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Register for our March Webinar - Using Civic Questions to Integrate the Humanities and STEM
Posted: Feb 24 2016
Join Eliza Reilly, NCSCE's Deputy Executive Director of Programs, for an overview of the public conversation on humanities and STEM education, its broader relevance for our common civic aspirations, and the advantages for both students and faculty of collaborating across the divisional divide.
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?"
Dr. Alan J. Friedman Memorialized in Special Issue of Science Education & Civic Engagement: an International Journal
Posted: Feb 10 2016
To honor our colleague, mentor, and respected friend, we commissioned a special issue of our Science Education & Civic Engagement: an International Journal. This issue, which was guest edited by Dr. Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI, features tributes to Alan's life and work as well as project reports and articles from informal science and higher education professionals.
Save the Date: March Webinar – Using Civic Questions to Integrate the Humanities and STEM
Posted: Feb 10 2016
Join Eliza Reilly (Deputy Executive Director - Programs, NCSCE) for an overview of the public conversation on humanities and STEM education, its broader relevance for our common civic aspirations, and the advantages for both students and faculty of working together. Prominent national and local examples of the integration of humanities and STEM content will be presented, with a special focus on organizing strategies for advancing curricular collaborations from general education through majors.
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.
NCSCE Staff Welcomes Two New Program Assistant Interns
Posted: Jan 27 2016
At the start of this year, NCSCE recruited two program assistant interns to support existing projects and planned events throughout the Spring 2016 semester. Mawusi Bridges, the Faculty Development Events Assistant, and Dara Wilson, the Informal Science Education Partnership Programs Assistant, will be working alongside the central office staff as the Center's programming and services expand, adding their unique perspectives and providing additional support for program-specific objectives.
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.
SENCER and Campus Compact - Mountain West Host High-Impact STEM Education Conference
Posted: Dec 8 2015
SENCER and Campus Compact - Mountain West are partnering to host a conference focusing on advancing STEM teaching and learning through high-impact practices (e.g. undergraduate research and community engagement) and compelling civic issues, particularly sustainability. We invite a dialogue around indigenous science and ways of knowing through all of our tracks. The conference will include sessions and contents from across disciplines.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: Fall 2015 Strategic Planning Meetings for the SENCER Hawai'i Model State
Posted: Dec 8 2015
A team of SENCER representatives and practitioners returned in October and November to Hawaiʻi for six intensive days of meetings, consultations, and site visits to celebrate and continue supporting the SENCER Hawai'i state model. A large component of this visit was to bring the SENCER Hawai'i leadership team together for strategic planning meetings to continue building the state model and set milestones for the next three years. The Hawai'i SENCER state model has a strong emphasis on integrating the natural, social, and indigenous sciences with civic engagement, and supports statewide initiatives that address important issues, such as the University University and State Legislature State Legislature work in sustainability.
SSI 2016 Registration Now Open
Posted: Nov 19 2015
Registration for the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute is now open. SSI 2016 will be hosted by Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois from July 28th - August 1, 2016.
Engage Your Students in the Do Now U Conversation in 2016!
Posted: Nov 19 2015
NCSCE and KQED are seeking professors to integrate a new, exciting, and engaging element into their courses, as we prepare for the second semester for Do Now U. Do Now U is a flexible project, which can be integrated into courses as you see fit. Posts are simple for students to create, can be done in or out of the classroom, utilize students' existing talent with digital and social media, and teach them a new, broader mode of science communication.
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."
Webinar of the Week: Experiential Learning Opportunities in Ecology
Posted: Nov 10 2015
What if college laboratory courses reflected what students would actually experience in graduate school or as research scientists, and weren't just weekly exercises to questions that have already been answered? Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University R. Drew Sieg partnered with the Murfreesboro Greenway System to give his Honors Ecology students research experience in a real topic of local concern.
Webinar of the Week: STEM Skills for All
Posted: Oct 27 2015
Liberal arts majors have plenty of skills that industries prize, such as communications, problem solving, and critical thinking. What if liberal arts majors were also equipped with data literacy? In his webinar, Brian Fitzgerald discusses the increased demand for STEM skills in today's job market, and how that affects liberal arts majors. Brian is the CEO of the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF), a membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, college and university presidents, and other leaders who collaborate to promote innovation and enhance the United State's global competitiveness.
SCI-South Regional Meeting Held October 15-16, 2015 in Asheville, NC
Posted: Oct 27 2015
The theme of the SENCER Center for Innovation South's regional meeting, held at UNC Asheville on October 15 and 16, 2015 was Improving the STEM Pipeline. It drew 32 participants from SCI-South's constituent colleges, K-12 schools, and organizations. Participants came together to learn about each other's innovative work in STEM education. Presentation topics included undergraduate STEM education for majors and non-majors, assessment of teaching and learning, informal science education, as well as 6th through 12th grade STEM education.
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.
Webinar of the Week: A Future Shared with Robots
Posted: Oct 13 2015
Should insurance companies be allowed to use your purchasing history to set prices on your policies? Should self-driving cars be allowed on public roads? What are the implications of robotic police? These are some of the questions Frank Wattenberg explores during his webinar, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence - Shaping a Future Shared with Robots. Continue reading Continue reading to learn how Frank leads his students in hands-on robot building and in-depth discussion about the civic implications of a robot-human society.