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EDUCATION

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-11, McGill University, Montréal (Qc), Canada
Supervisor: Nicholas Dew

Ph.D., 2008. History of Science (early modern France), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
General examination fields: Early modern science, early modern France, modern physics
Dissertation title: Habits of Knowledge: Artisans, Savants and Mechanical Devices in Seventeenth-Century French Natural Philosophy
Advisor: Mario Biagioli

AM, 2005. History of Science (Enlightenment France), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Title of essay: Le Cabinet de physique du château de Cirey et la philosophie naturelle de Mme du Châtelet et de Voltaire
Advisor: Mario Biagioli

MA, 1994. History (History of geophysics), Université de Montréal, Montréal (Qc), Canada
Title of mémoire: Ernesto Gherzi et la physique du globe à Montréal, 1955-1973
Advisor: Lewis Pyenson

BSc, 1991. Mathematical physics, Université de Montréal, Montréal (Qc), Canada


FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS

Nominee for the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising for Exemplary Intellectual and Personal Guidance of Undergraduate Students, Harvard University, May 2017

Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, 2016 (for Spring 2016 course)

Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, 2016 (for Fall 2015 course)

Impact Award, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University, 2014

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, McGill University, 2009-11

Merit Fellowship, Harvard University, 2006

Thomas Hoopes Prize for excellence in advising a senior thesis, Harvard College, 2006

Fellowship to participate in the European Wandering Seminar organized by the Max Planck Institute Research Network “History of Scientific Objects”, 2006

Dibner Institute Graduate Fellowship, 2005-06

Thomas Hoopes Prize for excellence in advising a senior thesis, Harvard College, 2005

Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association Prize for Best Student Presentation, 2005

Canadian Museums Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category “Research” for the publication L’Art d’enseigner la physique, co-edited with Lewis Pyenson, 2004

Canadian Museums Association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category “Research” for the exhibition (Oui! La Terre est ronde) and publication (Sphæræ Mundi) done at the Stewart Museum, Montréal (Qc), Canada, 2001

Full Tuition Scholarship to do graduate work in the History of Science, Harvard University, 2001-2006

Fellowship from the Etalez votre science programme, Gouvernement du Québec, for an intership at the Istituto e Museo di storia della scienza, Florence, Italy, 1999

Scholarship for graduate work, Université de Montréal, 1995-96

Scholarship for graduate work, Université de Montréal, 1994-95


CONFERENCES PAPERS, SPECIAL LECTURES AND PROFESSIONAL TALKS (selected)

Gallery Talk: Philosophy Chamber Conversations–Scientific Instruments at Harvard, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Harvard Art Museums [Listen Podcast here].

“Playing with Quantum Toys: Introducing the History of Quantum Mechanics with Historical Objects,” delivered at the International Workshop on Science Communications and Science Museums: Prospects and New Ideas, Rome, Centro Fermi, 18-19 May 2017.

“Les collections muséales au service de la science : une analyse de la collection d’instruments scientifiques historiques de l’Université Harvard,” delivered at the Colloque Analyser la science: les bibliothèques numériques comme objet de recherche, congrès annuel de l’Acfas, McGill University, 8 mai 2017 (avec Maxime Sainte-Marie et Vincent Larivière).

“Functionless: Science Museums and the Display of ‘Pure Objects’,” delivered at the Science Museums and Research Conference, organized by the Science Museum’s Dana Research Centre and Library, London, 31 March to 2 April, 2016.

“The Next Level of Play: Scientific Research and the Gamification of Techne in Science Museums,” delivered at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, San Francisco, CA, 21 November 2015.

“Functionless: Recovering the Essence of Scientific Instruments Stuck Behind Decorative Cases,” delivered at the New Perspectives on Georgian Science, Technology and Medicine Workshop, King’s College London, organized by Anna Maerker, 29-30 May 2015.

“Science Museums, Habitus, and the Gamification of Techne,” delivered at the Workshop: Spaces of Science, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, organized by Larry Stewart, 5-6 September 2014.

“Au-delà du trait cartographique: les instruments scientifiques et la mesure de l’espace et du temps,” dans le cadre de la série de conférences, Les cartes nous racontent, Musée Stewart, Montréal, 4 mai 2014.

Organum, Habitus, Museum: Early Modern Instruments in Context,” delivered at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK, 27 July 2013.

Commentary for the session entitled: “Museum-University Collaborations: An Ideal Marriage?“, delivered at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK, 23 July 2013.

Les musées de sciences, la «présence» des objets et les défis pédagogiques de l’habitus“, délivered at the Colloque thématique: 20 ans de recherche en éducation muséale, Acfas, Québec, 8 May 2013.

“Les cartes sont-elles des instruments scientifiques? Étude épistémologique des représentations géographiques et célestes à l’âge classique”, delivered at the Colloque Représentations du Monde: Les cartes de Jacques Cartier à nos jours, organized by Le Centre Jacques Cartier and the Fondation Macdonald-Stewart, St. Malo, 9 July 2012.

Panelist at the “Career Path for Humanists” event, Office of Career Services, GSAS: Spotlight on Humanists, Harvard, March 27, 2012.

Guest Lecturer in Daniela Helbig’s History of Science 128, “World Building: A History of Physics from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to CERN’s Black Holes,” Harvard, March 8, 2012.

Guest Lecturer in Katy Park’s History of Science 310hf “Salon”, Harvard, October 19, 2011.

“Iso Réaumur: Manufacturing, Calibrating, and Branding a Not-So-Standard Thermometer during the Enlightenment.” Delivered at The Makers’ Universe: Science, Art, and Instruments in Early Modern Europe workshop, 23-25 September 2010, Montréal (Qc), Canada. Sponsored by the Situating Science Cluster and the Macdonald Stewart Foundation.

“Salvation through Harmonie: Mersenne, the Organ and the Christian Dissemination of Natural Philosophical Knowledge.” Delivered at the Nature’s Publics conference, 18-20 March 2010, Montréal (Qc), Canada.

“La physique et ses instruments. Culture matérielle, épistémologie et société (Bacon à Einstein).” Delivered at the Université de Montréal, Department of Physics, 22 January 2010.

“Instruments and Habits of Knowledge.” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Phoenix, AZ, November 2009.

“Music, Machines, and Theology: Mersenne’s Organ as a Christian Symbol of Natural Philosophy.” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Washington, D.C., November 2007.

“Organum and the Practice of Natural Philosophy in Early Modern Europe.” Delivered at the Workshop on the History of Scientific Objects, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, August 16, 2007.

“Instruments in Books.” Delivered as part of a panel session on scientific instruments for the Prints and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe series, Harvard University, May 15, 2007.

“Expérience, Luxury, and Natural Philosophy: Du Châtelet and Scientific Instruments at the château de Cirey.” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Vancouver, Canada, November 3, 2006. (Session organizer)

“Du cabinet de physique de Lunéville à celui de Cirey: culture matérielle et “objets” de connaissance chez la marquise du Châtelet.” Delivered at the Colloque du tricentenaire de la marquise du Châtelet (1706-2006), Paris, June 1, 2006. (This talk was later broadcasted on radio France Culture, September 11, 2006)

“Objets décoratifs ou collection de recherche sui generis? L’Abbé Nollet au Musée Stewart de Montréal, 1983-2005.” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, Ottawa, Canada, October 1, 2005.

“The Cultural Import of Artisans and Machines in Descartes’s Early Natural Philosophy.” Delivered at the Instruments and Material Culture of Early Modern Europe Workshop, Harvard University, April 17, 2004. (Workshop co-organized with Mario Biagioli)

“Volontaires and Artisans in Descartes’s Early Natural Philosophy.” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Cambridge, MA, November 21, 2003.

“The Material Culture of Intuition in René Descartes’s Early Natural Philosophy.” Delivered at the Early Science Working Group, Harvard University, May 8, 2003.

“A Physicist and his Time. Paul Lorrain and his Cockcroft-Walton Accelerator at the Université de Montréal, 1949-1954.” Delivered at the XV Scientific Instrument Symposium, Ottawa, Canada, September 10, 1996.

“Eighteenth-Century Entrepreneur: Abbé Nollet Instrument-Making Trade Seen Through his Correspondence with Étienne-François Dutour and Jean Jallabert.” Delivered at the XIV Scientific Instrument Symposium, Prague, September 25, 1995.

“Missionnaire scientifique. Ernesto Gherzi s.j. et l’Observatoire de géophysique du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 1955-1973.” Delivered at the 63e congrès de l’Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences (ACFAS), Chicoutimi (Qc), Canada, May 25, 1995.


TEACHING AND ADVISING EXPERIENCE

Harvard University, History of Science Department

Lecturer, HS 116, How Science Is Made, Fall 2017.
Lecturer, HS 115, Instruments & Mechanical Marvels: Studies in the Material Culture of Science, 17th-20th Century, Fall 2014 & Fall 2015 (seminar).
Lecturer, HS 118, Instruments and the Material Culture of Science in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800, Fall 2012, Fall 2013 (seminar).
Lecturer, HS 289, Entangled Objects: Or the Stuff of Science, Culture, and Society, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016 (seminar).
Lecturer, HS 301, Reading and Research, Spring 2013.

McGill University, History Department
Instructor, Hist-238, Histories of Science (The Intelligibility of Nature), Winter 2011 (Lecture course)
Instructor, Hist-410, Things that Talk: Understanding Early Modern Objects, Fall 2010 (seminar)
Instructor, Hist-350, Science and the Enlightenment, Winter 2010 (Lecture Course)
Instructor, Hist-238, Histories of Science (The Intelligibility of Nature), Fall 2009 (Lecture Course)

Harvard University, History of Science Department
Teaching Fellow, History and Philosophy of Physics in Europe and America, 1870-1930, Fall 2005.
Supervised Reading and Research seminar for one Junior student.

Teaching Fellow, Sophomore Tutorial (prof. Jimena Canales and prof. Peter Galison), Spring 2005.
Taught one section on themes ranging from the Enlightenment to modern physics.

Core Program & History of Science Department
Co-Head Teaching Fellow, The Einstein Revolution (prof. Peter Galison), Spring 2005.
Organized the course, prepared problem sets and exams, and taught two sections.
Teaching Fellow, History and Philosophy of the Material Culture of Science: From Natural Philosophy to Modern Physics, 17th-20th Centuries, Spring 2005.
Supervised Reading and Research seminar for one Junior student.

Physics & History of Science Department
Teaching Fellow, History and Philosophy of Modern Physics (prof. Peter Galison), Spring 2004.
Taught two sections to mostly physics students.

Teaching Fellow, Sophomore Tutorial (Dr. Rena Selya, supervisor), Spring 2004.
Taught one section for this introductory course on the history of science (Plato to NATO).

Teaching Fellow, Sophomore Tutorial (Dr. Carl Pearson, supervisor), Fall 2003.
Taught one section for this introductory course on the history of science (Plato to NATO).

Advising Experience
Supervised seven senior theses between 2002 and 2006 in the Department of the History of Science of Harvard University. Four were nominated for the Thomas Hoopes Prize and two received it (2005 and 2006).

[Thomas T. Hoopes Prizes are given to undergraduates, along with their academic supervisors, to recognize outstanding scholarly work.]

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