Prizes: Waring Historical Library Essay Contests

The W. Curtis Worthington Research Paper Competition is named for Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Jr., former director of the Waring Historical Library. The Award was established to encourage students to contribute to the scholarship about the history of health sciences and to reward those whose work is truly exemplary. Winners receive a financial award and their papers are eligible for publication in special MUSC bicentennial celebration in 2024.

Papers entered in the competition should represent original research in the history of the health sciences. They may cover any historical period and any cultural tradition. Paper topics may include — but are by no means limited to — public health policy and the social context of disease and health; the construction of the medical profession and medical institutions; gender and medical theory or practice; learned medical practitioners as social, political, and economic agents; notions of the human body as the subject of health, disease, and therapeutic intervention; medicine and natural philosophy/science; medicine and the humanities; and the development of health science disciplines such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health fields. The Waring Library Society will grant one award for an undergraduate essay ($1,000) and one award for a graduate essay ($2,000). Entries must be received by May 31st in each contest year.

This competition is open to any degree-seeking individual attending an accredited college or university. Additionally, interns and residents in accredited programs are eligible in the graduate category. Entries may not have been published previously, nor be submitted more than once. A person may submit only one entry each year. The same person may not win the prize during two consecutive years. The WLS Awards Committee reserves the right to not give any or all awards in a particular year.

For submission guidelines and to submit an application for the Worthington Contest, visit the 2020 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest Application.

The Waring Library Society and the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina invite entries for the Dr. Patricia L. Blanton History of Dentistry Essay Contest.

Papers entered in the Contest should represent original research in the history of dentistry. They may cover any historical period and any cultural tradition.

One prize of $1,000 plus a one-year membership in the Waring Library Society will be awarded each year. The Awards Committee reserves the right to not give any or all awards in a particular year.

Entries may not have been published previously, nor be submitted more than once. A person may submit only one entry each year. The same person may not win first prize during two consecutive years. This competition is open to any degree-seeking individual attending MUSC’s College of Dental Medicine. Entries must be not fewer than 2,500 words nor more than 5,000 words (not including notes and bibliography). Photographs or illustrations should be included whenever possible or appropriate. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document or as an unformatted ASCII-preferred document. Send completed application form as an attachment with your submission; do not include any personal identification information in the text of your submission. Entries must be received by March 31st in each contest year.

For more information about this competition, please contact the Waring Historical Library at 843-792-2288 or waringhl@musc.edu.

 

Fellowships: Data Incubator Summer 2020 Data Science Fellowship

The Data Incubator’s Summer 2020 Data Science Fellowship application is open!

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

Locations: You can attend our program in:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Washington, DC.
  • Online

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship/apply.html

Session Dates: 2020-06-29 – 2020-08-21
Early Deadline: 2020-04-03
Regular Deadline: 2020-05-02
We are assessing and interviewing candidates who apply for the Early Deadline first and then based on remaining availability, will take candidates who applied for the Regular Deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York TimesLinkedInAmazonCapital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture BeatThe Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

 

Fellowships: Two-year Postdoc at Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine

The Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, seeks applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.  The Center is an interdisciplinary teaching and research unit that bridges the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences across the campuses of Johns Hopkins University to foster innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and to train undergraduates, graduate students, and health professionals with skills to apply critical social analysis to the understanding of health and disease.

The fellow will work closely with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of the University to foster the intellectual life of the Center, with protected time to pursue his or her research and writing.

The successful candidate will have:
1.      Defended a PhD in anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, or related field by June 30, 2020.
2.      A proven record of interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the humanities and/or social sciences of health and medicine
3.      Previous interactions with health science as well as arts and science campuses
4.      A strong research profile
5.      Excellent organizational skills

Duties will include planning and organizing Center events; working with the Director and faculty to develop new programs; liaising with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of Johns Hopkins University; and developing online content for the Center’s online and social media presence. Opportunities for teaching health professions students, undergraduate and/or graduate, are available and encouraged to aid in the development of a teaching portfolio.
The fellow will pursue a sustained program of research and writing, mentored by Center faculty, and make satisfactory progress towards publication goals.

Closing date for applications: March 31, 2020. Skype interviews will be conducted in April. The term of appointment is two years, beginning July 1, 2020. Salary: $53,076 plus benefits.

Please send: cover letter; CV; statement of interest in medical humanities and/or social medicine; dissertation chapter or other writing sample; and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to our program coordinator, Marian Robbins at myrobbins@jhmi.edu.

Johns Hopkins University is an AA/EOE and actively encourages applications from minority and women scholars. NOTE: The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a routine background check.

AAHM News: Statement on COVID-19

The officers of the American Association for the History of Medicine are monitoring the spread of COVID-19, and its implications for our annual meeting.  Many professional organizations have cancelled upcoming meetings.  The officers are reviewing statements issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are in close contact with the AAHM Local Arrangements and Program Committees.  As of March 10, 2020, the officers and the committees have elected not to cancel the meeting and to continue to follow developments with COVID-19.

It is quite possible that decisions made by the University of Michigan, City of Ann Arbor, State of Michigan, and various federal agencies may take the decision about the annual meeting out of the Association’s hands. As of March 10, 2020, none of the above-mentioned entities have restricted domestic travel or forbidden large meetings.

Some members may want to wait before making a decision to attend the annual meeting. AAHM will make refunds without penalty to all who register if the meeting is cancelled. AAHM also will refund those who have registered and later decide they cannot attend. The AAHM will be flexible about its requirement to register by April 7 for people who appear on the program. In addition, we have waived the late fee so that individuals can register until April 30 at the early registration rate. Our meeting hotels, the Kensington and the Even will hold our reserved room blocks until April 24, 2020.

The AAHM Officers and the Local Arrangements and Program Committees will send another notification to all members and those who have registered for the annual meeting by March 31, or sooner if events warrant.

Susan Lederer

AAHM President

Fellowships: Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce applications are open to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, supporting research onsite at the NLM in its historical collections.

The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine, which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. The collections also include the Michael E. DeBakey papers—representing the diverse areas in which DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy—along with the papers of many other luminaries in science and medicine.

Anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status, who has not previously received this Fellowship may apply. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. Group applications should be submitted under the name of a single principal researcher.

For details about the application process and required documents, please visit this website dedicated to the Fellowship.

To apply for the NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, visit the online application portal.

To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

For further information about the materials available for historical research at the National Library of Medicine, please visit https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/index.html, or contact the NLM’s History of Medicine reference desk by email at NLM Customer Support or by phone 301-402-8878.

The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by The DeBakey Medical Foundation, in honor and memory of Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008), a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. He was a visionary supporter of the NLM, playing a pivotal role in its transformation from the Armed Forces Medical Library in the 1950s, in the establishment of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the 1960s, in launching NLM’s outreach initiatives in the 1990s, and in promoting the digitization of its indexes to pre-1960s journal articles.

Grants: American Association for the History of Nursing 2020 Research Grant Program

The American Association for the History of Nursing, Inc (AAHN) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2020 Research Grant Program. Originally initiated in 2008, the AAHN Research Grants consist of the H 15 Grant, reserved for faculty members and independent researchers, the H 21 Grant, designed for proposals outlining a historical new research study and the H 31 Pre-doctoral Grant, designed to encourage and support graduate training and historical research at the Master’s and Doctoral levels.

Please note the deadline for all Grants is April 1, 2020 and grants are only available to AAHN members in good standing.

Directions to apply for these grants are here or can be found by visiting the Research Grants page of our website.

If you are interested in becoming a member or renewing your membership please visit the Join AAHN page of our website.

AAHM News: Orals Bibliographies for Students

The AAHM is updating its repository of bibliographies. This repository is a tool to aid graduate students who are building readings lists in preparation for their qualifying examinations in fields related to the History of Medicine.

We are especially seeking new contributions related to the following categories:
– Health Activism
– Disability History
– Drug/Pharmaceutical History
– Gender, Reproduction, and Sexuality in Medicine
– Public Health
– Medical Ethics
– Race and Medicine
– Medical/Health Humanities
– Homeopathy/Alternative Medicine
– Miscellaneous
These categories are permeable in nature and only represent a general grouping, rather than strict sub-disciplinary divisions. That being said, we welcome a variety of types of comp lists that speak to the History of Medicine or Medical/Health Humanities.
If you would like to contribute your exam book list to the repository, please email it in .pdf form to the Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee, Claire Clark (claire dot clark at uky dot edu). We ask that you redact all personally identifying information (i.e. your name, institution, and examiner).

Grants: American College of Surgeons Research Grant

The History and Archives Committee (HAC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is continuing an exciting initiative to support research in surgical history. For the third year, a $2,000 stipend will be awarded to support research in surgical history that uses the archival resources of the ACS, which includes the records of the College in Chicago and/or the Orr Collection in Omaha. Funds are unrestricted, and can be used for travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with study in Chicago and Omaha.

The stipend is open to members of the ACS. Non-members are welcome to apply, with acceptance contingent on becoming a member of the ACS at an appropriate level (Fellow, Associate Fellow, Residents, Medical Students, or Affiliate Member).

Applications opened February 1, 2020, with a April 1 deadline. Full application information can be found here: www.facs.org/about-acs/archives/hac/fellowship.

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Kennedy mkennedy@facs.org.

Calls for Papers: New Horizons for Medical Museums, Leiden 2020

Conference: New Horizons for Medical Museums
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Leiden / the Netherlands, 23-26 September 2020

Medical museums are always in flux. Collections containing objects related to the history of medicine and health played a role in teaching, research and learning in the broadest sense. From small scale local collections to national medical heritage entities, ways of dealing with these collections continue to change. The topic of this conference is the role of medical museums (collections) in the past, present and future. To explore this topic, an international and interdisciplinary conference will be held at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden, the Netherlands between 23 and 26 September 2020. The conference aims to bring curators, scholars, students and medical professionals together to discuss ways of keeping medical collections relevant. What could be the place for medical heritage within the new museological landscape? How can we explore new horizons for medical museums?

Papers (20 minutes) might address, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Medical museums and the future
  • International collaborations and medical collections
  • History of medical museums/collections
  • Medical museums and teaching
  • New approaches towards exhibiting medical collections
  • Audiences old and new – diversity, inclusion and public engagement
  • Medical museums and media

We particularly welcome papers or panels that are explicitly inclusive and embed diversity into our discussions.

Proposals for papers should be in a single Word document, including 250-word abstract and a short CV/biographical statement, and sent to mieneketehennepe@rijksmuseumboerhaave.nl by 30 April 2020. We also welcome proposals from participants who would like to present or discuss on a roundtable some of the ways that they are working together on medical collections related topics.

This conference will be organized by a new international association for medical museums (provisionally named International Association for Medical Museums). This association is the successor of the European Association for the History of Medical Sciences (EAMHMS). During this 2020 conference the new international association will be formally launched and we invite all interested to be part of this new movement.

Grants: Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant

Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers outside of Yale who wish to use the Historical collections of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. In any given year the award is up to $1,500 for one week of research. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

For more information, please visit: https://library.medicine.yale.edu/historical/research/grant

The application period for the award is currently open. The deadline is May 1st, 2020. A committee will review applications and grant recipients will be notified in early June.

Please apply through Yale University Grants & Fellowships website.

A complete application comprises:

  • Research proposal (of up to 2000 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget
  • 2 letters of reference

Requests for further information should be sent to:
Melissa Grafe, Ph.D., Head of the Medical Historical Library, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University, P.O. Box 208014, New Haven, CT 06520-8014, Telephone: 203- 785-4354, Fax: 203-785-5636, E-mail: melissa.grafe@yale.edu