James Hull, associate professor of history at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has been named the new editor-in-chief of Scientia Canadensis, the academic journal of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA).
CSTHA President Bertrum MacDonald says the executive committee unanimously selected Hull because they knew he would bring considerable experience and energy to the position.
“Hull is an active scholar, primarily of the history of technology in Canada, and has already developed a publishing agenda for the journal that will continue to advance understanding and appreciation of Canada’s important scientific and technical heritage,” says MacDonald.
Hull’s current research focuses on the history of science and industry in Canada, in particular the history of industrial research, technical education and the role of scientific and technical experts. His most recent published paper examined the role of the city engineer in late Victorian Toronto.
“Dr. Hull is one of Canada’s leading scholars of the history of Canadian science and technology and his appointment to this editor-in-chief position reflects the esteem in which he is held among his peers,” says UBC professor and unit head Peter Wylie. “Scientia Canadensis is the leading journal in the field. I am sure he will prove to be a very fine editor of this important and highly-regarded journal, and his appointment brings great credit both to himself and to UBC’s Okanagan campus.”
As the new editor-in-chief, Hull says he is looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the development of a field with which he has been associated since its origin.
“I was present at the first conference on the Study of the History of Canadian Science and Technology held at Queen’s University (Kingston) in 1978,” says Hull. “This conference led, two years later, to the formation of the CSTHA. Since my graduate student days I have been an active member of the Association, attended its conferences, given papers, served on its committees and have reviewed books and published several papers in its journal.
“I’m honoured that the Association has seen fit now to select me to edit Scientia Canadensis.”
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