Arts, Culture, and Humanities

History of Science Society Inc

  • Notre Dame, IN
  • www.hssonline.org

Mission Statement

"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.

Main Programs

  1. Isis
  2. Annual Meeting
  3. Osiris
  4. Prizes and Awards
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The HSS is an international society, with approximately 30% of its membership residing outside the United States.

ruling year

1944

Principal Officer since 1998

Self-reported

Dr. Robert Jay Malone

Keywords

Self-reported

Science History, Science and Technology Studies, Science Philosophy, Cultural influence of science

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EIN

52-6050324

 Number

2745251220

Physical Address

440 Geddes Hall University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, 46556

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Society hosts an annual meeting that includes approximately 700 attendees. We publish 4 issues of Isis, the world's leading journal for the history of science; our Current Bibliography (an annual supplement to Isis); 1 issue of Osiris (our annual thematic serial on the history of science); 4 Newsletters; maintain a website (hssonline.org), Facebook page, Twitter and Tumblr accounts; and we foster interest in science history at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Humanities Alliance, the American Council of Learned Societies, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science, the American Historical Association, and other organizations.

Programs

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

Program 1

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$198,500.00

Program 2

Annual Meeting

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$110,000.00

Program 3

Osiris

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

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 4

Prizes and Awards

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$12,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Each step carries a metric for progress. For the annual meeting, for example, we measure attendees' experiences through a survey, as well as collect anecdotal evidence. For some of the other goals, we are establishing committees that will address these specific objectives.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have established committees for Technology and Communications, for Advocacy and are close to finalizing a new Committee for Membership. We have redrafted 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.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The HSS is an international society, with approximately 30% of its membership residing outside the United States.

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HISTORY OF SCIENCE SOCIETY, INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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History of Science Society Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Robert Jay Malone

BIO

Ph.D. History of Science, 1996.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As the HSS's first Executive Director, I am proudest of the many volunteers who devote countless hours to furthering education and substance in the history of science. My hire in 1998 marked a turning point for the Society; a transition from a volunteer-only society, subject to disorienting changes as the society's governance moved from secretary to secretary, to a new permanent office, with a healthy institutional memory and an even healthier endowment. I believe firmly that our members' work gives us a better understanding of science and its impact in our lives, truly a noble effort in a world dominated by the scientific method."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Janet Browne

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?