Events

Old Oceans: The Historical Ecology of Ocean Giants

Presenter: Dr. Joshua Drew
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Type of Event: Lecture and Reception


Research today reveals that the oceans of the past harbored giants in profuse numbers. Come back in time and visit a Caribbean coral reef with groupers the size of small cars, a New England bay where the cod ran so thick it was hard to navigate a boat, and a small Pacific Island where shark teeth were used to make weapons.

This journey back through time is made possible by the science of Historical Ecology, a scholarly field that combines ecology, anthropology, geology, and history. Through Historical Ecology, scientists are able to describe what ecosystems were like centuries before formal scientific data was recorded. Equipped with an understanding of past marine ecosystems, modern-day scientists can develop conservation strategies to help recapture some of their former vivid splendor

Join us as Dr. Joshua Drew shares his work on historical ecology and the evolution and conservation of today’s marine ecosystems.

Dr. Joshua Drew is a lecturer and director of the MA program in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree from Drew University and his PhD from the Boston University Marine Program. Drew’s research focuses on the evolution, historical ecology, and conservation of coral reef systems across Melanesia and the Southwest Pacific. You can follow his work on Twitter: @Drew_Lab

This event is free and open to the public; registration is encouraged.

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Shots for Spots and Want-It-Nots: Measles, Measles Vaccine, and Refusers

Karie Youngdahl
Presenter: Karie Youngdahl, Project Director, The College of Physicians
Date: Monday, March 9, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Type of Event: Science Café with monthly speaker


The recent measles outbreak stemming from exposures at Disneyland has focused attention on this disease that was eliminated from the United States in 2000. Karie Youngdahl, director of the History of Vaccines project, will put the current outbreak in historical context by looking at the epidemiology of measles over time and attempts at immunizing for measles from the mid-1700s. She will also discuss resistance to vaccination and the ways that arguments against vaccine have been made by anti-vaccinators from Edward Jenner’s time to now.

The award-winning History of Vaccines website, found at http://www.historyofvaccines.org/, offers historical and contemporary information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases with the aim of exploring the impact vaccines have had on human health. Their blog covers emerging issues. The History of Vaccines is a project of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional medical society in the United States.

This free event will be held at National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant, 22 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more info on this monthly program, go to http://scienceontapphilly.com/

This month's Science on Tap is hosted by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Philosophical Society (APS), Museum Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Wagner Free Institute of Science.

The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

Presenter: Dr. Laura Auricchio
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Type of Event: Lecture, Reception, and Book Signing


In America, Lafayette’s momentous departure from his homeland for the War of Independence has long been hailed as the start of an extraordinary career to be celebrated for generations. In France, it is often seen as just one of his many misbegotten undertakings. Yet no one has managed to offer a satisfactory answer to the crucial question of why:

Why did Americans shower Lafayette with so much acclaim in his own time that he remains a hero today, being named an honorary U.S. citizen in 2002 — only the seventh person ever granted this distinction? And why, in contrast, does his memory continue to be denigrated in his own land?

Join us as Laura Auricchio, drawing on substantial new research conducted in libraries, archives, museums, and private homes in France and the United States, gives us history on a grand scale as she answers these crucial questions.

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Auricchio is a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art who received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD from Columbia University. Auricchio has been the recipient of major fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Columbia University. She is currently the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School for Public Engagement.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Guano Happens: An Illustrated History of Fertilizer in America

Presenter: Timothy Johnson, Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
Date: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Type of Event: Science Café with monthly speaker


In late summer 2014, some 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio lost access to tap water because of a massive bloom of toxic cyanobacteria in Lake Erie. Every summer, similar events occur in watersheds that drain regions where soilsare saturated with chemical fertilizers on farms and lawns. If humans are responsible for this annual toxic tide, why has it been so hard to stop it? In this talk, Timothy Johnson will discuss the environmental history of chemical fertilizers in the United States, exploring topics as diverse as guano islands, explosives production, and comic books to show how fertilizers became an indispensable tool for farmers, in spite of the considerable costs they have incurred.

Timothy Johnson is the Allington Dissertation Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for 2014-15 and a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on environmental and political history. Johnson’s dissertation is titled “Growth Industry: Unearthing the Origins of Fertilizer-Fueled Agriculture in America, 1865–1950.” The project investigates the chemicalization of American agriculture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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This free event will be held at National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant, 22 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more info on this monthly program, go to http://scienceontapphilly.com/

This month’s Science on Tap event is hosted by The Academy of Natural Sciences. Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Philosophical Society (APS), Museum Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Wagner Free Institute of Science

Reading Thomas Jefferson’s Mail

Presenter: Dr. Barbara B. Oberg
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Type of Event: Lecture and Reception


“In a sense, my career as a historian has been reading other peoples' mail. For the past 15 years I have been reading Thomas Jefferson's--both the letters he wrote and those he received. He corresponded over the years with long-time Virginia friends, men and women whom he met in France when serving there as American minister in the 1780s and stayed in touch with for the rest of his life -- individuals who sought jobs when as president he had the power of patronage, members of Congress and his Cabinet and, of enormous importance to him, his daughters and grandchildren. This body of documents helps us to understand not just Thomas Jefferson but early American politics, business, and society. If we understand Jefferson's world, we are better equipped to understand our own."

Join us as Dr. Oberg shares her insights into the life and character of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Jefferson was president of the American Philosophical Society from 1797 to 1814 -- both before, during and after his presidential term. This talk is one of the many events over the next two years that will add to our historical understanding of Jefferson and how his multi-faceted legacy continues to be relevant today.

Barbara Oberg is a Research Scholar in the History Department at Princeton University and Editor Emerita of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, a comprehensive edition of Jefferson's writings and correspondence (a project begun by the late Jefferson scholar and Member of the Society, Julian P. Boyd) published by Princeton University Press. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where her primary fields of study were eighteenth-century British intellectual history and American history of the early republic.

She has served as the president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Oberg was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society in 1998.

This event is free and open to the public.
Closest Parking: Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead Street (entrance on 4th next to Ritz Movie Theater)

Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday: 2015 Celebration! – Building the City

Presenter: Paul R. Levy
Harris M. Steinberg
Dr. Sandra L. Tatman
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Type of Event: Seminar; Other Events to Follow


Philadelphia in Franklin's era was known as the Athens of the New World. As master builders and carpenters erected homes ranging from simple to elaborate, Franklin turned his attention to safety features that were both useful and practical helping to provide the infrastructure for this growing metropolis. Through his Pennsylvania Gazette he stressed the need for a better water supply, urged the formation of fire companies, and suggested the paving and lighting of streets. In his private time he created the Franklin stove and his experiments with electricity gave rise to the lightning rod.

On January 16, 2015, the Franklin Birthday Celebration will present the Franklin Founders Award to Laurie D. Olin in recognition of his lifetime work in landscape design and urban planning. In 2013, Mr. Olin received the National Medal of Arts. His work through his firm, The Olin Studio, has helped make Philadelphia a more livable and successful city — a shining reflection of Dr. Franklin’s commitment to the improvement of civic life.

The 2015 Philadelphia Celebration will start with a free morning seminar on the topic of Building the City. Afterwards there will be a procession up 5th Street to Dr. Franklin’s grave followed by a luncheon honoring Mr. Olin.

RSVP to http://www.ushistory.org/celebration/index.htm

Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder is a collaborative organization of representatives of Franklin related organizations that each year plan a celebration in Philadelphia of Franklin’s birthday. The celebration’s intent is to bring national attention to Franklin’s ideas, ideals, and accomplishments which remain relevant today. Each celebration is built around a separate theme related to a different facet of Franklin’s interests. While Franklin’s involvement in a particular field is explored, the focus also is on contemporary research and development within that field. Each year, the Franklin Founder bowl is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to that field.

Science on Tap: “The Floor is Lava (Literally): The Do’s and Don’ts of Volcanology”

Presenter: Loÿc Vanderkluysen
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Type of Event: APS Museum Event


Every year, an average of 60 volcanoes erupt worldwide; approximately 15 of these eruptions have the potential to disrupt air traffic and cause widespread destruction. The practical consequences of these damaging effects made front-page news in 2010, following the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland (which caused extensive air traffic disruptions and flight cancellations), and Merapi volcano in Indonesia (during which 353 people were killed, and 350,000 were displaced). These events highlighted the need for novel and improved real-time volcano monitoring tools. In this presentation, Dr Vanderkluysen will talk about current eruptions in Hawaii and elsewhere across the globe, recent technological developments in volcano monitoring, and volcanic surveillance in the United States.

Loÿc Vanderkluysen, PhD, has been studying all types of volcanoes for the last 15 years: modern and ancient, active and inactive, on land and under water, in Greece, India, Italy, Indonesia, or the South Pacific. Dr Vanderkluysen specializes in the development of novel instrumentation and techniques to monitor volcanic eruptions and mitigate volcanic disasters, in the study of ancient but exceedingly large volcanic eruptions, and in the short- and long-term effects of volcanic gas release to the atmosphere, climate, and the environment.

This free event will be held at National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant, 22 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

For more info on this monthly program, go to http://scienceontapphilly.com/

This month’s Science on Tap event is hosted by The Academy of Natural Sciences. Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of five Philadelphia institutions: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Philosophical Society (APS), Museum Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Wagner Free Institute of Science

More Between Heaven and Earth

Presenter: Salon/Sanctuary Concerts
Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Type of Event: APS Museum Event


An original play with music -- with Jessica Gould, soprano, Tony Boutté, tenor and the Salon/Sanctuary Chamber Orchestra
Price: $25.00 (Adult); $20 (Senior); $15 (Student)

The APS and Salon/Sanctuary Concerts present an original theatrical production based on the letters of Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway. Cosway, an accomplished artist, musician and composer, first met Jefferson in 1876 while he served as American envoy to France. They kept up a spirited and passionate correspondence until Jefferson’s death in 1826.

Their letters reveal Jefferson’s evolving views on the separation of church and state, intermingled with Cosway’s account of her stifling marriage and the limited options open to a woman of brilliance. This original play is composed entirely of selections from their writings and features music that they heard, composed, played, and sent to each other, including works of Corelli, Hewitt, Sacchini, and Cosway herself. Accompanied by the Salon/Sanctuary Chamber Orchestra, this theatrical production offers a special opportunity to hear pre-Romantic music in an intimate venue that complements the historical context of the repertoire.

For tickets, visit brownbagtickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1068872

This performance is made possible in part by a generous grant from The Florence Gould Foundation. The leadership of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts bears no family relationship to The Florence Gould Foundation.

Privileging the Public in Public History

Presenter: Morris J. Vogel, President of the Tenement Museum
Date: Friday, December 12, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Type of Event: Lecture and Reception


Morris J. Vogel heads one of the most innovative museums in the country, the Tenement Museum, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration – recreating through costumed interpreters the personal experiences and stories of the working class immigrants who lived at 97 Orchard Street. With guided tours of the building and surrounding neighborhood, the Tenement Museum enhances the appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America’s evolving national identity.

Dr. Vogel will share his experiences leading the Tenement Museum and speak to the growing trend to make history more accessible to a public audience. Prior to joining the museum in 2008, Dr. Vogel served as a faculty member and chair of the Department of History at Temple University. He is the author or editor of six books in the social history of American medicine, cultural history, and urban history. While at Temple, Vogel founded the NEH-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) and was a member of the Historic Preservation Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he served as director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he developed strategies for employing culture as an agent of social transformation.

This lecture is in honor of Dr. Martin L. Levitt, Librarian at the American Philosophical Society (APS), who will retire from his post at year’s end. The APS joins Temple University, where he earned his Ph.D. and taught for many years, in honoring Dr. Levitt for his more than 25 years of service at the American Philosophical Society.

This event is free and open to the public
Closest Parking: Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead Street (entrance on 4th next to Ritz Movie Theater)

The Human Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition: Looking at Human Development from a Microbial Perspective

Presenter: Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 9:30pm to 11:00pm
Type of Event: Lecture and Reception


Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, is internationally known for his fundamental work on intestinal development. His research on how gut microbial communities affect normal gut function and shape various aspects of human physiology, metabolism, and nutritional status has opened a new field of research focusing on the microbiome. Much of what is known about the working of the gut microbiome have come from Dr. Gordon’s seminal studies of “gnotobiotic” mice – mice that have been raised under sterile conditions and then colonized with human gut microbes and given human diets. In the past decade, Dr. Gordon and his team’s research have uncovered a compelling causal link between the gut microbiome and obesity. More recently, his studies have implicated a dysfunctional, immature gut microbiome as an underlying cause of childhood undernutrition.

Dr. Gordon will discuss the research that has led him to be named the 15th recipient of the Jonathan E. Rhoads Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Medicine . The Jonathan E. Rhoads Commemorative Lecture was established in 1996 to honor the man who made significant contributions to medicine and to the three institutions sponsoring this program. Dr. Rhoads served as President of the American Philosophical Society and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and as Chair of the Department of Surgery of the University of Pennsylvania. He was known to many as a true renaissance man in the image of Benjamin Franklin. This endowed program was made possible with generous support from the Benjamin and Mary Siddons Measey Foundation, The General Motors Foundation, and the many friends and colleagues of Dr. Rhoads.

Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research, Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Please RSVP to: Barbara [dot] hamilton [at] uphs [dot] upenn [dot] edu

This event is free and open to the public

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