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The course has garnered much attention and has resulted in a public programming series on campus in 2009, four undergraduate research projects on science education and science communication via information design, faculty research, and a number of public speaking engagements at science education conferences. Beginning with internal funding from the Lang College Project Pericles in 2009 ($1500) and more recently with external funding from the state ($212, 914) we have created the time and space to further develop the project.

Students: Five undergraduate students have worked on this project in the capacity of Science Fellows and received independent study credit for their work on this project. In addition we have launched a series of Federal Work Study job postings for which four students are currently generating content and curricular resources for this project. One student who graduated chose to complete her master's thesis in African American Literature and Health at Suffolk University using the HeLa story as the basis for a play titled Healing. Another student who was an economics major, switched majors in 2009 during the pilot run of this course, and is now in a NSF PREP program designed to prepare students from under-represented minorities to pursue graduate school in the naturals sciences and he plans on studying cancer stem cells. Another is completing her first REU experience in developmental biology looking at microRNA asymmetric partitioning in early oogenesis in summer of 2011 and had completed an internship at a PGD/IVF center in England in summer of 2010.

Faculty Research: In 2009, due to shared interest around IVF/ PGD as a way to generate diseased cell lines for study of breast cancer, a faculty member in health psychology/gender studies and a biology faculty member came together to collaborate on a project that required an integration of the PGD/IVF techniques and the psycho-social, and also offered an opportunity for the biologist to learn qualitative research methods. This collaboration resulted in some interesting products (see below) but also led to further collaboration on the stem cell curriculum and new insight on using information design to teach sophisticated biological concepts and using the grounded theory method to code open-ended responses on student course evaluations and project reports as it relates to students learning outcomes.

Because we received funding from New York State Department of Health and the Empire State Stem Cell Research Board faculty have identified new research opportunities. One member of team has been asked to give the First Year Orientation Book Talk on Rebecca Skloot's book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in fall 2011. One member of the team has taken the work into his graduate level courses on health care policy and has had 6 students submit papers on stem cell research and health advocacy or policy. Some of these will be submitted for publication in health policy journals. The information design team member has generated a new area of research around stem cell history, biology, and policy.

Invited talks, presentations and products

1. Chamany, K., Covert, C. and N. Griffin. April 2009. Stem Cells In the City:Making Biology Relevent Through Local Community Projects. Poster. SENCER DC Symposium. Washington DC. Two students presented this poster on the stem cell course in its first iteration.

2. Chamany, K. Stem Cells and Social Justice. SENCER Summer Institute Aug 2009.
Chicago. Selected Workshop Leader. Presented workshops on stem cells and social
justice based on a new pilot of a SENCER course launched in spring 2009.

3. Chamany, K and L. Rubin. Nov 2009. Attitudes of BRCA1/2 Carriers with Respect to PGD.Narrative Genetics Seminar. Columbia University. This project emerged from collaboration on two levels; biology for the health psychologists interested in delivering accurate information to their research subjects and in the other direction, Chamany was able to learn qualitative methodology by participating in the grounded theory approach used to code the interviews.

4. Chamany, K. November3,2009. Biology and Social Justice Case Studies: An Innovative Approach for Reaching Diverse Student Populations. Invited Speaker. The New York Academy of Sciences. NYAS.

5. Chamany, K. , Knight, J. and Tanner, K. Dec 2009. Case Study Teaching: From the Bench to the Classroom. Invited Speaker. Minority Action Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting. Presented the Hela Case Study in a workshop Model format.

6. Chamany, K. Rubin, L. Paunova, E. and Pantuso C. 2010. PBD for BRCA ½ Carriers Infographic and Information Pamphlet. This project involved three undergraduates (two science majors and one design major) and one graduate student and two faculty members in the design of an informational packet describing the psychosocial and health risks and benefits of PGD as a reproductive technology.

7. Chamany, K. and other PKAL F21. January 22, 2010. A Kaleidoscope of Perspectives on Institutional Transformation, STEM & Beyond. AAC&U and PKAL Best Practices Panel. Washington DC. Served as a F21 Member who highlighted our Project Pericles Program and the Stem Cells course and student learning outcomes.

8. Chamany, K. April 2010.SENCER DC Symposium . Invited Panelist and Leadership Fellow. Provided tips to newbies for interacting with congress and connecting courses to civic activities using the stem cells course as an example. ? Tips:

9. Chamany, K. and Snitow A. Feb 2011. "Buying and Selling the Body" Session of The Body and State: How the State Controls and Protects the Body. Social Research Conference. The New School. NY, NY. Moderators. This will also result in the publication of the introduction to the conference papers for this session.

10. Chamany, K, and Schwartz- Orbach, L. March 24 2011. Connecting Science to Society Through Interdisciplinary Curricula. AAC&U PKAL. Engaged Stem Learning: Promising and Pervasive Practices Conference. Miami, Fl. Selected Workshop/ Presenter. Lianna Schwartz-Orbach research assistant for Katayoun Chamany presented the student experience of the Stem Cells and Social Justice Course as student in the course and as a Science Fellow for the second run of the course

11. Chamany, K. et al. May 24 2011. Stem Cells Across the Curriculum: Making Biology Relevant. NYSTEM Annual Conference. CUNY Graduate Center. NY, NY. Invited Speaker. Presentation on progress on the SCAC project

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