Established in 1980 by Dr. Eric Robinson in memory of his wife, the Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize is awarded annually for the best-presented paper by an individual delivering his or her first paper at the SHOT annual meeting. Candidates for the award are judged on the quality of the historical research and scholarship of the paper, but special attention is paid by the awards committee to the effectiveness of the presentation. The only requirement to compete for the Robinson prize is that a candidate must not have previously presented a paper at any annual SHOT conference. There are no age restrictions on competing for this prize. The prize consists of a check for a cash award and a certificate.
Eligible presenters are encouraged to nominate themselves for the Robinson Prize. You may indicate your desire to be a candidate for the Robinson Prize by checking the appropriate box in the on-line submission form for an individual paper or full session.
If your paper is accepted by the Program Committee, your name will be automatically forwarded to the Robinson Prize Committee. This procedure will allow the Program and Robinson Prize Committees to arrange the program schedule so that more judges can hear all of the Robinson presentations.
Previous Recipients of
the Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize
Whitney E. Laemmli (University of Pennsylvania), “A Case in Pointe: Making Streamlined Bodies and Interchangeable Ballerinas at the New York City Ballet,”
Aditi Raghavan (Northwestern University), "‘The
Theodolite Coolie’ and Other British Mapping Devices"
Madhumita Saha (Iowa State University), "The State of India, Postcolonial Agricultural Policy and Pre-Green Revolution Wheat Technology"
Matthew Hersch, "High Fashion: The Women's Undergarment Industry and the Foundations of American Spaceflight"
Kara Swanson, "Human Milk as Technology and Technologies of Human Milk: Milk Banks in the 20th-Century United States"
Anna Storm (KTH), “Interpretation Processes in Re-used Industrial Areas”
Peter A. Shulman (MIT), “Alaska: Infinite Coal Mine of the Imperial Imagination.”
Jamie Pietruska (MIT), "Every man his own weather clerk: Weather Information Systems, Local Communications Technologies, and a National Weather Service for Agriculture, 1870-1891."
Matthew Harpster (Texas A&M University), "New rules for old boats: Proportional rules in early-medieval ship design."
Hyungsub Choi (Johns Hopkins University), "Rationalizing the 'Guerilla State': North Korean Factory Management Reform in the 1960s."
Lara Freidenfelds (Harvard University), "Technology and the Production of Gendered and Classed Subjects: Tampons in the Twentieth Century United States."
Devorah Slavin, "'Housekeeperly Instincts': 19th Century Women Inventors and the Myth of the Ingenious Woman."
Greg Downey, "Human Labor and Human Geography in the Study of Information Internetworks."
Nina Wormbs, "A New Technology to Save Old Values: The Nordic Direct Broadcasting Satellite."
Thomas Kaiserfeld, "Mining, Manure and the Military: The Science of Saltpeter and Gunpowder."
Killian Anheuser, "Fire-Guilding—Technology of an Ancient Craft."
Barbara L. Allen, "Oil and Water: An Environmental and Cultural History of the Petrochemical Industry in Louisiana."
Greg Clancey, "The Balloon Frame Revisited: Mechanization, Mass Production, and Prefabrication in American Building-Carpentry."
Regina Blaszczyk, "Reign of Robots: The Homer Laughlin China Company and Flexible Mass Production, 1916-1948."
Molly Berger, "Leaving the Light On: The Modern Hotel in America."
Brett Steele, "A Pioneering Engineer: Benjamin Robins and Eighteenth Century Ballistics."
Meg Sondey, "An Initial Investigation of Welded Homes in the United States."
Arwen Mohun, "Women Workers and the Mechanization of Steam Laundries."
Raman Srinivasan, "Technology Sits Cross-Legged: The History of the Jaipur Foot."
Diane Q. Webb, "Two Paths to Building National Science and Technology Capabilities: South Korea and Brazil, 1960-1985."
James H. Capshew, "Engineering a Technology of Behavior: B.F. Skinner's Kamikaze Pigeons in World War II."
Susan Smulyan, "The Rise and Fall of the Happiness Boys: Sponsorship, Technology, and Early Radio Programming."
Larry Owens, "Vannevar Bush and the Differential Analyzer: The Text and Academic Context of an Early Computer."
Mona Spangler Phillips, "Geometry in Gothic Design."
Christopher Hamlin, "Recycling as a Goal of Sewage Treatment in 19th Century Britain."
J. Lauritz Larson, "Inventing Technological Systems: A Railway Example."
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