Program Events & News


The Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine sponsors a weekly colloquium series and periodic symposia, bringing scholars from all over the world to the university.

The Program in the History of Medicine also hosts a History of Medicine Lunchtime Lecture series during the semester (September through December, January through April). Lectures are typically held on the first Monday of the month from 12:20–1:10 p.m. in 555 Diehl Hall.

Leonardo 500 at the Wangensteen Library

This special exhibit commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and draws upon the Wangensteen Historical Library's strong holdings in the history of anatomy and the interplay between anatomy, art, theater, and the sciences.

The exhibit runs October 21-25 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, see the exhibit flyer.



Dominique Tobbell, Ph.D. was awarded the J. Worth Estes Prize at the annual meeting for the American Association for the History of Medicine for the best published article in the history of pharmacology. Dr. Tobbell received the award for her co-authored article with Daniel P. Carpenter, Harvard University, "Bioequivalence: The Regulatory Career of a Pharmaceutical Concept," Bulletin of the History of Medicine(2011) 85(1): 93-131.

HMED graduate student Elizabeth Semler has been awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Liz was also recently awarded the 2014 K. Austin Kerr Prize by the Business History Conference for her presentation, “Public Health or Industry Health? U.S. Government Responses to the 1970s Dietary Cholesterol-Heart Disease Controversy,” at the BHC Annual Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany in March 2014.

HMED graduate student Jessica Nickrand has been awarded a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014. Jessica is also receiving a Bordin/Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship to the Bentley Historical Library, a Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Grant, and a UMN Program in the History of Science and Technology Summer 2013 Research Travel Grant.

HMED graduate student Emily Hagens has been chosen as a recipient of the Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant, 2013-2014, by Yale University's Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. She will be working on her project Italian Laywomen's Medical Practice: Knowledge Transfer in Sixteenth-Century Venice. She has also been awarded an Eyler Summer 2013 Research Travel Grant from the UMN Program in the History of Medicine. Emily and Lois Hendrickson, curator of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, were awarded a grant from the Center for the Pre-Modern World to develop a workshop on the interdisciplinary use of manuscript recipes. In spring 2015, they will host a group of 8-10 scholars from across the university working on early modern recipes in the Wangensteen Library’s collections.

Program News

Recent Publications

Dominique Tobbell, “‘Coming to Grips with the Nursing Question’: The Politics of Nursing Education Reform in 1960s’ America.” Nursing History Review (2014) 22: 37-60.

Jole ShackelfordNorthern Lights and Northern Times: Swedish Leadership in the Foundation of Biological Rhythms Research, American Philosophical Society, 2013. 

Dominique Tobbell, "Plow, Town, and Gown: The Politics of Family Practice in 1960s America," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87 (2013): 648-680.

Jennifer Gunn, " Back to the Future: Minnesota's Rural Health Workforce Shortages,” Minnesota Medicine 96 (2013): 41-45.

Recent Presentations

Jessica Nickrand, “The Detroit Medical Center, Healthcare Provision, and the Quieted Voice of Detroit’s Black Population, 1956-1985.” Biannual Meeting of the Urban History Association, Philadelphia, PA, October 11, 2014.

Dominique Tobbell, “Boundary Work: Nursing Theory, Knowledge Production, and the Development of the Nursing Ph.D.” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Nursing, Hartford, CT, September 20, 2014.


Dominique Tobbell was interviewed by Carmen Peota for Minnesota Medicine see, Carmen Peota, “The Politics of the Plow,” Minnesota Medicine (Sept. 2014) 97(9): 10.

Emily Hagens and Lois Hendrickson, curator of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine were interviewed for the blog, The Recipes Project: “First Monday Chat: Wangensteen Library, The Recipes Project, September 1, 2014,

Emily Hagens, “Monastic Domestic Medicine in Italy,” The Recipes Project, June 26, 2014,

Contact Program in the History of Medicine

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505 Essex Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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