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Women in Science Courses (was BIOnic woman)

Wed Feb 19 13:24:13 EST 1997

 (Linnea Ista) wrote 

>Would it have helped had I had a more formal grounding in gender 
>At least for resources, definitely. I think if I had to do it again, it 
>would be cool to team teach it with someone who *does* have a formal 
>grounding in gender studies. But would I seek formal training 
>my graduate career to teach just one class? I don't know if most 
>universities, especially small ones, like the one that I was at, have 
>resources to hire someone to teach just one class.
>Just my $0.02
>Great topic, by the way!

I think Linnea makes a great point here and it immediately made me think 
of the "Teaching Research Ethics" workshop I went to (because I'm 
re-immersed in it at the moment).  The idea was to take young scientists 
and give them a brief but intensive introduction to what's out there in 
"Science Ethics".  We did a lot of reading pre-workshop, but the 
resources we came away  with (books, contacts, newsletters, reference 
lists) were enough to make me feel confident to put together a course on 
my own. I would never have enough time to formally pursue a degree in 
scientific ethics just to teach a single course (there are people with 
ethics training who specialize in science, and history training who 
specialize in history of science ethics, etc) but this 4 day, 
all-day-and-into-the-night-at-the-pub immersion in ethical theory and 
practice was great.

I wonder if the same thing could be done with "women and science"?  (I 
see an NSF grant idea here for someone who wants to pursue it-the ethics 
workshop is funded by NSF).

Julia Frugoli
Dartmouth College

visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
FAX 409-847-8805

"Evil is best defined as militant ignorance."
																										Dr. M. Scott Peck

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