SoHoST 2016 Auburn University

The 10th annual Southern History of Science and Technology Conference was held at Auburn University on April 15-16, 2016.


Friday, April 15th

5:00 – 6:00

Opening Reception & Registration, Alabama Power Room (Light refreshments provided)

6:00 – 6:15

Convocation & Welcome

6:15 – 7:15

Keynote Address, Dr. Pamela Mack, STS, Clemson University, “Convincing students… of what?  Teaching STS in a Changing World”

 Break for Dinner, Restaurant List Provided

Saturday, April 16th

9:00 – 9:30

Coffee & Donuts, Lowder Hall

9:30 – 12:30

Morning Sessions, Lowder Hall

9:30 – 11:00, Session 1, Lowder Room 14 (3 30-minute slots)

The Things They Carried: Technology, Soldiers, Sportsmen (Chair: Matt Henderson)

  • Micah Rueber (Mississippi Valley State University), “More than One Way to Get a Buck: Black Powder Makes a Resurgence, 1970-2000”
  • Charles Busby (Auburn University), “Waterman’s Ideal” Soldier: The Roles of the World Wars and Great Depression in Shaping the Design and Legacy of the Fountain pen in America”
  • David Burel (Auburn University), “Contested Categories: Firearms Users, the Firearms Industry, and the ATF’s Administrative Middle Ground”

9:30 – 11:00, Session 2, Lowder Room 15 (3 30-minute slots)

The Science of Security (Chair: David Lucscko)

  • David Burke (Auburn – Montgomery), “Beyond Mere Accuracy: MIRVs, MARVs, and the New Atomic Threat”
  • Lydia Lafavor (Auburn University), “To Hit a Fly in Space: 1962 Air Defense Technologies and the Transnational Left”
  • Brian Jirout (Georgia Tech), “Civilian Science for Security: Land Remote Sensing Imagery Use and the Emergence of Geospatial Intelligence in the United States”

11:00 – 11:15, Coffee Break

 11:15 – 12:45, Session 3, Lowder Room 14 (3 30-minute slots)

Science, Technology, and Human Health (Chair: Cari Casteel)

  • Michael Murphy (Mississippi State), “Consumed By Death: Pellagra’s Impact on the Mississippi State Insane Hospital during the State’s Extended Economic Depression”
  • Karen Rader (Virginia Commonwealth University), “Lab Mice as Heroes?: Murine Reflections on Science and Popular Culture”
  • Nancy Traylor-Heard (Mississippi State), “Protecting the Future Generation: The 1930 White House Conference on Child Health and Protection”

11:15 – 12:45, Session 4, Lowder Room 15 (3 30-minute slots)

British Science and Technics (Chair: John Mohr)

  • Perry Colvin (Auburn University), “’Restoring to human bravery and skill its birth-right’: British Technological Enthusiasm and the Western Front, 1917-1918”
  • John Powers (Virginia Commonwealth University), “The Usefulness of Thermometers: Instruments and Brewing in Eighteenth-Century Britain”
  • Danielle Picard (Vanderbilt University), “Analyzing the Human Factor in British Industrial Psychology and Vocational Guidance, 1921-1939”

12:45 – 2:00

Lunch, Alabama Power Room

2:00 – 5:00

Afternoon Sessions, Lowder Hall

2:00 – 3:30, Session 5, Lowder Room 14 (3 30-minute slots)

Flying Machines (Chair: Bill Trimble)

  • Brian Odom (NASA MSFC History Office), “Alternate Paths of Paperclip: Fritz Pauli and German Rocket Technology Transfer”
  • Peter Meyer (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), “Aeronautical Patents and Aviation History from 1880-1916”
  • Roger Launius (National Air and Space Museum), “Redneck Rocketeers: Southern Culture and the Apollo Program”

3:30 – 3:45, Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:25, Session 6, Lowder Room 14 (4 25-minute slots)

The Engineering and Epistemology of “Environment” (Chair: Pamela Mack)

  • Jonathan Shafer (Auburn University), “Cheating Death: Technology, Survival, and Leisure in Death Valley National Park, 1880-1945”
  • Joe Lupton (Georgia Tech), “The Location of Lumber Sourcing for the Vietnam Furniture Industry and the Unintended Impact of US and EU Regulation”
  • Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State), “Listening to Extinction in the 20th Century”
  • Jonah Bea-Taylor (Georgia Tech), “Facilitating Development, Masking Vulnerability: The Corps of Engineers and Flood Control in Houston, Miami, and Tampa, 1935-1980”

6:00 – 9:00

Conference Banquet, Pebble Hill Plantation, 101 S Debardeleben St, Auburn, AL 36830