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NMSU regents professor selected as Manasse Chair for 2004-2006

New Mexico State University regents professor of history and Honors Program director William Eamon was selected as the S.P. and Margaret Manasse Chair for 2004-2006.

William Eamon, a regents professor of history and director of the Honors Program at New Mexico State University, was selected as the S.P. and Margaret Manasse Chair for 2004-2006. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The Manasse Chair provides $12,000 to conduct a one- to two-year research project. The position was established in 1999 and is awarded to a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences as recognition for a lifetime of dedication to teaching and research.

Eamon's project proposal is titled "Exploring the Margins of Early Modern Science" and involves two independent but related projects. The first is a book under contract with Cambridge University Press titled "Science and Everyday Life in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1750." The second is "Beyond the Black Legend: Spain and the Scientific Revolution," which will result in a major international conference, a book and an interpretive monograph.

Eamon will use the award to cover expenses associated with two trips to Valencia, Spain, and the summer salary for a graduate assistant who will help organize the conference and edit the book.

Eamon's approach to the history of science bridges the lessons of the past by promoting a deeper historical understanding of the widening gap between science and everyday culture. It also fosters a more intelligent discussion of some of the pressing problems facing modern societies, such as the degradation of the environment, the morality of stem cell research and the implications of the genetic revolution.