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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Brooklyn College and Gateway National Recreation Area Create Sentinels of Shoreline Change
Posted: Jan 30 2014
Brooklyn College of CUNY and Gateway National Recreation Area of the National Park Service are partnering to create the "Sentinels of Shoreline Change," a citizen science filled observation program focused on monitoring the shoreline of Jamaica Bay, which is located off the southern coast of Long Island, New York. The partners are building learning communities among park rangers, Brooklyn College professors, and a group of middle and high school teachers to facilitate deep learning about the Jamaica Bay ecosystem and encourage stewardship and public advocacy for improving the health of the bay.
NCSCE's GLISTEN Project Joins the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
Posted: Jan 30 2014
Last fall, the US Forest Service, on behalf of the National Council, reviewed letters of intent from such programs wanting to become the first member organizations of the 21CSC. GLISTEN, a program of NCSCE's SENCER Center for Innovation Great Lakes, was one of the first higher-education programs to be so designated.
SENCER Model Course Integrating Technology and Community Engagement Recognized at Conservation Land Workshop
Posted: Jan 15 2014
The course Professor Green featured in his presentation was selected as a SENCER model in 2013. "A Journey Down the Corkscrew Watershed: Interactive Smartphone-ready GIS Map" is available now on YouTube.
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.
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.
Students Create "Environmental Dashboard" to Inform Community Decision-Making
Posted: Aug 22 2013
At Oberlin College, faculty and students affiliated with NCSCE's GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) project have created an "Environmental Dashboard" for residents of Oberlin, Ohio.
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 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.
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.
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