published March 13, 2014

SSI 2014 Plenary Speakers Announced, New SSI Brochure Released Online

Kyle Simmons, NCSCE

NCSCE is pleased to announce several of the planned plenary speakers for the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute (SSI). The Institute will be held from July 31 to August 4 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Dan Kahan of Yale University will return for a second year to continue our collective exploration of the relationships between education, opinion, public policy choices, and democracy.

This year's featured SENCER program in action will be provided by students and faculty members from the West Point SENCER team who will describe how their focus on energy strengthens disciplinary learning while promoting a capacity to address challenging, unscripted problems.

Sue Ellen McCann and colleagues from KQED in San Francisco will help us understand the uses and misuses of (new and "old") media in support of learning, as we forge connections between informal and formal educators, all in the service bringing greater capacity in scientific and quantitative thinking and reasoning to improving our understanding of complex issues.

As we prepare for SENCER's 15th anniversary next year, our closing plenary will be offered by Sherryl Broverman of Duke University, who will help us see "where all this can go." She will narrate the evolution of a course on HIV disease at her university in North Carolina to the establishment of a school for girls in Kenya, and all that happened in between and since, and how internationalizing the perspectives of students on two continents improves more than just STEM learning.

Additionally, NCSCE has released a new online brochure which highlights the goals, themes, and details, of the Institute for newcomers and alumni alike. The brochure can be viewed here, and can also be shared by email, social media, or embedded on a website. We invite you to take a look and please share with any colleagues who may be interested in learning more about SENCER and the Institute!

A quick reminder that individual, group, and team applications for SSI 2014 are due on April 1, 2014 and can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or applications, please do not hesitate to contact me.