published December 5, 2012

New SENCER Center for Innovation at Case Western Reserve University to Focus on Great Lakes Issues

A new SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI) has been formed to focus efforts on stewardship of the Great Lakes and address other needs of SENCER community members in the nearby region. Hosted by Case Western Reserve University, SCI-Great Lakes will continue work begun by the GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network) initiative of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

The goal of the Center is to promote building the capacity of STEM faculty at colleges and universities in the Great Lakes region to improve learning in the STEM disciplines, engage students in direct action (i.e., service-learning) and community-based research to benefit resource-strapped governmental and community-based organizations, position students to take advantage of "green" professional opportunities upon graduation, provide students with the 21st Century skills (such as critical thinking, capacity for collaboration, as well as associated civic engagement skills), and help students as well as members of the involved communities become enlightened stakeholders who practice active stewardship behaviors in their private and civic lives.

SCI-Great Lakes will be led by Dr. Joseph Koonce, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University. The Leadership Council for the SCI will include Dr. Erin Argyilan of Indiana University Northwest, Dr. James Bader of Case Western Reserve University, Dr. David Karpovich of Saginaw Valley State University, Dr. Marilyn Lotas of Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Glenn Odenbrett of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, Dr. Dennis Taylor of Hiram College, and Dr. Geri Unger of Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

The first meeting for the SCI-Great Lakes will take place in the spring of 2013. Please check future issues of the eNews for more information on the meeting, and visit the new SCI-Great Lakes page for additional information about the Center.