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Call for Applications for 2021 AIHP PhD Research Grants

Theme for 2021 Grants: "Barriers & Margins"

AIHP Logo for FacebookAIHP is now accepting applications for 2021 AIHP PhD Research Support Grants. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1, 2021. The AIHP PhD Research Support Grant Program encourages academic research by doctoral candidates on topics related to the (broadly defined) history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. The Program provides grants of up to $2,000, and AIHP hopes to fund two PhD Research Support Grants in 2021.

The theme for the 2021 AIHP PhD Research Grant Program is "Barriers & Margins." The fields of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals have often witnessed social, economic, racial, gender, and other barriers that have marginalized certain segments of the population. Many of these stories remain untold. For this year’s grant competition, we particularly encourage applications from students pursuing historical projects that engage with race, colonialism, gender, or inequality as they relate to social or cultural reconfigurations in pharmacy, pharmaceutical fields, and the adjacent health disciplines.

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AIHP Becomes Co-Sponsor of Points Blog

Points logoThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that starting January 1, 2021, AIHP will become co-sponsor of the popular academic group blog Points. Founded in 2011, Points has been the official blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society (ADHS), a peer organization of AIHP.

Going forward, ADHS and AIHP will jointly sponsor Points, which publishes two to three original posts per week. AIHP Historical Director Lucas Richert explains that "This collaboration is a necessary one, given the overlap between illicit 'drugs' and legal 'medications."' AIHP is excited to bring new voices, new perspectives, and new institutional support to Points and the blog's commentaries about the history of alcohol, drugs, medicines, pharmacy, and pharmaceuticals.

The mission of Points is to "bring together scholars with wide-ranging expertise for the goal of producing original and thoughtful reflections on the history of alcohol, drugs, medicines, pharmacy, and pharmaceuticals; the web of policy surrounding them; and their place in popular culture." Points publishes posts of about 500–1,500 words and seeks to "provide a space for the exchange of new ideas, insights, and speculations about our interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving field."

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80 Years of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy

This post is from Points, the joint blog of AIHP and the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. Points publishes original reflections about the history of drugs, medicines, alcohol, pharmacy, and their allied fields.

AIHP Logo for FacebookOn January 22, 1941, six men gathered in a pharmacognosy laboratory at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and founded the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. Its explicit purpose was to serve as a center for pharmaco-historical research and information. Its implicit purpose was to provide an academic home for scholar-pharmacist Dr. George Urdang, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. Urdang had fled Berlin in 1938, making his way to New York, where he obtained an American pharmacy degree from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy at age 57.

Soon afterward, in the summer of 1939, Wisconsin pharmacy professor Edward Kremers recruited Urdang to Madison to help complete a comprehensive history of pharmacy textbook based on materials Kremers had been collecting for decades. After the publication of Kremers and Urdang’s History of Pharmacy by Lippincott in 1940, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy was established with Urdang as its first Director.

Click the read more button below to read the rest of this post by Greg Higby on Points.

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Big Changes Coming to Pharmacy in History for 2021

Pharmacy in History LogoImportant changes are coming to AIHP’s scholarly journal, Pharmacy in History, in 2021, according to the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucas Richert, PhD, who also serves as the Institute’s Historical Director.

The name of the journal will change to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. In addition, AIHP has entered into a new publishing partnership with the University of Wisconsin Press. Beginning in January 2021, the Press will assume the publication of the journal and will manage its production, fulfillment, and marketing.

Dr. Richert explained that the changes will position the journal to be an even better publication in the coming years: “We believe the journal’s new name, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, better reflects its broad topical scope and will allow us to successfully compete for the highest quality scholarly articles."

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Call for Papers—Colonial Histories of Plant-Based Pharmaceuticals


History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, the official journal of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy published by the University of Wisconsin Press, is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue: “Colonial Histories of Plant-Based Pharmaceuticals.” Scheduled for the winter 2021 issue of HoPP (vol. 63, no. 2), guest editors for the special issue will be Dr. Geoff Bil and Dr. Jaipreet Virdi, both of the University of Delaware.

To submit a proposal for the special issue (see below for additional information), please send a 200-word abstract and 1-page CV to guest editors Geoff Bil ( and Jaipreet Virdi ( by January 31, 2021. Invitations for manuscript submission of 8,000 words will be sent by February 6, 2021, with first drafts due April 15, 2021, for peer review. Please consult the full HoPP author guidelines when preparing manuscripts.

Please click read more below for the full call for papers and more information about this special issue.

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2021 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize Competition

AIHP Logo for FacebookAIHP is pleased to announce the 2021 AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize competition. Each year, the Sonnedecker Prize recognizes the author(s) of the best unpublished manuscript, on a topic within the field of the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals.

The Prize is aimed at graduate students and Early Career Scholars (ECRs). AIHP defines ECRs as holders of tenure-track positions who received the PhD within the previous three years or members of the academic precariat in limited term positions who received the PhD within the previous six years.

The recipient of the AIHP Glenn Sonnedecker Prize will also be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, and her/his manuscript will be published in AIHP’s journal History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals upon, and subject to, successful completion of peer- and editorial-review processes.

Instructions for Submissions

The deadline for submission of manuscripts for the 2021 competition is June 1, 2021. To be considered for the 2021 Sonnedecker Prize, please submit a copy of the unpublished manuscript in Microsoft Word format. Email the manuscript to using the subject heading “Sonnedecker Prize Submission” for the message. Articles should be 8,000-10,000 words, and authors should consult the HoPP Author Guidelines when preparing submissions. Papers in languages other than English should be accompanied by a translation.

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AIHP Wants to Document Your COVID-19 Stories and Experiences

AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

You can participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project either (1) by immediately sharing your thoughts/experiences and/or submitting digital materials or (2) by signifying your to intention to submit materials in the future. Please comply with all applicable local or state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.

Please click the link below to learn more about participating in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project.

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Access the Pharmacy in History JSTOR Archive
All past issues of Pharmacy in History have been digitized and are text-searchable at JSTOR.

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events): 

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