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Webinar of the Week: Experiential Learning Opportunities in Ecology
Posted: Nov 10 2015
What if college laboratory courses reflected what students would actually experience in graduate school or as research scientists, and weren't just weekly exercises to questions that have already been answered? Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University R. Drew Sieg partnered with the Murfreesboro Greenway System to give his Honors Ecology students research experience in a real topic of local concern.
New Award Recognizing Exemplary Regional Collaborations Honors Hawai'i Team
Posted: Aug 26 2015
We find ourselves inspired to create a new award program that acknowledges and honors exemplary multi-institutional, regional, or statewide work around compelling civic issues. The first recipient of this new award is a team from Hawai'i. While considering their work, it became clear that their actions and accomplishments seem best suited to be recognized by an honor that acknowledges quality of the inter-institutional collaborations and deep partnerships established to improve the quality of both formal and informal education.
RVCC Students Present Second Set of NJ Audubon Citizen Science Forest Health Workshops
Posted: May 12 2015
SENCER-ISE partners, the New Jersey Audubon and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), held their second round of Citizen Science Forest Health Workshops this April. During the workshops, NJ Audubon staff and RVCC students led Citizen Science volunteers in species identification and methodology training activities. The RVCC students and Citizen Scientists will be conducting bird and forest health surveys throughout the Piedmont area of the Raritan River watershed in May and June.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: Windward Community College Site Visit
Posted: Apr 28 2015
While at Windward Community College, the visiting SENCER team participated in discussions about civics and science education, toured campus rain gardens that protect surrounding water sources from runoff, spoke with students in a traditional Hawaiian methods of sustainability class, and experienced ancient Hawaiian culture at Waikalua Loko Iʻa', a 400-year-old fish pond.
NCSCE Grants 25 Implementation Awards for Projects that Reform STEM Education, Increase Community Engagement, and Build Civic Capacity
Posted: Apr 28 2015
NCSCE awarded 25 SSI 2014 Post-Institute Implementation Awards that promote student engagement with STEM education, civic issues, and community outreach. The Implementation Awards, made possible through the National Science Foundation, are designed to support innovative projects that incorporate SENCER Ideals into undergraduate and graduate education. The 2014 awards sponsor projects that make STEM more accessible to women, minorities, and students in small, rural schools; reform institutional core curricula to broaden the scope of central, civic issues; and involve students in community-based research. Project themes include Mars exploration, sustainability and urbanization, stormwater runoff, assisted reproductive technologies, genetically modified organisms, the history and practice of science, and more. Projects were selected following a competitive review process.
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.
SCI-Great Lakes Hosts Training for Undergraduate Stewardship Liaisons
Posted: Jul 1 2014
USLs and faculty from four states and 12 campuses participated in three days of intensive, interactive sessions.
SENCER-ISE and Engaging Mathematics Partners to Share Goals and Achievements at SSI 2014
Posted: Jul 1 2014
In addition to the 37 groups and teams that applied to the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, partners from the SENCER-ISE and Engaging Mathematics initiatives will also be in attendance.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Karen Tingley, Project Director on "Building Strong Community Networks"
Posted: Jun 17 2014
The work done by our partners extends beyond the SENCER-ISE initiative. Karen Tingley, Co-PI from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which is partnering with Fordham University on "Project TRUE" (http://sencer-ise.org/category/partnership-8/), also served as the Building Strong Community Networks (BSCN) Project Director.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Saint Mary's College and Lindsay Wildlife Museum Launch Wildlife Mobile App
Posted: Jun 4 2014
Saint Mary's College of California and Lindsay Wildlife Museum partnered to form an independent study research course, offered at Saint Mary's College, that focused on the development of a mobile app about San Francisco Bay Area wildlife.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: RVCC Students and Citizen Scientists Deepen Understanding of Forest Health
Posted: May 8 2014
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and New Jersey Audubon (NJA) are partnering to incorporate work done in Dr. Jay Kelly's Environmental Field Studies course at RVCC with a citizen science program at NJA to address forest health in central New Jersey.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Practice Makes Perfect: RVCC Students Prepare for Citizen Science Training Workshops
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and the New Jersey Audubon are partnering to integrate classroom work with citizen science field research to address forest health in central New Jersey.
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."
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Hamilton College & Green Science Policy Institute: a Cross-Continental Collaboration
Posted: Mar 28 2014
Hamilton College and Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) are partnering to develop research opportunities for undergraduate science students that meld analytical toxicology with public policy and civic engagement.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Cornell Undergraduate Mariel Schneider Reflects on Work with SENCER-ISE Project
Posted: Mar 13 2014
The SENCER-ISE partnerships are providing programs and courses for students young and old, but some are going further to include undergraduate and graduate students in implementing the projects. One such partnership is Cornell University and the Sciencenter's Science from the Start: Engaging Researchers, Undergraduates and a Science Museum to Reach Early Learners and Set the Stage for STEM Learning, a project focused on researching the way children learn while providing parents and caregivers the tools needed to optimize their child's engagement in STEM learning.
Study Abroad Approach to Calculus
Posted: Feb 26 2014
Students who may have felt that rigorous course loads excluded them from studying abroad were given the opportunity to travel without having to delay graduation, while members of the GARBO Coffee Cooperative were provided with mathematically sound suggestions for developing eco-tourism.
New Issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal Now Online
Posted: Feb 26 2014
Winter 2014 issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal is now available online free of charge. This issue contains four projects that illustrate a variety of creative approaches to linking science education and civic engagement.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Forest Restoration Underway at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center
Posted: Feb 26 2014
Antioch College and the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center (OEC) are partnering on Biodiversity, Invasive Species, and Forest Restoration: Intergenerational Civic Engagement, in the Classroom and Outdoors, a project engaging older adults at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, students at Antioch College, and grade school students from across the region in forest restoration at the OEC.
The Noyce Foundation Issues Working Paper to Examine Cross-Sector STEM "Ecosystems" in Informal and Formal Science Learning
Posted: Feb 12 2014
The Noyce Foundation recently released How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning, a working paper by Kathleen Traphagen and Saskia Traill. In the report, Traphagen and Traill explore 15 "STEM learning ecosystems" across the United States. They note that STEM learning ecosystems, a new term used to describe formal and informal education collaborations, encompass "schools, community settings such as after-school and summer programs, science centers and museums, and informal experiences at home and in a variety of environments that together constitute a rich array of learning opportunities for young people," in out-of-school settings.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Project TRUE Teens Blog About Urban Ecology
Posted: Feb 12 2014
Fordham University and the Wildlife Conservation society are partnering on Project TRUE (Teens Researching Urban Ecology), an experiential based learning program that provides semester-long research internships to teens in the New York City area.