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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.
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.
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.
Board on Science Education Anniversary Program Addresses Meeting Challenges on the Horizon for STEM Education
Posted: Jun 17 2014
On June 9, the National Academy of Sciences celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Board on Science Education (BOSE) and recognized transitions in the Board's leadership. Speakers engaged in lively discussions regarding the Board's contributions to education, advances in practice, seminal research, and publications, while considering questions including, how can we truly measure impact? What structures and collaborations best support the implementation of best practices? How broadly and how narrowly do we define science? How can educators, both formal and informal, best be involved in these discussions? Reviewing the Board's research, publications, and contributions, Bruce Alberts noted that early committees had "[built] the mutual respect that builds a community."
SENCER Center for Innovation Great Lakes Spring Meeting Addresses Shale Gas Development and Civic Engagement in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Posted: Jun 4 2014
At Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) the SCI-Great Lakes hosted a spring conference on May 30th. The conference focused on ways that civic engagement with issues related to the region's booming shale gas industry could be integrated with the undergraduate curriculum and capitalize on student leadership models developed by programs of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, such as GLISTEN.
Riverland to Host Statewide STEM Symposium Starting June 16 in Austin, MN
Posted: Jun 4 2014
Riverland Community College will host a statewide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) symposium for educators and community members interested in collaborating with educators on project-based learning activities.
SCI-South Workshops at Auburn University Highlight Assessment Techniques, Administrative Challenges, and Applying SENCER Methods to Food Issues
Posted: May 8 2014
During the recent Research Week at Auburn University, the SENCER Center of Innovation (SCI) - South held morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, April 17, 2014. In keeping with the week's themes of "preparing students at all levels to become thoughtful, creative, and productive leaders," presenters shared results of applications that effectively improve student learning and facilitate the development of a scientifically literate citizenry.
SCI - South organizes workshops at the 2014 Gulf South Summit and Research Week 2014 at Auburn University
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Auburn University is hosting two regional events organized by the SCI-South, headquartered at University of North Carolina-Asheville this Spring. There is still time to attend one of them. Expanding on last year's successful inclusion of SENCER with Auburn's remarkable focus on, and extensive program to support, student and related research activities, SENCER will again be featured during Auburn's 2014 Research Week coming up on April 17. Research week follows on the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education held on March 27.
A SENCER Symposium in South Africa: Meeting Developing Challenges in Education for a New Democracy
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Some sixty faculty members, researchers, and academic leaders from the University of Pretoria, the University of Johannesburg, and the Academy of Science for South Africa and others attended the SENCER Symposium held on March 12 in Pretoria, South Africa. Many participants expressed the hope that this would be the first of what could become an annual event.
"Natural Connections" in K-5 Education
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Thanks to an emerging collaboration of representatives of the National Center, SENCER, the SCI-Chesapeake Bay, and the Virginia Department of Education that got stimulated by the SCI-Chesapeake Bay regional meeting at Front Royal, VA last fall, we were invited to attend an elementary education conference entitled "Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning." The conference was held in Richmond, Virginia on the expansive grounds of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Center on March 28th and 29th.
Riverland Community College to host "Making STEM Real" Symposium June 16-17
Posted: Apr 11 2014
With funds provided though its SSI 2013 Post-Institute Implementation Award, the Riverland Community College SENCER team will be hosting a symposium on their campus in Austin, Minnesota on June 16 and 17.
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."
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.
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.
From Black Swamp to Green Soup: Campus/Community Partnership Aims for Blue Lake
Posted: May 17 2013
One of the biggest impediments to western expansion of the United States in the early 19th century was the nearly impenetrable Great Black Swamp that spanned Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana.
First SCI - Great Lakes Meeting Highlights Best Practices in STEM-based Ecosystem Stewardship
Posted: Mar 20 2013
From March 14 - 16, over 60 faculty, students, and community partner representatives from four states gathered at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Botanical Garden for the first regional meeting of the newly-established SENCER Center for Innovation in the Great Lakes region.
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.
African University Teams at SSI 2002
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, June 2002, Volume 1, Issue 2 Through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) under the University ...
Announcing the SSI 2003 Participants
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, June 2003, Volume 2, Issue 1 We are pleased to announce that representatives from the following colleges, universities, and institutions will be attending the SENCER Summer Institute - 2003: ...
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