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Interactive History Website Wins Media Production Prize

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This photograph shows anthropologist William H. Egberts examining a collection of ancient skulls at the Smithsonian in 1926.

The New England Council on Latin American history has awarded their 2011 Best Media Production Prize to an online database project supervised by UNH associate professor of history Julia Rodriguez. 

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean website, or HOSLAC for short, provides a virtual archive of more than 200 primary sources along with introductions based on the latest scholarly findings. Launched in 2010, the site is intended to assist teachers, scholars, and members of the public who have an interest in science in its distinct Latin American and Caribbean contexts.

The prize committee praised the website for the way in which it promotes interactive learning and research and for the strong interdisciplinary, transhistorical and transnational character of the project, as it spans the history of the Americas, of Europe and trans-Atlantic interchange, and the histories of science and technology.

As principal investigator on the project, Rodriguez will be presented with the award at the Council’s November meeting.