(P) Aparna Nair in Recommended Dose, February 28, 2019. Of 3D Livers and Laser-Printed Lungs: Teaching with Pop-Up Exhibits.
It is always a delight when an experiment in the classroom bears fruit in the most unexpected of ways. Last Fall, I had the pleasure of that experience when I taught a course on Non-Western and Indigenous Medicine at the University of Oklahoma’s History of Science department for the very first time. As with most new courses, I began the semester overwhelmed with ideas, readings and anxieties about the topics I was covering in class. To my surprise, I had a truly diverse range of students in the class—the topic appeared to attract a an almost equal number of male and female students, several Native students as well as a significant number of students from the STEM fields, with little prior experience in historical methods.
(P) Kathleen Crowther in Gastro Obscura, January 29, 2019. Why So Many Bars Are Named After Cocks.
On February 2, 1663, after a long day of business meetings, the celebrated diarist Samuel Pepys and his colleague and friend John Creed “... turned into a house and drank a cup of Cock ale.” If the scenario of two coworkers sharing a drink at the end of the day seems familiar, the beverage Pepys and Creed enjoyed does not. The key ingredient in cock ale, which was popular in 17th- and 18th-century England, was a rooster.
(P) Kathleen Crowther and Peter Barker in The Washington Post, November 30, 2018.
What we lose when we lose Muslim immigrants.
International scientific collaboration may seem like a recent phenomenon, a late-20th-century product of the Internet and ease of global travel. But international communication and exchange of ideas have been a defining feature of science since at least the Middle Ages. The modern scientific order was built on international exchange — and if the United States continues to prohibit such collaboration, its role as a leader in science and medicine will be in serious jeopardy.
(P) Katherine Pandora in Oklahoma Humanities Magazine, Fall/Winter 2018. Arrows to Atoms: Curiousity in the Age of the Internet
I discuss the history of the 1957 Oklahoma Semi-Centennial and its emphasis on nuclear science, space satellites, and science education as well as its presence 50 years later on the Internet.