Society Panels Accepted for McMullen Symposium on Naval History

by Thomas L Snyder

Today I received notice that the two panels of three papers each the Society proposed for the 2011 McMullen Naval History Symposium, to be held at the U S Naval Academy 14 – 16 September, have been accepted!

I am very proud of our scholars, and I thank our Papers Selection Board–Professors Harry Langley and Annette Finley-Croswhite for their diligent discernment to select six papers for two coherent panels, out of the sixteen original paper proposals. Originally announced in this blog in January, the panels are:

  • For Panel 1–”From Guantanamo to Puerto Rico to Project X231:  Medical Ethics, Biomedical Experimentation and Archeology”  The papers are “Welcome to Isolation! Understanding the first permanent quarantine station in 19th century Puerto Rico” by Paola A Schiappacasse, a PhD candidate at Syracuse University; “Germ Warfare:  Project X-231 and the Technological Challenge of Airborne Disease Control”, by Gerard J Fitzgerald, PhD, a visiting lecturer/scholar at the University of Virginia; and “Military Ethics and Military Duty:  The Role of Navy Physicians in the Force-Feeding of Guantanamo Bay Detainees”, by Raed Moustafa, a first year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine; Moustafa holds an MA and an MPH.
  • For Panel 2–”Health of Sailors”  The papers are “The most virulent case of Fever I have ever heard of’:  The Royal Navy, the Caribbean, and Yellow Fever, 1860-63″, by John Beeler, PhD, a professor of history at the University of Alabama; “Health of British Sailors stationed in the Caribbean during the American Revolution 1776-1783″, by Cori Convertito-Farrar, a graduate student at the University of Exeter in the UK; and “Suicide of an Admiral:  Its Impact on British Naval Operations in the West Pacific, 1854″, by Andrew Rath, a graduate student at McGill University, Montreal.

The Society’s Mission is to promote research, study and publication on all aspects of the history of maritime medicine. To that end, last year we established our Society Graduate Student Travel Grant Program.  As you can see from our panel listing, we will be giving checks for $750 to each of our four student panelists during the Symposium!

Congratulations to all our scholars!

©2011 Thomas L Snyder


About thomaslsnyder

Retired urological surgeon and navy reservist. Writing the history of the Navy's first hospital on the U S west coast, at Mare Island, California. Founder and Executive Director, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. Founder and Coordinator of the Albany Base Hospital No. 33 Society, a military affinity group at Albany Medical College, my alma mater. Past Commander of the San Francisco Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States and founder and past Commander of the Naval Order's "virtual" Continental Commandery. Naval Order Ship's Store manager and Assistant Treasurer General. Member of the Solano County (California) Historical Records Commission.
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