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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Communicating Climate Science to Adirondack Gatekeepers
Posted: May 21 2014
Paul Smith's College and The Wild Center are partnering on a new class offering, Communicating Climate Science. The course, developed by Professor Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College and Rob Carr of The Wild Center, not only teaches students about the effects of climate change on the local Adirondack region, it also provides them with tools to effectively communicate this information to local "gatekeepers."
Engaging Mathematics: Sustainable Scholarship
Posted: May 8 2014
Dr. Rikki Wagstrom first offered a SENCER math course at Metropolitan State University, a lead institution for NCSCE's Engaging Mathematics ("Engaging Mathematics" link: http://www.ncsce.net/Initiatives/EngagingMathematics.cfm) initiative, in the fall of 2008. At the 2006 SENCER Summer Institute, she noticed that most SENCER courses were science courses. This inspired her to SENCERize a math course, Metro State's Math 101, by integrating content with sustainability issues.
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.
Calestous Juma Offers Policy Solutions to Regulations on Genetically Modified Agriculture
Posted: May 8 2014
On Monday, April 28, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at the Harvard Kennedy School, gave a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology titled "GOVERNING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: Technological Controversies and Public Policy." Our SENCER Visiting Scholar, Natalie Kuldell from MIT, attended the lecture and called our attention to it.
SCI-Great Lakes Announces Conference on May 30, 2014
Posted: Apr 24 2014
SCI-Great Lakes invites you to attend a conference that will focus on integrating a major Great Lakes stewardship issue, the problem of shale gas extraction, into undergraduate STEM courses using the SENCER and GLISTEN models of learning through civic engagement.
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.
Environmental Statistics Across Continents
Posted: Apr 24 2014
Dr. Cynthia Kaus of Metropolitan State University will develop two versions of an Environmental Statistics course: one to be offered at Metropolitan State in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the other at the University of Seychelles, where Dr. Kaus was recently appointed as a Fulbright Scholar.
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.
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.
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