JFG

Carrière et vie professionnelle

Work Experience

2011-present
Director of Administration / Lecturer, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI), Harvard University

In this new position at Harvard, I’ve been given the full management of human resources for the CHSI’s staff and the responsibility of developing and implementing policies and procedures for effective administration of the collection. I supervise the collection staff (8 to 12 part- and full-time) responsible for exhibits, curatorial duties, CHSI programs, projects, and academic and faculty support. I also make sure that the collection is resourced and managed to effectively support research and teaching needs of the faculty in the History of Science Department. In collaboration with the Faculty Director of the CHSI (Peter Galison) and the Chair of the History of Science Department, I set strategic objectives and allocates resources to support these objectives. I work with the Director, Chair and faculty committees on Collection policy and planning matters and visiting committee activities. Finally, I’m responsible of the CHSI budgets. The other side of my position as a Lecturer is to give one course per semester on the history of science, instruments, and the material culture of science in general.

2007-2009 (full-time); 2009-2011 (part-time)
Assistant Curator then Curator, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI), Harvard University

From 2007 to 2009, I acted as the project manager for the CHSI digitization project. I supervized the transfer from the old database to the current one (TMS) and afterwards was responsible for hiring and supervizing the work of graduate students and staff members of the CHSI team (a dozen people in all, full-time and part-time). ww_logo_sm

During that period, I catalogued more than 1,500 instruments using the TMS database, maintaining standards and using authority control tools to describe objects in the collection. I also revised catalogue entries done by graduate students (more than 1,500 of them) for consistency and completeness toward the public release of the database’s online version called Waywiser.

I also co-curated two temporary exhibitions with Faculty and students from the Department of History of Science at Harvard: With Jimena Canales (The Matter of Fact, Spring 08) and Mario Biagioli (Patent Republic: Materialities of Intellectual Property in 19th-Century America, Spring 09). The latter was accompanied with a workshop entitled Tangibles of Intangibles: Patent Models and the Making of Intellectual Property Law.

1994-1999 (part-time); 1999-2001 (full-time)
Research assistant then Curator, Stewart Museum, Montréal (Qc), Canada

When I was at the Stewart Museum, I researched and documented the museum’s collection (seventeenth- to nineteenth-century instruments), and entered the research data into the museum’s database. I also co-curated (with Edward H. Dahl) an exhibition related to science and history of science: Yes! The World is Round. A Closer Look at Early Globes, Maps and Scientific Instruments (February 2000-March 2001). For this occasion, I wrote and coordinated the French versions of books accompanying this exhibition. I also authored papers and articles in popular and specialized journals dealing with history of science and scientific instruments (see Publications).

During that period, I was also a consultant and author for a virtual exhibition on scientific instruments in Canada, in collaboration with the Canada Heritage and Information Network (CHIN), May 2000-February 2001: Athena’s Heirs: Exploring Four Centuries of Canadian Science and Medicine. With Edward H. Dahl and Eileen Meillon, I co-organized the Globe Symposium held at the Stewart Museum on October 19-22, 2000 and was a guest co-editor for the proceedings published in Globe Studies (see Publications).

From September 1999 to August 2001, I was Vice-president of the Board and Chief editor of the web bulletin for the Groupe d’intérêt spécialisé en muséologie scientifique et technologique (GIS-MUST) of the Société des musées québécois.

EXHIBITIONS

2011 Samuel de Champlain and the art of map making. Guest curator at the Stewart Museum in Montréal (Qc), Canada. [CANCELLED]

2009 Patent Republic: Materialities of Intellectual Property in 19th-Century America. Co-curated with Prof. Mario Biagioli, Harvard University. (Objects and texts are found on the following website.) It was accompanied by a workshop entitled Tangibles of Intangibles: Patent Models and the Making of Intellectual Property Law. [A review has been written by Cory Ireland for the Harvard Gazette.]

2008 The Matter of Fact. Co-curated with Prof. Jimena Canales and her students, Harvard University.

2005-2006 Exhibition on Abbé Nollet’s scientific instruments. It was integrated to the Stewart Museum’s 50th-anniversary exhibition entitled Treasures from the Stewart Museum.

2000-2001 Yes! The World is Round. Co-curatored with Edward H. Dahl. This exhibition on globes was accompanied by a book and an international conference. It received an Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category “Research” from the Canadian Association of museums.

EXHIBITION PLANNING AND SUPERVISION

2016 Radio Contact: Tuning In to Politics, Technology, & Culture, curated by Sara Schechner, Devin Kennedy, and Mia Metivier (Spring & Fall 2016)

2014 Focus: Seeing with Harvard’s Microscope, curated by the students of my HS 289 course, taught at Harvard (Spring 2014).

2014 Mark I: First Programmable Computer in the United States, curated by Juan Andres Leon and Laura Neuhaus (on permanent display).

2014 Body of Knowledge: A History of Anatomy (in Three Parts), curated by David Jones, Katy Park, Scott Podolsky, Dominic Hall, Cara Kiernan Fallon, Lisa Haushofer, Paolo Savoia, Jack Eckert, and Sara Schechner  (Spring & Fall 2014) Winner of the Small Exhibition Prize from the BSHS Great Exhibitions Competition 2014.

2013 Short Circuit: Exploring a New Acquistion at the CHSI, curated by the students of my HS 289 course, taught at Harvard (Spring 2013).

2013 Time & Time Again: How Science and Culture Shape the Past, Present, and Future, curated by Sara Schechner, assisted by Samantha van Gerbig & Noam Andrew (Spring & Fall 2013). Read the great exhibition review written by Bari Walsh for Colloquy, pp. 12-16.

2012 Go Ask A.L.I.C.E.: Turing Tests, Parlor Games & Chatterbots, curated by Sophia Roosth, Stephanie Dick, and James Bergman (Fall 2012).

2012 Optical Allusions: Science at Play, curated by Laura Schmidt, Paolo Savoia, and Oliver Wunsch, final project of the HS 289 course taught at Harvard (Spring 2012).

2012 X-Rays of the Soul: Rorschach & the Projective Test, curated by Peter Galison, Rebecca Lemov and Marla Eby (Spring 2012).

2011-2012 Cold War in the Classroom, Harvard University, Curated by Jeremy Blatter and Christopher Phillips (Fall 2011).

PROFESSIONAL and ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

External reviewer (2000-2016):

  • the British Journal for the History of Science, Harvard University Press, Studies in the History and Philosophy of ScienceMuseum & SocietyMémoires du livre/Studies in Book Culture, Éducation et Francophonie, Revue canadienne de l’éducation
  • Council for the Humanities of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, the Dutch Research Council)
  • Étalez votre science program of the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (twice)
  • Czech Science Foundation

Associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST) (2015-present)

Editor for the Academia.edu website (new Editor Program) (2015-present)

Member of the scientific committee for the Revolutions in Eighteenth-Century Sociability Conference, UQAM, 15-18 October 2014.

Member of the Groupe d’intérêt spécialisé en éducation muséale, affiliated to the Société canadienne des chercheurs en éducation (SCÉÉ) (2012-present).

Member of the Advisory Board for the Maude Abbott Medical Museum of McGill University (2010-2014).

Member of the Editorial Review Board for the Classical Science Press (2008-present).

Member of the local organizing committee for the Annual History of Science Society meeting held in Montréal (Qc), Canada from the 4 to 7 November 2010.

Member of the organizing committee for 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.

Co-organizer (with Martine Foisy, Julien Prudhomme, and Mathieu Marion) of a two-day workshop on the material culture of science in Montréal. (The 15 participants, graduate students, postdocs and faculty, came from Harvard and the CIRST, based in Montréal). The Pointe-à-Callière museum, Biodôme, Centre canadien d’architecture, and the Jardin botanique were included in the program. 16-17 May 2016

Co-organizer (with Frédéric Bouchard) of a two-day workshop on the material culture of science at Harvard University. (The 15 participants, graduate students, postdocs and faculty, were all associated to the CIRST based in Montréal). Besides the CHSI, the Harvard Natural History Museum, the Semitic Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums were included in the program. 27-28 April 2015

Co-organizer (with Thomas Rockwell) of a week-long workshop at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, on best museum practices. (Participants from the CHSI, History of Science Department, Harvard, and Exploratorium).

Co-organizer (with Mario Biagioli) of the one-day Workshop on Instruments and Material Culture in Early Modern Science, Harvard University, 17 April 2004. (Participants: Jim Bennett, Mario Biagioli, François Charette, Jean-François Gauvin, Anna Maerker, Simon Schaffer, and Sara Schechner. Commentators: Peter Galison, Rob Iliffe, Myles Jackson, Randolph Starn). Five papers were later edited in a special issue of History of Science 44 (2006), “Artisans and Instruments, 1300-1800.”

Faculty participant in the Reading Artifacts Summer Institute, organized by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and funded by the CSTM and the Situating Science Cluster, Ottawa, 17-21 August 2009. [program online here] A review has been published and can be read online here.

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