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Unique SENCER Program Gives Unlikely Students LIFE
Posted: Apr 28 2015
Established in 2007, Lipscomb's LIFE (Lipscomb Initiative for Education) Program strives to enhance the lives of Tennessee Prison for Women inmates – both in prison and when they are released – by helping them develop better self-confidence, expand life experience, and develop good study habits. In this article, LIFE faculty member and SSI 2015 plenary speaker Dr. Autumn Marshall discusses the inner workings of the program, and her experiences working with the students it serves.
SENCER at AAAS and Citizen Science Association Meetings
Posted: Mar 5 2015
SENCER-ISE's Ellen Mappen and Hailey Chenevert attended the inaugural Citizen Science Association and annual AAAS meetings in San Jose, CA last month. Mappen and Chenevert presented a poster about SENCER-ISE at AAAS and were joined by SENCER leadership and supporters Cathy Middlecamp and Jessica Wyndham, who presented at the meeting.
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.
Connecting the Dots: Science, Education, and Human Rights
Posted: Oct 21 2014
If you ask people on the street "What are human rights?" you're likely to get more than a few "I don't know" responses. During our recent Washington Symposium, Jessica Wyndham, the associate director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program, delivered a plenary address that helped attendees understand human rights, the laws protecting them, and how they are impacted by science and education.
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.
Scientific Progress and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Posted: May 8 2014
On April 7, the Board of Directors for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) adopted a statement urging the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Modeled on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Convention is explicit in connecting science and technology with the rights of persons with disabilities, including calling on countries to support research and development (R&D) on adaptive goods and services as well as new assistive technologies.
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.
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.
Reflection on Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting
Posted: Jul 24 2013
Katherine Picchione, a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), represented WPI and NCSCE at the recent Science and Human Rights Coalition meeting at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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.
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.
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)).
Washington Symposium Speakers to Address Communication, the New Standards, Science and Human Rights: Deadline to Register is March 6
Posted: Mar 6 2013
The annual National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session brings together educators, students, community members, and policy leaders to discuss the connection of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics course content to civic issues and implications of public policy on curricula; as well as to recognize campus work and consider new initiatives.
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