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Prof. Jon Agar - Royal Society Prize Lecture

On Tuesday 4th April, Prof. Jon Agar gave his Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture at the Royal Society, on 'The curious history of curiosity-driven research'.

Professor Agar was awarded the 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in recognition of his work as a leading figure in the history and philosophy of science. Created in 2005 by the merger of the three previously existing medals, the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar medal had previously been awarded to such luminaries as Lord Melvyn Bragg, Professor Hasok Chang, and Dr Jeremy Butterfield.

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Salon for the City: London's Natural Histories - Simon Werrett / Martin Rowson

On Thursday March 30th the Westminster Library “Salon for the City” hosted by Stephen Coates enjoyed a sold-out salon on “London’s Natural Histories” with UCL’s Simon Werrett and the Guardian’s Martin Rowson. Werrett’s talk, “Crawling King Caterpillar: Portraying Joseph Banks in the Eighteenth Century” discussed the impact of portraits and satirical caricatures of Banks that circulated during his lifetime. Next up was Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson who spoke about the history of London Zoo and the value of zoos for London life. Discussion then followed, lubricated by gin, on subjects ranging from pygmy hippo poo to the value of thrift in science and what animals would be good for caricaturing politicians today.

Post-talk tweets were very positive:

@phoebeceehaitch wrote “Brilliant talks from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson for #SalonForTheCity Natural Histories at Westminster Arts Ref Lib. Wonderful!”

@SuzyHaller wrote “Had no idea Westminster Reference Library hosts amazing talks. Definitely recommend. Great ones this eve from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson”

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STS launches Alchemy

Today, STS launches Alchemy. Part annual report, part seasonal newsletter to family and friends, Alchemy offers a means for highlighting student successes, staff comings and goings, recent developments in our research, the arrival of new programmes, and so much more. 

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STS OneBook - Group Seminar

In preparation for next month's OneBook talk with author Philip Ball, the STS Department held a group seminar, with representatives from various STS reading groups coming together for a combined reading session.

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Prof. Steve Miller awarded Emeritus rank

STS is pleased to announced that Prof. Steve Miller has been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in Science Communication and Planetary Science, following his retirement last month.

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Salon for the City - 30/03/2017

On March 30th 2017, STS's Simon Werrett will take part in a double-bill alongside renowned Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson as part of the Westminster Arts Reference Library's 'Salon for the City', exploring the career of Sir Joseph Banks under the theme of 'Natural Histories'.

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new research on Medical Pneumatic Institution of Bristol

In October 2015, Prof. Frank James gave the Wheeler lecture to the Historical Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, on Thomas Beddoes and the Medical Pneumatic Institution in Bristol. We are pleased to announce that this lecture has now been published online as part of the RSCHG Occasional Papers series.

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Rethinking Joseph Banks - 10-11th Nov 2016

Sir Joseph Banks accompanied Captain James Cook as a naturalist on Cook’s first voyage around the world in 1768 to 1771. In 1778 Banks was appointed President of the Royal Society and oversaw a global network of collaborators in the sciences until his death in 1820. Among his varied pursuits, Banks initiated the practice of sending naturalists on British voyages of exploration, a practice which continued for decades after his death. He played a significant role in developing Kew Gardens and contributed to the creation of the Royal Institution.

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InEDITA - A UCL initiative for Teaching Administrators

Launching on Tuesday 1st November, InEDITA is a new initiative established by Lori Coletti Campbell (STS Departmental Manager) alongside Stefanie Anyadi (Psychology and Language Sciences) and Leigh Kilpert (Institute of Child Health).

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New Editor for BJHS Themes

STS is pleased to announce that, starting with issue 4, Simon Werrett will be taking over as editor of BJHS Themes from Jon Agar, who has edited issues 1 to 3.

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RIP Professor Mary Hesse: 1924-2016

STS are saddened to announce the death on Sunday, 2 October 2016 of former UCL STS lecturer Professor Mary Hesse ScD FBA. Sir Richard Evans FBA, President of Wolfson College Cambridge, confirmed her passing earlier today, providing the following information:

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EBM+ Volunteers required

The EBM+ project, part of a three-year, AHRC-funded research project, 'Evaluating Evidence in Medicine (EEiM), is looking for enthusiastic student volunteers to take part in their school programme.

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2016/17 Begins - The STS Welcome Party

The 2016/17 academic year is off to a flying start - the department now hosts well over 100 students, and to help introduce the new intake,  the traditional STS Welcome Party took place. Dr Chiara Ambrosio and Malcolm Chalmers hosted the annual STS quiz, and all agreed that the party was a resounding success.

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STS Students commended on Dean's List

Each year, the Dean's List awards commendations to the top 5% of graduating students, to recognise academic achievement substantially above the requirements of a first class degree.

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The Final Film Night at the Grant Museum


This week, The Grant Museum held the last ever Film Night in association with Prof. Joe Cain. After nearly 10 years and 40 films, the final event was a showing of the 1959 classic "The Great Behemoth". As usual, Prof. Cain began with a discussion of the merits (or otherwise) of the film, and as can be seen in the picture above, a considerable effort was made in the presentation.

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STS in the Media

STS Staff have made several appearances in the media recently.

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