published May 1, 2006

SENCER E-Newsletter, May 2006, Volume 5, Issue 8

Science and Math Education on Display at Capitol Hill Poster Session: Students and Faculty Share Their Work With Members of Congress and Special Guests


For two hours the reception room in the Longworth House Office Building was all abuzz with students, faculty, elected officials, and special guests. The event highlighted examples of science and mathematics education and civic engagement work and sparked conversations on issues ranging from urban renewal to tuberculosis.


Cindy and Kai


Representative Tim Holden (D-PA) kicked off the SENCER Capitol Hill Poster Session by thanking the students and faculty participants for their important work on behalf of science and math education. On behalf of Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Legislative Aide Elissa Levin welcomed the crowd and spent time discussing the posters with participants. Among others, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA), Myles Boylan (NSF), Adam Boyd (ACS), Patrick Pearce (Legislative Correspondent to Senator Dole NC), Jay Labov (NRC), and Mel Schiavelli (President, HUST) were also in attendance.


The following is a complete list of participants and their poster titles. A poster session booklet with course descriptions and poster abstracts is available online at: Resources


Greg and Diane


Randy May and Cynthia Mayo* (Brenau University), Scientific Analyses and Civic Engagements as Vehicles for Understanding Unsolved Public Issues


Gary Booth, Julie Low* and Jessica Rosenvall* (Brigham Young University), Curriculum Design to Promote Civic Engagement


Kraig Steffen (Fairfield University), Science as a Way of Knowing: Creating an Active Learning Science Core at Fairfield University


Richard Fluck (Franklin & Marshall College) and Samantha Hagelstein and Paul Jensen (alumni), Multidisciplinary Seminars about Tuberculosis


Tom Wood and Kristen Culp* (George Mason University), Gains in Applied Science Literacy at George Mason University


Cythia and Coree


Anne Pierce (Hampton University), Riverscape: Pre-service Teachers as Agents of Civic Engagement


Mike Davis (Harold Washington College), Civic Engagement Through Interdisciplinary Learning: A Course Model for Community Colleges


Christina Dryden, Rob Furey, Christopher Anderer* and Diane Do* (Harrisburg University of Science and Technology), C+C+C = College + Community + Classroom


Mike and Roselyn


Cindy Klevickis and Kai Degner* (James Madison University), A Space for Science


Roselyn Hammond and Glenda Prime (Morgan State University), Module of a Multidisciplinary Course, SENCER Project: Social and Social Issues


Jeff Ashley, Anne Bockarie, Greg Granato*, Joell Miller* and Egbert Simon* (Philadelphia University), Fostering Lifelong Scientific Literacy:

Non-science Majors Discover the Science Behind National Public Health Issues


Steve Bachofer and Coree Brown* (Saint Mary's College of California), The Redevelopment of Alameda Point: Studying the Reuse of a Superfund Site – The RETUrN Learning Community


Matt Fisher (Saint Vincent College), The Chemistry of Daily Life


Erin Pittman, Kevin Varano, and Crissa Jackson* (SciTech High School), What Does SENCER Look Like in a High School?


Gregory Miller and Michael Andrus* (Southern Oregon University), Forensic Investigation: A Broad and Innovative Course Designed to Increase Scientific Literacy in Non-science College Students


Garon Smith and Heidi Underberg* (University of Montana), Infusing Civic Issues into the Chemistry Curriculum at All Levels


Ed Katz and Keith Krumpe (University of North Carolina at Asheville), Integrative Liberal Studies Topical Clusters at UNC Asheville: A SENCER Project in Liberal Arts Curricular Reform


Brian Birgen, Mariah Birgen, and Donovan Hill* (Wartburg College), SENCER Ideals in Mathematics and Physics


* = student participants