Jeremy Greene at EHESS May 25

Jeremy Greene will give a talk on May 25,"Between Molecule and Medicine: Pharmaceutical Copies and the Limits of Reductionism," at the L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris as part of the conference, "Savoirs, pratiques, politiques: Les sciences sociales et le transformations contemporaines des mondes de la santé."

Alum Olivia Weisser a Finalist for Berkshire Book Prize

Olivia Weisser's book, Ill Composed: Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England (Yale University Press, 2015), was among the three finalists for the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians Book Prize. The 2016 award was for a first book published in 2015 dealing substantially with the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality by a woman normally resident in North America.

Nathaniel Comfort & Graham Mooney to Work on NIH Center of Excellence Project

Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney will work on an interdisciplinary NIH Center of Excellence reseach project with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to examine the ethical implications of using genomic information to help manage the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases. The research team will develop and conduct three pilot projects that study how genomic information affects infectious disease research, public health policy, and clinical practice.

Alison Kraemer Receives Student Research Award

Alison Kraemer, a medical student in the department's Scholarly Concentrations course, has been awarded a William B. Bean Student Research Award, given by the American Osler Society. Her paper for the course, on stem-cell research at Harvard during the Bush-era moratorium, used extensive oral-history interviews, as well as close reading of the scientific literature, government documents, and the secondary literature. She will receive a cash prize and is invited to present at the AOS meeting in Atlanta next spring.

Marion Schmidt Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Marion Schmidt, Ph.D., who successfully defended her dissertation, a history of genetic deafness research in the United States during the twentieth century. Marion's thesis explores how different professions defined deafness -- as a pathology and disability, a psychological deviance, or as a socio-cultural trait -- and analyzes surrounding questions of identity, culture, and treatment. In particular, she examines the oppression and reappearance of deaf people’s perspectives and their effect on notions of cultural and reproductive autonomy.


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