STS Lectures

You are cordially invited to attend the following events in Fall 2020!

The STS program is proud to present: Prof. Erika Milam (Princeton University)

"Timescapes of Behavior: Adaptation and Long-Term Ecological Research" 

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4:10-5:00pm

Where: Thompson Science and Mathematics Seminar 'Virtual' Series, click here to join: meet.google.com/dci-bqpu-hgm

About her presentation: Most long-term research projects come to an end. Local politics, researchers’ health, and changing climatic conditions have all played a role. Given these expectations, this talk asks why ecologists came to plan projects that could (in principle) last in perpetuity and traces how some of those projects have continued despite the loss of the charismatic biologist who started them or local ecological transformations — surviving as the researchers continuously reinvented their projects while simultaneously maintaining a central core of data. Today, questions of loss, decay, and the rupture of sudden change have renewed relevance to historical inquiry, and I end by reflecting on the effects of the recent pandemic on biological field work. 

About Prof. Milam: "Erika Lorraine Milam specializes in the history of the modern life sciences, especially evolutionary theory. Her research explores how scientists have used animals as models for understanding human behavior, from sex to aggression. She is author of Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America (Princeton University Press, 2019) and Looking for a Few Good Males: Female Choice in Evolutionary Biology (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). With Robert A. Nye, she co-edited Scientific Masculinities (Osiris, Vol. 30, 2015). 

She graduated with a biology major from Carleton College and subsequently earned an M.S. in Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology) from the University of Michigan, where she developed an interest in the history of science. She then completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in the History of Science. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, in Berlin, Germany, she taught at the University of Maryland for several years before joining the Princeton History Department."

This presentation is sponsored by the Catharine Chism Lecture Grant in Humanities and Arts.