- Graduate student Aleta Quinn has been awarded a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship to complete research entitled "Theory and Methodology of Biological Classification before Darwin” this Summer, at the National Museum of Natural History.
- Two of our graduate students received an Outstanding Presenter award at this year's Grad Expo 2014. The award comes with a $100 prize to reimburse expenses related to the purchase of research materials or travel. Congratulations to Elay Shech, “Representation in Science and Beyond”, and Gregory Gandenberger, “Why I Am Not a Methodological Likelihoodist”.
- Sandy Mitchell will be presenting a lecture at the Royal Institution (founded in 1799, home of Humphrey Davy's and Michael Faraday's laboratories) on "Unsimple truths: How biological complexity changes our view of nature and science" on June 10, 2014. You can buy tickets here.
- Edouard Machery has been interviewed for his work about our attitudes toward apes. See the video here.
- Graduate student Elay Shech has an article on group teaching in the current edition of the Teaching Times.
Congratulations to our graduate students on the job market!
Marcus Adams (AOS: Early Modern Philosophy) has been hired by the University at Albany, SUNY; Peter Distelzweig (AOS: Early Modern Philosophy) by University of St. Thomas, Minnesota; Yoichi Ishida (AOS: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology) by Ohio University; and Tom Pashby (AOS: Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science) has won a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholarship in the Humanities at USC.
- Edouard Machery and Elizabeth O'Neill is now available on Amazon, and from Routledge, or from your local academic book store.
- The 2014 HPS Alumni Lecture will be given later this month by Tim Maudlin (NYU), who will speak on "Topology and the Structure of Space-Time". Click here for further details.
- The current edition of the Pitt Chronicle features Dr. Paolo Palmieri speaking at the University Art Gallery's celebration of 450 years since the birth of Galileo. The event was an interdisciplinary affair involving the visual arts, music and astronomy, as well as the history of science.
- An article by graduate student Morgan Thompson, Toni Adleberg and Eddy Nahmias, "Do men and women have different philosophical intuitions? Further data" is in press at Philosophical Psychology. A pre-print is also available here.
- Marina Baldissera Pacchetti will be presenting her research on Vincenzo Galilei, 16th century lutenist, music theorist and father of Galileo, at the next meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.
- Graduate student Marina Baldissera Pacchetti has been awarded a place at the Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students on Music and Travel, 1500-1700. The workshop will take place on March 7, at the Newberry library in Chicago.
- Graduate student Joseph McCaffrey's article "Reconceiving Conceptual Vehicles: Lessons From Semantic Dementia" appears in the latest issue of Philosophical Psychology. The article, which critiques the use of neuropsychology studies to support concept empiricism, is available online here.
- Congratulations to Elizabeth O’Neill and Trey Boone, who will be presenting at the next meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology on, respectively, moral epistemology and attention! Trey also won a Graduate Student Travel Award.
- The December 5th 2013 issue of Philosophy of Science contains a number of articles by current HPS students: “Operationalizing Consciousness" by Trey Boone; "Do Quantum Objects Have Temporal Parts?” by Tom Pashby; "What Is the Paradox of Phase Transitions?” by Elay Shech; and "An Epistemology of Causal Inference from Experiment” by Karen Zwier.
- The History of Science Society announces the Elizabeth Paris Endowment for socially engaged HPS. The endowment will support regular public events which employ history and philosophy of science in the service of wider society. Elizabeth Paris (1968-2009) received her PhD in HPS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, and was a dedicated advocate of socially engaged scholarship. She is much missed by the HPS community.
- Professor Edouard Machery has been interviewed in a podcast for The Biggest Questions. You can listen to him speak about mind and consciousness here.
- Recent graduate Peter Distelzweig's article "Fabricius's Galeno-Aristotelian Teleomechanics of Muscle" will appear in an edited volume, The Life Sciences in Early Modern Philosophy, due out from Oxford University Press on January 6, 2014.
- James Bogen has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prof. Bogen is being recognized for his "distinguished research in philosophy of science, including analysis of the epistemology of experimentation, mechanistic explanation, neuroimaging, and the Hodgkin-Huxley model of action potential." Many congratulations!
- Graduate student Elay Shech's article, "On Gases in Boxes: A Reply to Davey on the Justification of the Probability Measure in Boltzmannian Statistical Mechanics" appears in the current issue of Philosophy of Science.
- The Wesley Salmon Memorial Lecture on 25th October will be given by Bryan Skryms (University of California, Irvine) on the topic of Grades of Inductive Skepticism.
- Allan Stanley Gotthelf 1942-2013
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of our friend and former colleague Allan Gotthelf on August 30th, 2013 at his home in Philadelphia. After taking early retirement from The College of New Jersey, Allan spent a year visiting at University of Texas, Austin and then, supported by a fellowship from the Anthem Foundation for the Study of Objectivism, he became a Visiting Professor of History and Philosophy of Science here in 2003, a position he held until 2012, when he was appointed Anthem Foundation Distinguished Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University, the position he held at the time of his death. While in Pittsburgh he taught or co-taught many graduate seminars on Aristotle, served on a number of doctoral committees, played a central role as a member of the Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science Program and organized a wide variety of workshops and conferences focused on Ancient Philosophy and Science and Epistemology. He will be missed as a scholar, teacher and organizer, but no less as a warm, enthusiastic and generous colleague and friend. An obituary for Allan can be found here. Here are Allan's reflections on his life as a philosopher and on what philosophy meant to him.
- Graduate Student Elizabeth O'Neill presents her research on moral epistemology, moral psychology, and philosophy of biology on her brand new website.
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