Resulting Projects and Research

Presentations

Several presentations on the Life Science in Contextcourses and seminars, as well as the international collaboration and how students from the different countries connected, and basic research by faculty and undergraduate research students on HIV/AIDS were given at both state and national conferences. The following is a list of our accomplishments:

  • HIV/AIDS from the Global Perspectiveat the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Summer Institute; August 4-7, 2006. J. Mecham, P. Fernandes, and E. Kosal.
  • A pilot study on the efficacy of the herbal preparation, Sunguport, for the treatment of HIV in rural Kenyan women at the 104th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science, East Carolina University, March 30-April 1, 2007. J. Mecham, M. Otieno and P. Fernandes.

  • Building an International Collaboration for HIV/AIDS Research and Teaching at the 104th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science, East Carolina University, March 30-April 1, 2007. J. Mecham, M. Otieno and P. Fernandes.

  • Utilization of a modified Dynal T4 Quant method in an efficacy study of Sungruport, an herbal drug used for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in Kenya at the International Workshop on HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis and Prevention Research in Resource Poor Settings, Kampala, Uganda, Mary 30-June 2, 2007. J. Mecham and M. Otieno Fernandes.

  • Nutritional Assessment of Women with AIDS in Kenya: A Collaborative Approach at the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science, Midlands Technical College, April 20, 2007. A. Riggs, P. Fernandes, J. Mecham and M. Otieno.

  • Global Problems, Global Science at the American Conference of Academic Deans and The Phi Beta Kappa Society Conference "Promoting the Liberal Sciences: Science as Liberal Education" October 2007, Washington DC. E. Kosal, J. Mecham, P. Fernandes, and M. Otieno.

  • Engaging Students in Local and Global Health Topics at The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement Washington Symposium, Washington DC, April, 2008. J. Mecham, E. Kosal, P. Fernandes, M. Otieno.

  • Global Science: Discourse and Collaborationat Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Capital Hill Poster Session, Washington DC, April, 2008. J. Mecham, E. Kosal, P. Fernandes, and M. Otieno.

  • Identification of an HIV protease inhibitor in tuberous roots of the plant Tylosema fassoglensis at the Association of Southeastern Biologists 69th Annual Meeting, April 16-19, 2008. K. Aghoram, J. Mecham, W. Powell, and M. Otieno.

  • Improving Science Education through Globalization at the Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, April 17, 2008. E. Kosal, P. Fernandes, and J. Mecham.

  • Findings in Chimpanzee Droppings Lead Scientists to Evolutionary Discovery: A Case Study submitted to the Journal of College Science Teaching. E. Kosal -accepted for publication December 2007. In addition this case study is published at the NSF's sponsored website for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York found at http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/ubcase.htm#evobio.

Publications

Two manuscripts have been submitted for publication or are in preparation for review:


  • The use of HIV/AIDS as a contextual background for teaching basic life science to improve student knowledge and attitude toward biology submitted to the Journal of College Science Teaching, to be submitted in July 2008. E. Kosal, J. Mecham, and P. Fernandes

  • A manuscript on Health Assessment of Women with HIV/AIDS is being prepared for publication with P. Fernandes, A. Riggs, J. Mecham. M. Otieno and E. Kosal.