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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.
West Point Shares Results and Recommendations Emerging from Interdisciplinary Collaborations
Posted: Aug 27 2014
During their plenary presentation at SSI 2014, Col. Jerry Kobylski, Col. Diane Ryan, and recent West Point graduate 2LT Elizabeth Olcese discussed the origins, development, assessment results, and future plans for the "Energy Spine."
Professor Gary Booth of Brigham Young University and The Core Interdisciplinary Team from the United States Military Academy Honored with the 2014 William E. Bennett Awards for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science
Posted: Aug 27 2014
Gary Booth, professor of plant and wildlife science at Brigham Young University, and The Core Interdisciplinary Team from the United States Military Academy at West Point have been selected as this year's recipients of the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science.
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 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.
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.
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.
SENCER-ISE Partners Gather for the First Time at the 2013 SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Aug 22 2013
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement welcomed the first cohort of SENCER-ISE Civic Engagement Partnership Support Award partners to the SENCER community during SSI 2013. With much enthusiasm and curiosity, the SENCER-ISE partners gathered together with their fellow awardees to plan for their projects, learn more about the SENCER community, and enjoy the beauty of the Santa Clara University campus and SENCER hospitality.
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.
GLISTEN Undergraduate Stewardship Liaisons Train on Historic Gibralter Island
Posted: Jun 26 2013
From June 7-8, the USLs received intensive training, developed in partnership with the Institute for Conservation Leadership, to begin building that bridge.
SSI 2013 to Feature Symposium on Science and Public Policy
Posted: May 2 2013
Given the central role that public issues - and the development of public policies designed to address them - play in the civic engagement aspirations of the SENCER enterprise, a focused exploration of science and public policy seems essential.
Northland College Students and Faculty Assess Pre-mining Environmental Baselines
Posted: Apr 3 2013
Quietly, in order to ensure that the decision-making and environmental impact determination processes are based on sound science, students and faculty from Northland College in Ashland have been gathering baseline data on local water and air quality both in and around the reservation, in partnership with citizen science efforts of the non-profit Bad River Watershed Association.
Connecting Where You Live With What You Teach The Alaska SCEWest Node
Posted: Mar 6 2013
Larry reports that, "the SENCER network and SCEWestNet node for Alaska are making an impact with rural and minority students in Alaska, where place-based science courses and activities about current issues are valued." He believes that, "where you live should have something to do with what you teach."
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.
Severe Weather Phenomena and Cancer, Genes, and the Environment Courses at The College of New Jersey
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, November 2004, Volume 4, Issue 3 Professors Marty Becker, Danielle Dalafave, Bonnie Dixon, Marlene Kayne, Sharon Sherman and Dean Gail Simmons, The College of New Jersey The College of New ...
More Than Just a Chemistry Course: SENCER Course Development at The University of Montana
Posted: Mar 1 2009
SENCER E-Newsletter, March 2004, Volume 2, Issue 7 By: Garon C. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, garons@selway.umt.edu As a civically engaged faculty member in a ...
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