published February 21, 2013

New Regional Center to Support Maryland, Virginia, and DC SENCER Work

The SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI) – Chesapeake Bay is a new collaboration of faculty from universities and colleges in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia focused on the complex issues associated with our most important regional natural resource, the Chesapeake Bay.


Combining expertise in undergraduate teaching, course design and research, faculty from the SCI-Chesapeake Bay institutions bring interdisciplinary expertise to a variety of long-standing problems associated with alterations of the natural ecosystems that once sustained the Bay. Collaborations will improve faculty development, increased opportunities for undergraduate student learning and research, and stimulate improved public awareness of complex issues associated with the Bay.


George Mason University, an institution that has been substantially involved in SENCER since the beginning of the community, will serve as the host institution for SCI-Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Thomas Wood of George Mason University and Dr. Alix Dowling Fink of Longwood University will serve as SCI-Chesapeake Bay will serve as co-directors.

The Leadership Council will support the co-directors, contribute their expertise, and support community members in the region as they strive to improve STEM education. The Leadership Council will include Dr. Gillian Backus of Northern Virginia Community College, Dr. Sarah Haines of Towson University, Dr. Cindy Klevickis of James Madison University, Dr. Woody McKenzie of Lynchburg College, Dr. Melanie Szulczewski of the University of Mary Washington, and Dr. Andrew Velkey of Christopher Newport University.


SCI-Chesapeake Bay leadership had their first gathering in December, and will present at the 2013 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session.