

 

26 October 2016
James Sumner on John Dalton: In Our Time and The Matter of the North

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James Sumner has contributed to two new BBC Radio 4 programmes dealing with Manchester’s scientific culture and focusing on John Dalton, the Quaker schoolteacher born in a remote village near Cockermouth who became an international scientific hero after developing the modern atomic theory. Fittingly, both programmes are presented by Dalton's fellow Cumbrian, the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg.

The Matter of the North, a ten-part broad historical overview of Northern English identity and influence first broadcast in September, includes a programme (still available on BBC iPlayer) focusing on Manchester’s role as the iconic city of industrial revolution and a new scientific-technical knowledge culture. In a segment recorded at Manchester Town Hall, James and Melvyn discuss the importance of Dalton and his sometime pupil James Joule, whose work on the efficiency of engines was crucial to the development of the concept of energy.

Thursday 27 October’s edition of the flagship history of ideas show In Our Time focuses entirely on Dalton's life and work. Alongside fellow historians of science Aileen Fyfe and Jim Bennett, James discusses Dalton's early life and work, his activities in Manchester, and his importance to the growing nineteenth-century city as a scientific icon.

For more of James’s work on the history of science in Manchester, see his chapter in the recent book Manchester: Making the Modern City.

 

23 October 2016
CHSTM at the Manchester Science Festival 2016

This year marks the tenth annual Manchester Science Festival, with performances, talks and interactive events around the city and beyond. Having been closely involved with the Festival since its foundation, CHSTM is as usual contributing to several events:

On Wednesday 26 October, our science communication specialist David Kirby is on the panel for a post-screening discussion of the 2011 thriller Contagion. David and scientific colleagues will discuss pandemics and their treatment in fact and fiction, and how science is depicted in mass entertainment.

David will also be contributing to “The Science of Star Wars”, a pre-show discussion introducing The Music of Star Wars at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 29th, with the Hallé Orchestra performing highlights from John Williams’s scores to the seven Star Wars films released to date.

Earlier on Saturday 29 October is the University of Manchester’s main event: Science Spectacular. Many of the students from our Science Communication Master’s will be assisting in this family day of science challenges, live experiments, and interactive demonstrations.

We also note with interest new evidence of CHSTM’s influence in local government. Again on Saturday 29th, as part of Downpour! – an interactive street game simulating a flooding crisis in Manchester (inspired by the real-life events of December 2015?) – Julian Garratt, who recently completed the MSc in History of Science, Technology and Medicine, will be appearing in a small but significant role as the Mayor of Manchester…

 

12 October 2016
Stephanie Snow: new Wellcome University Award on quality improvement in healthcare

Stephanie Snow has recently won a Wellcome Trust University Award for her research project on ‘Constructing Quality of Care: Experiences, Policies and Practices Since c.1960s’. Drawing on interviews with clinicians, policymakers and patient groups in the UK and the USA, the project will historicise the emergence of the international healthcare quality movement, focussing on how the movement has transformed health policy and practice at every level producing a new culture of audit and evaluation.

Quality improvement initiatives have been paralleled by increasing concern about patient safety and this work will produce new evidence to explain why this might be so.
The project will bridge important approaches in the medical humanities and policy engagement and will enable Stephanie to further develop her work on contemporary health, history and policy.

This Wellcome University Award scheme allows universities to attract outstanding humanities and social science research staff working in any area of human and animal health. Support is provided for up to five years, after which time the award holder takes up a guaranteed permanent post at the university.

 

12 October 2016
CHSTM is thirty!

CHSTM marked its thirtieth birthday by welcoming our largest-ever cohort of students for Master’s degrees in History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HTSM), Medical Humanities, and Science Communication, and by moving to the Division of Medical Education, part of a new Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, following a University restructuring this summer.

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CHSTM staff soon after the Centre's establishment in 1986

Initially part of the Department of Science and Technology Policy (STP) at the Victoria University of Manchester, CHSTM was set up in 1986 to consolidate and develop work in the histories of science, technology and medicine in Manchester and the surrounding region. The new centre had two roots: Jon Harwood was already in STP; John Pickstone moved from UMIST, where he had worked in the Douglas Cardwell’s History of Science department.

From the outset, CHSTM housed a Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, funded by the Wellcome Trust on the basis of a research group developed at UMIST. The Wellcome Unit developed steadily from 1986, with several Wellcome lectureships by the end of the 1990s, including current staff such as Vladimir Jankovic and Ian Burney.

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CHSTM staff and students in 2016

Jeff Hughes has developed work on the physical sciences since 1992, and from 1987 the Centre also developed the National Archive for the History of Computing, the basis for the research specialism carried on by James Sumner. With the recruitment of David Kirby in 2004, CHSTM added a new focus on studying the ways in which science is understood and communicated by, and for, popular audiences.

Michael Worboys replaced John Pickstone as Director in 2002, and Ian Burney took on the role in 2014. Over the past thirty years, CHSTM has become one of the largest groups in the country for research and teaching in HSTM. In addition to our staff and MSc students, we have a large PhD community and run popular undergraduate programmes for students across the University.

 

11 October 2016
Stroke: Stories of the Self exhibition at Victoria Baths and evaluation symposium

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Performance by the North West Stroke Community Choir

Dramatic artwork created by stroke survivors from across Greater Manchester was exhibited at Victoria Baths in September. Stroke: Stories of the Self through Art and Science featured artwork created by stroke survivors over 2015 and 2016, led by Stephanie Snow in collaboration with the Stroke Association. The North West Stroke Community Choir performed songs written in the workshops.

The project aims to show the importance of using the creative arts to support recovery after stroke and brought together stroke survivors, artists, clinicians, musicians, filmmakers, researchers and students from the University of Manchester and Salford Royal Hospital.

An evaluation symposium will take place on Friday 4 November at Whitworth Art Gallery to reflect on the project’s achievements and will include a panel discussion on the wider debates around arts, health and wellbeing attended by local health commissioners and representatives of the arts community. For further information contact Stephanie.snow@manchester.ac.uk. To reserve your place, click here.

 

11 October 2016
Stephanie Snow opens the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine Annual Conference

CHSTM’s Stephanie Snow gave the opening plenary lecture at the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) Conference which took place in Manchester in September. ‘Manchester Science and Medicine in Historical Perspective’ focused on Manchester’s history as a place of innovative thinking and scientific discoveries that have shaped the world we live in today.

Rosemary Cook, Chief Executive Officer of IPEM commented: “It was a brilliant introduction to the themes of the conference, and led in perfectly to the debate that followed about access to the profession of healthcare science and the importance of being able to move in careers between the worlds of academic science, industry and medicine”.

 

19 September 2016
New colleague: Alice Marples

With the start of the new academic year, CHSTM welcomes Alice Marples, who will be working with us in collaboration with the John Rylands Research Institute, created to develop research opportunities around the University Library's special collections facilities.

Alice studied History at the University of Glasgow and King’s College London, where she completed her PhD in 2016. Her thesis is entitled ‘Collecting and Correspondence in the Papers of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753),’ and explores the rise of public natural history in eighteenth century Britain through the archive of the physician, naturalist and collector.

Alice’s current research uses the papers of the Medical Manuscripts Collection at the John Rylands Library to illuminate the complex medical networks of industrial Manchester between 1750 and 1850, a crucial context for the development of professional provincial medical practice and wider processes of Enlightenment and ‘improvement.’ She has previously held fellowships at the Edward Worth Library in Dublin, Windsor Castle and the Science Museum. She teaches on a wide range of subjects in early modern European history, the history of science and medicine in Britain, and the history of collections and museums.

 

15 September 2016
Ian Burney discusses new book on the history of English CSI

The exploits of forensic officers wearing protective suits and working behind police tape to identify and secure evidence for laboratory analysis have become a regular staple for television programmes and sensational newspaper reports. In a recent radio interview CHSTM director Professor Ian Burney discussed how this ensemble of investigative specialists and techniques, known as crime scene investigation, or ‘CSI’, captured the modern imagination.

Ian’s interview drew on the new book he has coauthored with CHSTM’s Neil Pemberton. Murder and the Making of English CSI, published in September 2016, details how, in the first half of the twentieth century, novel routines, regulations, and techniques—from chain-of-custody procedures to the analysis of hair, blood, and fiber—fundamentally transformed the processing of murder scenes.

Focusing on two iconic English cases, including the 1924 murder of Emily Kaye and the 1953 investigation into John Christie’s serial murders, Ian and Neil chart the emergence of the crime scene as a new space of forensic activity.

Drawing on fascinating source material ranging from how-to investigator handbooks and detective novels to crime journalism, police case reports, and courtroom transcripts, the book shows readers how the focus of murder inquiries shifted from a primarily medical and autopsy-based interest in the victim’s body to one dominated by laboratory technicians laboring over minute trace evidence. Murder and the Making of English CSI reveals the compelling and untold story of how one of the most iconic features of our present-day forensic landscape came into being.

 

20 July 2016
CHSTM at the EuroScience Open Forum

Manchester will play host next week to the 2016 EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), where thousands of scientists, policymakers, business leaders and journalists from across Europe and beyond will gather to debate the future of the field in uncertain times. CHSTM staff and students are closely involved throughout the three-day programme.

On Monday 25 July, Lord (David) Willetts, the former UK Minister for Universities and Science, will give the latest in the Fred Jevons Science Policy lecture series organised jointly by CHSTM and the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. The lecture, to be held at Manchester Town Hall, is free and open to non-ESOF attendees, but you will need to reserve a ticket in advance.

Later that day, the main ESOF programme at Manchester Central features a panel session organised by our historian of technology James Sumner. Collaborative approaches to science and technology: lessons from the humanities? explores how approaches from history, the creative arts and the social sciences could help scientists to engage with wider publics on controversial issues from evolution to food safety.

On Tuesday 26th, Simone Turchetti’s panel An academic revolution for the new research generation? looks at the changing landscape of research policy internationally.

Policy is also a major theme in the historical session The ghost of science past, organised by our Innovation Research colleague Kieron Flanagan. James Sumner will be among the panellists considering the relationship between science and local identity in Manchester and across post-industrial Europe.

Also on Tuesday, Becoming well together: how nonhuman animals can improve our health and well-being, organised by Rob Kirk, builds on the work of our research cluster in animal studies, with contributions from Neil Pemberton and Mat Andrews.

Wednesday 27 features another session from Simone Turchetti. The legacy of the 1960s “environmental revolution” covers the evolving history of the climate change debate with colleagues from Denmark, Sweden and the UK.

Students from our taught Master's in Science Communication will be helping to run the Press Room during the conference.

CHSTM is also contributing to the accompanying public events festival, Science in the City. As part of the University’s Open Labs day on Tuesday 27 July, James Sumner will be leading a walking tour of John Dalton’s Manchester to see the city through nineteenth-century scientific eyes.

The story of John Dalton and the modern atomic theory is one of many featured in James’s chapter on Manchester science, technology and medicine for the new book Manchester: Making the Modern City, which is the official souvenir of ESOF and will be available throughout the conference at a special discount price of £10.

 

 

2 June 2016
CHSTM at the Manchester Histories Festival 2016

The 2016 Manchester Histories Festival begins this weekend. The Festival was founded in 2009 by CHSTM’s founding Director, John Pickstone, and members of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine are proud to contribute to various guided walks, talks and exhibits.

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One of our past guided walks around the Castlefield site

On Saturday 4 June, James Sumner will be leading a tour of Castlefield, exploring the growth and working life of the Liverpool Road freight complex which connected Manchester industry with the wider world, with new research from a project developed with colleagues from the Museum of Science and Industry.

Later that day, we’ll be marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Dalton with a city-centre tour covering the sites of the experiments that inspired the modern atomic theory, the teaching that gave Dalton his modest livelihood, and the memorials that Manchester raised to its first scientific celebrity.

On Sunday 5 June, students from our Master’s programmes in Science Communication and HSTM will be among the presenters for Stories of Women in Science, a walking tour of local sites organised by Manchester Girl Geeks.

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Stories of Women in Science

On Monday 6 June, Carsten Timmermann will be speaking at From Coal Mining to Data Mining, uncovering the history of X-ray images of arthritis patients from the Miners’ Clinic in Walkden, in collaboration with an epidemiologist and a local artist.

Wednesday 8 June sees the launch of Manchester: Making the Modern City, a beautifully illustrated new book on the rise and remaking of the iconic industrial city. The book features a chapter on science, technology and medicine from James Sumner, and draws extensively on work by present and former CHSTM colleagues.

The same evening will see two CHSTMites take their first steps into stand-up comedy, as Bright Club Manchester turns its attention to history at the King's Arms in Salford. The evening will feature sets from our research associate Harriet Palfreyman and Master's student Nathan Tauger, and is compered by Alex Hall, who did his PhD with us a few years ago.

Saturday 11 June is the Festival’s main “Celebration Day”, with stalls in the Town Hall from a wide range of local groups including several University projects. We’ll be contributing to the stall run by our colleagues from the Museum of Medicine and Health, telling and hearing the stories of interesting objects from medical teaching and practice.

 

1 June 2016
CHSTM wins big at 2016 Manchester Teaching Awards

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Simone Turchetti with his award for best lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences

CHSTM staff were deserving winners at this year’s Manchester Teaching Awards. The awards were held as part of the University’s annual ‘Celebrate!’ week, which aims to congratulate and commend all those who enrich University life, whether that is through teaching, volunteering or campaigning.

Ian Burney won the award for Best Undergraduate Supervisor across the University. Ian was nominated by students who praised him as “a fantastic supervisor for my final year HSTM project… guiding my project with helpful and considered advice about how to proceed whilst at the same time allowing me the freedom to explore and develop the project as I wished.”

Simone Turchetti also won an award for best lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences, for his undergraduate unit on The History of Climate Change. Students nominated Simone as “a fantastic and inspiring lecturer” who ensured that “each week’s works was unique and interesting, and in many cases a new experience.”

 

1 June 2016
Making a difference: Stroke – Stories of the Self

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Left to right: Elisa Artesero, Stephanie Snow, Joyce Booth

Stephanie Snow and her team, including Professors Stuart Allan and Pippa Tyrrell from the Faculty of Life Sciences, Chris Larkin and Joyce Booth from the Stroke Association and visual artist Elisa Artesero, have won a Highly Commended ‘Making a Difference Award ‘ at the University of Manchester’s 2016 Social Responsibility Awards.

Their project, Stroke: Stories of the Self through Art and Science, explores the loss of identity after stroke through interactive workshops that bring together stroke survivors, the Stroke Association, clinicians, scientists, artists, researchers and students. The project raises awareness of stroke and explores new methods of using the arts and sciences to communicate and represent the intense faced by patients and their families.

Participants gave the project incredibly positive feedback. One stroke survivor claimed that ‘The whole experience has been superb and if I could do it all over again, I would. I’m now writing poetry in my own time and have taken a real interest in photography’.

A major exhibition of the creative work produced by participants will be held in Manchester later this year. You can visit YouTube to watch a short film about the workshops.

 

1 June 2016
Stephanie Snow in Canada

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Stephanie Snow (second left) and other international workshop speakers

In March, Stephanie Snow visited the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal to give an invited lecture at a workshop on The Impact of Technological Change on the Surgical Profession, organised by Professor Thomas Schlich from McGill University.

The workshop brought together surgeons, historians and social scientists to examine current evidence-based practices against those used in the past. Stephanie’s lecture focused on the introduction of anaesthesia to surgery in the nineteenth century, exploring how patients and surgeons negotiated the technical, ethical and social dilemmas created by anaesthesia and created a new framework for calculating surgical risk.

This revealed some of the complex dynamics informing decision-making processes, surgeon-patient relationships and medical responsibility that continue to shape the contemporary practice and experience of anaesthesia.

 

12 May 2016
New Chair: Pratik Chakrabarti

Pratik Chakrabarti joined CHSTM as professor in the history of science, technology and medicine in August 2015. Pratik’s research and teaching interests are in history of medicine, history of science and global and imperial history, and span South Asian, Caribbean and Atlantic history from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

He is currently working on a three year Leverhulme Trust funded project titled ‘An Antique Land; Geology, Philology and the Making of the Indian Subcontinent, 1830-1920’. This project investigates how geological research was used to reconstruct the past of the Indian subcontinent; exploring its philological, anthropological and cultural dimensions and its links with the discovery of Indian antiquity.

Pratik will begin work on two new major projects in 2016. The first, ‘“Heading towards new India”: Planning Health in Modern India’ will investigate the history of the Indian experiences of health planning in the post-colonial period. The other, tentatively titled, ‘Modern Waters of South Asia’, will explore the cultural, political and social history of water in South Asia.

 

12 May 2016
CHSTM at the Sixth Postgraduate Science and Technology Studies Conference

CHSTM students and staff recently attended the Sixth Postgraduate Science and Technology Studies (STS) conference, which was held at the University of Lancaster between 21-23rd March 2016.

The conference is run as part of the North West Doctoral Training Centre, and gives PhD students from the universities of Lancaster, Manchester and Liverpool the opportunity to present their work on STS to each other and to receive feedback from staff.

The CHSTM PhDs were represented this year by Nicola Sugden, who talked about the role that toys played in the psychoanalysis of D. H. Winicott; Kathryn Hiepko, who discussed her work on the history of diabetes in the German Democratic Republic; Matthew Andrews, who talked about the moral agenda of Edward Selou’s work on bird-watching; and Rachel Douglas, who discussed her work on architectural acoustics in British ecclesiastical space since 1800.

CHSTM staff members Duncan Wilson and Rob Kirk also attended, and provided responses to papers on the history of antimicrobial resistance and the history of visual screen displays.

 

18 March 2016
Taught Master's information session

A video of the talks from our recent session for anyone interested in our Master's programmes in Science Communication, History of Science, Technology and Medicine or Medical Humanities is now available.

 

18 March 2016

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Frank Rhodes with Claire Turner, Chief Executive of Manchester Histories Festival
2016 Pickstone Prize winner: Frank Rhodes

In memory of CHSTM's founding director, John Pickstone, whose passions included the history of the Manchester region and its people, the Manchester Community History Awards this year inaugurated an annual Pickstone Prize, to honour an exceptional individual for championing and helping to preserve the histories and heritage of a community, area or site.

At a ceremony at Manchester Town Hall earlier this month, the 2016 Pickstone Prize was awarded to Frank Rhodes. Frank has dedicated a huge part of his life to sharing his passion for the histories of Manchester, as well as helping others to research the stories that interest them and their histories. He has published several books relating to pub histories, local areas, and the Belle Vue leisure grounds, and has been a volunteer at Manchester Museum for many years.

CHSTM congratulates Frank, and looks forward to future awards. For more celebrations of local history and heritage, see the Manchester Histories Festival website.

 

27 February 2016
Vlad Janković in Beijing

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Vlad presenting at the conference

In December, Vladimir Janković visited Beijing’s China Meteorological Administration Training Center (CMATC) for the Second Conference on the History of Meteorological Science and Technology, organized by the China Administration Agency and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Vlad delivered a plenary and three talks on the history of meteorology, urban climatology and climate sciences.

Vlad was treated to a series of visits to the Agency facilities, including their national center for weather prediction and the associated weather channel that boasts over 300 million viewers. The visit coincided with a heavy air pollution episode, leading to discussions on the Beijing’s methods of atmospheric governance and emergency procedures.  

The conference participants agreed that that the uniqueness of the Chinese history of science and meteorology, especially since the time of the Opium Wars and during the Republic of China period, deserve further exploration. This research would allow both the Chinese and international historians to understand the specificities of the Chinese experience in its relationship with the international and globalizing trends during the last century and a half. Given the current environmental, social and economic developments in China, Vlad argued that further attention could be directed towards application, small-scale research, and urban and air-pollution meteorologies.

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Vlad issues a snow warning for China's middle provinces on a weather channel

Chinese historians of science were enthusiastic about the possibilities for collaboration with CHSTM through short visits and meetings.

 

10 February 2016
Taught Master’s study: introduction and taster session, Wednesday 2 March

On Wednesday 2 March, there’s an opportunity to find out more about taught Master’s (MSc) study on our three interconnected pathways in Science communication, History of science, technology and medicine and Medical humanities. Current and former students and CHSTM staff will be available in the afternoon to answer your questions about course structures, careers, the application process, and funding.

10 February 2016
Fully funded Master’s plus PhD, or direct-entry PhD studentship in the history of biology or medicine

CHSTM offers a fully funded (fees plus stipend) studentship in the history of the biosciences and/or medicine. The studentship is open either for Master’s plus PhD (1+3) study, to a student with undergraduate qualifications, or for PhD study to a student with a relevant Master’s.

For more details, see the 2016 Williamson graduate studentship page.

 

8 February 2016
Seminar series update

The CHSTM seminar schedules for the new semester are now available.

 

21 January 2016
CHSTM at international meeting on Working Across Species

Rob Kirk and Michael Worboys gave papers at the recent two-day international meeting on Working Across Species: Comparative Practices in Modern Medical, Biological and Behavioural Sciences held at King’s College London on 7-8 January.

Rob Kirk gave a joint paper with Ed Ramsden (Queen Mary, London, and formerly CHSTM) on ‘Working across species down on the farm: Howard S Liddell and the development of comparative psychopathology, c.1923 to 1962’. The paper examined Liddell’s attempts to work across disciplines and species in the pursuit of a scientific understanding of neurosis. Kirk and Ramsden argued that ethology, a science of animal behaviour more usually associated with observation in the field, played a crucial role in shaping the way Liddell situated the animal within his experimental work. Ethology, they showed, provided critical legitimacy to Liddell’s attempt to build comparative psychopathology. The paper was based on work from two Wellcome Trust Programme Grants, ‘Before Translational Medicine’ and ‘Pedigree Chums: The Dog in Twentieth Century Science and Medicine.’

Michael Worboys’s paper also came from the Before Translational Medicine project and was on ‘Bute: One Medicine – Two Species’. He discussed different assessments of the safety of one medicine, phenylbutazone, or ‘bute’, as it was developed for use in humans and horses. He asked whether the different assessments were grounded in biology or culture: based on knowledge of species differences in the metabolism of the drug and its clinical effects; in socio-economic calculations and moral judgements of risk and benefit in humans and horses; or on combination of these two considerations.

 

13 January 2016
Art Exhibition: Bedrock

On 27 November 2015 we held an experimental History/Art/Science workshop, From Coal Mining to Data Mining, funded by a Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Engagement grant awarded to Dr Will Dixon of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology and CHSTM's Carsten Timmermann.

We are now inviting you to the opening of the exhibition associated with this project, of new artwork by Nicola Dale, inspired by historical arthritis research with coal miners as research subjects and by conversations with former miners.

 

13 January 2016
Ian Burney on 'The House of Murder' at UC Irvine

On 23 November 2015, Ian Burney gave an invited lecture at the University of California, Irvine’s Newkirk Center for Science and Society. His lecture focused on the notorious 1953 serial murder case of John Christie, and in particular on the meticulous homicide investigation conducted by forensic experts in and around Christie’s flat at number 10 Rillington Place. This material is from the forthcoming book by Ian and CHSTM’s Senior Research Associate Neil Pemberton, Murder and the Making of English CSI, which is being published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in spring 2016.

Watch a recording of Ian’s lecture

 

 

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