2022 News

More news: In November I enjoyed attending a pair of conferences that allowed me to catch up with colleagues, former classmates, and friends in the history of science and supercomputing fields. Closest to home was the annual History of Science Society meeting in Chicago where I volunteered to chair the session titled “Physics in Perspective.” The other gathering was the annual supercomputer conference SC22 held in Dallas where my badge indicating my position as a ‘historian / independent scholar’ generated no few questions.

Update: On June 17, 2022, I deposited my dissertation to complete my Ph.D. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the University of Wisconsin. It is done! Celebrations included the formal UW commencement ceremony and a smaller department hooding ceremony, both shared with family and friends.

It is early 2022 and the end of my long graduate student career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is near as I will be defending my dissertation on The Place of Science in Nineteenth-Century American Catholic Higher Education later this spring. Much remains to be done, but soon I will be giving my committee a full draft for their consideration. With thanks for their help, I list their names below:

  • Susan M. Lederer, Professor and Chair, Medical History and Bioethics (Advisor)
  • John Rudolph, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Adam R. Nelson, Professor, Educational Policy Studies and History
  • William Reese, Professor, Educational Policy Studies and History
  • Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine

Watch this spot for more details as I work my way toward walking across the commencement stage on May 13th (a Friday the 13th, so appropriate) at the UW Kohl Center.