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Jane Maienschein earns David L. Hull Prize

September 15, 2015

Biology and Society Director brings home the gold.

On Thursday, July 9th, 2015, ASU University, Regents’, President’s, and Parents Association Professor, Jane Maienschein, received the highest honor granted by the International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPPSB), the David L. Hull Prize.

Biology and Society Director, Jane Maienschein

The Hull Prize honors an extraordinary contribution to scholarship and service and promotes interdisciplinary connections between history, philosophy, social studies, and biology. It is a biennial prize established in 2011 to honor the life and legacy of philosopher/historian/biologist David L. Hull (1935-2010).

“The whole idea behind the award is to get people who have a holistic commitment to the interdisciplinary fields of history, philosophy, and social studies of biology. Teaching, mentoring, service, and research were all important to David Hull, the philosopher, historian, and biologist for whom this award was created,” said Maienschein. “It’s a huge honor--David had such a large presence across so many fields.”

Maienschein’s contributions to the fields of history and philosophy of science have been enormous. Among many other roles, she has served as the Founding President of ISHPSSB (1989-1991), was on the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association (1995-1998), and was both a Vice President (2006-2007) and President (2008-2009) of the History of Science Society. She has also served various roles for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and even the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). Maienschein has also served on the editorial board of many journals, including Biology and Philosophy (1993-present), and was the Co-Editor with Garland Allen of the Journal of the History of Biology (1998-2006).

In addition to her service for professional societies and journals, Maienschein’s research in the history of cell biology, embryology, stem cells, and reproductive medicine has led to hundreds of articles, and most recently the book Embryos Under the Microscope with Harvard University Press. Maienschein has excelled at parlaying her research interests into outreach activities aimed at increasing scientific literacy among the general public, including pieces for Slate, as well as the Embryo Project Encyclopedia and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) History Project.

David L. Hull medalIn terms of mentorship, Maienschein has directed over 60 Honors projects and theses to completion, seven Master’s theses, seven PhDs, and eight Postdoctoral Fellows. She received the Arizona Professor of the Year Award from the CASE and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. When asked about her commitment to her students Maienschein said, “I especially love teaching and learning from and with my students.”

Her commitment to excellence in teaching, professional service, outreach, and mentoring make her an exemplary representative of the missions and goals laid out in the ASU charter.

Maienschein is the third recipient of the Hull Prize. The inaugural prize was awarded to Cornell University Historian of Science William Provine in 2011, and the second to University of Chicago Philosopher of Science William Wimsatt in 2013.

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