McGowan, Alan H


Alan H McGowan
Bachelor of Engineering, Yale University, 1957
Associate Professor, Natural Sciences and Mathematics

I am primarily interested in the social impact of science and technology. This includes environmental, environmental justice, and racial issues. Having primarily been involved in running non-profit organizations for my career, I am also interested in the impact of the non-profit sector.
Courses Taught:
  • Genes and Race
  • The Science and Politics of the Atom Bomb
  • Does the Environment Matter?
Recent Publications:
  • "Genes and Race in the Classroom," Journal of College Science Teaching, May-June 2005
  • "Challenges for Environmental Studies," Environment, April 2004
  • "Genomics: Perceptions of the Public and the Press," GeneLetter, January 2001
Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room B457
New York, NY  10011
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2237


Research Interests:
  • Impact of race on health
  • Biological conception of race
  • Science and the environment
Professional Affiliations:
  • Board Chair, Student Pugwash USA
  • Board Member, Bermuda Biological Station for Research
  • Executive Editor, Environment Magazine
  • Board Member, Metcalf Institute for Environmental Journalism
  • Elected Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Elected Member, Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • The Non-Profit Sector, Princeton University Department of Molecular Biology, September, 2003
  • Scientists as Rebels, Hastings Center for Bioethics, June 2003
  • Einstein, the Man and the Myth, 92nd Street YMHA
  • PBS, Genes on Trial, a Fred Friendly Seminar, aired nationally, January 2003
  • Genes and Race: Science and Perception, at the Society of Literature, Science and Art, November, 2005
  • Race and Medicine: Science and Perception, at the National Association for African American Studies, February 2006
Awards and Honors:
  • Teacher Recognition Award, American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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