Born in Iran, raised in Iowa, and trained as a geneticist and cell biologist, Katayoun finds the study of biological processes fascinating. For over a decade she has been conducting research to better understand why some students share her love for biology, while others recoil from the subject. Part of her work suggests that biology courses must be contextualized and made relevant, especially for those students who don’t initially see biology as important to their everyday experiences. To promote this education reform, she has developed seminars, workshops and educational materials that reflect an interactive and case-based method of teaching and learning. She firmly believes that biology is accessible and relevant to everyone, and that a basic understanding of biology is important for contributive members of society.
Incorporating Social Justice in the Sciences
Katayoun Chamany is an Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Eugene Lang College, pretty much at the heart of New York city. I don’t intend to reinvent the wheel here, so I’ll just paste her profile, which says quite clearly the kind of (amazing) work that she is doing. I'll include a few references at the end.
Chamany 2006, Science and Social Justice. Making the case for case studies
Chamany 2006, MDR Tuberculosis: A Case Study for Non-Science Majors Focused on Social Justice
Chamany K. 2004-2009. Cell Biology for Life: Online Book and Curriculum. Three modules include: Stem Cells (basic cell biology) Botulinum Toxin (specialized cells and communication), and HPV and Cancer (viral genetics and oncogenesis).
Chamany K. 2001. “Niños Desaparecidos: A Case Study About Genetics and Human Rights.” Journal of College Science Teaching. 31 (1):61-65.