One of the questions of the seminar will be what we know about the MBL’s Embryology course and research over more than a century. How can we capture this history? And how might this knowledge inform current and future decisions about embryo research and its social, political, economic, and other complex contexts? Working within the digital environment of the NSF-funded Embryo Project at ASU’s Center for Biology and Society, we will look at people who have done embryo research in the past century, places they worked, research practices and technologies, concepts developed, images and literature produced, and the multiple contexts in which they worked.
In the case of the MBL Embryology Course this means, for example. Generating a list of all course directors, with pictures, links to their publications, discussions of organisms selected and technology used, and all other aspects of the research can provide vibrant links among otherwise divergent sources and can bring together scholarship that normally resides in dispersed places that those in other fields never see.