Ontario Node

The Ontario Node is based at York University with ties to the University of Toronto.

See the York STS series here

HERE for past events at York ISTS.

Some Node news and events on this page relate to activities in Ottawa and other areas of Ontario.

Node Manager(s)

Dr. Bernie Lightman (York University)



Bernard Lightman, Professor of Humanities, York University, is the current Society Editor of the History of Science Society and editor of Isis, the leading history of science journal, and oversees the production of the annual bibliography and the annual journal Osiris. Lightman is also editor of a monograph series titled "Science and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain" (Pickering and Chatto) and was the general editor of the four volume Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists (Thoemmes Press, 2004). His publications include Origins of Agnosticism (Johns Hopkins, 1987), Victorian Faith in Crisis (Macmillan, 1990), Victorian Science in Context (University of Chicago Press, 1997), and Figuring it Out (co-edited with Ann Shteir, University Press of New England, 2006) Science in the Marketplace (co-edited with Aileen Fyfe, University of Chicago Press, 2007) Victorian Popularizers of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Lightman has organized nine international conferences.

At York University he has been appointed to a number of administrative positions over the years, including Associate Dean of Arts, Acting Director of Academic Staff Relation, Coordinator of the interdisciplinary program Science and Society, and Director of the Graduate Program in Humanities. From 1997 to 1999 he was a regular contributor to the CBC Radio programme, Quirks and Quarks.

416.736.5164  Ext. 22028
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News: Dr. Lightman was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Research and Development

MA Students 2013-14:

Jovian Parry holds an MA in cultural studies from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is currently a PhD student in York University's Science and Technology Studies program. His interests broadly include critical animal studies, social science fiction, gender studies, ecofeminism, and the history of science and technology. Specifically, he is interested in the ideological entanglements of gender, ‘Nature’, and nonhumans throughout the history of scientific thought. He is also interested in the impact of new technologies and new social movements upon modes of food production and consumption. jovian[@]yorku.ca

Lina Pinto is a student of the Science and Technology MA Program at York University. She holds a BSc in biology (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) and a MSc in biotechnology (Université de Strasbourg, France). She has worked in museum exhibit conceptualization in Germany and Colombia, and for the past two years was part of the research support team of a biomedical research institute in Colombia, mainly devoted to the study of neglected tropical diseases. Lina is interested in issues related to community participation in research and other mechanisms that encourage dialogues between scientists and communities to efficiently respond to their needs, particularly those associated with health. Other areas of interest include science communication, science popularization, and engagement and mobilization of communities in the political decision-making process for science related issues. lbpinto[@]york.ca; linapintog[@]gmail.com

Post-Doctoral Appointment

2010-12: Melinda Baldwin began her post-doctoral position at York University in the fall of 2010.
She is a graduate of Davidson College, where she earned her B.S. in 2004. She also holds an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. After finishing her PhD at Princeton University, she joined the SSHRC cluster at York in the fall of 2010. Her dissertation, "Nature and the Making of a Scientific Community, 1869-1939," investigates the early history of the journal Nature, focusing on the journal's nineteenth-century rise to prominence in Britain, its treatment of scientific controversies such as spiritualism and radioactivity, and its impact on scientific internationalism in the twentieth century. Her broader research interests include the history of scientific communication, gender and science, and the history of chemistry.
Please see "Publications" for a list of her work as part of her fellowship


Upcoming Node Events

Node News and Events

Recalibrating the Science-Media Conversation
Recalibrating the Science-Media Conversation Op-Ed Jacob Berkowitz, Writer in Residence, ISSP Full article here: http://www.issp.uottawa.ca/eng/documents/RecalibratingtheScience-MediaConversation.pdf...
Benjamin Olshin: Adventures in History of Science: Maps, Marco Polo, and other Curiosities
The Institute for Science and Technology Studies is pleased to announce the following talk by Prof. Benjamin Olshin of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia: "Adventures in History of Science:...
Influencers panel
Influencers Panel Panel of influential decision-makers discussing results of the symposiumDate: Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 Time: 17:30 – 19:00 Location: Desmarais Building, Rm. 12-102 (12th floor),...
Temporalities Technoscience Salon
Event :: TEMPORALITIES Speakers :: Fa-Ti Fan (Binghamton University), Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto) Discussants :: Grant Otsuki (University of Toronto), Sara Martel (York University) Chair ::...
Influencers Panel
Influencers PanelPanel of influential decision-makers discussing results of the symposiumDate: Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 Time: 17:30 – 19:00 Location: Desmarais Building, Rm. 12-102 (12th floor), University...
The Transformations in the Relations between Science, Policy and Citizens
THE TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE RELATIONS BETWEEN SCIENCE, POLICY AND CITIZENSDr. Yves Gingras, Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science, Université de Québec à Montréal Monday Oct. 21...
Uncertain Science, Uncertain Times
UNCERTAIN SCIENCE, UNCERTAIN TIMES Selections and discussion of Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning play, Copenhagen Moderated by Jay Ingram Directed by Kevin OrrTuesday Oct. 22, 2013, 7:30 pm...
Following Chromosomes: Human Heredity in the Atomic Age
Following Chromosomes: Human Heredity in the Atomic Age    York: Apr. 1, 2014 12:30Speaker: Soraya de Chadarevian, UCLA http://www.history.ucla.edu/people/faculty?lid=4296Seminar...
After IVF: The New Anthropology of Reproduction
After IVF: The New Anthropology of Reproduction York: Mar. 18, 2014, 12:30Speaker: Sarah Franklin (Cambridge) http://www.sociology.cam.ac.uk/contacts/staff/profiles/sfranklin.htmlSeminar Series...
Cinematic Journeys: The Many Lives of an Expedition Film Never Made
Cinematic Journeys: The Many Lives of an Expedition Film Never Made York: Feb, 13, 2014 12:30Speaker: Gregg Mitman (Wisconsim-Madison) http://gmitman.com/Seminar Series details:Entanglements of...
How We May Think: Imaging and Writing Technologies Across the History of the Neurosciences
How We May Think: Imaging and Writing Technologies Across the History of the Neurosciences York: Feb. 4, 2014, 12:30Speaker:  Cornelius Borck,  Lübeck  http://www.imgwf.uni-...
Critical Itineraries of Technoscience Salon - Clouds
Please join us for the first Technoscience Salon event. Event:: CLOUDS When:: Thursday, September 26, 4-6 pm Where:: Sidney Smith 2098, 100 St. George St, University of Toronto Salon Theme :: This...
Containments: Ecologies, Technologies, and Animal Environments 1780-1830
Containments: Ecologies, Technologies,  and Animal Environments 1780-1830 Toronto, York University, Jan. 21, 2014 12:30 pmAnne Milne, English, University of Toronto Scarbourgh Link: http://www....
Mediating Animals: Surveillance and Simulation in Animal Ecology
Mediating Animals: Surveillance and Simulation  in Animal Ecology Toronto, York University, Nov. 26, 2013 12:30 pmSpeaker: Etienne Benson History and Sociology of Science, University of...
Embryos Under the Microscope: A History of Science in Society
Embryos Under the Microscope:   A History of Science in Society York University, Nov. 12, 2013 12:30Speaker:  Jane Maienschein Director, Program in Biology and Society, Arizona State http...