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SENCER Leadership Fellow Alix Fink to Deliver SSI 2016 Plenary: From Ideals to Transformation: A SENCER Journey
Posted: Apr 6 2016
Dr. Alix Dowling Fink, Dean of the Cormier Honors College and Associate Professor of biology at Longwood University, will deliver the closing plenary address of the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute. In the address, she will reflect on the insights and lessons learned during her many years of participation in the SENCER national "community of transformation" and how that participation has shaped her her work on general education and the major at her institution, and catalyzed collaborations with informal education institutions.
Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal Summer 2016 Call for Papers
Posted: Apr 6 2016
Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal invites submissions for its Summer 2016 issue. Submissions that address global contexts and disciplinary perspectives beyond STEM are particularly encouraged.
Adam Briggle, Author and Professor of Philosophy at University of North Texas, to Deliver SSI 2016 Plenary on Field Philosophy
Posted: Mar 8 2016
Dr. Adam Briggle, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas, will deliver a plenary address on field philosophy at the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute. This year's Institute will be held at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois July 28 - August 1, 2016.
Do Now U! Will the Flint Water Crisis Motivate More Efficient Responses in the Future?
Posted: Feb 24 2016
This week, Do Now U addresses an issue that has been at the forefront of national conversation for months. Taylor Maxson, Maribeth Eickenhorst, Christina Hernandez, Camron Grant, Michael Hilton, and Fatima Javed, students at Lone Star College- Kingwood, created the post "Will the Flint Water Crisis Motivate More Efficient Responses in the Future?"
Do Now U: Who Should be Responsible for Funding Global Health Initiatives?
Posted: Jan 12 2016
The Do Now U post, "Who Should be Responsible for Funding Global Health Initiatives?", created by Duke University students Ajay Desai, Kerry Mallinson, Shivani Purohit, Murotiwamambo Mudziviri, and Victoria Coaxum in professor Sherryl Broverman's course, is now live on KQED's website.
2015 NCSCE Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE Meeting Displays the Strength of Educational Partnerships
Posted: Oct 13 2015
The Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE national meeting, From Nice to Necessary: Science in the Service of Democracy, was an opportunity for members of the SENCER community, and others interested in the intersection of science and public policy, to share the results of their projects and demonstrate their impacts on campuses as well as communities. This year's program had a particular focus on the work of SENCER-Informal Science Education and its partnerships. The program took place at George Mason University's Arlington Campus on September 27th and 28th, and on Capitol Hill on September 29th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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