published April 24, 2014

What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Dr. John Falk Speaks at NM ISE Network Program

The SENCER-ISE partnerships are now deep into their projects using compelling civic issues to forge lasting and valuable connections between formal and informal science educators. To share the great work they are doing with our community, we have started a new feature for the eNews on partnership activities. To learn more about the initiative and the partnerships, visit the SENCER-ISE website, found here .

New Mexico EPSCoR and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science have partnered to bring together a network of informal science education institutions (NM ISE Network) with a network of university-based researchers (NM EPSCoR) to build capacity for enhanced collaboration to engage learners of all ages in two very important issues for the state of New Mexico- water and energy.
To foster these connections, the partnership is hosting a series of talks that will feature prominent speakers from the informal science and higher education communities.

On April 11, 2014, Dr. John Falk, Sea Grant Professor of Free-Choice Learning at Oregon State University and Director of the OSU Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, spoke with seventy-five individuals including museum directors, educators and board members, university faculty members and students, state park interpreters, and a member of the state's Public Education Department.

Dr. Falk presented on what is currently known about when, why, and where the public learns science, including large-scale investigation results that show the significant role that informal education experiences have in building a scientifically-informed public.

Gordon McDonough, an NM ISE Network member from the Bradbury Science Museum, said, "John's talk gave us the opportunity to step back from our day-to-day challenges and engage in the big questions about the value of museums and where we fit in the big picture of public education."

To read more about the April 11th program and watch a video of Dr. Falk's presentation, visit the New Mexico EPSCoR and New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science's partnership page on the SENCER-ISE website, found here.