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"Roberta L. Millstein" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sylvia Culp (1954-2004)

It is with great sadness that we must report the death of a close
friend and ISHPSSB member.  Sylvia Culp passed away on April 23rd
after a long fight with breast cancer. She was 50 years old.

Sylvia earned two PhDs.  The first was in Microbiology from the
University of Virginia. After a post-doc in San Diego, she entered
the Doctoral Program in Philosophy and Science Studies at the
University of California, San Diego.  Under the direction of Philip
Kitcher, she completed her second PhD in 1992.  She joined the
Philosophy Department at Western Michigan University later that year
and was an Associate Professor at the time of her death.

Sylvia's work concerned the nature of experimentation in biology and
the philosophy of biology more generally.  She wrote a number of
well regarded  papers in philosophy including "Defending Robustness:
The Bacterial Mesosome as a Test Case," "Objectivity in Experimental
Inquiry: Breaking Data-Technique Circles," and "Establishing
Genotype/Phenotype Relationships: Gene Targeting as an Experimental

As a scholar, a teacher, and a colleague, Sylvia was an exemplar of a
worthwhile and balanced academic life.  As a friend, Sylvia was
generous with her encouragement and unfailing in her optimism and
good humor. We always looked forward to seeing Sylvia at meetings,
even her last in Milwaukee when she came to say goodbye.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Don, her son, William, and her
daughter, Hannah. Our sympathy and very best wishes go out to her
family . A memorial service will be held at Western Michigan
University on June 12th.

Michael Dietrich                                Lindley Darden
President, ISHPSSB                              Past-President, ISHPSSB

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