It's hard to be a scholar of Cold War history and not see all things nuclear as relevant to that enterprise. For that reason, I'm taking this post to share an important teaching resource for understanding the Fukushima disaster in Japan: Teach 3/11. To quote from the site:
'As an independent initiative spurred by the hope of helping people find answers to such questions more quickly, Teach 3/11 is a participant-powered online project built in the spirit of international cooperation and solidarity that disaster recoveries depend upon, regardless where they occur. In partnership with the Forum for the History of Science in Asia, Teach 3/11 has a simple goal: to help you develop teaching materials with the help of the the collective wisdom of scholars worldwide working at the intersections of history of science and technology and Asia.'
I recently ran into one of the contributors, Lisa Onaga, a historian of biology finishing her dissertation at Cornell. She informs me that Teach 3/11 continues to grow and is being integrated into teaching curriculum in number of different national contexts. Beyond being an event-specific resource, I'm excited about the collaborative, multi-lingual, and multi-media format of the project. It's an example of one way that the expertise of historians of science and technology can be extended in concert with and beyond academic publication.