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October 22, 2018

Brent M. Purkaple
Department of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
The University of Oklahoma
purkaple@ou.edu
brentpurkaple.com

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., History of Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, candidacy achieved May 2017
M.A., History of Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2015
M.A., Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, 2009
B.A., Biblical Languages, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK, 2007

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Graduate Research Assistant to Curator, History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries,  University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Fall 2013 – Present.
Teaching Assistant, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Spring 2014.
Middle School and High School Teacher, Veritas Classical Academy, Oklahoma City, OK, 2009 – 2013.

AWARDS, GRANTS, PRIZES, AND FELLOWSHIPS:

Linda Hall Library Short-term Travel Fellowship, Kansas City, MO, Fall 2018.
Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, Summer 2018.
College of Arts and Science Travel Grant, University of Oklahoma, Spring 2018.
DeGolyer Travel Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, 2017 – 2018.
Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, 2017 – 2018.
Michael Ruby History of Physics Scholarship, University of Oklahoma, 2017 – 2018, 2018 – 2019.
Graduate Student Senate Research Grant, University of Oklahoma, Fall 2017, Spring 2018.
Graduate Student Senate Conference Grant, University of Oklahoma, Fall 2016, Spring 2018.
Outstanding Graduate Assistant, University of Oklahoma Libraries, 2015 – 2016.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Early modern Natural Theology; Early modern mathematics and natural philosophy; History of Science and Religion; Early modern Jesuits; History of the Book; Visual Culture; History of Biblical Exegesis; History of Science and K-12 Education; Digital Humanities; Public History and Exhibition Design.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

History of Science Society
Midwest Junto for the History of Science
Conference on Faith and History
T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS:

Articles (peer reviewed)
“A New Manuscript of Ockham’s Brevis summa libri Physicorum: Saint-Omer, Bibliothèque d’Agglomération, MS 317,” co-authored with Steven J. Livesey, Scriptorium (accepted).

Reviews
Review of Measuring Shadows: Kepler’s Optics of Invisibility, by Raz Chen-Morris. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016. Published in Early Science and Medicine 22(2017) 387-389.

Exhibitions
Galileo’s World Reprise, August 2016 – present; co-curator along with Kerry V. Magruder, David Davis, and James Burnes. See lynx-open-ed.org/reprise for more information.
Galileo’s World, August 2015 – July 2016; co-curator along with Kerry V. Magruder, David Davis, and James Burnes. See lynx-open-ed.org/glance for more information.

Digital Publications
“William of Ockham, Brevis summa libri Physicorum: A transcription of Saint-Omer, Bibliothèque d’Agglomération, MS 317, 44RA-61VB,” completed September 2018, co-edited with Steven J. Livesey, http://doi.org/10.15763/11244/299775.
Kerry V. Magruder and Brent Purkaple, Galileo’s World Exhibit Guide, published by the University of Oklahoma Libraries, August 2015, 2016, and 2017. Available free on the iBook Store and online at https://lynx-open-ed.org/glance.

Digital Projects
“Lynx Open Ed,” Fall 2015-present, co-edited and co-developed with Kerry Magruder, lynx-open-ed.org.

  • An ongoing digital humanities project focusing on creation and distribution of exhibit-related Open Educational Resources (OERs) in collaboration with educators, based on scholarship in the history of science.

“The Sky Tonight: Cultural Archaeology and Geography of the Stars” forthcoming
Spring 2019, co-edited and co-developed with Kerry Magruder skytonight.org.

  • A digital humanities project that illustrates the cultural archaeology and geography of the stars and their significance.

T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, “Sources Bibliography,” co-edited with Kerry Magruder and Gary Deddo, tftorrance.org/sources.

  • A collaborative digital humanities project to establish a critical bibliography for the publications of Thomas F. Torrance, James B. Torrance, and David W. Torrance.

T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, “Studies Bibliography,” co-edited with Kerry Magruder and Gary Deddo, tftorrance.org/studies.

  • A collaborative digital humanities project to recover the reception history of Thomas F. Torrance, James B. Torrance, and David W. Torrance.

Website redesign for the T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, co-developed with Kerry Magruder and Gary Deddo, tftorrance.org.

  • A complete overhaul of the current website, tftorrance.org, to sustain a distributed research community; developed in Drupal 8.

PRESENTATIONS:

Professional Conference Presentations
Co-presented with Kerry V. Magruder, “Collaboration Strategies for Educators, Libraries and Museums,” Southwest Association for Science Teacher Education, Norman, OK, 10/13/18.
“‘For now we see in a mirror dimly’: Optical Illusions and Natural Theology in the Jesuit Order,” Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Minneapolis, MN, 04/15/2018.
“The Religious Experience of Optics,” Newberry Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, 01/27/2018.
Co-presented with Kerry V. Magruder, “Report on the T. F. Torrance Bibliography Project,” The T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship annual meeting, held in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion annual conference, Boston, MA, 11/17/2018.
Co-presented with Kerry V. Magruder, “#GalileosWorld demonstrates the way @OU_Libraries is using @OUHOSCollection to transform the public domain,” a booth at the Domains 2017 conference, Oklahoma City, 06/05/2017.
“The Role of Proclus in Shaping Renaissance Mathematics,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 11/4/2016.
“The Role of Proclus within Sixteenth-Century Debates over the Ontology of Mathematics,” Midwest Junto for the History of Science, Norman, OK, 04/2/2016.
“Galileo’s World Exhibition Site – An Open Educational Experience,” with Twila Camp, University of Oklahoma Academic Tech Expo, Norman, OK, 01/15/2016.
“The Open Educational Resources of Galileo’s World,” K20 Innovative Learning Institute, Norman, OK, 12/3/2015.
“Libraries as makers of OER: A Pilot Project,” with Kerry Magruder, OpenEd 2015, Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C., 11/19/2015.

Invited Presentations
Co-presented with Kerry Magruder “Historic Star Atlas Stories,” as part of the lecture series Postcards of the Universe, Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 01/25/2018.
“An Introduction to Leonardo da Vinci,” Oklahoma City Astronomy Club, Oklahoma City, OK, 04/11/2016.
“The Impact of Women in the World of Galileo,” University Women’s Association Spring Luncheon, Norman, OK, 04/30/2016.
“What is the History of Science,” “Should the History of Science be Rated X?” “What is Gravity?” Oklahoma Baptist University, MSP K-12 Workshop, July 2014.

General Public Programs
“Renaissance Optical Illusions,” traveling educational program for area libraries and schools, 1 presentation Summer 2018.
“Sky Tonight” traveling educational program for area libraries and schools, 4 presentations Summer/Fall 2017.
“Galileo Roadshow: Art and Astronomy in the World of Galileo.” A joint presentation with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art education director, Melissa Ski; primarily K-12 school groups in the Norman, OK area; 30 presentations. Spring 2016.

COURSES TAUGHT:

The University of Oklahoma
HSCI 1113: Science, Nature, and Society (co-taught with Kerry Magruder), Fall 2017.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

Graduate Studies Committee, History of Science Department, Graduate Student Member, Fall 2015 – Spring 2016.
Galileo’s World, Core Team, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015.