How to Get the Most out of HSS

HSS Executive Director Jay Malone and GECC Co-Chair Jacqueline Wernimont have put together a guide for first-time HSS attendees (or anyone needing a refresher on how to navigate the HSS meeting).  Click here to read their pointers on making the most of the HSS program, advice about meeting people for the first time, and a note on the usefulness of those stylish name-badges….

You can also access “How to Get the Most Out of HSS” from the stable HSS 2008 Annual Meeting Page – look to the right under “Subpages” and click the title.


Free Registration for Volunteers

Volunteer and receive a complimentary registration to attend the History of Science Society and the Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Conference in Pittsburgh this November.

Graduate students are invited to volunteer at the HSS/PSA conferences for 4.5 hours and have their registration fee waived. There are a number of jobs for which we need assistance to ensure that the conferences run smoothly.

Also, publishers who attend the book exhibit typically look for students to staff their tables during the book exhibit hours for lunches, author interviews, breaks, etc. The publishers pay and/or provide books for such
service. If you are interested in doing this, please let me know.

For more information on the History of Science Society and the Philosophy of Science Association go to and

Contact Matthew White in the HSS office at for more information.

Happy Hour in Pittsburgh

The first ever GECC happy hour is tentatively set for Friday, Nov. 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 (between the HSS reception and official grad student party at the hotel) at The Church Brew Works.

Interior of the Church Brew Works

Interior of the Church Brew Works

Delicious beers, house-brewed on the alter of a renovated church, along with wood-fired pizza, local favorites like pierogi, and other moderately expensive grub should make this a nice spot for some elbow rubbing and snacking/dinner on Friday night. More details on directions/transportation to follow! The Church is a 10 minute bus ride or a 2.5 mile cab ride away from the Omni William Penn.

Visit the Church Brew Works online at

Hopefully, we will inaugurate a tradition of hitting local gems for future GECC happy hours. Cheers.

[Posted for Christine Manganaro, our happy hour organizer]