Center Acquires Records on the History of Computing at Harvard Chan

By , September 13, 2018

Pictured in Cambridge in 2004: Taso Markatos, then the Assistant Dean for Information Technology at Harvard School of Public Health. Staff Photo Justin Ide/Harvard University News Office

The Center for the History of Medicine recently acquired an archival collection from the Department of Information Technology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Specifically, the collection is comprised of executive administrative records from the office of Taso Markatos, former Chief for Information Technology at Harvard Chan, who retired in June 2018. Markatos led the department for 27 years, giving him the distinction of being the longest-running head of any school’s IT department at the University.

The executive administrative files of the Harvard Chan IT department reflect the span of Markatos’ tenure at the school, and date back to the earliest days of computing on the Longwood campus. They provide a unique history of computing and technology trends, service consolidation, system replacements, and rational. This collection also details Markatos’ involvement with various university-level committees, including the CIO Council, the Longwood Medical Area network executive committee, Harvard Green IT working group, Harvard Administrative Innovation Group, & etc.

Although currently closed to research, once opened these records will allow for an excellent case study on the evolution of information technology and management at Harvard. For more information about the collection, contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu.

Register Now! Emerging Infections Then & Now

By , September 8, 2018

In partnership with the Harvard Global Health Initiative and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, is pleased to announce the upcoming event

Emerging Infections Then & Now:
From the Influenza Pandemic to the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Lahey Room, Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

Registration is required.
Visit https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KXIVkKTGWlsLZ3 to register.

PROGRAM

6:30pm – 6:45pm – Welcoming Remarks
Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine

Daniel LuceySenior Scholar, O’Neill Institute; Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Law, Georgetown University; Anthropology Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History


6:45pm – 8:15pm – Public Discussion – Emerging Infections Then & Now
Michele Barry, Professor of Medicine; Senior Associate Dean of Global Health; Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University

Ramanan Laxminarayan, Founder & Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP); Senior Research Scholar & Lecturer, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University; Affiliate Professor, University of Washington; Visiting Professor, University of Kwazulu Natal

Eugene RichardsonAssistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Moderator: Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine


8:15pm – 8:20pm – Closing Remarks
Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine


8:20pm – 9:00pm – Exhibition Viewing

Selected items from Center for the History of Medicine historical collections related to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic will be on display

 

 

Announcing the 2018-2019 Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellow

By , September 8, 2018

The Archives for Women in Medicine and Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow: Carla Bittel, Ph.D.

Carla Bittel, Ph.D. 2018-2019 Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellow

Carla Bittel is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is a historian of nineteenth-century America, specializing in the history of medicine, science, and technology. Her research focuses on gender issues and she has written on the history of women’s health, women physicians, and the role of science in medicine. Bittel is the author of Mary Putnam Jacobi and the Politics of Medicine in Nineteenth-Century America, published with the University of North Carolina Press in 2009. She has published in the journals Centaurus and Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and contributed to the edited volume, Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine. Her research has been supported by several grants, including a Scholar’s Award from the National Science Foundation. She is also a co-organizer of the Working Group, “Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge,” at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her current work examines the politics of gender and phrenology


The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellowship is offered in partnership with the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation (formerly the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine). Information regarding the Fellowship program is available at http://www.wimlf.org/fellowships and https://www.countway.harvard.edu/chom/archives-women-medicine-fellowships.

The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation was founded with the strong belief that understanding our history plays a powerful role in shaping our future. The resolute stand women took to establish their place in these fields propels our vision forward. We serve as stewards to the stories from the past, and take pride in sharing them with the women of today. Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences, and we look forward to connecting you to our collective legacy that will empower our future.

A program of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, the Archives for Women in Medicine actively acquires, preserves, promotes, and provides access to the professional and personal records of outstanding women leaders in medicine and the medical sciences.

Registration open for History, Uses, and Future of the Nobel Prize symposium

By , September 7, 2018

The Center for the History of Medicine is excited to announce the forthcoming symposium, The History, Uses, and Future of the Nobel Prize, to be held at Harvard Medical School (HMS) on October 4, 2018 in the Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden, Heinrich-Heine University, the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the HMS Ackerman Program on Medicine & Culture, and the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, the program will bring together historians and Nobel laureates to consider the history of the Nobel Prize and its enduring social, political, and scientific roles. The event will feature three panels: “Scientific Credit and the History of the Nobel Prize,” “The Nobel – and Ig Nobel – Prize in Practice, and The Uses and Future of the Nobel Prize.” A complete list of speakers is available on the symposium’s Countway’s events calendar page.

The symposium was organized by Nils Hansson (Heinrich Heine-University), David S. Jones (Harvard Medical School and Harvard University), and Scott H. Podolsky (Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine).

Registration is required. Please visit https://libcal.library.harvard.edu/event/4583053 to register.

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