Lisa E Jones-Engel
BIO A 469
Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or a more general area in biocultural anthropology. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.
Synanthropic Primates and Disease Risk: Implications For Public Health And Primate Conservation. Humans and primates have been interacting for millennia. A growing literature suggests that cross-species transmission of infectious agents occurs between humans and several primate species in a variety of contexts and in diverse geographic areas. Whether infectious agent transmission occurs depends on a number of factors, including the prevalence of infectious agents in the human and primate populations, the contexts of interspecies contact, and the frequency and type of contact that occurs. This course is a multidisciplinary approach to exploring the interrelationship of human and primate populations. We will delve into the challenges of mitigating the impact of primate-borne infectious diseases on public health as well as conserving free-ranging primate populations in the 21st century.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This will be conducted as a seminar course. The Tuesday meetings will include an introductory lecture by the instructor followed by group discussion of the week's readings. Thursdays will focus on student oral presentations. Primary literature, drawn from the fields of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Anthropology, Epidemiology, Veterinary and Human Medicine will be assigned.
Students should have a background in at least one of the following: primates, biology, epidemiology. This is an upper-level course, Freshmen and Sophomores may not register for this course without consulting the instructors.
Class assignments and grading
There will be ten weekly topics covered during the quarter. For each topic two to three discussion questions will be assigned. Each student is expected to come to class fully prepared to discuss the discussion questions.
Individual Student's Oral Presentation and Paper Each student will choose one of the eight topics covered to give an oral presentation on the week of the topic chosen, and submit a written final paper.
Oral Presentation: The topics covered in this course are complex and multifaceted; it is expected that the student will focus intensely on one aspect of the week's topic for the oral presentation. Each student will be expected to have completed additional independent reading associated with the topic. At least 1 week in advance of the presentation the student must select and submit to the instructor(s) one additional reading related to that week's topic. The reading will be distributed to the class. By Monday of the week of the presentation, the student must submit an outline of the presentation to the instructor(s).
Paper: The student's final paper will be an expansion of the oral presentation. The paper will be double-spaced (7-10 pages excluding title page, figures and tables and references). The final paper is due June 8, 2011 by 9am. No late papers will be accepted.
Students will be graded on class participation (10 points/class; 100 points total), an oral presentation (50 points) and a final paper (75 points).