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Do Now U! What Influences Your Dietary Choices?
Posted: Apr 6 2016
This week, Do Now U asks, "What Influences Your Dietary Choices?". Mercer University students, Sarah Abney, Ghazal Ahmad, Abby Boyd, Josh Funderburke, Thomas Norton, Erin Oliver, Kiara Smith, and Payton Usher, created the post, which details the conflicting dietary messages that Americans receive every day.
Do Now U! Is the Price of Organic Food Worth It?
Posted: Mar 23 2016
This week, Do Now U debates organic food. In the post, Lipscomb University students, Abigail Jones, Alex Hickey, Anthony Arcodia, Chandler Eckert, Emily Daffron, Mallory Reaves, Paige Simms, Sarah Rogers, Trisha Stocker, and Victoria Mosby weigh the benefits of organic food against the extra costs.
Newly Elected Leadership Fellows Plan Outreach Across Disciplines and Sectors
Posted: Mar 23 2016
Seven formal and informal educators have been elected SENCER Leadership Fellows for their impressive and creative work in improving education for students and the public. Gillian Backus of Northern Virginia Community College, Rita Kranidis of Montgomery College, Karobi Moitra of Trinity Washington University, Anna Rozenboym of Kingsborough Community College, Herbert Schanker of the College of Staten Island, Davida Smyth of Mercy College, and Nellie Tsipoura of New Jersey Audubon will begin their 18-month fellowships on April 1st.
SENCER Inspires New NSF Grant that Infuses Numeracy Across the Curriculum
Posted: Mar 17 2016
Dr. Frank Wang, a SENCER community member affiliated with the SENCER Center for Innovation – MidAtlantic region and professor of mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, was recently interviewed on the CASTpod podcast hosted by Harold Washington College in Chicago. On the podcast, Dr. Wang discussed the NICHE, or Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education, project funded by the National Science Foundation. NICHE was inspired by an intervention at LaGuardia that used SENCER to make math more accessible to students.
Do Now U! Is Milk Good or Bad for You?
Posted: Mar 9 2016
This week, Do Now U takes on the question—Got milk? Kayla Ostrom, Adeline Fulmer, Julia Hagaman, Heather Ramsey, and Elaina Carlisle, students at Lipscomb University, discuss the ongoing debate about whether or not milk is good for us. As the students point out, milk is a nutrient rich beverage, containing many of the vitamins our bodies need, but it can also contain antibiotics that might have adverse effects on human health.
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?"
NCSCE Grants 15 Implementation Awards to Support Projects that Advance Education and Civic Engagement
Posted: Feb 9 2016
The National Center for Science & Civic Engagement is awarding fifteen SENCER Summer Institute 2015 Post-Institute Implementation Awards that promote education reform at the course, campus, and regional level, connect STEM to humanities disciplines such as music, literacy, and the classics, and engage students in content and the community. The awards sponsor projects that bridge the gaps between disciplines, restructure and revitalize standard laboratory courses, and extend the SENCER Ideals to K-12 educators and pre-service teachers. Project themes include sustainability, geosciences, public health, systems thinking, and media outreach. We are also pleased to note that this year's awarded projects are all led by women, a traditionally underrepresented population among STEM educators and professionals.
Do Now U Post Gets Recognized for Sparking National Conversation
Posted: Jan 26 2016
Do Now U post recognized by STATE The Magazine of Indiana State University for being part of a national conversation about the benefits and drawbacks of using natural and artificial turf athletic fields.
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.
Kapi'olani Community College Recognized for Environmentally Friendly Culinary Practices
Posted: Jan 12 2016
Kapi'olani Community College's Culinary Arts program received the EPA Certificate of Achievement for increasing food waste diversion from landfills by 183% from 2013 – 2014 and preventing 9 metric tons of carbon equivalent. Techniques used were vermi-composting, forced-air composting, waste-oil to biodiesel generation, edible gardens, and aquaponic systems.
Do Now U! Is Storing Health-care Data in the Cloud a Good Idea?
Posted: Dec 8 2015
Idris Hanafi, a student at Southern Connecticut State University, created the latest Do Now U, "Is Storing Health-care Date in the Cloud a Good Idea?", for KQED. In the post, Idris explains the benefits of storing health-care data on the cloud, such as lower costs to hospitals and easier access to patient records by medical professionals, and the drawbacks, including reduced privacy and security.
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.
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