Posts tagged: Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine

17th Alma Dea Morani Award Presented to Paula A. Johnson

By , December 8, 2016

On November 3, 2016, friends and supporters of the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine gathered in New York City to celebrate the 2016 Alma Dea Morani Awardee, Paula A. Johnson MD, MPH.

Paula Johnson

Paula Johnson, 2016 Recipient of the Alma Dea Morani Award. Image used with permission of the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine.

The Alma Dea Morani MD Renaissance Woman Award was established to recognize an exceptional woman in medicine or science who demonstrates professional excellence and a passion for learning and service.

Dr. Paula Johnson, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, is the 14th president of Wellesley College, founder and former Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, and former Chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Johnson also served as the Grayce A. Young Family Professor of Medicine in the Field of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Johnson is a pioneer in women’s health and sex difference in medical studies and treatment.

At the award ceremony, Dr. Johnson presented on sex differences in research, medicine, health, and public health. Her 2013 Ted Talk, “His and Hers Healthcare” encompasses her passion and her drive for improving the health of women worldwide.

From all of us at the Center for the History of Medicine, congratulations Dr. Johnson!

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine and Archives for Women in Medicine are longtime collaborators, and the Center for the History of Medicine is the repository for the Foundation’s Alma Dea Morani Oral History Project. Interviews of past recipients, including Carol Nadelson and Florence Haseltine, are available via Onview.

 

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Announcing the 2016-2017 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow

By , June 2, 2016

The Archives for Women in Medicine and Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine are pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow: Kate Grauvogel.

Kate Grauvogel, 2016-2017 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow

Kate Grauvogel, 2016-2017 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow

Kate Grauvogel is an advanced doctoral student in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine Department at Indiana University-Bloomington. Broadly, her research interests include the history of women’s health, especially pathology and psychiatry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Her current research focuses on women and experimentation in medicine, particularly the history of blood clotting disorders in reproductive-age women, and how physicians perceived the whole constellation of gender, reproduction, secretions, clots, and associated diseases.

Grauvogel’s dissertation is entitled, “A gendered history of pathology: blood clots, women, and hormones in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” It argues that the bodies of women—whether as obstetric patients, cadavers, or sufferers of side-effects from birth-control pills—shaped pathological theory as well as understandings of the role of secretions (later identifiable as estrogens) in health and disease. It also explores the medical and cultural functions of the Pill in the twentieth century and its impact on women and their lives. In it, she hopes to show how nineteenth-century pathologists and twentieth-century physicians observed pregnant women and women on the birth control pill and gleaned important information from them, such as the idea that fluctuations in estrogens could lead to the formation of dangerous blood clots.

The project as a whole uses primary sources from France, England, and Germany. At the Countway, Grauvogel will add an American perspective from the Boston Hospital for Women Records, 1926–1983, The Free Hospital for Women Records, 1875–1975, the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, The Leona Baumgartner Papers, 1830-1979, the Janet Ward McArthur Papers, 1939-2005, and other collections. She will be looking for cases of lying-in illnesses, including blood clotting, which will shed light on how pathologists thought about dangerous blood clots in women as the result of either pregnancy or the Pill. She hopes to emerge with a better grasp of the ailments doctors observed in women, as well as and how they described and thought about such ailments.

We look forward to hosting Kate at the Center next summer.

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

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2016-2017 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellowship: Application Period Extended

By , March 16, 2016

Deadline Extended: March 31, 2016

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine will provide one $5000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1st 2016 – June 30th 2017. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Preference will be given to projects that specifically address women physicians, scientists, or other health workers, but proposals on the history of women’s health issues may also be considered. The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic.

Manuscript collections which may be of special interest include the recently-opened Marian C. Putnam Papers, Priscilla Schaffer Papers, Eva Neer Papers, or Miriam F. Menkin Papers. Preference will be given to those who are using collections from the Center’s Archives for Women in Medicine (see the full list of Archives for Women in Medicine collections here), but research on the topic of women in medicine using other material from the Countway Library will be considered (see our research guides list for online finding aids or Hollis for the most comprehensive information about all our holdings). Preference will also be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway library, but all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students.

Application requirements

Applicants should submit a proposal (no more than five pages) outlining the proposed project, its subject and objectives, length of residence, historical materials to be consulted, and a project budget with specific information on travel, lodging, and research expenses), along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by March 31, 2016.

Beyond conducting research, the fellow will submit a report on the results of his/her residency and will be asked to present a seminar or lecture at the Countway Library.

Applications should be sent to: The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellowship, Archives for Women in Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115. Electronic submissions of applications and supporting materials and any questions may be directed to chm@hms.harvard.edu. The fellowship appointment will be announced in May 2016.

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APPLICATION PERIOD EXTENDED: 2015-2016 Women in Medicine Fellowship

Application period extended to March 31, 2015.

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine will provide one $5000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1st 2015 – June 30th 2016. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Preference will be given to projects that deal specifically with women physicians or other health workers or medical scientists, but proposals dealing with the history of women’s health issues may also be considered. The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic.

Manuscript collections which may be of special interest include the recently-opened Eva Neer Papers, Priscilla Schaffer Papers, or Marion Cabot Putnum Papers, or the collections of pioneers Mary Ellen Avery, Elizabeth Hay, or Grete Bibring. Preference will be given to those who are using collections from the Center’s Archives for Women in Medicine (see the full list of AWM collections here), but research on the topic of women in medicine using other material from the Countway Library will be considered (see our research guides list for online finding aids or Hollis for the most comprehensive information about all our holdings; note that the Hollis upgrade will be completed on December 22, 2014). Preference will also be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway, but all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students.

Application requirements

Applicants should submit a proposal (no more than five pages) outlining the proposed project, its subject and objectives, length of residence, historical materials to be consulted, and a project budget with specific information on travel, lodging, and research expenses), along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by March 31th, 2015.

Besides conducting research, the fellow will submit a report on the results of his/her residency and will be asked to present a seminar or lecture at the Countway Library.

Applications should be sent to: Women in Medicine Fellowships, Archives for Women in Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115. Electronic submissions of applications and supporting materials and any questions may be directed to chm@hms.harvard.edu. The fellowship appointment will be announced in April 2015.

 

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2011-2012 Women in Medicine Fellow announced

By , April 28, 2011

Hilary Aquino, Ph.D.

The Archives for Women in Medicine is pleased to announce our 2011-2012 Foundation for The History of Women in Medicine Fellow: Hilary C. Aquino, Ph.D.

Dr. Aquino’s project, Dr. Leona Baumgartner: Crusader for the Public’s Health, will explore the newly opened Baumgartner papers here at the Center for the History of Medicine. Her research seeks to provide insight into the ways in which Dr. Baumgartner shaped the direction and focus of the New York City Department of Health, as Director of the Bureau of Child Health, Assistant Commissioner of Maternal and Child Health Services, eventually becoming the first female Commissioner of the entire department. Aquino will explore Dr. Baumgartner’s views on improving the access to and quality of medical care for urban minorities, specifically women and children. She will also examine the ways in which Baumgartner sought to improve the health of women and children in the developing world in the 1960s in her role as Assistant Director for the Agency for International Development.

Dr. Aquino received her B.A. from Dickinson College in History and French, and my M.A., Graduate Women’s Studies Certificate and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Aquino is Assistant Professor of History at Albright College in Reading, PA, where she teaches the Social History of Medicine and Public Health, the History of Female Healers, United States Women’s History, Women’s Studies and American Indian History.

The Women in Medicine Fellowships are offered in partnership with the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine.
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