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EBOLA AND THE ACADEMY: Thoughts, Suggestions, and Resources
Posted: Nov 17 2014
White House charges Worcester Polytechnic Institute with hosting a workshop on addressing the Ebola crisis through robotics. SENCER Leadership Fellow Katayoun Chamany provides resources on the virus.
Jessica Wyndham of AAAS to Discuss Intersection of Science and Human Rights at NCSCE Washington Symposium
Posted: Jul 1 2014
Whether in the context of persistent social inequalities or climate change, contemporary global challenges call for the collaboration of policy makers and scientists, and a rigorous assessment of how these issues impact human rights.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
WPI Student to Represent NCSCE at Upcoming AAAS Meeting
Posted: Jun 26 2013
Katherine Picchione, a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), will represent WPI and NCSCE at the upcoming gathering.
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.
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.
Science, Human Rights, and Your Involvement
Posted: Apr 3 2013
It is my hope that this series will serve as a prelude to an ongoing and engaged discussion about our role in overcoming the barriers, creating the applications, testing the value, articulating the benefits and educating the next generation in how to further human rights through science and technology.
Washington Symposium Highlights Campus Achievements, Student Leadership, and New Initiatives
Posted: Mar 20 2013
The overarching Symposium theme of reaching 'a tipping point' in the transformation of STEM education was addressed by Dr. Martin Storksdieck, director of the Board on Science Education, Dr. Mel Schiavelli, executive vice president of Northern Virginia Community College, David Burns, executive director of NCSCE, and presenters across sessions during the program.
Science, Human Rights and the Expanding Role of the Private Sector
Posted: Mar 20 2013
What are the implications of this for the significant and increasing role of private companies and institutions in research and development?
Science, Human Rights and National Security
Posted: Mar 6 2013
International human rights law recognizes that in limited circumstances "the interests of national security" may be legitimate grounds for restricting enjoyment of rights (see, for example, Article 8(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)).
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