On April 1, CAS Dean Kelly Damphousse made a surprise visit to Professor Katherine Pandora's seminar class to announce her selection as the recipient of the 2014 Longmire Prize for Teaching Excellence. The Longmire Prize for Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences, supported by the William Jr. & Jane Longmire Academic Enrichment Fund, is awarded annually to a faculty member exhibiting a scholarly and thoughtful approach to innovative teaching.
Professor Pandora researches and teaches about science in the public sphere. Her work spans the 19th- and 20th-century United States, and focuses in particular on the antebellum period (with comparative attention to Great Britain), the early decades of the 20th century, and the cold war era of the 1950s, '60s & '70s. She also states that she does history in the present, "I'm experimenting with digital history to rethink the nature of scholarship and teaching about history of science in the 21st century." With emphasis on science, the public, and popular culture, her work reaches out across disciplines, drawing on U.S. History, American Studies, sociology, literature, philosophy, media studies, communication studies, visual culture, the history of childhood, the history of education, and gender studies, as well as the history of science and the history of technology.
More information on Professor Pandora's teaching and research can be found at
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