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Leila McNeill, OU alumnus (MA, History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Oklahoma) and co-editor of the online journal Lady Science, has published an article in the August issue of The Atlantic. In “The Constellations Are Sexist”, Leila explores how Greek and Roman star configurations depict men as conquerors and heroes, while women are victims and bit players. Read the article here, in The Atlantic.

Henry Zepeda Wedding

On July 16, 2016, Henry Zepeda (M.A., Ph.D., History of Science, University of Oklahoma; B.A., Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College) and Elizabeth Del Curto(M.A., Classical Philology, University of Arizona; B.A., Classics and Early Christian Literature, Ave Maria University) were married in Oakdale, California.  While she was a graduate student at Arizona, Elizabeth received a Centers and Regional Associations [CARA] summer program and tuition scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Medieval Studies’ 2014 summer course in Paleography and Codicology.  OU’s Margaret Gaida was also a student in the course and served as informal matchmaker to introduce Elizabeth and Henry.  Elizabeth taught Latin at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson during the 2015-2016 academic year.  The Zepedas have relocated to Munich, where Henry is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus project.

Sarah Swenson, who graduated from OU with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in the History of Science, was jointly awarded the 2014 Singer Prize by the British Society for the History of Science for her essay “‘Morals can not be drawn from facts but guidance may be’: The early life of W.D. Hamilton’s theory of inclusive fitness.” Sarah's work is based upon unique access to William Hamilton's archive, and it has contributed greatly to changed views among scholars on Hamilton’s work on social insects. Hamilton's letters reveal a whole new perspective on what he thought the human implications for his work might be.

After graduating from OU, Sarah studied under Pietro Corsi at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Completing that MA, she continued at Oxford to complete her D.Phil. in early 2015.  She recently began her medical studies at the Mayo Clinic.

Kathleen Sheppard

Kathleen L. Sheppard, a 2010 Ph.D. alumna, has just published her first book, The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology.  This is the first book-length biography of Margaret Alice Murray (1863-1963), a woman practicing professional archaeology at the beginning of the twentieth century, but usually presented in the historical shadow of the work of her mentor Sir Flinders Petrie.  Dr. Sheppard, however, focuses on Murray’s theories, ideas, and accomplishments to argue that she was a practicing scientist.  She also analyzes Murray’s life within the larger context of her involvement in the suffrage movement, her work in folklore and witchcraft studies, and after her retirement from University College London.

Kathleen Sheppard received a B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Truman State University, an M.A. in Egyptian archeology from University College, London, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma.  Her dissertation was entitled "The Lady and the Looking Glass: Margaret Murray's Life in Archaeology".  Currently, she serves as an assistant professor on the faculty of the History and Political Science Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  She teaches the history of science survey and western civilization courses.  Her research is situated in early twentieth-century Britain, and she also is interested in the popularization of science in America, the history and significance of World’s Fairs, and the Space Race.  She is on the executive committee of the Histories of Archaeology Research Network.

The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology

Kelsey Bjornsgaard

Kelsey Bjornsgaardwho graduated with a Major in International Relations and a Minor in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in 2011 has been accepted into the graduate programme of King’s College London, to study for a Masters degree in International Conflict Studies.

 

Jared Curran

Jared Curran, who expects to graduate with a double major in History of Science, Technology and Medicine, and Philosophy in 2012 will be among the first students to graduate with an undergraduate Major from our program.

Jared has been accepted into the graduate program in the Department of the History of Science here at the University of Oklahoma where he will pursue his interest in the history of the philosophy of science.