MA in Science & Technology Studies, York University
Major Research Paper: "Smashing Atoms and Expectations - Entrepreneurial Science and the Dawn of Publicly-Funded High-Tech Venture Capital at Robert J. Van de Graaff's High Voltage Engineering Corporation" was accepted by the Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Read it on Academia.edu.
Supervisor: Dr. Katharine Anderson
Second Reader: Dr. Edward Jones-Imhotep
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Kenton Kroker
Founding GPD: Dr. Bernard Lightman
Research Areas: Particle Accelerators - history, funding, strategy, communications, policies, competition, applied physics, entrepreneurial science, venture capital, influences and influencers, marketing, etc.
Post-Graduate Research (Independent):
- I am working with Yale University's A.W. Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory to document the decommissioning of their Tandem Van de Graaff accelerator.
- I am writing a biography on Van de Graaff and High Voltage Engineering Corporation.
- Friends of the American Institute of Physics who provided a grant-in-aid to visit the Niels Bohr Library and Archives and to visit the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives – both at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland, USA. This trip also provided me with the opportunity to perform research at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and at the National Museum of American History Library – both in Washington, DC.
- The Scientific Instrument Society who provided a grant-in-aid to enable me to visit the Museum of Science in Boston where Van de Graaff's original Round Hill devices are now located; and to visit both the MIT Museum and the Institute Archives & Special Collections (at MIT).
- The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association of York University and to George Mason University for providing conference travel support funds.
- A patron of physics history who wishes to remain anonymous and who provided funds to defray my travel costs to perform research.
Conferences, Workshops, & Papers:
- May 26, 2014: I presented a paper at the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) 2014 Congress at Brock University. Topic: "Smashing Atoms and Making Money: Robert J. Van de Graaff's High Voltage Engineering Corporation — Methods and challenges of marketing peaceful uses for particle accelerators during the Cold War." I also chaired the panel — History: Modern Science, Mathematics. Programme.
- May 21-23, 2014: I participated in the inaugural workshop: The Science-Policy Interface — International Comparisons — Canada/UK/US at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, ON, Canada.
- May 02, 2014: I presented a paper at Localities: Science and Technology in Places, Spaces, and Times at York University's 4th annual Graduate Student Conference. Topic: "No Clean Room Required. Developing and Manufacturing Robert J. Van de Graaff's Electrostatic Particle Accelerators for Science and Profit in the American Northeast."
- April 05, 2014: I presented a paper at the 14th annual STGlobal Consortium Science and Technology in Society Conference at The National Academies in Washington, DC. Topic: "Smashing Atoms and Smashing Sales — The Prospects and Perils of Manufacturing Particle Accelerators for Science and Profit."
- March 09, 2014: I presented a paper at Cornell University's Northeast Graduate Student Conference in Science and Technology Studies. Topic: "Smashing Atoms and Expectations — Entrepreneurial Science and the Dawn of High-Tech Venture Capital at Robert J. Van de Graaff's High Voltage Engineering Corporation." Read the NESTS program PDF at this link.
- September 2010: Joined the STS Executive Committee as the MA representative for the 2010-2011 academic year. View the STS Program website.
- GS/STS 5001 3.00 A, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (Dr. Natasha Myers)
- GS/STS 6401 3.00 A, Big Science (Dr. Richard Jarrell)
- GS/STS 5000 6.00 A, Directed Reading, two terms: Early nuclear physicists and their communities. Particle accelerator history. History of American and European universities and funding of physics laboratories. (Dr. Richard Jarrell & Dr. Ernst Hamm)
- GS/STS 6309 3.00 A, Objectivity (Dr. Michael Pettit)
- GS/STS 6304 3.00 M, Anticipating the Alien (Dr. Kathryn Denning)
BA (Hons.) - Summa Cum Laude
& The President's Medal, York University
June 14, 2010: Attended Spring Convocation where I graduated with a BA (Hons.) and was awarded the President's Medal at York University in Toronto. YFile story.
Major: Professional Writing
Minor: Science & Society
Medal: President's Medal (Murray G. Ross Award) at Convocation. York University's highest honour - bestowed by the Senate to the top graduating undergraduate for high academics and contributions to the University.
- June 2010: York University, Vanier Master's Award for Academic Achievement and Outstanding Contribution to Vanier College - Vanier College. Shared Vanier's top award with Ada Vrana.
- June 2010: Vanier Vingt-Deux Honour Roll (Master's Honour Roll - Vanier's top 22 graduating students), and the College's overall Academic Honour Roll.
- May 2009: Kent Haworth Playwriting Prize (1st Place), Stong College & York Archives, for The Tesla Chronicles.
- April 2008: Kent Haworth Playwriting Prize (2nd Place), Stong College & York Archives, for Grim Business.
- April 2008: Vanier College Master's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life re Existere - Journal of Arts and Literature by Vanier College, York University.
- March 2008: Vanier College Master's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life re Mature Students by Vanier College, York University.
- 2008: Named a Fellow to Vanier College, York University.
- 2007: Deborah Hobson Student Leadership Award, York University.
- 2007: Faculty of Arts Sessional Academic Achievement List.
- 2007: Continuing Student Scholarship.
- 2007: Golden Lion Award, York Federation of Students, for YUMSO.
- 2007: Kent Haworth Playwriting Prize (1st Place co-winner), Stong College & York Archives, for Fire Burial.
- 2006: Kent Haworth Playwriting Prize (1st Place), Stong College & York Archives, for The Prodigal Father.
- 2005: Continuing Student Scholarship.
- 2005: Faculty of Arts Sessional Academic Achievement List.
- 2004: Mature Student Scholarship.
Undergraduate Courses (120 credits):
- AP/EN 4722 6.0, Editing Shakespeare Electronically and in Print: The Theory and Practice of Editorial Transmission and Transformation - (Dr. Peter Paolucci)
- AP/EN 3720 6.0, Books and Bookmaking in the 21st Century, - (Nicholas Garrison)
- AK EN 4095 SU08 6.00, Directed Reading: Research and Writing Sample Chapters of a Handbook for Mature Students (plus other documents) - (Terri Palmer)
- AK EN 4095 FW08 6.00, Directed Reading: The Public and Academic Perceptions of Nikola Tesla - (Terri Palmer)
- AK WRIT 3988 3.00, Effective Writing and Research - (Gill Teiman)
- AS HUMA 4228 6.00, Nature in Narrative - (Dr. Joan Steigerwald)
- AS PRWR 2100 3.00, Studies in Non-Fiction - (John Blazina & Lisa Hopkins)
- AS WRIT 1500 3.00, Writing and Computers - (Michael Whealen)
- AS SOSC 2840 9.00, Film and Society - (Richard Lippe)
- AS WRIT 2200 3.00, New Challenges in Academic Writing - (Dr. Brenda McComb)
- AK CLTR 2420 3.00, Communication, Presentation Skills, & Voice - (Julie Sheppard-Greenhow)
- AS EN 2240 3.00, Apocalyptic Science Fiction - (Dr. Allan Weiss)
- AK SOSC 1950 6.0, Prospects & Perils in the 21st Century - (Lt. Col. Walter J. Perchal)
- SC STS 3600 6.0, Technological Failure - (Dr. Edward Jones-Imhotep)
- SC STS 2010 6.0, History of Modern Science - (Dr.James Elwick)
- FA FILM 1701 3.0, Hollywood: Old & New - (Gillian Helfield)
- AK STS 3700 6.00, History of Technology - (Dr. Ian Slater)
- AS EN 2910 6.00, Prose - (Terri Palmer)
- AS HUMA 1910 9.00, Science and the Humanities - (Dr. Joan Steigerwald & Paul Fayter)
- AS WRIT 1310 3.00, Writing Strategies for Nonfiction - (Dr. Peter Paolucci)
- AS WRIT 1980 9.00, Professional Writing: Process & Practice - (Jan Rehner & Dr. Arthur Haberman)
- FA THEA 1520 3.00, Acting for Non-Majors - (Ginette Mohr)
- SC NATS 1880 6.00, Life Beyond Earth - (Mary-Helen Armour)