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March 31, 2008

Midwest Junto

The Midwest Junto for the History of Science is being hosted this weekend by the University of Minnesota. Although the name does not indicate it, this conference will include presentations on the history of medicine and technology, too. It promises to be an informative couple of days. The conference will begin on Friday, April 4 with a reception at the Bell Museum on campus, and it will end on Sunday afternoon. It also includes a banquet at the beautiful Bakken Library and Museum on Saturday night.

You can email Jole Shackelford at shack001@maroon.tc.umn.edu if you are interested in registering. I hope to see you there!

March 27, 2008

Colloquium in Maryland

I just wanted to call your attention to the fact that our very own current Tomash Fellow, Corinna Schlombs, will be giving a talk next Thursday, April 3, at the University of Maryland:

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Speaker: Corinna Schlombs, University of Pennsylvania

“American Corporations in European Computer Markets: IBM and Remington Rand�

About the Speaker: Corinna Schlombs is PhD candidate in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation in the international history of computing investigates the transfer of computing technology and culture between the US and Western European countries from the end of WWII to the late 1960s. The current Tomash Fellow in the History of Information Processing, Schlombs also received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant and pursued part of her doctoral research as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.


University of Maryland, Francis Scott Key Hall 2120 (Merrill Room) Refreshments from 4-4.30 p.m.; paper and discussion from 4.30-6 p.m.

Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated paper. Please email David Kirsch, dkirsch[at]umd[dot]edu for a copy.

-from the SHOT blog

March 24, 2008

New Finding Aid - I. Bernard Cohen

We have a new collection processed and ready for use: the I. Bernard Cohen Papers, CBI 182. Emilia, our visiting library student from Illinois, did a great job arranging and describing the collection. Thanks, Emilia!

March 10, 2008

2008-09 Tomash Fellow

An announcement courtesy of Jeff:

The 2008-09 Tomash Fellow is Ian Walsh, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Organization Studies, Carroll School of Management, Boston College University. He will be visiting CBI to use a variety of our collections (DECUS, Market Research, Auerbach, etc.) and present his ongoing research in the coming academic year. His dissertation is on the history of organizational afterlife of IT corporations (The degree of identification of former employees with a company after it ceases to exist, and the culture, practices, methods, etc. that live on in new corporate entities/activities.) He is doing cases on the history of two minicomputing firms and their afterlife--Digital Equipment (DEC) and Data General.

His web page is at http://www2.bc.edu/~walshia/ .

CBI awards the Tomash Fellowship annually to a graduate student doing doctoral dissertation research in the history of computing.

Congratulations, Ian!

March 5, 2008

First Friday

Come hear Tom and Arvid speak on the topic "Computers Once Were Women - Why Did This Change?" this Friday, March 7, at noon in 120 Andersen! Light refreshments will be served. Here's a brief description:

Through the 1940s, the term "computer" referred to people, often young women, who labored over lengthy hand computations. Throughout the early years of computing history, women played a prominent role, but in recent years, the field has become increasingly male-dominated. The Charles Babbage Institute sheds some light on these changes.

March 4, 2008

IT History Society Blog

Paul Ceruzzi has recently started a blog for the IT History Society, located at http://ithistory.org/blog . Since the subject matter will be so pertinent to CBI research and collections, I'll be following Ceruzzi's blog closely. Welcome to the blogosphere, Paul!