Category Archives: Scientia Canadensis

Jarrell Prize 2017

With pleasure, we announce that Catherine Carstairs’ article, “The Environmental Critique of WaterFluoridation,” published in Volume 38, Number 1 (2015) of Scientia Canadensis has been awarded the Jarrell Prize for best article published between 2015 and 2017. The Jarrell Prize was created in honour of Dr. Richard Jarrell — a founding member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, and the journal’s first editor — who passed away in 2013. The Prize comes with an award of $500.

The nominating committee wrote this assessment:

This is a model of how to write an essay for Scientia. It focuses on a science issue in Canada, noting key details and peculiarities, but without forcing a reading qua a distinctively Canadian situation. The author’s footnotes are fulsome and generous, provoking and enabling follow-up scholarship from readers. The prose style incorporates an authorial voice that remains persuasive without ever cajoling. The author connects global issues and local narratives without straining. We especially liked how Carstairs linked a decidedly local story about STOP to a broad shift where both scientists and activists moved away from the individual body to the ambient environment as the locus of study. Finally, in addition to the narrative, the paper clarifies the issue of fluoridation as a historical question, where understanding what’s at stake requires following differential chronologies. This is a paper we would return to both to see how it’s crafted and to see whether the method could be fruitfully used to study other issues

Congratulations Dr. Carstairs!

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Scientia Canadensis Volume 39 , Number 1

On the eve of our biannual conference, we’re please to announce the
publication of volume 39, number 1 of Scientia Canadensis available now
on Erudit at http://retro.erudit.org/revue/scientia/2017/v39/n1/index.html.

This issue contains articles on scientific instruments in the 19th and 20th
centuries, botanical photography, and the history of the IHPST. You may
download the entire issue as one PDF or download separate files for the
articles and reviews — 17 in all.

  1. Matthew Goodman, “Scientific Instruments on the move in the North America Magnetic Survey, 1843-1844” PDF / Abstract | Résumé
  2. Brendan Cull, “Early Canadian Botanical Photography at the Exposition universelle, Paris 1867” PDF / Abstract | Résumé
  3. Philip Enros, “The Origins of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology” PDF / Abstract | Résumé
  4. Michael Murphy, “Technology Development at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1962-1986” PDF / Abstract | Résumé

We also have 13 reviews of recent books in English and French on Canadian
history of science, technology, and medicine. Our reviewers this issue
include John Sandlos, Jean-Claude Simard, Robert Pilon, James Hull, Adèle
Paul-Hus, Ronald Stagg, Daniel Macfarlane, Matthew Hayes, William Wannyn,
Isabelle Perreault, Andrew D. Hathaway, Matthew S. Wiseman, and Blair Stein.

Book Reviews – Comptes-rendus d’ouvrages

Scientia Canadensis: The Canadian Journal for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine is looking for reviewers for the recently published books listed below. If you are interested in reviewing one of our English books, please contact: Beth Robertson. The subject of the book should preferably correspond to the reviewer’s fields of expertise or academic interests.

Books for review (English)

Scientia Canadensis: La Revue canadienne d’histoire des sciences, de la technologie et de la médecine est à la recherche de recenseurs pour les parutions récentes listées ci-dessous. Si vous êtes intéressés par la recension de l’un de nos ouvrages en français, veuillez contacter: Mahdi Khelfaoui. Le sujet du livre demandé devrait de préférence correspondre aux champs d’expertise du recenseur ou à ses intérêts de recherche.

Ouvrages à recenser (français)

Scientia Canadensis Volume 38, No. 2

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to inform you that Vol 38, No.2 of Scientia Candensis was issued in December 2016 and is now available on the Erudit platform. The issue is composed of four articles, one research note and thirteen book reviews.

Articles

  • Erich Weidenhammer, “August Kirschmann and the Material Culture of Colour in Toronto’s Early Psychological Laboratory,” pp. 1-19. PDF 3,8 Mb
  • Mireille Lacombe, « La vulgarisation scientifique au Planétarium de Montréal, » pp. 21-33. [PDF 2,3 Mb]
  • David J. A. Foord and Peter Kyberd, “Ideas and Networks: The Rise and Fall of Research Bodies for Powered Artificial Arms in America and Canada, 1945-1977,” pp. 35–56. [PDF 1,7 Mb
  • Rénald Fortier, « Tout le monde à bord pour le Klondike ». Le merveilleux aéronautique et quelques projets de vols vers les gisements aurifères du nord canadien, 1897-1898, » pp. 57–77. [PDF 3,6 Mb]

Research Note

  • Sean Seyer, “Walking the Line – The International Origins of Civil Aviation Regulation in Canada,” pp. 79–89. [PDF 1,2 Mb]

Book Reviews

  • Robert Gagnon, Urgel-Eugène Archambault. Une vie au service de l’instruction publique. Revue par Christian Dessureault . [PDF 454 Kb]
  • Ted Binnema, Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670–1870. Reviewed by Richard Dunn. [PDF 446 Kb]
  • Robert Craig Brown, Arts & Science at Toronto A History, 1827-1990. Reviewed by Richard White. [PDF 446 Kb]
  • Chris Turner, Science, on coupe ! Chercheurs muselés et aveuglement volontaire : bienvenue au Canada de Stephen Harper. Revue par Julien Landry. [PDF 444 Kb]
  • Yves Gingras (dir.), Controverses. Accords et désaccords en sciences humaines et sociales. Revue par Vincent Guillin. [PDF 455 Kb
  • Jérôme Proulx, De la didactique des mathématiques au Québec. Entretiens avec ses bâtisseurs. Revue par Geneviève Lessard. [PDF 444 Kb
  • Darcy Ingram, Wildlife, Conservation and Conflict in Quebec, 1840-1914. Reviewed by Caroline Desbiens. [PDF 443 Kb
  • Philip Enros, Environment for Science: A History of Policy for Science in Environment Canada. Reviewed by Matthew Wallace. [PDF 446 Kb]
  • Matthew Evenden, Allied Power: Mobilizing Hydro-Electricity During Canada’s Second World War. Reviewed by Sean Kheraj. [PDF 445 Kb]
  • Denis Monière et Florian Sauvageau (dirs.), La télévision de Radio-Canada et l’évolution de la conscience politique au Québec. Revue par Dominic Charette. [PDF 445 Kb
  • Robert MacDougall, The People’s Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age. Reviewed by Bryan Dewalt. [PDF 443 Kb
  • Denis Goulet et Robert Gagnon, Histoire de la médecine au Québec, 1800-2000. De l’art de soigner à la science de guérir. Revue par Benoit Gaumer. [PDF 446 Kb]
  • Marie-Claude Thifault (dir.), Désinstitutionnalisation psychiatrique en Acadie, en Ontario francophone et au Québec, 1930-2013. Revue par Hervé Guillemain. [PDF 450 Kb

We are always pleased to receive contributions of papers, research notes or book reviews that relate to Canadian history of science, technology and medicine.

New issue of Scientia Candensis / CSTHA membership renewal

Dear CSTHA members,

The latest issue of Scientia Canadensis – volume 38, number 2 – is now
available for download at Erudit: https://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia/2015/v38/n2/index.html

This note is also to advise you that it is time to renew your CSTHA
membership and Scientia subscription. Unless, of course, you renewed
this past year, which means your membership is valid through to the
end of 2017.

To renew your membership, please follow this link:  https://www.iatspayments.com/Portal/IATS/AURAPreview.aspx?PaymentboxID=PA9D6EE315E61424F4

If you are not sure of the status of your membership, please contact
Mahdi Khelfaoui, the CHTSA secretary, at: cstha.ahstc@gmail.com

Regards,

Dorotea Gucciardo, CSTHA president

David Pantalony, Scientia Canadensis editor-in-chief

William Knight, Mahdi Khelfaoui and Beth Robertson, Scientia
Canadensis editorial team

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Chers membres de l’AHSTC,

Le dernier numéro de Scientia Canadensis – volume 28, numéro 2 – est
maintenant disponible pour téléchargement sur la plateforme Érudit:

https://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia/2015/v38/n2/index.html

Nous souhaitons également vous aviser que nous sommes dans la période
de renouvellement des adhésions à l’AHSTC et des abonnements à
Scientia Canadensis. À moins que vous ayez déjà effectué le
renouvellement dans l’année écoulée, ce qui signifie que votre
adhésion court jusqu’à la fin de l’année 2017, nous vous invitons à le
faire dès maintenant à l’adresse suivante:

https://www.iatspayments.com/Portal/IATS/AURAPreview.aspx?PaymentboxID=PA9D6EE315E61424F4

Si vous n’êtes plus sûr de votre statut d’adhérent, veuillez contacter
Mahdi Khelfaoui, secrétaire de l’AHTSC, à cette adresse :
cstha.ahstc@gmail.com

Cordialement,

Dorotea Gucciardo, présidente de l’AHSTC

David Pantalony, rédacteur en chef de Scientia Canadensis

William Knight, Mahdi Khelfaoui et Beth Robertson, équipe éditoriale
de Scientia Canadensis

Scientia Canadensis Volume 38, No. 1

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to inform you that Vol 38, No.1 of Scientia Candensis has just been issued and is available on the Erudit platform. The issue is composed of three articles, one research note and twelve book reviews.

Articles

Research Note

Book Reviews

We are always pleased to receive contributions of papers, research notes or
book reviews that relate to Canadian history of science, technology and
medicine.

2015 Jarrell Prize / Prix Jarrell: Eda Kranakis

The CSTHA is pleased to announce the first winner of the Jarrell Prize for the best article published in Scientia Canadensis. Dr. Eda Kranakis, professor of history at the University of Ottawa, received the award for her article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

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From the awards committee:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

The Jarrell Prize was established in 2015 in honour of a founding member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, Dr. Richard Jarrell, who passed away in 2013.

Prix Jarrell

L’AHSTC est heureuse d’annoncer le premier récipiendaire du Prix Jarrell, attribué au meilleur article publié dans Scientia Canadensis ces deux dernières années. Eda Kranakis, professeur d’histoire à l’Université d’Ottawa, a reçu le prix pour son article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

Du comité de sélection:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

Le Prix Jarrell a été créé en 2015 en l’honneur du Pr. Richard Jarrell, un membre fondateur de l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada, qui nous a malheureusement quitté en 2013.

Scientia Canadensis v37 n1-2 online

Hello CSTHA-AHSTC members,

The most recent issue of Scientia Canadensis, volume 37 number 1-2, is now available online at Erudit. Here is the official link http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia/2014/v37/n1-2/index.html  for those with access via institutional subscriptions. We are working on providing access for individual members.

Here’s what you can look forward too:

  • Mahdi Khelfaoui (Guest Editor), Introduction: Énergie et société au Canada
  • Henry Vivian Nelles, Light Switch: Towards a History of the Second Enlightenment
  • Christopher D. Conway, Ontario’s Electrical Future: Global Environmental Limits, Systems Thinking, and Electrical Power Planning in Ontario, 1974-1983
  • Jack Lucas, How Hydro Ontario Went Local: The Creation of Local Districts and the Ontario Central System
  • Mark Sholdice, “It is the finest piece of government work that I know of anywhere”: The Influence of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario on the Giant Power Survey of Pennsylvania, 1923-1927
  • Mahdi Khelfaoui, Le nucléaire dans la stratégie énergétique du Québec, 1963-2012
  • Eda Kranakis, Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance
  • 31 pages of book reviews!