Sherryl Broverman, a Duke Global Health Institute member and associate professor of the practice in biology, has been elected a 2008-2009 SENCER Leadership Fellow. SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is a faculty development and science education reform project supported by the National Science Foundation. SENCER strives to engage student interest in the sciences by focusing coursework on real world problems.
“Professor Broverman has a long and distinguished association with SENCER marked by remarkable accomplishments,” says David Ferguson, chair of the National Fellowship Board, which chose the candidates. “Her course on the science of HIV, which embraces innovative and durable linkages between two SENCER courses, one at Duke and the other at Egerton University in Kenya, has been selected as a 2008-2009 SENCER model.”
Broverman says she is honored to be selected as a SENCER Leadership Fellow, and grateful for the difference this program has made. “It was through involvement with SENCER and the connections we built with Egerton University in Kenya that I was introduced to the people of Muhuru Bay,” she explains. “Now my work in Kenya has expanded to include working with WISER (Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research) and supporting community efforts to build a boarding school and community center for adolescent girls in an area ravaged by HIV/AIDS and poverty.”