HISTORY OF SCIENCE SOCIETY INC

Sharing the stories of science

aka HSS   |   Notre Dame, IN   |  https://hssonline.org

Mission

"To foster interest in the history of science, promote discussion of science's social and cultural relations, and bring this understanding to others worldwide." The HSS does this by promoting scholarship in the field (through publications, prizes, and support), by convening an annual meeting, by publishing research aids, by providing media experts on issues in science, and by serving as a liaison between the sciences and the humanities.

Ruling year info

1944

Principal Officer

Dr. Robert Jay Malone

Main address

Univ. of Notre Dame 440 Geddes Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA

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EIN

52-6050324

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Professional Societies, Associations (V03)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rampant misunderstanding regarding the nature of science.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Isis

Established in 1912, Isis is considered the flagship journal in the history of science. Articles are selected in a highly competitive process after having been thoroughly reviewed by outside readers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Society hosts an annual meeting in the last quarter of the calendar year in which we showcase the latest research in the history of science, recognize outstanding scholarship, bring together multiple committees, and provide an environment that fosters intellectual exchange.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Annual serial that examines history of science in a broader context, making the field more accessible to historians in general.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Honors the best scholarship in the history of science. Multiple prize committees examine a broad range of publications and choose those that exemplify the highest standards. Awards are given to books aimed at an academic audience, at a general audience, best graduate student essay, best work in the history of women in science, best work in natural history, excellence in teaching, and various lectureships.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Society's Bibliographer, who is an associate editor and who is assisted by several graduate students, examines thousands of publications each year and selects those that deal with the history of science, including articles, books, dissertations, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The HSS has established 6 strategic goals:

Goal 1—MEETINGS/NETWORKING: Create vibrant regular HSS meetings and facilitate networking through other associations and venues.

Goal 2—PUBLICATIONS/STANDARDS: Foster a publishing environment that promotes top-quality history of science scholarship in diverse media for diverse audiences.

Goal 3—PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Support professional development of emerging history of science scholars in and outside the academy.

Goal 4—BROADENING OUR REACH: Promote general interest in history of science among educators at all levels and the public, in part by providing opportunities to scholars to expand their audiences and make their work more effective and relevant.

Goal 5—ADVOCACY: Promote history of science in the United States by advocating on behalf of the field and its practitioners to the public, to government officials, to universities, and to potential employers of historians of science; and support advocacy of history of science in other countries.

Goal 6—MEMBERSHIP/GOVERNANCE: Produce a sustainable governance and financial system for HSS that will promote a welcoming, culturally and internationally diverse and interdisciplinary organizational culture.

Each goal has identified objectives that include action steps. An example from each goal appears below:

Objective 1.1: Host conferences that generate excitement.
Step A. Improve experience of meeting for attendees by, for example, limiting number of concurrent sessions.

Objective 2.1: Maintain the outstanding quality of our print publications, while making HSS more welcoming of innovative research methods and modes of publication, from informal blogging to major online research projects.
Step A. Provide members with an HSS-authorized statement about the value of digital work and publication, with some guidelines for defining and evaluating it.

Objective 3.1: SKILLS: Encourage historians of science to develop skills to succeed in a range of professions outside and inside the academy (tenure track and non-tenure track).
Step A. Conduct regular workshops for graduate students on professional development, funding opportunities, and academic applications.

Objective 4.1: Reconfigure the Governance/Employee Structures of the HSS to include accountability for 'broadening our reach.'
Step A. Increase engagement efforts among EO staff, making a new hire and redistributing tasks within the office.

Objective 5.1: Promote greater public recognition of History of Science
Step A. Expand EO commitment to media and engagement. See Step 4.1.A.

Objective 6.1: Know our members.
Step A. Revise Society organization to put in place a committee on membership. This may be a reworked Committee on Research and the Profession.

Each action step has resources (extant and desired) connected to it. These include various committees, personnel in the Executive and Editorial offices, new hires, caucuses, and interest groups.

We have established committees for Technology and Communications, for Advocacy, for Membership, and, most importantly, Diversity and Inclusion. We have also added three endowed prize funds in the past several years to promote excellence in scholarship. We revised all of our bylaws and statutes in accordance with the strategic plan, have created both a policy manual and a procedures manual, and are laying the groundwork for a financial campaign.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HISTORY OF SCIENCE SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 12/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Jan Golinski


Board co-chair

Dr. Karen Rader

Bernard Lightman

York University

Robert Malone

HSS

Jan Golinski

Univ of New Hampshire

Karen Rader

Virginia Commonwealth Univ

Gwen Kay

NYU Oswego

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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