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SENCER Leadership Fellow Dr. Eugene Allevato of Woodbury University Seeks Input for Study of Attitudes Toward Visually Impaired Students
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Dr. Eugene Allevato, a SENCER Leadership Fellow, is working with a visually impaired psychology student in his statistics course at Woodbury University. This student is conducting a project to understand faculty attitudes, experiences, and concerns about educating visually impaired students. Dr. Allevato and his student have created a survey to explore the issue, and would be very appreciative to any faculty member who would take a few minutes to complete it: Visually Impaired Student Survey Visually Impaired Student Survey
Experts/Clearly Offers Communications Coaching for STEM Professionals
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Experts in the STEM fields often face a great irony: The more expertise you have in your field, the harder it can be to communicate your work clearly and effectively to others. And yet the need to do so is constant. Whether it's writing grant proposals, speaking at conferences, trading ideas with colleagues on an interdisciplinary team, writing articles about your research findings, or perhaps speaking to the media, you will face numerous scenarios in your career in which you need to share your life's work with the world.
SENCER Leader Named Executive Dean
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Debra Meyer, who was recently appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Dr. Meyer has been a leader in the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement community since the inception of SENCER; most recently coordinating a summit at the University of Pretoria for faculty members, researchers, and other academic leaders interested in infusing civic issues into their STEM courses.
National 'Digital Bug Box' Competition Offers $1 Million Prize
Posted: Dec 16 2014
The National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences have announced the launch of the Beyond the Box National Digitalization Innovation Competition. Individuals and teams are invited to submit ideas of ways to accurately and efficiently capture digital images of insect specimens by September 4, 2015. The winning entry will receive up to $1 million for the development of a hardware and software system that automates digitalization of pinning insect specimens, without damaging the specimens, one of the most challenging biocollections digitalization tasks.
Save the Date for the 15th Annual SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Dec 16 2014
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts from July 30 - August 3, 2015.
NSF Awards First of Rapid Response Grants Funding Ebola Research
Posted: Dec 16 2014
A study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and published in October by Eurosurveillance determined that a rapid response to Ebola is essential to preventing its spread. In December, the NSF awarded its first of a number of rapid response grants to support fundamental Ebola research. According to the NSF's award announcement, "The grants will support researchers seeking to answer important questions about the virus's fundamental nature, how it interacts with other substances, how it spreads, and how communication and perception affect public safety during an epidemic."
Save the Date for the 15th Annual SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Dec 5 2014
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts from July 30 - August 3, 2015.
Engaging Mathematics Faculty Member Writes Chapter for New Book Published by MAA
Posted: Dec 2 2014
Dr. Rikki Wagstrom (SENCER Leadership Fellow, associate professor of mathematics at Metropolitan State University, and Engaging Mathematics institutional partner) authored a chapter in the Mathematical Association of America's recent book Doing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
SENCER Leadership Fellow Profile: Dr. Merrilee Anderson Uses Abandoned Mine Drainage as a Teaching Tool for Biology, Chemistry, and Civic Engagement
Posted: Dec 2 2014
As part of their coursework, students collect samples to bring back to their classes for study, and their findings are shared not only within the class but with other ABSL classes and the community at large. In addition to honing their scientific expertise, students learn important skills in written and oral communication and leadership.
SCI-MidAtlantic Hosts Conference on Teaching with Technology at Barnard College
Posted: Nov 19 2014
The SENCER Center for Innovation MidAtlantic hosted its second fall event on November 15 on the campus of Barnard College, Columbia University. Forty-five registrants from 29 institutions participated in the meeting, which focused on the uses of technology that both deepen student learning and engagement, and provide faculty and students with more powerful tools for authentic and unscripted investigation and problem-solving.
New MAA Book: Your Mathematics Classroom as Education Research Library
Posted: Nov 18 2014
A new book from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) serves as a how-to guide for collegiate mathematics faculty who want to know more about conducting scholarly investigations into their teaching and their students' learning.
EBOLA AND THE ACADEMY: Thoughts, Suggestions, and Resources
Posted: Nov 17 2014
White House charges Worcester Polytechnic Institute with hosting a workshop on addressing the Ebola crisis through robotics. SENCER Leadership Fellow Katayoun Chamany provides resources on the virus.
Middle Tennessee State University Faculty Share the SENCER Approach with Colleagues
Posted: Nov 17 2014
On Wednesday, November 12th, Drs. Judith Iriarte-Gross, Drew Sieg, and Keying Ding, along with the Experiential Learning Scholars Program (EXL) presented "Implementing Civic Engagement and Authentic Research into STEM Courses: The SENCER Approach" to their colleagues at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).
Engaging Mathematics Advisory Board Member Co-Edits Book on Mathematical Modeling and Interdisciplinary Education
Posted: Nov 12 2014
What does it take to be outstanding at mathematical modeling, and how does modeling relate to real world issues across disciplines of study? For 16 years, teams of high school students and college undergraduates have competed in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications' (COMAP's) Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) to find out.
Making Math Relevant: SCI-MidAtlantic Holds Quantitative Literacy Conference at LaGuardia Community College
Posted: Nov 4 2014
On October 10, 2014, over 30 mathematics educators from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania gathered at LaGuardia Community College CUNY in Long Island City, New York to hear LaGuardia faculty members present stimulating discussions on how they teach mathematics and statistics using issues that are interesting, relevant, and real to the lives of their students. Attendees came from Gannon University, Guttman Community College, Hostos Community College, Hudson County Community College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, New York University, Rutgers University, and The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
EBOLA AND THE ACADEMY: Thoughts, Suggestions, and Resources
Posted: Nov 4 2014
As part of our ongoing coverage of Ebola, we present a collection of resources and commentary contributed by Drs. Matt Fisher and Joy Marburger to help others better understand this public health crisis.
Mathematics Predicts Our Climate May Be Headed for a Tipping Point
Posted: Oct 29 2014
Why is the climate like a billiard game? This isn't a riddle from Alice in Wonderland, but a question Dr. Victor J. Donnay used math to help answer.
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.
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