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SSI 2015 Agenda and Session Schedule Now Available Online
Posted: Jul 21 2015
As the annual SENCER Summer Institute approaches in just over one week, the SSI 2015 agenda and the schedule of educational sessions have been made available online. This year's Institute will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from July 30th - August 3rd.
SENCER Launches Webinars on Course Design, Interdisciplinary Education, Assessment, and More
Posted: Jul 7 2015
The SENCER community is rich with resources and faculty who effectively and successfully engage students in STEM courses using timely and relevant real-world problems. Our faculty are "natural treasures" who can advise on practical applications, interactive teaching strategies, and group projects that immerse and captivate a wide spectrum of students. Let us introduce you to some of these outstanding faculty through our SENCER webinars.
SENCER-ISE Partner on the Benefits of Informal Science and Place-Based Education
Posted: Jul 7 2015
Jennifer D. Adams was recently featured in Brooklyn College Magazine's issue on "Women Who Shape the World", a broad-ranging article on social and academic challenges faced by girls and women. In the article, Adams points to the Lang Program, a seven-year extracurricular program for students from the fifth through twelfth grade offered through the American Museum of Natural History. The program engages students in learning science in "hands-on" classroom settings, and through research projects and career exploration. Adams helped initiate the program around the year 2000 and has examined the benefits participation in Lang brings to students, especially to young women.
Three Educators Recognized with Election to Fellows Program
Posted: Jun 23 2015
Dr. Bobrowski, Dr. York, and Dr. Dunlap bring diverse experiences and exciting plans for their eighteen-month fellowship terms to the Program, including a project on the biological and neurological effects music has on humans, the recruitment and retention of rural Alaskan students, and a cross-institutional collaboration around the theme of water quality.
New Podcast Explores Adapting to a Changing Planet
Posted: Jun 23 2015
Produced by Flora Lichtman and Katharine Wells, The Adaptors is a podcast that skillfully addresses the multifaceted issue of climate change and challenges listeners to consider the complexities of possible solutions.
STEM-UP PA's Leadership for Academic Women Professional Development Program Fall 2015
Posted: Jun 9 2015
STEM-UP PA has grown, with grant funding from NSF, to a network of over 400 individuals across Pennsylvania who are interested in the advancement of academic women, particularly in the STEM disciplines.
NCSCE Brings Department Chairs Together for Lessons on Academic and Institutional Leadership
Posted: Jun 9 2015
On May 28th, the inaugural NCSCE workshop, "Department Chairs as Academic and Institutional Leaders," brought together 26 veteran, new, and aspiring department chairs to Howard University in Washington, D.C. for three days of sessions and presentations exploring the pressing issues facing department leaders today.
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 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.
Call for Applications and Nominations to the SENCER Leadership Fellows Program
Posted: May 13 2015
Founded in 2008, the SENCER Leadership Fellows program recognizes members of the SENCER community interested in taking on more advanced involvement through formal roles in the project. Leadership Fellows are appointed for 18-month, renewable terms, and work on projects of their own design. Fellows also contribute to the overall direction of the SENCER initiative. Applications and nominations to the Fellows program are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The deadline to submit in time for the next review of both applications and nominations is July 1, 2015. For more information, please contact SENCER Staff.
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 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.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: Windward Community College Site Visit
Posted: Apr 28 2015
While at Windward Community College, the visiting SENCER team participated in discussions about civics and science education, toured campus rain gardens that protect surrounding water sources from runoff, spoke with students in a traditional Hawaiian methods of sustainability class, and experienced ancient Hawaiian culture at Waikalua Loko Iʻa', a 400-year-old fish pond.
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.
CAISE Spotlight Blog Features Sciencenter and Cornell University SENCER-ISE Partnership
Posted: Apr 28 2015
The Sciencenter and Cornell University partnership has been featured on CAISE's Perspectives blog as part of its Spotlight series on university and museum partnerships. The Cornell University's Early Childhood Cognition Lab and the Sciencenter are partnering to research early childhood learning and share their findings with parents, caregivers, and teachers.
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.
NCSCE Chairs Meeting Faculty Facilitators Announced
Posted: Apr 14 2015
NCSCE is pleased to announce the faculty who will facilitate the program for the NCSCE Chairs meeting. This meeting is intended for anyone who sees greater potential for academic leadership and innovation in the role of department chair, from experienced chairs and deans, to new or aspiring chairs. The goal of the meeting is to explore, in an open and supportive environment, the intellectual and cultural dimensions of departmental leadership, the barriers to full faculty participation in leading academic and curricular change, and how to support faculty and administrators as they strive to create engaged and responsive departments.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: Kapiʻolani Community College Site Visit and SENCER Reception
Posted: Apr 14 2015
While in Hawaiʻi, the SENCER team visited Kapiʻolani Community College to meet with faculty, administrators, and Chancellor Leon Richards. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Dean of the College of Social Sciences Denise Eby Konan hosted a SENCER reception, where state figures, local educators, and students learned more about the initiative while browsing student posters and networking with the SENCER team and other guests.
Global Humanities Institute Spurs Interdisciplinary Collaborations at Maryland Community College
Posted: Apr 3 2015
On Friday, March 27, more than 60 faculty and administrators at Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland met in the brand new Biotech building to embark on a much-needed collaboration between STEM fields and the humanities, the first of its kind at the College. The event, "STEAMed Rice: Intersections of STEM and the Global Humanities on the Topic of Food," was organized by the College's faculty development office and the Global Humanities Institute, which is funded by a six-year challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.