Bhawani Venkataraman | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Bhawani Venkataraman

    Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Science

    Bhawani Venkataraman

    As a chemist and educator, I am interested in helping students appreciate the role of chemistry and the sciences in addressing issues of societal concerns, in particular the role of the chemical sciences in understanding environmental issues. Many policies dealing with the environment such as water and air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, and climate change have used results from chemical research. I use these policies as case studies to demonstrate the importance of a chemical perspective. My work also includes assessing the effectiveness of teaching through contextual, active learning approaches. My current work at Lang is supported by a National Science Foundation grant. More recently I have begun working with local environmental justice organizations on assessing and monitoring air and soil quality.

    Prior to joining the faculty of Eugene Lang College, I was a research scientist at Columbia University where I led educational initiatives at the undergraduate, graduate, and K-12 levels. At Columbia I was a lead investigator on National Science Foundation grants supporting undergraduate research experiences, the development of an undergraduate chemistry curricula, and a program that supported graduate students in the sciences working with K-12 science teachers.

    Courses Taught

    Chemistry of Life
    Chemistry of the Environment
    Science and Environmental Policy
    Nanotechnology

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