Prizes: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Article Prize

We are excited to announce the second Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences article prize. This prize is awarded biennially for the best article published in the journal during the previous two years by an early career scholar. In 2015 the prize was won by Andrea Sullivan-Clarke for ‘On the Causal Efficacy of Natural Selection: A Response to Richards’ Critique of the Standard Interpretation of the Origin’. The next prize will be awarded in 2017, and we are currently looking for nominations. Articles published in 2015 and 2016 will be eligible for the 2017 prize. For full details please visit:

The prize, which is supported by Elsevier, is intended for those who, at the time of the article’s publication, were doctoral students, or were within five years of being awarded their doctorates. The winner of this prize receives £200, a certificate, and a year’s free subscription to Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

To nominate an article or articles for the 2017 Prize, please send an email to the Assistant Editor, Dominic Berry, at by 31 December 2016. Self-nominations are welcome, as are brief statements describing the outstanding quality and contribution of nominated articles.

The just-published June 2016 issue features research articles by, among others, Adam Hochman on whether the concept of race should be deflated or popped, Joeri Witteveen on the historical origins of the typology/population-thinking dichotomy, and Jane Maienschein on embryos, microscopes and society (as part of a special section devoted to instrument-media entanglements in the life sciences, edited by Joan Steigerwald and with an afterword by Hans-Joerg Rheinberger); reviews of recent books on the history of brain imaging, the modelling of cultural evolution, and the ethics of stem cell research; and “think piece” essays by Ute Deichmann on why epigenetics isn’t Lamarckian and by Grant Ramsey and Charles Pence on the promise of a new research tool for quantitative analysis of biological research, evoText. Upcoming issues will include a special issue on contingency in the life sciences, including new articles by Nancy Cartwright, Simon Conway Morris, Bernard Lightman and David Sepkoski, and a special issue on viruses in philosophical perspective, edited by John Dupre and Thomas Pradeu.

William H. Welch Medal 2015

The William H. Welch Medal is awarded to one or more authors of a book (excluding edited volumes) of outstanding scholarly merit in the field of medical history published during the five calendar years preceding the award. Hence, books published during 2009–2013 inclusively will be eligible for the Medal to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, in New Haven, CT, 30 April-3 May, 2015.

The award is named in honor of a major American figure in the history of medicine and public health, who was also one of the first faculty members at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Medal was first presented in 1950 to Henry Sigerist. A list of subsequently awarded authors and their scholarship can be found at: The chair of the 2013-2014 Welch Medal Committee, Susan Lederer welcomes suggestions of books to consider for the award. Publishers nominating a book must send a copy to each member of the committee.

To nominate a book and to obtain mailing addresses of all committee members, contact via phone or e-mail:

Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D.
Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics
Dept. of Medical History and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
1300 University Ave. MSC 1420
Madison, WI 53706

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Deadline for nominations: 29 October 2014

Previously nominated eligible books must be re-nominated; they will not be considered automatically.