|Genome Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
DOE Human Genome Program Contractor-Grantee Workshop
Sylvia J. Spengler and Laurel Egenberger
Life Sciences Division, Center for Science and Engineering Education, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, One Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720
The Community College Initiative prepared community college students for careers in biotechnology. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) collaborated with California Community Colleges in developing mechanisms that encourage students to pursue science studies, to participate in forefront laboratory research, and to gain work experience. The initiative was structured to upgrade the skills of students and their instructors through Summer Student Workshops.
The Summer Student Workshops provided a four-week summer residential program for students who had completed the first year of the biotechnology academic program. Ethical, legal and social concerns were integrated into the laboratory exercises. Students learned to identify commonly shared values of the scientific community as well as increase their understanding of issues of personal and public concern. In the three-year period of the grant, we involved over thirty-five students. Students in the second and third summers were awarded laboratory internships.
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