Description: The purpose of this program is to promote an understanding of field-oriented environmental biology and how field research is conducted. The program helps to prepare Native American students for advanced studies in environmental biology, so they can better manage biological resources on their lands. Also, the program promotes understanding of Native American attitudes towards the environment in non-Native American students interested in the environment, so they can incorporate these cultural insights into better management. These goals are achieved through interactions with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal cultural preservation and natural resource departments, the Lac du Flambeau natural resource department, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and through dialogue and collaboration between students enrolled in the program. Qualifications: Native American descent; Minimum of Sophomore standing in an accredited college; Planning to obtain a 4-year degree in the environmental sciences; Admission based on past academic performance and statement of purpose. Where?: University of Notre Dame with Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Deadline: November 4, 2011. More information available at http://underc.nd.edu/
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According to the website, the goals of the program are as follows:
Facilitate discussion on indigenous cultural values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values,
Provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and biomedicine and
To increase the number of Native Americans in science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels.
This promises to be an interesting and hand-on program in genomics education with involvement from critical scholars in both the genome and social sciences who understand the difficult histories surrounding Native American encounters with genomics, yet the need for Native American communities to tackle this area of science in ways that are in line with their biomedical, research, and governance interests.