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Do Now U: Is a Gluten-Free Diet Beneficial to Your Health?
Posted: Nov 11 2015
Students studying nutrition at Lipscomb University created the latest Do Now U post, "Is a Gluten-Free Diet Beneficial to Your Health?", for KQED. The post has already generated conversation in the comments section and on social media platforms, such as Twitter, using #DoNowUGluten. Conversations center around the desire to lead a healthy lifestyle, learning more about the foods that we eat, and the trend for food companies to label naturally gluten-free or gluten-contaminated food as "gluten free."
Do Now U: Should We Install Fields of Artificial or Natural Turf?
Posted: Oct 27 2015
The Do Now U post, "Should We Install Fields of Artificial or Natural Turf?", created by Indiana State University students Hunter McCord, Andrew Medsker, and Brandon Madhaffey in professor Jim Speer's course, is now live on KQED's website. In their post, Hunter, Andrew, and Brandon explore the pros and cons of artificial turf. The popular synthetic grass could pose health risks, yet its use has a number of environmental benefits.
Do Now U: The Fate of Polio: Eradication or Elimination?
Posted: Oct 13 2015
Duke University students Virginia Reid, Celia Mizelle, Andrew Padilla, and Thomas Luo in professor Sherryl Broverman's course published a Do Now U article for KQED on why Polio–which is now found only in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria–should be eliminated (stopping transmission of the disease in specific geographic areas), or fully eradicated (reaching zero cases worldwide).
Autumn Marshall Delivers SENCER Summer Institute Plenary on Lipscomb University's Campus and Community Work
Posted: Sep 30 2015
Dr. Autumn Marshall, associate professor and academic chair of the nutrition department at Lipscomb University, delivered the final plenary address of the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute. Her presentation, "A Little Bit of Leaven," explained the three "strands" of Lipscomb's SENCER work: integrated science courses on campus, the introduction of an associate's degree at the Tennessee Prison for Women, and competency-based education.
SENCER-ISE University of Connecticut and Connecticut Science Center Partnership Featured on CAISE Blog
Posted: Sep 30 2015
The partnership between the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Science Center, supported by SENCER-ISE, has been featured in the CAISE (Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education) Perspectives Blog as part of its Museum/University partnership series.
Science Goes Social: KQED and NCSCE Partner on Do Now U
Posted: Sep 15 2015
NCSCE and KQED are partnering on a new pilot project, Do Now U. Do Now U will engage undergraduate students in online discussions about current scientific issues through the use of social media. Do Now U represents an expansion of the KQED Do Now project aimed at high school students. Six SENCER professors have joined the Do Now U pilot project to engage student groups in creating and contributing to posts centered around the broad theme of "health." Each Do Now U post will start with a topical question. The student groups will then create blog posts that include digital media and related links to educate the public about the issue. Other students and members of the public will then be able to participate in a peer-to-peer conversation through the KQED website and Twitter. Do Now U will improve students' science communication skills and digital literacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NSF Awards First of Rapid Response Grants Funding Ebola Research
Posted: Dec 16 2014
A study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and published in October by Eurosurveillance determined that a rapid response to Ebola is essential to preventing its spread. In December, the NSF awarded its first of a number of rapid response grants to support fundamental Ebola research. According to the NSF's award announcement, "The grants will support researchers seeking to answer important questions about the virus's fundamental nature, how it interacts with other substances, how it spreads, and how communication and perception affect public safety during an epidemic."
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."
Sherryl Broverman Describes How One SENCER Course Can Lead to Great Things
Posted: Aug 14 2014
Where can a SENCER course take you? Somewhere you may never expect. In her plenary address at the close of our 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, Sherryl Broverman described how a SENCER course she developed on HIV/AIDS for Duke University led her to a rural Kenyan community near Lake Victoria. During the 2002 SENCER Summer Institute, Sherryl decided to collaborate with Rose Odhiambo and others at Egerton University in Kenya to link their courses on HIV/AIDS.
SCI-South Workshops at Auburn University Highlight Assessment Techniques, Administrative Challenges, and Applying SENCER Methods to Food Issues
Posted: May 8 2014
During the recent Research Week at Auburn University, the SENCER Center of Innovation (SCI) - South held morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, April 17, 2014. In keeping with the week's themes of "preparing students at all levels to become thoughtful, creative, and productive leaders," presenters shared results of applications that effectively improve student learning and facilitate the development of a scientifically literate citizenry.
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.
SCI-Midwest Symposium Highlights
Posted: Mar 13 2014
Roosevelt University hosted the March 8, 2014 SCI-Midwest symposium, which focused on "Teaching College Science and Math Through Themes of Food, Health and Sustainability Themes."
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.