from the Millington-Barnard Collection
An International Workshop on
Historic Scientific Instrument Collections in the University
21-24 June 2007
Oxford, Mississippi


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  Thursday, 21 June 2007

   Transport from Memphis airport at three times. Transport is also available on 20 June. 
   (Shuttle bus times were announced by June 13.)

   Workshop Registration open 9-4 pm (Yerby Conference Center)

   Optional tours available until 3 pm of sites of interest in Oxford and on campus.

   3:00 - 3:45pm      (Optional tours of Barnard Observatory)

   4:00 - 5:30 pm    Opening Session & First Keynote Address  (Barnard Observatory)

     Thomas Marshall (Chair, SICU2 Organizing Committee) and 
      Richard Kremer (Chair, SICU2 Steering Committee)
    Keynote:  Marta LOURENçO  (University of Lisbon) 
     University Collections in Europe: Where we have come from
                        and Where we are going

   6:00 pm   Reception & Opening Dinner (Memory House & University Museum)

       followed by a visit to the Millington-Barnard Collection Exhibition

       and Barlow's Planetarium”  by Jamie Day (Transylvania University)


Friday, 22 June 2007      {events in Yerby Conference Center unless noted}

7:30 - 8:15a       (Optional tours of the historic Lyceum)

8:30 - 10:00a     Session A : Scholarly Significance of Collections
      David Pantalony  (session chair and discussion leader)
            presentations by: T. Cocquyt, M. Reiner, L. Nasser, Y. Zik, A. Sperath

10:15 - 11:30a   Session B : Scholarly Themes and Challenges
       Richard Kremer (session chair and discussion leader)
            presentations by: M. Pereira, G. Buskes, D. Pantalony, P. Kidwell

11:45 - 12:45p   Lunch and Poster Session
            poster presentations by:  D. Bernard, M. Stolzenburg

1:00 - 2:15p     Session C : Collection Development Strategies & Successes
Maribeth Stolzenburg (session chair and discussion leader)
            presentations by: M. Granato, M. Azcárate, M. Monteiro, S. Case

2:30 - 3:45p      Session D :  Collection Management Issues
Steven Turner (session chair and discussion leader)
            presentations by: R. Kremer, R. DiVernieri, T. Greenslade, R. Paselk

4:00 - 5:15p      Session E :  Collection Development Strategies & Successes
Albert Sperath (session chair and discussion leader)
            presentations by: M. Mills, D. Baker, H. Gundlach, J.W. Huisman

 7:00 pm      Workshop Dinner (Johnson Commons Ballroom)
including Science Education with Historic Instruments: A Call
     for Action
by  Thomas Marshall, Maribeth Stolzenburg, and
     Steven Turner

~8:30 pm     Optional Astronomy observing and tour (Kennon Observatory)


Saturday, 23 June 2007

7:30 - 8:15a      (Optional tours of the Lewis Hall collection exhibit)

8:30 - 9:15a      Second Keynote Address       
      Frank WINKLER  and Kenneth Pohlman (Middlebury College)  
“Historic Instruments as a Resource in Undergraduate Teaching”

9:30 - 11:00a     Session F : Educational Significance of Collections
       Thomas Marshall (session chair and discussion leader)
presentations by: S. Andersson, S. Rookis, R. Wittje, S. Turner, S. Madewell

11:15 - 12:30p   Session G : Collection Use Strategies
       Jamie Day (session chair and discussion leader)
             presentations by: J.W. Huisman, A. Kwan, E. Cavicchi, M. Hamilton

12:45 - 1:45p     Lunch and Poster Session
poster presentations by: D. Bernard, T. Marshall

1:45 - 3:15p       Session H : Educating the Public with Collections
Steven Turner (session chair and discussion leader)
       presentations by: J. Landry, P. Raposo, F. Le Guet Tully, J. Caplan, S. Trewin

3:30 - 4:15p
       Third Keynote Address

Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica & Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza)
“Dusty Relics or Speaking Witnesses of the Past?  
The Possible Uses 
of University Collections”

4:30 - 5:00p   Next-Steps Discussion Session
              What Is the Future for the SICU Community?
       David Pantalony, discussion leader.

6:30 - 7 pm   Optional tours of Rowan Oak.

 7:00 pm     Closing Dinner (Rowan Oak)


Sunday, 24 June 2007

 Transport to Memphis airport at two scheduled times (times to be announced).

 9am - 5:30 pm   Optional excursion possible, to the Mississippi Delta region and then to Memphis, if there is sufficient interest.  Those who participate in the full Sunday Excursion can plan to be at the Memphis airport by 5:30 pm.  Download options and details about the Sunday Excursion.

Events will take place at the Yerby Conference Center on the Ole Miss campus, unless noted.

You can download a pdf version of the full program, including sessions and titles (coming soon).

Abstracts of all papers accepted for presentation at SICU2 are now available to download  in PDF.  The file is ~ 200 KB.  Click here to download abstracts.

Participants will receive a printed copy of the abstract volume at the Workshop.

An expanded exhibition of “The Millington Barnard Collection of Natural Philosophy Demonstration Apparatus” will be on display at the University Museum during the workshop.  Participants will also be able to visit the Collection store rooms.

Barnard Observatory, completed in 1859, will be open for tours. The three-dome structure was designed by F. A. P. Barnard on the model of Russia's Poulkovo Observatory, and now houses the University's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  The Opening Session and First Keynote Address will be held in this historic setting.

Kennon Observatory, built in 1939 as part of the Works Progress Administration, will also be open for tours. This twin-dome structure was designed by William Lee Kennon and houses the largest Grubb telescope (1892) in the U. S.

Guided tours of other University buildings, including the Lyceum (1848) and Rowan Oak (William Faulkner's home), are also planned.  If there is sufficient interest, post-workshop excursions to attractions in the Mississippi Delta and Memphis will be organized.

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