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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
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."
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, 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."
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.
LaGuardia Community College Works to Close "Math Gap"
Posted: May 21 2014
According to a 2006 U.S. Department of Education study, the earlier in their undergraduate careers that students, regardless of their majors, take college-level math, the more likely they are to graduate.
Normandale Community College: A Place Where Students "See" Math
Posted: Mar 28 2014
In our last issue, Normandale Community College's Mathematics for the Liberal Arts was identified as a course that aims to inspire students to appreciate the mathematics that surrounds them, the mathematics that is hidden in plain sight. According to Normandale Professor Anthony Dunlop, the ultimate goal he envisioned while designing the course was "to have students think of math whenever they are near Minnesota's many waterways, and to have at least an inkling that mathematics and quantitative reasoning [are] vital to understanding and protecting these resources."
SCI-Midwest Symposium Highlights
Posted: Mar 13 2014
Roosevelt University hosted the March 8, 2014 SCI-Midwest symposium, which focused on "Teaching College Science and Math Through Themes of Food, Health and Sustainability Themes."
Students Develop Chemistry Projects that Impact Daily Campus and Community Life
Posted: Oct 3 2013
In an effort to keep the students motivated while integrating new key elements into the curriculum, a flexible, modular SENCER project was developed at Southern Connecticut State University, where students could, with minimal guidance, develop a project related to their own interests.
Agenda Now Available for November 2 SCI-New England Meeting
Posted: Oct 3 2013
The day will be full of workshops introducing participants to SENCER, providing discussions of innovative pedagogies and partnerships including a panel from Campus Compact. In addition, there will be a workshop for administrators on leading change on your campus.
University of North Carolina Asheville to Receive 2013 William E. Bennett Team Award
Posted: Jul 24 2013
The 2013 recipients of the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science are a team of University of North Carolina Asheville faculty members: Ellen Bailey (foreign languages), David Clarke (biology), Amy Lanou (health and wellness), Leah Matthews (economics), Karin Peterson (sociology), Jason Wingert (health and wellness), and Sally Wasileski (chemistry).
Students Develop Interactive GIS Watershed Map for Smartphones
Posted: Jul 24 2013
Recently, 'Harbor Happenings,' a magazine published by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, featured an article on a student project that involves the creation of a GIS (geographic information systems) map of the Corkscrew watershed that works with smartphones as part of Environmental Biology: Ecosystems of Southwest Florida.
SENCER Model Seminar Participants Discuss Future Reach of Brownfield Action
Posted: Jun 26 2013
The 9th in a series of seminars and training sessions for Brownfield Action (BA) was held at Barnard College on May 17-19. BA is a web-based, interactive learning simulation in which students form geotechnical consulting companies and work collaboratively to explore and solve problems in environmental forensics.
Undergraduate Spotlight: Leading from the Middle
Posted: Feb 21 2013
As a GLISTEN USL, Rhiannon served as a bridge between ECC faculty and staff from community-based organizations that benefited from the service-learning components of those environmental science courses.
New Backgrounder Addresses Service-Learning and Engagement at Community Colleges
Posted: Oct 30 2009
An anthropologist and leader in the community college and service-learning fields, Franco was commissioned by SENCER to write a backgrounder on how service-learning and the SENCER approach integrate goals of research, teaching and service, especially for faculty at community colleges.
Seven New Models Added to SENCER Digital Library
Posted: Apr 29 2009
The most recent additions to the SENCER Digital Library are the seven courses and programs selected to be part of the SENCER Model Series during the summer of 2008. The diverse group of resources includes international collaborations, single courses, and course clusters, and focuses on issues such as sleep, HIV/AIDS, food, and pregnancy.
SENCER Classrooms: Small Changes, Big Effects
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, June 2003, Volume 2, Issue 1 Terry McGuire, associate professor of genetics at Rutgers and an SSI-2002 advance representative, reports how two small modifications - inspired by his attendance ...
Science and Community Outreach - By: Kari Murad
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, August 2003, Volume 2, Issue 2 "They (students) are invited to pursue academic excellence, to discover, and develop fully their personal and professional goals, and to contribute actively ...
Report From Campus Partners: Francis Marion University Courses Focus on Mercury Contamination and Fish - Students Create Photo Essay for Local Museum
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, October 2003, Volume 2, Issue 4 To address the need for more environmentally-literate citizens, two professors in Environmental Science and Professional Writing (respectively) developed an ...
Field Report: Application of SENCER Approaches in the Teaching of Science in Wagner College's First Year Program - By: Donald E. Stearns, Ph.D., Wagner College, Staten Island, New York
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, December 2003, Volume 2, Issue 6 Wagner College's First-Year Program is comprised of learning communities (LCs). A typical LC includes two lecture courses from different disciplines that ...
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