ISHPSSB General Meeting, Marie-Gérin-Lajoie Auditorium, University of Quebec at Montréal, July 9, 2015
5:30pm–7:00pm

Awards:

  1. David Hull Prize awarded to Jane Maienschein (Arizona State University).
  2. Marjorie Grene Prize awarded to Jun Otsuka (Kobe University), for the 2013 paper, presented at Montpellier 2013 meeting, “Using Causal Models to Integrate Proximate and Ultimate Causation”
  3. Werner Callebaut Prize awarded to Sara Green (University of Copenhagen) for the paper, presented at Montpelier 2013 meeting, “Systems Biology and The Quest for Organizing Principles.”

President’s Report:

  1. Michel Morange: Since I am new to this role, my report is just a moment to remember the values of ISH:
    1. Interdisciplinarity
    2. Opportunities for professional growth of newer scholars, interacting with senior scholars
  2. Recognition of a mistake: The 2017 site selection process was miscommunicated in a previous ISH email, since the email (erroneously) reported that the 2017 meeting site selection process would be voted on by the members. The site-selection committee, chaired by Roger Sansom, recommended the São Paulo site. The São Paolo meeting site was voted on by the Council, in accordance with the bylaws.

Choice of 2017 Conference Site:

  1. Matthew Haber:
    Proposals received in February. In March, recommended Sao Paolo (hosted by the Institute of Biosciences at the University of Sao Paolo) to the council.
    1. The meeting will be held July 16-21, 2017
    2. The Sao Paolo meeting will help ISH engage with a growing group of Latin American scholars who are either in ISH or would be appropriate future members.
    3. The conference will run concurrently with the meeting of the Brazilian Association for Philosophy and History of Biology.
    4. One week after ISH is the International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
      • These three conferences together will draw a larger crowd.
  2. Travel to Brazil will be more costly on average than usual, since there are so many North Americans and Europeans in ISH.
  3. US and Canadian citizens will need to get tourist visas, unlike their usual experiences. ISH members not from the US or Canada are already used to these sorts of processes.
    1. Visas will be $160 for Americans, $40 for Canadians. [See contradictory note below.]
    2. Go to Brazilian consulate, or to a visa courier service that does it via mail.
    3. Timing will be important, since the visa process has to be done at the right time during the travel planning process.
  4. Brazil organizers (represented by Maria Elice Brzezinski):
    1. Yes, the visa process is hard, but there is good news:
      1. Tourist visas may end up being a little cheaper than the price quoted by Haber (who quoted the price for business visas). [Note: this information has not been confirmed.]
      2. Brazil is currently negotiating with the US about visas, and restrictions and/or costs may be lessened soon.

[[[São Paolo ISH Proposal Video plays, reviewing the benefits of holding the meeting at this venue]]]

  1. Benefits include:
    1. Direct flights arrive in São Paolo from countries across the world
    2. Lodging is inexpensive
    3. Held at a leading biology institution in the country
    4. Centralized conference venue
  2. Brazil Travel Information
    1. https://scedv.serpro.gov.br/frscedv/index.jsp
      • Fill out and submit application form
    2. http://www.brazil-help.com/brazil-emb-consul.htm
      • List of Brazilian consulates & embassies
    3. http://www.wikihow.com/Obtain-a-Visa-for-Brazil
      • Illustrated guide for obtaining a visa to visit Brazil
  3. Audience question: What is the climate going to be like?
    • It will be a tropical winter. For example, today the low is 12 degrees C and the high is 21 degrees C.
  4. Michel:
    We will try to make site selection committee processes more transparent in the future. The site selection committee should present the bids and their reports, and should solicit feedback from the Society with a month for replies.

Reports of the Committees:

  1. Program Committee (Mark Borello):

    • We are preparing for the next meeting by working with the São Paolo local organizers.
  2. Local Committee Report (Christophe Malaterre and Frédéric Bouchard):

    1. 630 attendees (250 students, 68 non-members, 251 regular members, 59 visitors)
      • 3 cocktails (500 participants on average)
      • 350-person buffet dinner
      • etc.
    2. A Survey Monkey survey has been distributed, seeking feedback from attendees.
    3. Thanks to the Program Committee and Executive Committee.
      • Callebaut’s passing was a tragedy, but the work of Michel Morange and other council members kept the organization process on track.
    4. This meeting had institutional support from across Canada
  3. Executive Committee Report (Anya Plutynski):

    1. Review of membership statistics
    2. Springer Journal agreement:
      • Current policy: Go to Springer website directly and order Springer journals there after noting ISH membership
  4. Treasurer Report (Laura Perini):

    • Currently have $137,685 in accounts
      1. Proposing that we open two term deposits (staggered), at $25,000 each.
        • This would reserve funds for future student travel, accruing interest in the meantime.
      2. The Callebaut prize received generous donation from Konrad Lorenz Institute.
      3. Meetings are a big source of revenue for organization
        • Those funds are put back into the student travel funds, the primary expenditure of the society.
  5. Travel Support Committee (Laura Perini):

    1. 85 applications for Montreal meeting
      1. 76 awards (72 accepted), at $282 on average ($1,000 was highest award).
        • Calculated based on travel expenses, minus their intuitional funding, and ISH pays roughly half of the remaining expenses.
        • It is not clear if Seven Societies Travel Grant (through NSF) will be renewed next year. The History of Science Society manages it.

[[[Signup sheets passed around for interested members to participate in ISH committees]]]

  1. Publication Committee (Maria Kronfeldner):

    1. The draft website is not complete, so it is not ready to be shown.
      1. It will include the ability to synchronize with Facebook and Twitter.
      2. It is simpler to run than last website and better integrates the communication processes for the society.
      3. The website will be managed by editorial board: newsletter editor (volunteer), listserv editor (volunteer), archivist (volunteer), webmaster (hired).
        1. This is the first time the society has had a hired contractor (webmaster), but a good professional website requires the expense.
  2. Student Committee: Absent

  3. Education Committee: Absent

  4. Off-Year Workshop Committee: Absent but short written report submitted:

    • The workshop “Changing Life in Times of Crisis” was held in Woods Hole Massachusetts, May 17-21, 2014.
  5. Nominations Committee (Paul Griffiths):

    • The Nominations Committee tries to ensure a slate of diverse candidates for open positions. Sometimes that meant convincing people to be nominated.
  6. Membership Development Committee (Alan Love):

    • ISH is growing, and this committee attends to how ISH is growing.
    • Want to have diverse range of disciplinary perspectives, stages of career, geographic representation, etc.

[[[Meeting concluded]]]

CycleMeetingPresidentPast PresidentPresident ElectTreasurerSecretary
2017–​2019 Oslo 2019 Marsha Richmond Michel Morange Gregory Radick Laura Perini Rachel Ankeny
2015–​2017 São Paulo 2017 Michel Morange Paul Griffiths Marsha Richmond Laura Perini Sean Valles
2013–​2015 Montreal 2015 Werner Callebaut/ Michel Morange Paul Griffiths Michel Morange/ — Laura Perini Anya Plutynski
2011–​2013 Mont­pellier 2013 Paul Griffiths Ana Barahona Werner Callebaut Lisa Gannett Anya Plutynski
2009–​2011 Salt Lake City 2011 Ana Barahona Jim Griesemer Paul Griffiths Lisa Gannett Roberta Millstein
2007–​2009 Brisbane 2009 Jim Griesemer Garland Allen Ana Barahona Lisa Gannett Roberta Millstein
2005–​2007 Exeter 2007 Garland Allen Michael Dietrich Jim Griesemer Keith Benson Chris Young
2003–​2005 Guelph 2005 Michael Dietrich Lindley Darden Garland Allen Keith Benson Chris Young
2001–​2003 Vienna 2003 Lindley Darden Richard Burian Michael Dietrich Keith Benson Chris Young
1999–​2001 Quinni­piac 2001 Richard Burian Lisa Lloyd Lindley Darden Keith Benson Chris Young
1997–​1999 Oaxaca 1999 Lisa Lloyd Peter Taylor Richard Burian David Magnus Peggy Stewart
1995–​1997 Seattle 1997 Peter Taylor Chip Burkhardt Lisa Lloyd Ron Rainger Barbara Horan
1993–​1995 Leuven 1995 Chip Burkhardt David Hull Peter Taylor Ron Rainger Peggy Stewart
1991–​1993 Brandeis 1993 David Hull Jane Maien­schein Chip Berkhardt Joel Cracraft Peggy Stewart
1989–​1991 North­western 1991,
Western Ontario 1989
Jane Maien­schein Richard Burian (Honor.) David Hull Joel Cracraft Robert Paterson

Previous Officers and Directors, continued

CycleProgram OfficerLocal ArrangementsWebmasterArchivistStudent Rep
2017–​2019 Edna Suárez Díaz / Sophia Efstathiou   Michel Durinx María J. Ferreira Ruiz
2015–​2017 Jessica Bolker/ Charbel El-Hani Maria Elice de Brzezinski Prestes/ Roberto de Andrade Martins Michel Durinx Kimberly Brumble
2013–​2015 Mark Borello/ Rob Wilson
Frédéric Bouchard/ Christophe Malaterre
Carlos Mariscal Lynn Chien-​Hui Chiu
2011–​2013 Manfred Laubichler/ Marsha Richmond Jean Gayon/ Philippe Huneman Carlos Mariscal Emily Parke
2009–​2011 Chris Young/ Mark Largent Matt Haber/ Jim Tabery Frédéric Bouchard Pam Henson Rachael Brown
2007–​2009 Manfred Laubichler/ Marsha Richmond Paul Griffiths Frédéric Bouchard Pam Henson Ellen Clarke/ Don Good­man-Wilson
2005–​2007 Hans-​Jörg Rhein­berger/ Staffan Müller-Wille John Dupré Frédéric Bouchard Pam Henson Jason Byron
2003–​2005 Lynn Nyhart David Castle Roberta Millstein Pam Henson Vivette Garcia Deister
2001–​2003 Robert Skipper Werner Callebaut Valerie Hardcastle Pam Henson Terry Sullivan
1999–​2001 Douglas Allchin Kathy Cooke Valerie Hardcastle Pam Henson Leon Martinez
1997–​1999 Michael Dietrich Ana Barahona Valerie Hardcastle Pam Henson Karen Matchett
1995–​1997 Robert Richardson Keith Benson Valerie Hardcastle Pam Henson Chris Young
1993–​1995 Linnda Caporael & Elihu Gerson Guido van Steendam  — Pam Henson  
1991–​1993 Patricia Williams Michael Lynch  — Pam Henson Kathleen Jordan
1989–​1991 Peter Taylor David Hull  — Pam Henson Michael Dietrich

Previous Officers and Directors, concluded

CycleCouncil memberCouncil memberCouncil memberCouncil memberCouncil memberCouncil member
2015–​2017 Ingo Brigandt Emily Parke Jutta Schickore Nick Hopwood Roberta Millstein Sarah Richardson
2015–​2017 Rachel Ankeny Maria Kronfeld­ner Alan Love Nick Hopwood Roberta Millstein Sarah Richardson
2013–​2015 Rachel Ankeny Maria Kronfeld­ner Alan Love Emily Schultz Akihisa Setoguchi Giuseppe Testa
2011–​2013 Jessica Bolker Manfred Laub­ichler Gregory Radick Emily Schultz Akihisa Setoguchi Giuseppe Testa
2009–​2011 Jessica Bolker Manfred Laubichler Gregory Radick John Dupré Jean Gayon Betty Smocovitis
2007–​2009 Werner Callebaut Sandra Mitchell Edna Suárez John Dupré Jean Gayon Betty Smocovitis
2005–​2007 Werner Callebaut Sandra Mitchell Edna Suárez Joe Cain Kathy Cooke Philip Sloan
2003–​2005 Ana Barahona Christiane Groeben Hans-​Jörg Rhein­berger Joe Cain Kathy Cooke Philip Sloan
2001–​2003 Ana Barahona Christiane Groeben Hans‐Jörg Rhein­berger Walter Bock Marilia Coutinho Cor van der Weele
1999–​2001 Jane Maien­schein Greg Mitman Lenny Moss Walter Bock Marilia Coutinho Cor van der Weele
1997–​1999 Jane Maien­schein Greg Mitman Lenny Moss Christiane Groeben Paul Griffiths James Griesemer
1995–​1997 Joan Fujimura Larry Holmes Helen Longino Christiane Groeben Paul Griffiths James Griesemer
1993–​1995 Joan Fujimura Larry Holmes Helen Longino Scott Gilbert Elizabeth Lloyd Shirley Roe
1991–​1993 Jonathan Harwood Frank Nutch Philip Pauly Scott Gilbert Elizabeth Lloyd Shirley Roe
1989–​1991 Jonathan Harwood Frank Nutch Philip Pauly Linnda Caporeal Walter Bock Elihu Gerson

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Site Selection Committee

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Student Advisory Committee

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Travel Support Committee

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David Hull Prize Committee

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Marjorie Grene Prize Committee

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This was the list of officers, executive council members, and the editorial board.