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Newest SENCER Backgrounders Address Synthetic Biology and Supporting Undergraduate Leadership
Posted: Aug 14 2014
SENCER Backgrounders are intended to provide intelligent, general readers with high quality syntheses of some of the complex, capacious civic issues that SENCER courses sometimes use to teach basic science. The idea is not to explain the science, but to connect some of what is known, and as yet unknown scientifically, with some of what is at stake civically. A second goal is to identify where scientific knowledge sheds light in such a way as to make civic choices more optimal. At the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, we announced the addition of two new backgrounders to the series.
Dan Kahan Delivers Spirited SSI Addresses on the Science of Science Communication
Posted: Aug 14 2014
Dan Kahan of Yale University opened his plenary address during our SENCER Summer Institute 2014 by standing at the podium in front of the Humanities Lecture Hall, speaking into the microphone as you would expect. He quickly abandoned that stance, however. Preferring instead to bound up and down the aisles projecting his voice into the crowd, often with expansive arm gestures, it was clear that his passion for the science of science communication ran deep. Learning that he has run nine marathons did not come as a surprise!
SSI 2014 Sessions, Posters, Photographs Now Online
Posted: Aug 14 2014
Thanks to the generosity of SSI 2014 presenters, we are able to share PDFs of many of the presentations from plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, work sessions, workshops, and invited posters. We will also add audio recordings of several of our plenary sessions to the site over the next week.
Summer 2014 Journal Issue Addresses Interdisciplinary Collaborations, Service-Learning, Informal Science Education, and Civic Engagement in Asia
Posted: Aug 14 2014
In the Summer 2014 issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal, you will find articles elucidating four very different approaches of the impact, both locally and internationally, of science education on civic life. In a strong example of the scholarship of teaching and learning, Elizabeth Olcese, Gerald Kobylski, and Charles Elliott of the United States Military Academy and Joseph Shannon of South Seattle College have documented their systematic and research-based approach to developing a valid assessment rubric for West Points Interdisciplinary Core Program. Their article "Meeting the Challenge of Interdisciplinary Assessment" notes that preparing students to address increasingly complex civic and societal challenges will demand a STEM-rich education that places greater emphasis on interdisciplinary courses and curricula.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Partners, Other Informal Science Educators Bring New Perspectives to SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Aug 14 2014
SENCER-ISE partners and informal science educators (ISE) had an increased presence at this year's SENCER Summer Institute (SSI). Thirteen SENCER-ISE partners and partnership representatives participated in SSI. A few had been a part of the SENCER community for years, and others were newer to the community and still learning about its practices. All lent their expertise to SSI discussions, both large and small.
Engaging Mathematics Partners Get Chance to Engage in Collaborative Planning and Meet Others Interested in Their Work
Posted: Aug 14 2014
SSI 2014 marks the second time the Engaging Mathematics ("Engaging Mathematics" link: http://engagingmathematics.net/) partners came together as a group since the project's kick-off meeting in January of this year. On the second day of the Institute, project Co-PI Cindy Kaus led a work session called "SENCER Mathematics Across the Curriculum." The session attracted an interdisciplinary audience, which was indeed the goal"My title worked!" Cindy proclaimed at the session's start, after asking how many in attendance were professors of a subject other than math.
Now Accepting Registration for 2014 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session
Posted: Aug 14 2014
Registration for the 2014 NCSCE Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session is open! The Washington Symposium offers the opportunity for you to learn from cutting-edge experts and one another, to participate in thoughtful discussions, and to communicate the results of your work to leaders and peers.
Sherryl Broverman Describes How One SENCER Course Can Lead to Great Things
Posted: Aug 14 2014
Where can a SENCER course take you? Somewhere you may never expect. In her plenary address at the close of our 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, Sherryl Broverman described how a SENCER course she developed on HIV/AIDS for Duke University led her to a rural Kenyan community near Lake Victoria. During the 2002 SENCER Summer Institute, Sherryl decided to collaborate with Rose Odhiambo and others at Egerton University in Kenya to link their courses on HIV/AIDS.
SENCER Summer Institute 2014 Goes Social
Posted: Jul 30 2014
We are excited to inform you that at this year's SENCER Summer Institute (SSI), only a few days away, we will be placing a greater emphasis on social media!
Auburn University & Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have partnered since 2006 to offer Environmental and Conservation Education Programs to under-served schools in rural Alabama counties.
Engaging Mathematics Gets Press in Oglethorpe's Carillon Magazine
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Carillon Magazine, published by Oglethorpe University, featured an article by Debbie Aiken called "TEACHING BACKWARDS" in its Spring/Summer 2014 issue.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Hamilton College and Green Science Policy Institute Partnership Expands to Include Hope and Oberlin Colleges
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and the Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) in Berkeley, CA have partnered to develop toxicology research opportunities for undergraduates that meld with public policy and civic engagement. Last academic year, Drs. Tim Elgren and Arlene Blum, along with Ms. Avery Lindeman of GSP, expanded Dr. Elgren's existing Hamilton College Introduction to Chemistry course into a toxicology lab with elements of civic engagement to provide students with opportunities to share their research with the public.
2014 SENCER Models Now Available Online
Posted: Jul 30 2014
The three courses that have been selected as the SENCER 2014 models exemplify a number of exciting developments emerging in the curricula of participating institutions, including increasingly complex multi-disciplinary inquiry, the application of SENCER strategies to upper-division courses, and the extension of the SENCER approach to courses in non-STEM disciplines.
Susan Rundell Singer of the National Science Foundation to Deliver SSI Plenary Address on Learning through Authentic Experiences
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Susan Rundell Singer is division director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation and the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor in the biology and cognitive science departments at Carleton College. She pursues a career that integrates science and education.
SENCER Summer Institute 2014 Agenda
Posted: Jul 15 2014
As our annual SENCER Summer Institute approaches, we are finalizing the agenda for participants and presenters. SSI 2014 will be held at the University of North Carolina - Asheville campus from July 31st through August 4th.
Registration Still Open for Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session
Posted: Jul 15 2014
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement will hold its annual Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session from September 28th through 30th. The theme for this year's Symposium is Science Education, Civic Engagement, and the Role of Evidence in Public Policy.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Dr. Tamar Kushnir and Michele Kortenaar Awarded Cornell University Innovative Pilot Study Grant
Posted: Jul 15 2014
Dr. Tamar Kushnir, professor and Director of Cornell University's Early Childhood Cognition Laboratory (ECCL), and Michelle Kortenaar, Director of Education at the Sciencenter, were recently awarded a 2014 Innovative Pilot Study seed grant from Cornell University's Bronfenbrenner Center for Transitional Research (BCTR) to implement their project The Science Word Scavenger Hunt: Design, Implementation, and Assessment of a Simple Interactive Museum Experience to Engage Young Children and Their Families in Science Learning.
Engaging Mathematics Partner to Speak at 7th Annual Flux Course
Posted: Jul 15 2014
Engaging Mathematics partner Dr. John Zobitz of Augsburg College will be giving a talk at the upcoming Flux Measurements and Modeling course at the Colorado Mountain Research Station, near Boulder.
Saint Marys College and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum Launch Wildlife Educational Mobile App
Posted: Jul 1 2014
Saint Mary's College of California and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum have announced the launch of their wildlife education mobile app.
SCI-Midwest Co-Director Presents to PULSE
Posted: Jul 1 2014
In an invited talk, Bob discussed the connections between PULSE and SENCER, particularly with respect to civic engagement as part of biology education.
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