Rachel A. Dowty is assistant professor - researcher in the Department of Geography and Anthropology and co-director of the Disaster Science and Management Program at Louisiana State University. Her teaching interests include Science and Technology Studies, disaster anthropology, environment and ecology, health, learning, and organizational culture. She has conducted ethnographic research among neuroscientists in England and among residents and government officials involved in the response to Hurricane Katrina. She recently published an edited volume Dynamics of Disaster: Lessons On Risk, Response, And Recovery (with Barbara L. Allen). Dr. Dowty received the 2009 Service-Learning Scholars Award for effectively incorporating community service into her courses.