In September of 1996, the Ethics Institute received a 3-year, $285,759 (Direct Costs) grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and teach an undergraduate multidisciplinary course on the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) of the human genome research. The new course was the centerpiece for the second component of the grant: an independent Faculty Summer Institute. This program was geared towards multidisciplinary faculty from liberal arts colleges and universities with an interest in learning how to effectively teach an ELSI course at their home institutions.
The first year was spent developing the undergraduate course and advertising, recruiting, and selecting the participants for the Summer Institute. The course and Faculty Institute were offered during the summers of 1997 and 1998.
A competitive continuation grant to train teachers at liberal arts colleges to teach the ELSI of genetic research was awarded by the National Institutes of Health in December of 1999. This $473,000 (direct costs) three-year project officially began in January 1,2000. The first intensive 2-week ELSI Summer Faculty Institute was held during the summer of 2000, and again in the summers of 2001 and 2002.
Last Updated: 9/30/08