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Do Now U: How Would You Balance Wildlife Conservation and Economic Growth?
Posted: Sep 30 2015
The first Do Now U post, "How Would You Balance Wildlife Conservation with Economic Growth?", created by George Mason University students, Joy Vander Clute, Claire Haftt, Andrea Freddy, and Sarmad Butt in professor Tom Wood's course, is now available on the KQED Education website. In their post, Jon, Claire, Andrea, and Sarmad use science media and resources to lay out the environmental conservation arguments for why the greater sage grouse, an "iconic species of the American West," should not have been removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list, and the economic counter-points for why the bird species no longer needed the protective listing.
Victor Donnay Makes Mathematics Engaging, Interdisciplinary, and Relevant to the Real World
Posted: Sep 15 2015
During his plenary address at the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute, Victor Donnay, who is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and an advisory board member for NCSCE's Engaging Mathematics initiative, helped attendees see the connection between mathematics and the real world, a goal he also has for his students.
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.
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.
Global Humanities Institute Spurs Interdisciplinary Collaborations at Maryland Community College
Posted: Apr 3 2015
On Friday, March 27, more than 60 faculty and administrators at Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland met in the brand new Biotech building to embark on a much-needed collaboration between STEM fields and the humanities, the first of its kind at the College. The event, "STEAMed Rice: Intersections of STEM and the Global Humanities on the Topic of Food," was organized by the College's faculty development office and the Global Humanities Institute, which is funded by a six-year challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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.
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.
2014 SENCER Models Now Available Online
Posted: Jul 30 2014
The three courses that have been selected as the SENCER 2014 models exemplify a number of exciting developments emerging in the curricula of participating institutions, including increasingly complex multi-disciplinary inquiry, the application of SENCER strategies to upper-division courses, and the extension of the SENCER approach to courses in non-STEM disciplines.
Roosevelt University Uses Chicago's Social Justice Issues to Teach Algebra
Posted: Jun 17 2014
Roosevelt University's math professors Cathy Evins and Barbara Gonzalez will develop a new algebra course that couples math instruction with important social justice challenges in the city of Chicago, including transportation, crime, water, food access, infrastructure, and demographics.
2014 Public Policy Symposium at SENCER Summer Institute Will Address the Public Understanding of Science
Posted: Apr 24 2014
Since scientific consensus alone does not seem to be either persuasive to the public or dispositive to policy makers, how science and scientific evidence are communicated must be re-strategized, especially in light of what we know about the beliefs and dispositions of specific audiences.
New SENCER Backgrounder on Modern Human Rights
Posted: Dec 10 2013
Thus, our newest SENCER backgrounder by Sam McFarland of Western Kentucky University provides, "A Very Brief Overview of Modern Human Rights," for those interested in introducing discussions on the complex topic with colleagues and students representing all disciplines.
Super Storm Sandy:
Posted: Oct 31 2013
On Monday evening I had the pleasure of attending a book talk by the historian, John Gillis, emeritus professor from Rutgers and a close friend of mine. John discussed his new book, The Human Shore, and described Super Storm Sandy, whose one-year anniversary is this week, as not a "natural disaster" but a disaster more closely connected to our human relationships to shores, coasts and beaches.
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.
Expanding Partnerships and Pushing the Envelope: Themes from the SENCER Summer Institute, 2013
Posted: Aug 22 2013
SENCER Summer Institute (SSI) alumni and newcomers experienced some new features at SSI 2013 designed to explore new opportunities for inter- and multi-disciplinary work, new partnerships, new powers and responsibilities for student learners, new vistas in goal-setting and assessment, and new connections between scientific knowledge and the formation of public policy.
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).
SENCER Pearls of Practice: A Request from the Models-to-Materials Team
Posted: Jul 10 2013
Food! We are searching for SENCER course assignments related to food, including topics such as hunger, fast food, slow food, nutrition, food security, obesity, trans fats, and diabetes.
SSI 2013 Opening Plenary Speaker to Address Complexities of Scientific Communication and Cultural Cognition
Posted: Jun 26 2013
Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, will join us at Santa Clara University to deliver the SSI 2013 opening plenary address.
Participants Selected for Pre-Institute Symposium on Science and Public Policy
Posted: Jun 13 2013
Responding to requests we received last year, we will experiment with a pre-Institute symposium designed to be useful to participants in SENCER initiatives, to creators of SENCER courses and programs, and to students.
New Initiative to Harvest and Disseminate Pearls of Practice from the SENCER Community
Posted: May 2 2013
Over the next three years, a team of SENCER practitioners will identify and refine such "Pearls of Practice," which will be published electronically in "strings" by civic themes.