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48th Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology

Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA
Event date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 14:00 to Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 17:00
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Registration is now closed.  Please contact us with any questions.

Program for the Joint Atlantic Seminar is now available.

Abstracts for the Seminar are now available.

Information about the location and sights.

The Joint Atlantic Seminar, founded in 1965, is an opportunity for graduate students in the history of biology to present their work to a receptive, critical, and friendly audience in an intimate and constructive atmosphere.

The 48th annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology is to be held at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The seminar is supported by the ASU Office of the President through the MBL-ASU Collaborative for the History and Philosophy of Science. The seminar opens on Friday, April 26, with a workshop on digital HPS and informatics.

This is different from the usual one-day-only event. The Seminar begins Friday afternoon at 2pm  with a three-hour workshop on informatics and computational history and philosophy of science. We discuss a variety of exciting new projects and initiatives that use cutting-edge computational tools and infrastructure to enhance the efforts of the history of science, with use-cases to show how you can use them too.  Saturday consists of more traditional sessions, in which graduate students give papers based on their dissertation research.

Because of an NSF Embryo Project Training Grant, Arizona State University can pay for housing in the MBL dorms for all those who attend the informatics session, depending upon availability. For this benefit, you need to sign up and make clear that you will attend at least part of the Friday session and stay in the dorms. These are definitely dorm rooms, and though they are perfectly nice as such, they are not elegant and do not have all the usual hotel amenities. Some attendees will be in Swope, which has two twin beds and a bath in each room. Others may be in the Ebert brick dorm, as singles or doubles or triples, with bathrooms nearby. You can indicate a preference, and we will juggle assignments so as to optimize your preferences along with the ability to house the most people who need support. For those who are not graduate students, those who are arriving later or do not wish to attend the training session, please see the hotel list below. Regardless of your housing, we will pay for all meals and registration costs, but you must register beforehand.

Nearby hotels:
Sands of Time will be open that weekend, a 0.5 mile walk from the MBL.To make reservations call or email (since they are not open now):
The Sands of Time
549 Woods Hole Road    PO Box 106
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Telephone: (508) 548-6300
Reservations: (800) 841-0114
Fax: (508) 457-0160
Email: Welcome@sandsoftime.com
Rates range from $109-169 per room/per night
Woods Hole Inn                                                     
28 Water Street, PO Box 4
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543
Phone:  508-495-0248
Email: woodsholeinn@gmail.com
Availability: 6 rooms: 5 rooms w/ 1 bed; 1 room w/3 beds    8 beds total
Room pricing: $179-229  (varies due to size of bed)
If no breakfast: -deduct $10 per room per night 
If no parking: -deduct $15 per room per night 

Bus service to Woods Hole from Boston Logan Airport is available through Peter PanBus Lines. Round-trip fares are around $55.  If you are arriving too late for the last bus, you can hire the Green Shuttle, at rates of approximately $145.

Financial Support
Thanks to funding from NSF and from the ASU President's office, we will pay for all meals and registration cost for all attendees, but you must register beforehand.  In addition,  we can cover housing costs at the MBL for all graduate students if so indicated on the registration form. There is also limited financial support available for transportation for speakers, by application. Please indicate whether you will attend the training session Friday afternoon, for which additional funds are available (see above).

Applications for support are no longer available.

Contact: Please address your questions, and other correspondence, to:


Organizers: Jane Maienschein, Lijing Jiang, Kate MacCord, Erick Peirson

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