S&TS current and former graduate students help create tools for understanding COVID-19

Mon, 04/27/2020

In 2011, several S&TS Department graduate students (including Lisa Onaga, Tyson Vaughan, and Honghong Tinn) helped create Teach311.org, a tool for learning and teaching about the “triple disaster” of Fukushima (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown). Now they have updated the resource to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including contributions from current S&TS graduate student Shoan Yin Cheung.


Dear friends and colleagues,

You may have heard by now that Teach311.org has regrouped as the Teach311 + COVID-19 Collective. We have been very busy endeavoring to generate new empathetic capacities for learning, teaching, and researching about the pandemic from perspectives that have been informed by the founding of the project (by Cornell S&TS alumni Honghong Tinn, Tyson Vaughan, Lisa Onaga) in partnership with the Forum for the History of Science in Asia and the Society for the History of Technology Asia Network in 2011, immediately following the triple disasters in Japan. Now, the editorial team consists of veterans and newcomers reflecting an interdisciplinary voice that bridges histories of science, technology, environment, medicine, religion, and area studies. Furthermore, this voice carries a tenor that intersects with matters of gender, race, and ethnicity as they pertain to understanding and working through disasters in the here and now.

We are working alongside students and scholars who study history of science and allied fields to develop material in the following sections and heartily invite our communities to participate or use the site materials:

  • Notes from the Field (reflection of the here and now that relates to one’s research; for student & general audiences — by scholars)
  • Diary Projects (reflexive and personal writing, in serial — by supervised undergraduates to Ph.D. students situated in the Global South or areas where censorship or social conformity is an issue)
  • Teaching Moments (Q&A about the role of the humanities for understanding the crisis; teaching reflections — by educators)
  • Videos, Lectures, Modules (materials to use for asynchronous learning/teaching — by educators, scholars, and students)

We would love to hear from members of the academic community who would like to contribute original pieces to the Teach311 + COVID-19 Collective or offer any other ideas, suggestions, or feedback about its use. As before, when the project was founded, we remain committed to doing our small part to level access to these materials through translation. Thus, we also welcome the help of any who may be interested in translating some of the materials into their home languages, or helping us to create audio recordings of content on the site, in order to better serve the visually impaired.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes to you, your families, and communities,
Lisa Onaga, Co-founder, Teach311 + COVID-19 Collective
Michael Stanley-Baker, NTU-Singapore faculty partner

Email: teach3eleven <at> gmail.com

Twitter: @Teach_311

Teach311.org began in 2011 as a joint project of the Forum for the History of Science in Asia and the Society for the History of Technology Asia Network and is currently expanded in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Artifacts, Action, Knowledge) and Nanyang Technological University-Singapore. Click here for more information.

FHSAsia is a special interest group of the History of Science Society. It is devoted to furthering scholarship in the history of science, medicine and technology in Asia. Keep in touch through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FHSASIA, and stay tuned for new updates on our web page at http://fhsasiahss.wordpress.com/.

Morrill Hall