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University of North Carolina Asheville to Receive 2013 William E. Bennett Team Award part of Newsletter Articles
The 2013 recipients of the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science are a team of University of North Carolina Asheville faculty members: Ellen Bailey (foreign languages), David Clarke (biology), Amy Lanou (health and wellness), Leah Matthews (economics), Karin Peterson (sociology), Jason Wingert (health and wellness), and Sally Wasileski (chemistry).
Engaging Mathematics Partners Launch New Initiative part of Newsletter Articles
This past weekend, January 24-25, nineteen members of the Engaging Mathematics leadership team, including the partners, advisory board representatives, consultants, and Co-PIs, met in Jersey City, New Jersey to formally begin work on how to "make mathematics relevant to students' lives, to connect mathematics learning to the goals and interests that students bring to college, and to show how mathematics relates to other disciplines, important civic questions, and technological challenges."
NCSCE's GLISTEN Project Joins the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps part of Newsletter Articles
Last fall, the US Forest Service, on behalf of the National Council, reviewed letters of intent from such programs wanting to become the first member organizations of the 21CSC. GLISTEN, a program of NCSCE's SENCER Center for Innovation Great Lakes, was one of the first higher-education programs to be so designated.
The Noyce Foundation Issues Working Paper to Examine Cross-Sector STEM "Ecosystems" in Informal and Formal Science Learning part of Newsletter Articles
The Noyce Foundation recently released How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning, a working paper by Kathleen Traphagen and Saskia Traill. In the report, Traphagen and Traill explore 15 "STEM learning ecosystems" across the United States. They note that STEM learning ecosystems, a new term used to describe formal and informal education collaborations, encompass "schools, community settings such as after-school and summer programs, science centers and museums, and informal experiences at home and in a variety of environments that together constitute a rich array of learning opportunities for young people," in out-of-school settings.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Project TRUE Teens Blog About Urban Ecology part of Newsletter Articles
Fordham University and the Wildlife Conservation society are partnering on Project TRUE (Teens Researching Urban Ecology), an experiential based learning program that provides semester-long research internships to teens in the New York City area.
New Issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal Now Online part of Newsletter Articles
Winter 2014 issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal is now available online free of charge. This issue contains four projects that illustrate a variety of creative approaches to linking science education and civic engagement.
Study Abroad Approach to Calculus part of Newsletter Articles
Students who may have felt that rigorous course loads excluded them from studying abroad were given the opportunity to travel without having to delay graduation, while members of the GARBO Coffee Cooperative were provided with mathematically sound suggestions for developing eco-tourism.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Forest Restoration Underway at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center part of Newsletter Articles
Antioch College and the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center (OEC) are partnering on Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Forest Restoration: Intergenerational Civic Engagement, in the Classroom and Outdoors, a project engaging older adults at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, students at Antioch College, and grade school students from across the region in forest restoration at the OEC.
Modern Mathematics: Oglethorpe University's Great Idea part of Newsletter Articles
Oglethorpe University's Great Ideas of Modern Mathematics (GIMM) course offers students the chance to delve deeply into three of these recent developments, a chance most English, business, or anthropology majors never get during their undergraduate careers, a chance typically reserved for those majoring in math and science
Normandale Community College: A Place Where Students "See" Math part of Newsletter Articles
In our last issue, Normandale Community College's Mathematics for the Liberal Arts was identified as a course that aims to inspire students to appreciate the mathematics that surrounds them, the mathematics that is hidden in plain sight. According to Normandale Professor Anthony Dunlop, the ultimate goal he envisioned while designing the course was "to have students think of math whenever they are near Minnesota's many waterways, and to have at least an inkling that mathematics and quantitative reasoning [are] vital to understanding and protecting these resources."