Tuesday, September 3, 2013
One caveat: It would be easy to take the author's reflections as platitudes, but I think that she is offering an important observation, that our psychological well-being is an important part of our professional toolbox and appeal as a candidate. In our search for the minutiae that will help us nail down that dream job, it's easy to forget the bigger picture of the life of the mind, and the passion that drew us to graduate studies in the first place.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Well, it's been an intense week here at One Week | One Tool, but we've built something, and it works! We're proud to announce the launch of Serendip-o-matic, the serendipity engine where your sources are your search.
The idea is simple: we wanted to restore some of that serendipity-in-the-stacks feeling to the digital research process. As historians, we're used to keyword or subject searching for materials, but with Serendip-o-matic, you can use your own materials — whether a web page, a bibliography, your CV, a paper you've written, or an article you like — as your query. Serendip-o-matic processes your text, extracts a random set of key terms, and returns results from the collections at the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana, and Flickr Commons. Try it for yourself and see what you get. It's pretty fun.
You can watch the video of our live launch broadcast at One Week | One Tool.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Hello HoSTM folks! I'm reporting from the field here at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, where I'm attending One Week | One Tool, a digital humanities barn raising in which I and eleven other academics, programmers, designers, students, and librarians are working to conceive, design, and implement a digital humanities tool in just under seven days. The first step: figuring out what that tool is going to be.
We had our big brainstorming session this afternoon, and are now opening up the floor to you, the public, to send us your feedback. We've set up a site where you can vote on the potential tools we've come up with, as well as to comment on our ideas. Voting closes at 10 a.m. eastern time tomorrow, Tuesday 30 July 2013, so make your voice heard!
You can follow our progress on twitter by paying attention to #owot.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
|Professor Rick Keller, giving the kickoff address|
|Graduate Student Alex Rudnick presenting |
on her dissertation proposal
|Graduate Student Melissa Charenko presenting on |
Evangelicalism and Environmentalism
|Graduate Student Anna Zeide, Professors Gregg Mitman, Sue Lederer, and Lynn Nyhart|
|The brave souls who made it through the whole day, capping off the conference with a |
keynote address from recent Geography PhD and current University of Minnesota
faculty member, Dr. Abby Neely
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The selection for UW Madison's common reading program this year is Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss. Ebling Library's librarian and curator, affiliate of the department, and always fabulously bescarved Micaela Sullivan-Fowler designed an accompanying exhibit for the Ebling Library Historical Reading Room entitled "Fallout: The Mixed Blessing of Radiation and the Public Health." This past week, the evening of February 7, the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library sponsored a tour of "Fallout" with Micaela and a guided discussion hosted by History of Science Department's own Dr. Richard Staley.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Coffee and bagels provided, Science Hall 175
9:00 Dr. Richard Keller, Medical History and the History of Science
I. NATURES OF THE STATE
Moderator and Commentator: Brian Hamilton, History
9:30 John Suval, History, “Of Squatters and Statesmen: The Chocchuma Land Sale and the Nature of Jacksonian Democracy”
9:50 Alex Olson, History, “Byzantium’s Eastern Border: Ecology, Mentalities, and the State”
10:30 Comment and Discussion
10:50 20 Minute Break
II. IDEOLOGIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION
11:10 Noah Theriault, Anthropology, “Saving Souls, Forests, and Traditions: The (Neo)Colonial Genealogy of a ‘Last Frontier’”
11:30 Melissa Charenko, History of Science, “The Second Coming and Environmentalism: The Historical DebateAbout End Times and Environmental Action Among Evangelical Christians”
11:50 John Porco, History, “Second Growth: Changing Notions of Economic Value in Northern Wisconsin’s Forests”
12:10 Comment and Discussion
On your own in Madison
III. INTERPRETING PEOPLE AND PLACE: STORYTELLING IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
1:35 Bethany Laursen, Forestry and Nelson Institute, “The World is Made of Stories of Atoms: Narratives and Networks in Driftless Area Landscape Governance”
1:45 Amanda McMillan, Community and Environmental Sociology, “Ghosts of Farming Past and Future: Narrative and the Graying of Agriculture”
1:55 Kara Cromwell, Limnology, “Telling Science Stories: When It Gets Ugly”
2:45 Dr. Abby Neely, University of Minnesota, Geography, Environment and Society
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
I strongly support this action and I hope you'll take the time to complete the survey. I found the process of responding to be a really enlightening process. I found myself thinking in a broader way about the challenges that face our field and about the cultures of annual professional meetings. Although I enjoy and have found HSS meetings very productive, I definitely think there is room for improvement. Although the history of science supports diverse viewpoints, it is no secret that in other areas, particularly racial diversity, our homogeneity is plain to see. The Graduate Student and Early Career Caucus has done a great job improving the experience for more junior members of our society, but more efforts in this direction are also needed and, I think, would complement efforts toward increasing diversity. I was impressed by the degree to which the survey solicited written responses for clarifications and further thoughts, and I know those involved in putting it together would appreciate as full a response as possible.
Many thanks to Georgina Montgomery and our own alumna Erika Milam for spearheading this effort as the co-chairs of the Women's Caucus, and to Lynn Nyhart and the Executive Committee for their sponsorship. Many thanks as well to the graduate students who helped to organize and provide feedback early on, including our own Meridith Beck Sayre and Scott Prinster.
If you are a new student and have not yet joined HSS, there's no time like the present!
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Recognize this image? Of course you do.
These goofy CAPTCHA images serve as the gatekeeper on many websites such as Facebook, Amazon, and Ticketmaster. Part of their function is to prove that the user is a human rather than a spamming computer, but thanks to the work of Luis von Ahm, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon, the CAPTCHA is also contributing to the digitization of books and periodicals. Somehow I hadn't heard about this additional function, although I've filled out perhaps hundreds of these little boxes in the past several years... I blame my dissertator tunnel vision for this.
Despite advances in Optical Character Recognition (OCR), computers are not yet able to match the human mind's amazing ability to recognize symbols such as text, even when they are inconsistent, distorted, or poorly reproduced. Von Ahm has developed a version of the CAPTCHA program, called reCAPTCHA, in which the user is asked to type in two words instead of one. One of these words serves to confirm that the user is human, but the other is an image from a book or periodical, and our response helps to translate the image into text. Several users are given the same image, and if they consistently interpret the image as the same word, it is considered successfully converted to text.
Here's an article from the NPR website with more information about this program: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93605988
and also an article in <i>Science</i>: