Publications

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

“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.

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.

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.
"Elizabeth Brayer, George Eastman: A Biography. Book Review," Technology and Culture, October, 1998, vol. 39, no. , pp. 784–785.
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place," with Harry Rubenstein. Labor's Heritage, Vol. 9, No. 4, Spring 1998, pp. 4–25.
"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.
"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
"Communicating Business: Corporate Agendas Through Photographs," Antenna, Vol. 7, No. 2, April 1995, pp. 4–5.
"Industrial Photographs," in At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian, Merry Foresta ed., Smithsonian Press, summer 2003.
"Presenting History: Democracy on Display," Exhibitionist, Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 1995, pp. 18–21.
“Hillotypes: A Sad Tale of Invention,” Photographic History, Spring 2000, Vol. 24, No. 1, p. 52.
Who’s in Charge: Constructed Realities, et al, SITES, Washington, D.C. 1992.
"Experiences from the Front Line: Presenting a Controversial Exhibition during the Culture Wars," Public Historian, Vol. 22 No. 3, summer 2000, p. 67–86.
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820–Present," with Harry Rubenstein.  George Mason University Web Site. July 1998.
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.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820– Present, with Harry Rubenstein. UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Los Angeles, Calif., 1999.
“J. B. Colt at Chautauqua,” Rittenhouse, vol 2, no 2, February 1988.
"What Do We Keep?" with Steven Lubar. Invention and Technology, Spring 1999, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 28–38.
"M. Susan Barger and William White, The Daguerreotype Nineteenth-Century Technology and Modern Science and John Wood (edited by), America and the Daguerreotype. Book Review," Technology and Culture, vol 34, no 2, April 1993.
"Washington City Museum," Public Historian, Fall 2004.
"Lorraine Giordano, Beyond Taylorism, Book Review," Annals of the History of Computing, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1994, pp. 90–91.
"Albert Kingsbury," American National Biography, John Garraty, ed.
"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.
Smithsonian Treasures of American History. New York: Collins, 2006.

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