Katayoun Chamany

educator,social justice advocate,professor

The Bronx, US

social justice art science biotechnology ethics biology

I am a biology educator who has embraced the STREAMD (STEM+ Responsibility +Arts + Design) approach to bring science into the liberal arts and design curriculum and to foster creative future scientists (See SICB John Moore Award for Science as a Way of Knowing) . I have developed interactive curricula (Stem Cells Across the Curriculum/ SCAC) using this approach and specifically apply a social justice framework, case studies format, and infographic thinking to integrate the biological, ethical, social, and legal dimensions of stem cell research. This curriculum has been selected as a SENCER Model Course and adapted by educators working at diverse institutions. More recently, I have developed a suite of  lab-based interdisciplinary modules that introduce emerging biotechnologies through art and film and these have been integrated into first-year courses and the Higher Education Opportunity Summer Bridge Program. I currently serve as Leadership Fellow for the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement (SENCER) as well as an Ambassador, and received their William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science. I served as a  guest contributor to the Biopolitical Times blog and P.O.P. Art blog hosted by the Center for Genetics and Society. I received my formal training via a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. 


Slime Mold Dictystelium

2 films