Prof. Jones publishes “A Concise History of Veterinary Medicine”

Susan D. Jones, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Emeritus professor Peter A. Koolmees of Utrecht University in the Netherlands recently published their book, “A Concise History of Veterinary Medicine” (Cambridge University Press).

The book, meant to serve as a textbook for English-reading vet students, grad students and interested people around the world, spans 400 years of history and presents the first global history of veterinary medicine and animal healing. “A Concise History of Veterinary Medicine” draws on inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives, and addresses how attitudes toward animals, disease causation theories, wars, problems of food insecurity and the professionalization and spread of European veterinary education have shaped new domains for animal healing. It concludes by considering the politicization of animal protection, changes in the global veterinary workforce, and concerns about disease and climate change.

There will be a book launch event at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School on October 21 at 5:00pm. Details and more information can be found on the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum's Facebook event page.


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Welcome back 2022 from the Department Heads of HSTM

Welcome back to campus for the fall of 2022, and specifically welcome to our new cohort of graduate students (our first since fall 2020)! Sally Mullis, Liz Root and Yi Fong Loh will bring fresh energy and insight to the HSTM program and we’re very pleased to have them join us. We also have new faculty in the HSTM Program: HMED will welcome two faculty additions, Dr. Evan Roberts and Dr. Matthew Reznicek.

This past year was also full of departures. Congratulations to our 2021-2022 academic year HSTM PhDs and Master’s students: Macey Flood (HMED PhD), Anna Amramina (HST PhD), David Korostyshevsky (HMED PhD), Lauren Klaffke (HMED PhD), Will Vogel (HST PhD), Luke Haqq (HMED MA) and most recently, Liz Semler (HMED PhD). We also want to celebrate the retirement of Professor Sally Gregory Kohlstedt after 33 illustrious years at the University of Minnesota!

On a somber note, I want to acknowledge the death, on July 28th 2022 of our founding director Professor Roger Steuwer. Roger laid the groundwork for the graduate program in the History of Science and Technology and spent his entire career making a center for the history of modern physics. Thanks to Michel Janssen and Alan Shapiro for writing a tribute to Roger for our website.


Jole R. Shackelford, Associate Professor, Director of History of Medicine Program

Mark E. Borrello, Associate Professor, Director of HST Program


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It can be difficult for many academics to write a résumé. Fix provides advice on how to move from the language of “academese” to “businessese" when pitching your work. Read more. 

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Summer is short. Make the most of it by catching up on your research and writing.

The U of M offers several resources for helping students prepare for the next step in their research and academic careers. 

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HSTM Professor Susan Jones elected to American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Prof. Jones has been chosen as a Lifetime AAAS Fellow for her “distinguished contributions to the history of science, particularly for her work on the history of plague, disease ecology, and pandemics."  Read more. 

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