Chamany, Katayoun
Eugene Lang College

Katayoun Chamany
Eugene Lang College
Science, Technology, and Society Program


Katayoun Chamany has been a faculty member of the Science, Technology, and Society program of Eugene Lang College since 1997. She founded this undergraduate science literacy program in 1998 and developed a curriculum that presents hard science in the context of society. Katayoun uses a socio-political approach to teach courses in the area of infectious diseases, biotechnology, genomics, science writing, and genetics to undergraduate liberal studies students and graduate students in International Affairs. She is dedicated to science education for all students and the general public and has developed seminars, workshops and educational materials that reflect an interactive and case-based method of teaching. Currently, she is researching and developing educational tools to accompany traditional biology textbooks and courses. These tools incorporate economic, social, and political perspectives with those of the natural sciences in a multimedia format. Her particular focus is attracting and engaging under-represented minority students to science by using real-world cases that are relevant and important to them. She received the Distinguished University Teaching Award from New School University in 2000 and is an active member of the Faculty for the 21st Century of Project Kaleidoscope.

Prior to Eugene Lang College, she received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Iowa in 1989 and her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. She was a visiting professor of Biology at Pomona and Harvey Mudd Colleges and returned to the University of California, Berkeley, to teach a genetics course for non-majors. At this point, she made the switch from genetics and cell biology research on microtubule-associated proteins in Saccharomyces cerivisiae to science education research. Her work has appeared in the Journal of College Science Teaching and has been presented at national meetings sponsored by AAC&U, PKAL and other organizations focused on science education.