Course 1

This is a summer course that occurs before a student cohort’s first campus classes begin. The first year, this course was taught in Peru, the second year our students visited the Channel Islands, and the third year they traveled to Mexico. The major goals of this course are: 1) team building and 2) acquiring first-hand knowledge of the environments where many of the products of GPM are targeted for use. The course is held in the last week of July and the first two weeks in August. Haenn and Gould co-coordinated the course and accompanied students for the entire three weeks. Other IGERT faculty participated in the course for four to seven days. David Auerbach (Philosophy) developed specific readings and case studies on ethics for participants to discuss during the course.

During the course we engaged with local researchers, university students/faculty, policy makers, NGOs, and citizens. We have established research and educational collaborations in Peru. These collaborations range from mosquito GPM research programs, to anthropological studies of how biological processes are understood by citizens in rural communities.

Interactions of our students with our collaborators have ranged from lectures and discussions, to hands on research and interviews of local families. Contrasts between urban and rural cultures were highlighted. Evenings are used for formal and informal lectures and discussions within our group on culture, ethics and pest management issues.

Baseline learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to:

Course Syllabus

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