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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

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" ( 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


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