Dr. Anna K. Sagal is this year’s recipient of the McMaster-ASECS fellowship, a program that supports research in McMaster University Library’s extensive collection of rare 18th-century books and historical materials. She spent one month exploring McMaster’s unique archive of 18th-century English botanical textbooks, especially a number of works written and referenced by trailblazing women botanists – early pioneers of science education whose books popularized scientific knowledge for a broad base of readers. Botanical research enabled these early female scientists and writers to play an important role in the development of scientific research and education, a domain that typically excluded women. Dr. Sagal’s scholarship also contributes to expanding our received notions about what qualifies as scientific inquiry and the different forms in which scientific writing appears across historical periods. Read more in the Daily News article.