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A Very Brief Overview of Modern Human Rights part of Backgrounders
Sam McFarland - Western Kentucky University Summary The struggle for human rights is not just against dictators and religious fanatics. Neither is it simply a struggle for advancing U.N. conventions and processes, ...

Unique SENCER Program Gives Unlikely Students LIFE part of Newsletter Articles
Established in 2007, Lipscomb's LIFE (Lipscomb Initiative for Education) Program strives to enhance the lives of Tennessee Prison for Women inmates – both in prison and when they are released – by helping them develop better self-confidence, expand life experience, and develop good study habits. In this article, LIFE faculty member and SSI 2015 plenary speaker Dr. Autumn Marshall discusses the inner workings of the program, and her experiences working with the students it serves.

NCSCE Grants 15 Implementation Awards to Support Projects that Advance Education and Civic Engagement part of Newsletter Articles
The National Center for Science & Civic Engagement is awarding fifteen SENCER Summer Institute 2015 Post-Institute Implementation Awards that promote education reform at the course, campus, and regional level, connect STEM to humanities disciplines such as music, literacy, and the classics, and engage students in content and the community. The awards sponsor projects that bridge the gaps between disciplines, restructure and revitalize standard laboratory courses, and extend the SENCER Ideals to K-12 educators and pre-service teachers. Project themes include sustainability, geosciences, public health, systems thinking, and media outreach. We are also pleased to note that this year's awarded projects are all led by women, a traditionally underrepresented population among STEM educators and professionals.

Do Now U! Is Milk Good or Bad for You? part of Newsletter Articles
This week, Do Now U takes on the question—Got milk? Kayla Ostrom, Adeline Fulmer, Julia Hagaman, Heather Ramsey, and Elaina Carlisle, students at Lipscomb University, discuss the ongoing debate about whether or not milk is good for us. As the students point out, milk is a nutrient rich beverage, containing many of the vitamins our bodies need, but it can also contain antibiotics that might have adverse effects on human health.

SENCER Inspires New NSF Grant that Infuses Numeracy Across the Curriculum part of Newsletter Articles
Dr. Frank Wang, a SENCER community member affiliated with the SENCER Center for Innovation – MidAtlantic region and professor of mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, was recently interviewed on the CASTpod podcast hosted by Harold Washington College in Chicago. On the podcast, Dr. Wang discussed the NICHE, or Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education, project funded by the National Science Foundation. NICHE was inspired by an intervention at LaGuardia that used SENCER to make math more accessible to students.

Do Now U! Is the Price of Organic Food Worth It? part of Newsletter Articles
This week, Do Now U debates organic food. In the post, Lipscomb University students, Abigail Jones, Alex Hickey, Anthony Arcodia, Chandler Eckert, Emily Daffron, Mallory Reaves, Paige Simms, Sarah Rogers, Trisha Stocker, and Victoria Mosby weigh the benefits of organic food against the extra costs.

Newly Elected Leadership Fellows Plan Outreach Across Disciplines and Sectors part of Newsletter Articles
Seven formal and informal educators have been elected SENCER Leadership Fellows for their impressive and creative work in improving education for students and the public. Gillian Backus of Northern Virginia Community College, Rita Kranidis of Montgomery College, Karobi Moitra of Trinity Washington University, Anna Rozenboym of Kingsborough Community College, Herbert Schanker of the College of Staten Island, Davida Smyth of Mercy College, and Nellie Tsipoura of New Jersey Audubon will begin their 18-month fellowships on April 1st.

Do Now U! What Influences Your Dietary Choices? part of Newsletter Articles
This week, Do Now U asks, "What Influences Your Dietary Choices?". Mercer University students, Sarah Abney, Ghazal Ahmad, Abby Boyd, Josh Funderburke, Thomas Norton, Erin Oliver, Kiara Smith, and Payton Usher, created the post, which details the conflicting dietary messages that Americans receive every day.

An Emerging Model: Slow Food part of Slow Food
Marion Field Fass, Sc.D., Professor of Biology and Chair, Health and Society, Beloit College (Curriculum Vitae (Acrobat (PDF) 149kB Jul15 08) Abstract Slow Food is one of the First Year Initiative (FYI) Seminars ...

Sustainability & Human Health: A Learning Community part of Sustainability & Human Health
Wagner College taught by Donald Stearns and Kim Worthy Abstract Designed for non-science majors, this learning community considers the impact of humans on the environment, with emphasis on the major environmental ...