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Department Name Change

On August 28, 2020, the Faculty voted unanimously to change the Department name from "History of Science" to "History of Science, Technology and Medicine", reflecting the major strengths represented in the Department.

2020-2021 Colloquium Series

Upcoming Speakers

History of Science Colloquium, Spring 2021

March 12: Rayvon Fouché (Purdue University)
“Bodies or Machines: The Cultural Limits of Technology in Sport”

April 2: Younes Mahdavi (University of Oklahoma)
"Astronomy in Safavid Persia: Bahāʾ al-Dīn ʿĀmilī and the Patronage of Science"

April 23: Brent Purkaple (University of Oklahoma)
“‘For now we see through a mirror dimly': Jesuit Optics and Visual Culture”


Our ongoing colloquium series will be entirely by Zoom. See details below.


Bodies or Machines: The Cultural Limits of Technology in Sport

Rayvon Fouché (Purdue University)

3:30-5:00pm, Friday March 12 

Meeting ID: 965 0572 6392
Passcode: 71265522

For help with Zoom link or accomodation on the basis of disabliity please contact The event will be live captioned.


2019-2020 Colloquium Series


OU Alumna at American Philosophical Society. With a bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in history of science and technology from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Emily Margolis received her PhD in History of Science and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University in spring 2019. Her dissertation topic was “Space Travel at 1G: Space Tourism in Cold War America”. She plans to pursue a curatorial career and has already interned at the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden, Germany. In July 2019 she began a two-year term as Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia, PA. During her fellowship she will develop exhibitions using the archival, photographic, and object collections of the APS. Dr. Margolis will serve as lead curator for the Museum’s 2021 exhibition on the history of women in science.

History of Science Alumna returns to Oklahoma, continues work on the early civil rights movement. While a graduate student interested in race and science in OU’s History of Science program in 1976, Betty Katherine Permetter Falato (BS, Mathematics and MA, Human Relations, University of Oklahoma), was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to participate in its Air Transportation System Specialist program at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). Betty Permetter Falato was awarded an MS in Civil Engineering from UCB in 1978. She was then transferred by the FAA to Washington, DC, and spent the remainder of her career in the East.  Ms. Permetter Falato retired from the FAA in 2007, and has since published two books. Her 2010 book,