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Teach 3.11 Editorial Team (alphabetical order):
Sulfikar Amir, Indonesian Language Editor
Sulfikar Amir is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He completed a PhD in STS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology & Authoritarian Politics (Routledge, 2013). His research interests include science and technology studies, technological politics, development, nationalism, globalization, sociology of risk, and resilience studies. He has conducted research on nuclear politics in Southeast Asia.
Kristina Buhrman, Japanese Language Editor
Kristina Buhrman is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department of the University of Missouri. She received her Ph.D from the Department of History at the University of Southern California with the dissertation “The Stars and the State: Astronomy, Astrology, and the Politics of Natural Knowledge in Early Medieval Japan” (2012). Her research is on the interpretation of nature, particularly natural disasters, in premodern Japan, a topic that combines the history of science with political history and the history of religions. She lends Teach 3.11 her expertise and interest in the history of disasters in Japan before the modern period. Aside from her premodern focus, she is interested in the modern interaction between East Asian religions and science, and in collaborations between historians and scientists in making risk assessments. Kristina graduate from Cornell University with a B.A. in Linguistics with a concentration in Cognitive Studies, and before entering her Ph.D. program she worked as a website support specialist for the Cornell University Libraries.
Christian Dimmer, Multimedia Editor (former)
Christian handled development of educational audio and visual media content for Teach 3.11 and lends his expertise in the areas of architecture, urban history, design technology and planning. He is one of the German translators of #Quakebook. Christian received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo with his urban history dissertation [Re]negotiating Public Space: a Historical Critique of Modern Public Space in Metropolitan Japan and its Contemporary Re-valuation. As a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science post-doctoral research fellow, he was affiliated with the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, where he examined the politics and contestations of public space in post-industrial metropolitan Japan. This project was carried out in cooperation with his research host Shunya Yoshimi. Christian has also cooperated with architectural firms such as Arata Isozaki and Associates and property developers like Mitsubishi Estate Inc. as an urban design consultant on large-scale urban revitalisation schemes in central Tokyo, as well as on various new town projects in China. He established the architectural practice Frontoffice/ Tokyo with two colleagues in 2006. Christian currently teaches ‘Sustainable Urbanism’ as well as ‘Planning Theory’ at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies. Christian, his wife, and baby girl are survivors of the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake. Teach 3.11 thanks Christian for his contributions as a volunteer editor as he steps down in fall 2011 to assume a leadership role in spearheading the establishment of the Tokyo Chapter for Architecture for Humanity and work on the long-term restructuring of Tohoku, in addition to continuing to teach at universities in Japan.
Chihyung Jeon, Korean language editor
Chihyung is an assistant professor at the Graduate Program of Science and Technology Policy at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Previously, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where he participated in the Sciences of the Archive research project. He handles all Korean language related materials for Teach 3.11. Chihyung’s research focuses on the human-machine relationship in the 20th and 21st centuries with a comparative perspective between the US and East Asia. He earned his Ph.D. in 2010 at the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology & Society at MIT with a dissertation titled “Technologies of the Operator: Engineering the Pilot in the US and Japan, 1930-1960.”
Teru Miyake, Japanese Language Editor
Teru is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He recently received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University. His area of specialty is the philosophy of science, and his dissertation was about a special kind of scientific problem—that of trying to acquire knowledge about systems to which we have limited access. He compared different examples of this problem across centuries. One example of this type of problem focused on astronomy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which brought him to study the work of Kepler and Newton. Another example concerns contemporary seismology, where the aim of seismologists is to acquire detailed knowledge about the interior of the earth from observations of seismic waves at the surface. Teru is particularly interested in how scientific theories and models are used in the exploration of systems that cannot be accessed directly. Before going into philosophy, he got a B.S. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology, and lived for many years in Japan, working as an engineer and later as a freelance translator.
Lisa Onaga, Co-Founder, Managing Editor
Lisa is a founder of Teach 3.11, a collaborative online educational resource that helps teachers, students, and scholars locate, produce, and share collective wisdom about the three disasters in Japan through study of the history of science and technology in Asia. Lisa serves as an assistant professor in the History Programme at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. Her book project, Anatomy of a Hybrid, chronicles the growth of breeding science and genetics in relation to the mass production of hybrid silk-moth cocoons in twentieth century Japan. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University, for which portions of her doctoral work were carried out in the Tōhoku region while based in the workgroup of Miwao Matsumoto at the University of Tokyo. She serves on the steering committee of the Forum for the History of Science in Asia. As a former science writer, she conducted media relations work with Burness Communications and for the journal Science. Lisa also survived the Kobe ’95 earthquake.
Ashanti Shih, Multimedia Editor
Ashanti is an artist and a graduate student in the History of Science and Medicine doctoral program at Yale University. Her childhood experiences in the “mixed plate” culture of Honolulu have led to a fascination with Asia and the Pacific. She first engaged in this region’s history of science and technology as an undergraduate research apprentice for historian of science Cathryn Carson at the University of California, Berkeley. As an apprentice, Ashanti studied the history of the relationship between the development of Japan’s nuclear energy program and US national security and energy policies. Her undergraduate work culminated in a senior thesis on a 1977 diplomatic negotiation between the US and Japan concerning the reprocessing of US-origin spent fuel at Japan’s Tokai-mura plant. During her time at Cal, Ashanti also earned a degree in art practice, exhibited her works in several student shows, and interned at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Now in her first year at Yale, Ashanti has been exploring the interactions between environmental, political and scientific actors in large-scale systems, as well as the translation of scientific expertise to the public through visual representation. Her current endeavors include a historical inquiry into the making of the Pacific Tsunami Warning System and an art project that aims to transform concepts from the sociology and philosophy of science into illustrations for an audience outside of academia.
Honghong Tinn, Co-Founder, Chinese Language Editor
Honghong is a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. She brings to Teach 3.11 her experience as a former assistant to the editor of Social Studies of Science and also handles all Chinese language related materials for the web site. She received her Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. As a 2010-2011 Erwin & Adelle Tomash Fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute, she conducted her dissertation research on the history of electronic computing in Cold War Taiwan. She explores four historical periods in which tinkering – emulating, adapting, modifying, assembling in an innovative manner, and otherwise working creatively with technologies – is evident with computers. Her work examines four cases, namely (1) a technical-aid program that promoted mainframe computing in Taiwan in the early 1960s; (2) an economic-planning project that relied on the first two mainframe computers in Taiwan; (3) a minicomputer-building project in National Chiao-Tung University in the early 1970s; (4) a fervor with which ordinary computer users bought computer parts and built their own microcomputers in the early 1980s. Previously, Honghong worked with Chia-Ling Wu at National Taiwan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Tyson Vaughan, Co-Founder, Japanese Language Editor
This is Tyson’s first involvement in a web-based project since he co-founded and worked as a designer and editor at several Bay Area startups in the mid-to-late 90s, one of which – Salon.com – is still going strong. Since that time, he completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, lived and worked in Kobe and Tokyo, Japan, for five years, and married a wonderful woman from Kobe. He is now conducting research for his dissertation as a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University’s Department of Science & Technology Studies, supported by a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. His project examines post-disaster recovery planning as a site of “upstream” public engagement with socio-technical change, and makes a historical comparison between the experience of Kobe after the 1995 earthquake to that of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Tyson is a native of New Orleans.
Teach 3.11 is a project of the Forum for the History of Science in Asia.