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TB Notes 1, 2003
Tuberculosis Course Chosen as a Model Course
"Tuberculosis," a writing-intensive first-year seminar
at Franklin & Marshall College, was chosen by Science Education
for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) as one of
four model college courses for 2002 and was presented in August
at SENCER's annual summer institute. The course has been taught
since 1999 by Dr. Richard Fluck. A description of the model TB course
and other models can be found at http://www.aacu.org/SENCER/models.cfm.
SENCER, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a project
of the Association of American Colleges and Universities that "connects
science and civic engagement by teaching through complex, capacious,
and unsolved public issues, such as natural catastrophes, water
quality, HIV disease, the Human Genome Project, energy alternatives,
and nuclear disarmament" (http://www.aacu-edu.org/sencer/).
The goal of the SENCER project is to promote and sustain science
education reform, particularly general science education. The founding
course that helped launch the SENCER initiative was a course titled
"Biomedical Issues About AIDS" taught by Monica Devanas
at Rutgers University.
The 2002 SENCER institute was attended by more than 200 faculty
- some as individuals but most as members of a team from their home
institution - representing 77 colleges and universities. The team
from Franklin & Marshall College focused its work at the institute
on developing a health policy track within its Public Policy minor.
The health policy track, which is currently under development, will
include both the first-year biology seminar about TB and a senior
public policy seminar about TB.
Other participants at the institute represented the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the California Commission
on the Status of Women, the National Research Council, and the National
Science Foundation. The participants also included faculty and administrators
from five universities in Africa - Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture,
Kenyatta University, Maseno University, Rand Afrikaans University,
and Sokoine University of Agriculture - who focused on creating
courses that teach science content through HIV/AIDS.
Prior to the August institute, SENCER partnered with AAAS to create
a CD of the 40-50 "must-read" papers in the public domain
that address HIV/AIDS. In response to this request, the Division
of Tuberculosis Elimination sent a number of items, including the
"CDC TB Information Guide" CD ROM and several printed
items, to SENCER for distribution to the African delegates.
-Submitted by Richard A. Fluck, PhD
Dept. of Biology
Franklin & Marshall College
Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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