Happy New Year!
Things have been a little quiet around here during our traditional winter break. We lost our Fearless Fellowship Leader, as Anke has departed for Glasgow (Scotland, not Kentucky). So now it is up to me to carry the torch for all of our Ship of Fellows fans (you know who you are).
As I mentioned, things on board the ship have been in the doldrums for the last couple of weeks. Fellows have celebrated the holidays and birthdays (cheers to Matt and Evan!) and written dissertation chapters—the fun never stops! But now we’ll be moving full speed ahead this spring and will even say hello to a few new fellows who will be popping by to animate things on occasion. Don’t be surprised if a few of them do some guest-blogging when they are practically exploding with cool stuff to share.
We will also be abuzz owing to the impending deadline for our applications for the 2010–2011 class of fellows, February 15 (we let them wait until after St. Valentine’s Day to apply; no sense in totally ruining their romantic efforts). That day is also the day when yours truly begins ruminating on the (expected) pile of applications for our new Fearless Fellows Leader! Yes, no doubt dozens of you are chomping at the bit wanting to have a job at CHF herding cats (I mean fellows), so I expect to be hearing from you, what with the state of job opportunities out there in the humanities.
So for the coming year you can look forward to hearing from new voices and meeting our new Fearless Leader. I will also be taking a hard look at the state of fellowship programs in the history of science, technology, and medicine so that the Beckman Center at CHF can maybe play a more positive role in encouraging bright people to enter and stay in the field. Things have been harder with the passing of the Dibner Institute, but there are some positive signs on the horizon. I look forward to hearing from any and all of you about your take on history of sci-tech-med fellowships in the coming year.