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EBOLA AND THE ACADEMY: Thoughts, Suggestions, and Resources
Posted: Oct 21 2014
Given the ongoing coverage of Ebola in the news, and the struggle to control it in West Africa, we continue our reporting on the virus, which we began in the previous eNews issue. Below is a resource recommended by Katayoun Chamany outlining Ebola treatment drugs and the strengths of brincidofovir, as well as an examination of recent research partially funded by the National Science Foundation on successful Ebola interventions.
October Regional Conferences Spotlight Quantitative Literacy, Big Data, and the Challenge of Developing "STEM Enabled" Graduates Across Disciplines
Posted: Oct 21 2014
In the last three years educational researchers have broadened their focus from a concentration on STEM knowledge and understanding to the broader challenge of measuring "engagement and practice," according to the National Science Foundation's Dr. Richard Duschl, speaking at a meeting at Rutgers University on October 13, sponsored by the SENCER Center for Innovation MidAtlantic.
Call for Papers on Innovative Uses of Technology and New Media
Posted: Oct 21 2014
The peer-reviewed journal Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal is soliciting articles addressing innovative uses of technology and new media that advance both civic engagement and science learning in both formal and informal contexts. Research articles, project reports, policy analyses, and teaching and learning strategies are all welcome, and international perspectives and applications are especially encouraged. Deadline for inclusion in Winter 2015 issue is November 3. For additional information contact Eliza Reilly, co-editor in chief of the publication, at eliza.reilly@ncsce.net. Submission guidelines can be found here.
Engaging Mathematics Can Help Close a Gap in Informal Education
Posted: Oct 21 2014
A blog post on the CAISE (Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education) website identified a gap in informal education, namely a lack of museum projects that address social issues grounded in math. Museums are increasingly making efforts to address social issues through their programs and exhibits. When they do so, these efforts are generally successful. Developing mathematics-based museum programs could therefore serve as a solution to the relatively low numeracy of U.S. citizensa social issue in itself considering that many of today's pressing problems require numerical literacy to be understood and solved.
Connecting the Dots: Science, Education, and Human Rights
Posted: Oct 21 2014
If you ask people on the street "What are human rights?" you're likely to get more than a few "I don't know" responses. During our recent Washington Symposium, Jessica Wyndham, the associate director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program, delivered a plenary address that helped attendees understand human rights, the laws protecting them, and how they are impacted by science and education.
What You Need to Know About the Evidence on Evidence
Posted: Oct 8 2014
No one understands the importance of evidence more than scientists, but how well do scientists understand evidence itself? Three presenters during Sunday's program at the 2014 Washington Symposium addressed the complexities and applications of evidence in cultural, political, and educational contexts.
Ebola and the Academy: Thoughts, Suggestions, Resources
Posted: Oct 8 2014
If you haven't done so already, then I hope you will soon. Ebola and all that it reveals about usas individuals, as social beings, as moral and political actors, as inhabitants of several ecosystems and one big global ecosystem, and as the beneficiaries and stewards of scientific, medical, and public health advancesis just too significant an event to be ignored by conscientious citizens here in the US or by thoughtful people everywhere. Beyond that, just as HIV was in the late 1980s, and has been ever since, Ebola is this fall's "multidisciplinary trouble," to employ June Osborn's trenchant description of that public health problem and her prescient predictions about the likely contours of its "solution."
Bridging the Gap Between Informal and Formal Education to Maximize STEM Learning
Posted: Oct 8 2014
Whether characterized as service learning or civic engagement, a common concept arose throughout September 29th's Washington Symposium presentations–the importance and benefits of taking science and learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Informal education is learner-driven, and acknowledges that learning takes place at all times and in any context. Understanding that learning can, and does, take place everywhere, Washington Symposium presenters discussed how taking learning outside of the classroom, and bringing real world issues in, impacts student learning gains.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Cornell Student Researches Early Childhood Learning
Posted: Oct 8 2014
How and when we learn is not determined by a class schedule. With most of our lives spent outside of a classroom, more attention should be paid to the learning that takes place in the "real world." Kelly Yang, a senior majoring in human development and minoring in biological sciences at Cornell University, is doing just that. Kelly has been a research assistant in Cornell's Early Childhood Cognition Lab (ECC Lab), directed by Dr. Tamar Kushnir, since her freshman year.
"Thinking like a scientist is one of the best paths to democratization" 2014 Bennett Award Honoree Representative Rush Holt Addresses Science and Citizenship at NCSCE's Capitol Hill Poster Session
Posted: Oct 3 2014
During his remarks, Representative Holt spoke about the need to educate people in science so that they might benefit culturally, intellectually, and economically.
Congressman to Receive Bennett Award at Capitol Hill Ceremony
Posted: Sep 24 2014
Congressman Rush D. Holt will be presented with the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science at the 2014 Capitol Hill Poster Session. The ceremony, held in connection with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement's 2014 Washington Symposium, will take place on Tuesday, September 30, in the Cannon Caucus Room at 12:30 p.m. Congressmen Holt will make brief remarks.
Distinguished Leaders in Informal Education Join SENCER-ISE Project as Senior Advisors
Posted: Sep 24 2014
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement is pleased to welcome two experts in the informal science education (ISE) field, Ms. Marsha Semmel and Dr. David Ucko, as senior advisors to the SENCER-ISE initiative. Like the late Alan Friedman who opened the doors for the SENCER community to engage with the ISE community, David (who prefers to be called "Dave") and Marsha are nationally respected for their contributions to, and leadership in, the ISE community. Both are accomplished practitioners and strategic thinkers whose expertise will benefit a progressive, cutting edge project like SENCER-ISE.
2014 Capitol Hill Poster Session Abstracts Now Available Online
Posted: Sep 24 2014
The abstracts for the invited poster presentations at the 2014 NCSCE Washington Symposium are now available online. Twenty-four posters from 21 institutions from across the country are represented. Following the session on Capitol Hill, authors will be submitting PDFs of their posters for inclusion on the NCSCE and SENCER websites. We will announce their publication in a future e-newsletter.
Engaging Mathematics Website Gets Upgrade
Posted: Sep 24 2014
The website for the Engaging Mathematics initiative recently received an upgrade. The site moved to a new host, making the load speed much faster.
SENCER Leadership Fellow Flora Lichtman Co-Creates Animated Documentary Called 'Seeing the Invisible'
Posted: Sep 24 2014
Science journalist and SENCER Leadership Fellow Flora Lichtman has co-created an animated documentary with Sharon Shattuck, an animator and filmmaker, called "Seeing the Invisible."
SIGMAA QL and SENCER: Perfect TogetherReflections on QL's 10th Anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest
Posted: Sep 10 2014
NCSCE Executive Director Wm. David Burns was honored to participate in a panel celebrating SIGMAA QL's 10th anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest meeting. He offers reflections from the event, as well as ready references and links to some of the ideas and resources recommended by the panelists.
SIGMAA QL and SENCER: Perfect TogetherReflections on QL's 10th Anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest
Posted: Sep 10 2014
NCSCE Executive Director Wm. David Burns was honored to participate in a panel celebrating SIGMAA QL's 10th anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest meeting. He offers reflections from the event, as well as ready references and links to some of the ideas and resources recommended by the panelists.
SCI-MidAtlantic to Host Two Regional Conferences This Fall
Posted: Sep 10 2014
SCI-MidAtlantic will host two fall meetings–"SENCER and Engaging Mathematics" on October 18 at LaGuardia Community College, and "SENCER and Teaching with Technology" on November 15 at Barnard College.
SIGMAA QL and SENCER: Perfect TogetherReflections on QL's 10th Anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest
Posted: Sep 10 2014
NCSCE Executive Director Wm. David Burns was honored to participate in a panel celebrating SIGMAA QL's 10th anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest meeting. He offers reflections from the event, as well as ready references and links to some of the ideas and resources recommended by the panelists.
SIGMAA QL and SENCER: Perfect TogetherReflections on QL's 10th Anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest
Posted: Sep 10 2014
NCSCE Executive Director Wm. David Burns was honored to participate in a panel celebrating SIGMAA QL's 10th anniversary at MAA's Summer MathFest meeting. He offers reflections from the event, as well as ready references and links to some of the ideas and resources recommended by the panelists.
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