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Casper receives Clarkson’s Faculty Research Award


POTSDAM - Stephen T. Casper, an associate professor of history in Clarkson University’s School of Arts & Sciences, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during the university’s 121st commencement ceremony.

The $1,500 research accounts are presented to “faculty members who have shown promise in engineering, business, liberal arts or scientific research.”

Casper joined Clarkson University as a visiting assistant professor and was promoted to assistant professor in 2010.

He received his bachelor of science degree in neuroscience and biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. After graduating, he briefly worked in Minnesota’s Department of Neurology as a research technician. He was subsequently awarded a fellowship in history at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, where he received his Ph.D. This was followed by a short research fellowship at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow.

At Clarkson, Casper has offered a range of courses, including “The Clarkson Seminar,” “History of Medicine in Europe and North America,” “Neuroscience and Society,” “Introduction to Society, Culture and Biology,” and “European History, 1789-1914.” His teaching has been recognized with the Outstanding Young Teacher Award and the CUSA Teaching Award.

Casper’s scholarship broadly focuses on the history of science and medicine. He has written extensively on the history of the mind and brain sciences in Europe and North America. In his many articles, essays, and reviews, he has been concerned with uncovering the experiences of patients and caregivers through time, exploring contradictions implicit in the process of medical specialization, and studying problems inherent to the translation of scientific and medical knowledge across global and transnational domains.

In 2012, with co-editor L. Stephen Jacyna, he published an edited collection titled The Neurological Patient in History, with Rochester University Press. This year he has forthcoming a second book, titled The Neurologists: A History of a Medical Specialty in Modern Britain, 1789-2000, published with Manchester University Press.

Casper has delivered some 30 papers at professional and academic conferences and invited lectures. Most recently, he participated as an invited expert commentator at Soul Catchers: A Material History of the Mind Sciences, an academic conference at Princeton University. He has presented “Grand Rounds” at Columbia Medical School, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Calgary Medical School and will present this March at the Ohio State University’s Department of Neurology.

Casper has been active in social media, twitter (@TheNeuroTimes), blogging, and the digital humanities generally. He is “Media Reviews Editor” for Medical History, an academic, flagship journal in the history of medicine.

With Clarkson Professor Andreas Wilke and Dean Peter Turner, Casper co-founded the Arts and Science Seminar Series, which was subsequently and generously endowed by David A. Walsh, Class of ’67. Casper has been an active member of the American Association for the History of Medicine. He has also been active in the International Society for the History of Neuroscience. For this and other service to the University, Casper was awarded a Clarkson University Commendable Leadership Award and inducted into Phalanx, the University’s highest honorary.

Casper is currently working on several new scholarly projects, including a forthcoming special issue of the academic journal Science in Context, an edited volume on technology and therapy in the mind and brain sciences, and a monograph exploring intellectual, social and political histories of physiology in the Anglo-American world from 1870 to 1970.

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