Background and Context

Dr. Shree Dhawale

Associate Professor, Biology, Honors Program Director
Telephone: (260) 481-5735

Dr. Jeannie DiClimenti
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Telephone: (260) 481-6397

Dr. Ahmed Mustafa
Assistant Professor, Biology
Telephone: (260) 481-6328

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)
2101 Coliseum Blvd. East
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Who created the course?

This course is a product of collaboration between two faculty members from the department of biology (Shree Dhawale and Ahmed Mustafa) and a faculty member from the psychology department (Jeannie Diclementi). S. W. Dhawale and Elliott Blumenthal also participated in the initial summer institute and continue to be involved as guest faculty.

Shree Dhawale is a molecular geneticist who has taught genetics and cell biology for biology majors, graduate level molecular genetics, cancer biology and biotechnology, medical genetics, microbiology for allied health and a course entitled "Biotechnology and Society" for Liberal studies Master's program. She has also taught honors courses for the university wide Honors Program and is the current director of that program. She has over 16 years of teaching experience and has been awarded a membership in Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. This award is in recognition of distinguished teaching. In 2004 she was also recognized as the Science Teacher of the Year by the Fort Wayne Chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Her research has been in the area of gene regulation, biodegradation and effect of natural compounds on cancer cells. Her research has been funded by NIH and other internal and external grants. She teaches genetics, metabolism and biochemistry portions of the course.

Jeannie D. DiClementi has 18 years' experience teaching psychology to undergraduate psychology majors and non-science majors formerly at the University of Colorado at Denver where she also developed and taught new courses for the psychology department, and currently at IPFW. She has held faculty appointments at two teaching hospitals and a school of medicine, she was the Project Coordinator for a NIH/NIMH funded Cooperative Research Center at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center for three years. She was certified as a senior-level addictions educator by the State of Colorado for ten years. All of her research has been as part of multidisciplinary research teams and combined biomedical with psychological research. She is a regional trainer for the American Psychological Association's HIV Office of Psychology Education and regularly conducts educational seminars on addiction and HIV infection. She is a member of the Purdue University Institutional Review Board Human Subjects Committee. She teaches psychological component and is the major coordinator for service learning activities.

Ahmed Mustafa has 4 years of teaching experience at IPFW, and is the primary instructor of pharmacology for nursing students and physiology for biology students. Beside his Ph.D., he has a Diploma in University Teaching. He has demonstrated high success in stimulating student interest in physiology and pharmacology and developed a WebCT pharmacology course with the support of a Distant Learning Development Grant. His program of research is in the area of stress physiology. He is investigating the physiological, endocrinological, and immunological changes that occur in stressed animals, and identifying the problems of pathogens and environments, which are responsible for causing stress in animals. He teaches physiology/ pharmacology component of the course.

Where is the course taught? What is the role of the course in undergraduate curriculum?

Indiana University Purdue University (IPFW) is the largest public institution in northeast Indiana. Student population is quite diverse and the university has close ties to the local community and industry. The undergraduate degrees are offered in a liberal arts tradition and there are science course requirements for all non-science majors. Since the Addictions: Biology, Psychology and Society course has been approved as a general education course in the area of "Inquiry and Analysis", students from various disciplines take the course. Biology and psychology majors are encouraged to take this class because the knowledge acquired in this course is relevant in today's society and is presented with an interdisciplinary perspective.

Internal or external funding

The proposal entitled "Development of an interdisciplinary course on drug addiction that will serve as a SENCER model" was funded by SENCER ( NSF subgrantee through Association of American Colleges and Universities). The total amount including institutional matching funds was $17,850. PI Shree Dhawale, Co-PIs Elliott Blumenthal, Jeannie Diclementi and Ahmed Mustafa. We have also received $11,000 grant to develop an internet version of this course.