Community-based course development grants impact local community

Author: Gene Stowe

Book 250

Several faculty in the College of Science have received Community-Based Course Development Grants from the Center for Social Concerns. The $2,500 grants are available to faculty and graduate students to support the design of new courses or major redesigns of existing courses. The courses incorporate community-based learning, where students conduct service or other civic work into the academic experience.  
 
In the Department of Biological Sciences, Nancy Michael, an assistant teaching professor in neuroscience and behavior, has received a Community-Based Course Development Grant for her course Developmental Neuroscience. These funds will be used to support students’ work in the community surrounding brain health education in at-risk populations. 
 
Gary Lamberti, a professor in Biological Sciences who is focused on stream and wetland ecology, and Malcolm Fraser, the Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, C.S.C. Professor in Biological Sciences who is focused on virology and molecular genetics, have received a Community-Based Course Development Grant for Field Environmental Biology: Galapagos Islands. 
 
Rachel Novick, an assistant professional specialist and director of the Minor in Sustainability, has received a Community-Based Course Development Grant for Introduction to Ecological Horticulture. Novick will work with community partner instructor Theri Niemier, owner of Bertrand Farm.