Publications

The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.

“Prototype Thermal Cycler for PCR, ‘Mr. Cycle’ (1985).” Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society, no. 63 (December, 1999): 22.

Short description of the prototype thermal cycler built in 1984–85 by the scientists and engineers at Cetus Corporation (Emeryville, Calif.), where Kary Mullis conceived the idea for PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), and Perkin-Elmer Corporation (Norwalk, Conn.). This instrument was collected for the NMAH collections and placed on display in the Science in American Life exhibition.

Caduceus: A Humanities Journal for Medicine, 13, no. 3 (Winter, 1997), guest editor. “150 Years of Collecting Medical History at the Smithsonian Institution.” Wrote “Introduction” (2-12), “Medical Imaging” (23-26), and “Scientific Medicines” (43-46).

The whole issue, devoted to the history of the Medical Sciences Division and its collections, is written by the current
staff working with those collections and includes many photographs of objects and exhibitions.

"Death Helped Write the Biologics Law." FDA Consumer, 16 (1982): 23–25.

A more popular version of the “Biologics Control Act of 1902” paper.

"Public Health." Academic American Encyclopedia 15:608-609. Danbury, CT: Grolier Inc., 1988.

A general description of the field of public health and its evolution.

“The Preservation and Disposition of Hazardous Substances and Controlled Drugs in Museum Collections.” Caduceus 7 (1991): pp. 55–62.

What to do with the nasty stuff in your collections—definitions, suggestions, guidelines, resources.

“Biologics Control Act of 1902.” in The Early Years of Federal Food and Drug Control, edited by Glenn Sonnedecker, 8–27. Madison, Wisc.: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 1982.

A history of the first federal law regulating the interstate and foreign sale of a specific class of drugs in the United States. Illustrations of objects and trade literature in the NMAH collections.

“Polymerase Chain Reaction.” In Instruments of Science: An Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Bud and Deborah J. Warner, 481–483. New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998.

Short history of the concept and the instrument that embodied it.

Images from the History of the Public Health Service. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1994.

Catalog of a photographic exhibit, which consists of 165 photographs depicting people involved in the work of the
Public Health Service over much of its long history. The organization is thematic: disease control and prevention, biomedical research, pure food and drugs, mental health and drug abuse, health care delivery, and international health.

"Samuel Clagett Busey," "Charles R. Drew," "George Martin Kober," "George Lloyd Magruder," "Frederick May," "Thomas Miller," "Mary Almera Parsons," "Robert Reyburn," and "George Tully Vaughan." Dictionary of American Medical Biography, edited by Martin Kaufman, et al., 2 vols. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984.

Biographical sketches of mainly early Washington, D.C. area physicians.

The Internet as Tool for the Social Construction of Knowledge Farquhar, John, Carrie Kotcho, and Brendan McGinty. The Internet as a Tool for the Social Construction of Knowledge. Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1996 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. 18th, Indianapolis, IN: 1996.

An early exploration of how Internet technologies might be used to promote learning through socially-mediated interactions. Identifies potential use of the Web for social networking and learning as well as naming bandwidth as a major factor in the quality of interactions.
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"Exploring Virtual History at the National Museum of American History," 2002, International Society on Virtual Systems and Multimedia.
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place," with Harry Rubenstein. Labor's Heritage, Vol. 9, No. 4, Spring 1998, pp. 4–25.
“Hillotypes: A Sad Tale of Invention,” Photographic History, Spring 2000, Vol. 24, No. 1, p. 52.
Cutting Tool Engineering, "History of Tools" series: "1989-1991: The Development of high-speed Steel", June, 1989; "Bicycle Wheels and Grinding Wheels", August, 1989; "The World’s Most Elegant Lathe", October, 1989; "Evolution of Drilling", February, 1990 ; "Threading Through History", August, 1990; "“The Milling-Machine Revolution", October, 1990; "“Hand Files", February 1991; "Gaging Change", March, 1991.
"Elizabeth Brayer, George Eastman: A Biography. Book Review," Technology and Culture, October, 1998, vol. 39, no. , pp. 784–785.
"The Working People of Richmond: Life and Labor in an Industrial City, 1865–1920, Valentine Museum, exhibition review," Technology and Culture, vol 33, no 3, July 1992, pp. 564–570.
"Bringing Sweatshops into the Museum," with Harry Rubenstein. In Sweatshops USA, Richard Greenwald and Daniel Bender, eds., Taylor and Francis Books, Inc., New York, 2003
"What Do We Keep?" with Steven Lubar. Invention and Technology, Spring 1999, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 28–38.
"Presenting History: Democracy on Display," Exhibitionist, Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 1995, pp. 18–21.
"Lorraine Giordano, Beyond Taylorism, Book Review," Annals of the History of Computing, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1994, pp. 90–91.
"Seeking 'The One Best Way': Frank and Lillian Gilbreth's Time-Motion Photographs 1910–1924," Labor’s Heritage, Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 1995, pp 30–61.
"Experiences from the Front Line: Presenting a Controversial Exhibition during the Culture Wars," Public Historian, Vol. 22 No. 3, summer 2000, p. 67–86.
“J. B. Colt at Chautauqua,” Rittenhouse, vol 2, no 2, February 1988.
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820–Present," with Harry Rubenstein.  George Mason University Web Site. July 1998.
"Industrial Photographs," in At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian, Merry Foresta ed., Smithsonian Press, summer 2003.

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