Posts Tagged 'History'

Old School Hydrology

Old School Hydro: Modern and Historic Surveying Aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, November 4

3:00 p.m.

Alderman Library Scholars’ Lab

Max Edelson

Associate Professor

Corcoran Department of History

University of Virginia

During the summer of 2010, U.Va. historian Max Edelson gained a berth aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson as it charted the waters off the western Keys of Florida. For a week, he learned about modern coastal surveying and hydrography first hand and interviewed the TJ’s officers and scientists about their experiences using sonar-based sensing to measure the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To better get a grasp on the first rigorous colonial surveys of Florida created in the 1760s and 1770s, he enlisted some of the crew to recreate early modern methods by tracing the contours and measuring the depths of a harbor in Key West. When asked what they were up with their lead lines and sextants by puzzled crew mates, they replied, “We’re off to do some old-school hydro.” This talk describes the art and science of surveying and mapmaking in and around the Florida Keys across 250 years.

All Scholars’ Lab events are free and open to all. No registration is required.

Are You What You Eat?

Please join us in the Brown Science & Engineering Library for the following program, organized for Family Weekend.


“Are you what you eat? Assessing the diets of modern and ancient humans”


Friday, November 5

10:30-11:30 am

Brown Science & Engineering Library

Clark Hall


Fundamental to the understanding of human history is the ability to make interpretations about an ancient population based on limited information. Within artifacts can be information, for example, concerning incidence of disease, genetic defects, and nutrition. We have analyzed hair from both modern and ancient individuals to show a wide diversity in the levels of seafood, corn-fed beef, and other grains in diet. Using stable isotope tracers, new information regarding historical figures (George Washington, 1799 AD; Edgar Allen Poe, 1849 AD) to perhaps the most ancient of mummies, the Chinchorro of Chile (more than 5000 BC) as well as the Moche of Peru (500 AD) and the best preserved mummy, the Neolithic Ice Man of the Oetztaler Alps (3200 BC), has been deciphered. Not only can the understanding ancient human communities and their environments be accomplished, but insights into modern American diets have recently been established. Presented by Environmental Science Professor Stephen A. Macko.


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STS Colloquium Series

Department of Science, Technology and Society
Fall 2009 Colloquium Series

Speaker:   Arne Kaijser, Professor of Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Title:   Technology and the Making of Contemporary Europe: Learning from the Tensions of Europe Project 
Date:   Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time:   3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location:   Rodman Room (A207), Thornton Hall

Arne Kaijser will describe the Tensions of Europe project, a collaborative undertaking that explores ways to study transnational European history with a focus on the role of technology as a force of change.  Kaisjer will also tell us about his current research on the development of a European gas grid and the export of Soviet gas to Western Europe during the Cold War.

Brief Bio:
Arne Kaijser is a professor of History of Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and the current president of the Society for the History of Technology.  Kaijser has written extensively about the history of large technological systems, with specific projects on energy and information technology.   He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Technology and Centaurus.

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