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Education Sharing our Ethnobotany Curriculum: the Open Science Approach

Lewis, Walter [1].

How an Ethnobotanical/Medicinal Course Evolved Forty Years ago at Washington University.

What will be described in this symposium is how a new course so broadly defined could be included as a serious contribution to the Department of Biology curriculum. It took some doing, starting with a short between semester mini-course, and eventually ending up as an upper level undergraduate/graduate course with the largest student enrollment in the department. I will also describe how the course was enhanced each semester by professors from the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, by five tutorials held weekly for those requiring extra tutoring particularly in botany, chemistry, and medical terminology, and an extra unit for those who wished to attend an informal weekly seminar. All this was enhanced by our first text book, Medical Botany, Plant Affecting Man's Health in 1977 and a larger edition in 2003. Field work included one or several day-long trips to surrounding parks and semi-wilderness areas and for a lucky 15 over Easter recess a trip deep into the Amazon basin of Peru for ten days where, for example,each student completed an individually selected project. As time permits other aspects will also be discussed during the symposium.

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1 - Washington University In St. Louis, DEPT OF BIOLOGY-BOX 1137, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63130, USA

medical ethnobotany

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY12
Location: Lindell C/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 2:45 PM
Number: SY12004
Abstract ID:935

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