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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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
NCSCE Welcomes Formal and Informal Educators to SSI 2015
Posted: Apr 1 2015
Following a competitive application process, 39 groups and teams and 18 individual representatives have been invited to gather in Worcester, Massachusetts for the 15th annual SENCER Summer Institute. In addition to a core of SSI alumni, 26 groups and teams have members new to SENCER, eight comprised completely of educators new to our community. This year's group of applicants also includes representatives from three K-12 institutions. The SSI 2015 applicants are interested in advancing a wide variety of projects, from developing modules and content for existing courses to institution-wide curricular overhauls, all with a focus on improving outcomes for STEM students across educational levels. Many of this year's applicants cited climate change, sustainability, infectious diseases, or data literacy as the capacious, unsolved issue that will engage students in these projects.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: Faculty Institute
Posted: Mar 31 2015
During the SCI-West Faculty Institute held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, SENCER representatives and members of Hawai'i's two SENCER teams, Hui o Moku and the Native Hawaiian Initiative, gave presentations and led discussions about their programs, courses, experiences, and resources. The Institute gave the SENCER team the chance to learn about the important and inspirational work Hawaiʻi does to advance science and civic engagement, and to share methods and resources that SENCER can provide to further support existing and future projects.
SCI-Central Plains Presents at Campus Compact Meeting
Posted: Mar 31 2015
On March 26, a team from the Central Plains SENCER Center for Innovation led a breakout session about SENCER, science, and civic engagement during the 5th Annual Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit. Their session explored SENCER models developed to help students prepare for lives of engagement and service.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: SENCER, Sustainability, and the Hawaiian Islands
Posted: Mar 17 2015
A team of SENCER representatives and practitioners traveled to Hawaiʻi for ten intensive days of meetings, conversations, consultations, and site visits with the state's students, educators, community partners, administrators, and public figures. The goal of the trip was for the SENCER team to learn about the important and inspirational work Hawaiʻi does to advance science and civic engagement, and to share methods and resources that SENCER can provide to support existing and future projects.
Winter 2015 Journal Issue Now Online
Posted: Mar 16 2015
Winter 2015 Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal articles explore the integration of technology in the classroom, collaborations between libraries and teachers, and improving student understanding of microbiology through authentic data collection.
Wm. David Burns and Victor Donnay to Present at the Chicago Symposium Series and the SCI-Midwest Spring 2015 Meeting
Posted: Mar 5 2015
NCSCE Executive Director and SENCER Principal Investigator David Burns, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and Engaging Mathematics Advisory Board member Victor Donnay will be giving presentations on SENCER and Engaging Mathematics as part of the Chicago Symposium Series on "Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science: Research and Practice."
SENCER at AAAS and Citizen Science Association Meetings
Posted: Mar 5 2015
SENCER-ISE's Ellen Mappen and Hailey Chenevert attended the inaugural Citizen Science Association and annual AAAS meetings in San Jose, CA last month. Mappen and Chenevert presented a poster about SENCER-ISE at AAAS and were joined by SENCER leadership and supporters Cathy Middlecamp and Jessica Wyndham, who presented at the meeting.