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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.
Webinar of the Week: Middle Tennessee State University Students Help Address Antibiotic Resistance
Posted: Aug 18 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University R. Drew Sieg describes teaching introductory biology through authentic research experiences tied to the Small World Initiative. His work is inspired by the high rate of students who drop out of STEM majors after taking introductory science courses. By replacing cookie-cutter lab courses with authentic research, Drew increases student engagement, and the likelihood of students graduating with a STEM degree.
SENCER Publishes Three New Model Courses in 2015
Posted: Jul 31 2015
SENCER's three newest models cover topics in the natural sciences, geology, and health, and exhibit a variety of learning strategies, such as project-based learning, active and collaborative learning, and media making. Our 2015 model authors include Kathleen M. Browne, Alison Olcott Marshall, Kesey S. Bitting, Rachel A. Bergstrom, and Marion Field Fass.
SENCER Publishes Three New Model Courses in 2015
Posted: Jul 31 2015
SENCER's three newest models cover topics in the natural sciences, geology, and health, and exhibit a variety of learning strategies, such as project-based learning, active and collaborative learning, and media making. Our 2015 model authors include Kathleen M. Browne, Alison Olcott Marshall, Kesey S. Bitting, Rachel A. Bergstrom, and Marion Field Fass.
SENCER Seeks Participants for NSF Assessment Project
Posted: May 26 2015
Will you be teaching a course that covers topics in chemistry, physics, or biology this upcoming fall semester? Are you looking for ways to show that your course is working and effective? Would you like to feel confident that students retain what they learn in your course long after they leave your classroom? If so, we'd love for you to join our assessment project. We are partnering with the College Board to combine their field-tested AP science questions with our well-established SALG student survey to measure the Enduring Understandings of SENCER courses, a goal of our current grant from the National Science Foundation.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College Site Visits
Posted: May 12 2015
During their time in Hawai'i, the visiting SENCER team members took a short flight over to the Big Island to visit the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and Hawai'i Community College. While there, the team spoke with students enrolled in experiential, hands-on marine science courses, and faculty and administrators looking to make course- and institution-level improvements.
RVCC Students Present Second Set of NJ Audubon Citizen Science Forest Health Workshops
Posted: May 12 2015
SENCER-ISE partners, the New Jersey Audubon and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), held their second round of Citizen Science Forest Health Workshops this April. During the workshops, NJ Audubon staff and RVCC students led Citizen Science volunteers in species identification and methodology training activities. The RVCC students and Citizen Scientists will be conducting bird and forest health surveys throughout the Piedmont area of the Raritan River watershed in May and June.
NCSCE Grants 25 Implementation Awards for Projects that Reform STEM Education, Increase Community Engagement, and Build Civic Capacity
Posted: Apr 28 2015
NCSCE awarded 25 SSI 2014 Post-Institute Implementation Awards that promote student engagement with STEM education, civic issues, and community outreach. The Implementation Awards, made possible through the National Science Foundation, are designed to support innovative projects that incorporate SENCER Ideals into undergraduate and graduate education. The 2014 awards sponsor projects that make STEM more accessible to women, minorities, and students in small, rural schools; reform institutional core curricula to broaden the scope of central, civic issues; and involve students in community-based research. Project themes include Mars exploration, sustainability and urbanization, stormwater runoff, assisted reproductive technologies, genetically modified organisms, the history and practice of science, and more. Projects were selected following a competitive review process.
SCI-Southwest Holds Spring Meeting on Bringing Civic Engagement and Undergraduate Research Experiences into Chemistry Courses, and Incorporating Themes of Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Posted: Feb 2 2015
On January 23, 43 attendees from seven institutions gathered in the Ann Stuart Science Complex at Texas Woman's University (TWU) for the SENCER Center for Innovation Southwest spring regional meeting on civic engagement, undergraduate research, and sustainability. The meeting was structured around a morning and afternoon program, and featured a poster session highlighting faculty and student work related to SENCER and undergraduate research.
SENCER Leadership Fellow Profile: Dr. Merrilee Anderson Uses Abandoned Mine Drainage as a Teaching Tool for Biology, Chemistry, and Civic Engagement
Posted: Dec 2 2014
As part of their coursework, students collect samples to bring back to their classes for study, and their findings are shared not only within the class but with other ABSL classes and the community at large. In addition to honing their scientific expertise, students learn important skills in written and oral communication and leadership.
EBOLA AND THE ACADEMY: Thoughts, Suggestions, and Resources
Posted: Nov 4 2014
As part of our ongoing coverage of Ebola, we present a collection of resources and commentary contributed by Drs. Matt Fisher and Joy Marburger to help others better understand this public health crisis.
Ebola and the Academy: Thoughts, Suggestions, Resources
Posted: Oct 8 2014
If you haven't done so already, then I hope you will soon. Ebola and all that it reveals about usas individuals, as social beings, as moral and political actors, as inhabitants of several ecosystems and one big global ecosystem, and as the beneficiaries and stewards of scientific, medical, and public health advancesis just too significant an event to be ignored by conscientious citizens here in the US or by thoughtful people everywhere. Beyond that, just as HIV was in the late 1980s, and has been ever since, Ebola is this fall's "multidisciplinary trouble," to employ June Osborn's trenchant description of that public health problem and her prescient predictions about the likely contours of its "solution."
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.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Cornell Student Researches Early Childhood Learning
Posted: Oct 8 2014
How and when we learn is not determined by a class schedule. With most of our lives spent outside of a classroom, more attention should be paid to the learning that takes place in the "real world." Kelly Yang, a senior majoring in human development and minoring in biological sciences at Cornell University, is doing just that. Kelly has been a research assistant in Cornell's Early Childhood Cognition Lab (ECC Lab), directed by Dr. Tamar Kushnir, since her freshman year.
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.
Newest SENCER Backgrounders Address Synthetic Biology and Supporting Undergraduate Leadership
Posted: Aug 14 2014
SENCER Backgrounders are intended to provide intelligent, general readers with high quality syntheses of some of the complex, capacious civic issues that SENCER courses sometimes use to teach basic science. The idea is not to explain the science, but to connect some of what is known, and as yet unknown scientifically, with some of what is at stake civically. A second goal is to identify where scientific knowledge sheds light in such a way as to make civic choices more optimal. At the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, we announced the addition of two new backgrounders to the series.
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.
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."
SENCERized Genetics Courses Prove Not Only Genes Get Inherited
Posted: May 8 2014
After Terry R. McGuire, an associate professor of genetics at Rutgers University, attended the 2002 SENCER Summer Institute, he was motivated to develop genetics major courses that crossbred instruction with civic issues.
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