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HIV/AIDS and Education in Africa part of Backgrounders
Debra Meyer - Rand Afrikaans University AWSE (about the author) July 2003 Summary After more than two decades of AIDS, the pandemic in Africa is still spiraling out of control. Because of AIDS, non-scientists now ...

The Mathematics of Communication: Keeping Secrets part of The Mathematics of Communication
Stephen J. Greenfield, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey Abstract For thousands of years, people have tried to communicate secretly and securely. ...

Science outreach - Public Understanding of Science part of Science outreach - Public Understanding of Science
Hannah Alexander, Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 Public Understanding of Science is an interactive course that aims to train students to ...

SSI 2013 to Feature Symposium on Science and Public Policy part of Newsletter Articles
Given the central role that public issues - and the development of public policies designed to address them - play in the civic engagement aspirations of the SENCER enterprise, a focused exploration of science and public policy seems essential.

Science, Human Rights and National Security part of Newsletter Articles
International human rights law recognizes that in limited circumstances "the interests of national security" may be legitimate grounds for restricting enjoyment of rights (see, for example, Article 8(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)).

Washington Symposium Highlights Campus Achievements, Student Leadership, and New Initiatives part of Newsletter Articles
The overarching Symposium theme of reaching 'a tipping point' in the transformation of STEM education was addressed by Dr. Martin Storksdieck, director of the Board on Science Education, Dr. Mel Schiavelli, executive vice president of Northern Virginia Community College, David Burns, executive director of NCSCE, and presenters across sessions during the program.

Washington Symposium Speakers to Address Communication, the New Standards, Science and Human Rights: Deadline to Register is March 6 part of Newsletter Articles
The annual National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session brings together educators, students, community members, and policy leaders to discuss the connection of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics course content to civic issues and implications of public policy on curricula; as well as to recognize campus work and consider new initiatives.

SSI 2013 Opening Plenary Speaker to Address Complexities of Scientific Communication and Cultural Cognition part of Newsletter Articles
Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, will join us at Santa Clara University to deliver the SSI 2013 opening plenary address.

New SENCER Backgrounder on Modern Human Rights part of Newsletter Articles
Thus, our newest SENCER backgrounder by Sam McFarland of Western Kentucky University provides, "A Very Brief Overview of Modern Human Rights," for those interested in introducing discussions on the complex topic with colleagues and students representing all disciplines.

2014 Public Policy Symposium at SENCER Summer Institute Will Address the Public Understanding of Science part of Newsletter Articles
Since scientific consensus alone does not seem to be either persuasive to the public or dispositive to policy makers, how science and scientific evidence are communicated must be re-strategized, especially in light of what we know about the beliefs and dispositions of specific audiences.