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NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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Humanities for STEM is a research collaborative at New York University that focuses on how the study of primary sources, archival research, and associated methodologies of the humanities can be used to enhance the understanding of science (including medicine), technology, engineering, and mathematics. At this symposium, faculty, librarians, archivists, and others will come together to discuss this theme.

*Note, this is a two-day symposium. Please register for both days if you would like to attend the full event.


Full Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, April 6, 2018

9:00 - 9:30 am Registration and Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45 am Opening remarks

9:45 - 11:35 am Session 1A: Building an Archival Bridge: From Humanities to STEM, Theory to Practice

  • Primary Sources in the Classroom, L. Anderberg, Z. Collier, C. Leslie (New York University)

  • Bridging Two Cultures: Undergraduate Biology Instruction through the Lens of Archives and Special Collections, B. Losoff, D. Hollis (University of Colorado, Boulder)

  • Unbuilding a Wall: Breaking down communication conventions in the sciences using historical sources, R. Kuglitsch (University of Colorado, Boulder)

11:35 - 11:50 am Break

11:50 - 1:10 pm Session 2A: Crossing into the Classroom I: Humanities Knowledge for STEM Education

  • The Affordances of History in Understanding Contemporary Issues in Mathematics Education, N. Joseph (Vanderbilt University), T. Frank (George Mason University)

  • Early Modern Computation: Incorporating Archival Materials and Early Modern Instruments into Mathematics Courses, J. Egloff (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates)

  • The Cultures of Materials Science and Engineering: Bridging Scientific/Social Literacies in the Interdisciplinary Classroom, M. Bryant, M. Eaverly (University of Florida)

1:10 - 2:10 pm Lunch

2:10 - 3:10 pm Archives Spotlight: Collections from local STEM archives will be featured in a hands-on classroom activity.

3:10 - 4:40 pm Session 3A: Connecting the Personal, Professional, and Technological: Historical Narratives in STEM

  • The HD of STEM2 -- Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere, J. Fleming (Colby College)

  • Exhuming the Past: How Old Books Bring New Life to Medical Education, M. Swan (Dartmouth College)

  • Humanizing Computer History, B. Longo (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

4:45 - 6:00 pm Reception




Saturday, April 7, 2018

9:00 - 9:30 am Registration and Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45 am Opening remarks

9:45 - 11:15 am Session 1B: Crossing Bridges, Testing Boundaries: Case Studies

  • Why NASA Developed a Cookbook, J. Malin (New York University)

  • Ethics in STEM Archives: the AIDS History Project Case Study, P. Ilieva (University of California, San Francisco)

  • The Cybernetics Thought Collective Project: Using Computational Methods to Create Access to the Archives of Cybernetics, B. Anderson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

11:15 - 11:30 am Break

11:30 - 1:00 pm Session 2B: Missed Connections: Archival Silences in STEM Narratives

  • It Takes a Village: Documenting the Contributions of Non-Scientific Staff to Scientific Research, V. Higgins (Fermilab)

  • The Personal is Archival: Researching and Teaching With Stories of Women Engineers, Scientists, and Doctors, A. Bix (Iowa State University)

  • Sexual Silences: Reading between the Lines of the Eugen Steinach-Harry Benjamin Correspondence, T. Butcher (University of Virginia)

  • Lessons and Tools for Responding to Collection Emergencies, S. Chin (New York University, Langone)

1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 - 3:00 pm Archives Spotlight: Collections from local STEM archives will be featured in a hands-on classroom activity. .

3:00 - 4:50 pm Session 3B: Crossing into the Classroom II: STEM Archives for Humanities Education

  • A Review of Opportunities for Science Research and Place-Based Science Storytelling in the Undergraduate Classroom Utilizing Archival Material, C. Morse-Harding, C. Hitchcock (Brandeis University)

  • Borrowing a Bird's Eye: Teaching Urban-Based Environmental Science with Humanities and Archival Resources, D. Lennon (Columbia Secondary School / SUNY-ESF, ESF in the High School) and T. Collins (Rutgers University)

  • Archive as Laboratory: Engaging STEM Students & STEM Collections, T. Grimm, S. Vostral (Purdue University)

  • Growing Up at the Museum: A Long-term Science Program’s Effect on Low-income Students, M. Tavlin (Teachers College, Columbia University)

4:50 - 6:00 pm Reception


*Note, this is a two-day symposium. Please register for both days if you would like to attend the full event.


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