Mission: The mission of ICSM is encapsulated in its motto "Sapientia Hominem pro Hominibus" - "knowledge of humanity for humanity." The centers that make up ICSM discover, interpret, disseminate, teach, and apply new scientific knowledge about the human condition for the general betterment and edification all peoples.
Results: We have partnered with the Virginia Museum of Natural History to train museum educators and public school teachers in human evolution so that they can effectively deliver the "Hands-On Human Evolution" program. Our African expeditions have made major fossil discoveries in the Miocene of Libya and we have published a volume and other scientific research papers. We are working closely with physician groups and local agencies to further medical and health science education through teacher workshops and courses.
Target demographics: College of Henricopolis targets Native American students, who willl make up approximately one half of the student body in its health science programs. IIHER's program "Hands-On Human Evolution" is aimed at K-12 students and museum/science center visitors of all ages nationally.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We estimate that our direct program delivery will reach approximately 750 this year, our first year of operation.
Geographic areas served: Worldwide U.S.A. Virginia
Programs: "Hunterian Courses in Clinical Anatomy" (for physicians)
"Premedical Institute" (for B.A. students preparing for medical school)
"Hands-On Human Evolution" (for teacher training, public schools, museums, and science centers)
"Advanced Learning Center in Health Sciences" - commmunity learning center for health-related classes
I have served as a consultant to Dr. Boaz in my role as the Director of the Longwood University Small Business Development Center in the creation of the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine.
I find Dr. Boaz to be well experienced in this endeavor and extremely well focused and organized in how to go about the creation of the Center. He has obviously taken the time to think through the most minute details of each step, and has been a great spokesperson for the ICSM by always taking the time to explain the Center's significance to all interested parties.
The Center will address a critical need in the Medical profession by specializing in family medicine and will eliminate the need for so many aspiring physicians to have to go outside of the country to attend a qualified medical school. In addition, I feel the Center will have a very positive impact on the economic environment of our community.
Dr. Boaz has put together a group of projects that are focused on bettering the lives of Native American Students who wish to pursue a career in the Health Sciences. His untiring effort to get the program off the ground has helped others better understand the problems that are being faced by the Native population who as a group have received the poorest and least health care if any group in the US.
I have been involved with ICSM as a volunteer, and have seen 1st hand the projects and long-range plans of the Center that are very exciting. Education seems to be a main focus of all activities, present and future, and I'm happy to continue voluteering in any capacity I can for this organization.