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Do Now U: How Would You Balance Wildlife Conservation and Economic Growth?
Posted: Sep 30 2015
The first Do Now U post, "How Would You Balance Wildlife Conservation with Economic Growth?", created by George Mason University students, Joy Vander Clute, Claire Haftt, Andrea Freddy, and Sarmad Butt in professor Tom Wood's course, is now available on the KQED Education website. In their post, Jon, Claire, Andrea, and Sarmad use science media and resources to lay out the environmental conservation arguments for why the greater sage grouse, an "iconic species of the American West," should not have been removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list, and the economic counter-points for why the bird species no longer needed the protective listing.
New Award Recognizing Exemplary Regional Collaborations Honors Hawai'i Team
Posted: Aug 26 2015
We find ourselves inspired to create a new award program that acknowledges and honors exemplary multi-institutional, regional, or statewide work around compelling civic issues. The first recipient of this new award is a team from Hawai'i. While considering their work, it became clear that their actions and accomplishments seem best suited to be recognized by an honor that acknowledges quality of the inter-institutional collaborations and deep partnerships established to improve the quality of both formal and informal education.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu Site Visit, Hawaiʻi Public Radio Interview, and Hawaiʻi Strategy Institute Presentation
Posted: May 26 2015
During SENCER's last days in Hawai'i, the team met with University of Hawai'i at West O'ahu faculty and local community organization representatives to discuss scaling up and combining the efforts of their science and civic engagement programs, participated in an in-depth interview about SENCER, STEM education, civic engagement, and Hawaiʻi on Hawai'i Public Radio, and presented at a strategy institute targeted specifically for Hawaiian community colleges.
NCSCE Announces Theme and Seeks Proposals for the 2015 Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE National Meeting
Posted: May 12 2015
This year's Washington Symposium theme, From Nice to Necessary: Science in the Service of Democracy, will feature papers, presentations, and/or poster sessions that intersect science and public policy. The meeting will be held on September 27-29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This year's Symposium will also be held in conjunction with the SENCER-Informal Science Education national meeting, an opportunity for participants to present and learn more about SENCER's informal science efforts. Submit a presentation proposal and learn more about joining us in D.C. for this year's Symposium.
What You Need to Know About the Evidence on Evidence
Posted: Oct 8 2014
No one understands the importance of evidence more than scientists, but how well do scientists understand evidence itself? Three presenters during Sunday's program at the 2014 Washington Symposium addressed the complexities and applications of evidence in cultural, political, and educational contexts.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Hamilton College and Green Science Policy Institute Partnership Expands to Include Hope and Oberlin Colleges
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and the Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) in Berkeley, CA have partnered to develop toxicology research opportunities for undergraduates that meld with public policy and civic engagement. Last academic year, Drs. Tim Elgren and Arlene Blum, along with Ms. Avery Lindeman of GSP, expanded Dr. Elgren's existing Hamilton College Introduction to Chemistry course into a toxicology lab with elements of civic engagement to provide students with opportunities to share their research with the public.
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.
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.
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.
Bennett Award: Call for Nominations
Posted: Apr 24 2014
NCSCE is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science. The deadline for nominations is June 2, 2014.
Koshland Science Museum Celebrates 10 Years, Opens Idea Lab
Posted: Apr 24 2014
The Koshland Science Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary with the opening of the Idea Lab, an unconventional gallery space where the museum plans to pilot new interactive approaches in collaboration with its visitors.
SSI 2014: New Program Additions Announced, Applications Invited
Posted: Oct 31 2013
We look forward to returning to Asheville, North Carolina for the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute and introducing new members of our community to the lovely campus and its beautiful surroundings.
Agenda Now Available for November 2 SCI-New England Meeting
Posted: Oct 3 2013
The day will be full of workshops introducing participants to SENCER, providing discussions of innovative pedagogies and partnerships including a panel from Campus Compact. In addition, there will be a workshop for administrators on leading change on your campus.
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.
Register Now for September Chesapeake Bay Regional Meeting
Posted: Aug 22 2013
Colleagues from the Chesapeake Bay region will gath er at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation on September 14 and 15, 2013 for the fall regional meeting.
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.
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.
New Initiative to Harvest and Disseminate Pearls of Practice from the SENCER Community
Posted: May 2 2013
Over the next three years, a team of SENCER practitioners will identify and refine such "Pearls of Practice," which will be published electronically in "strings" by civic themes.
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