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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).
2015 NCSCE Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE Meeting Displays the Strength of Educational Partnerships
Posted: Oct 13 2015
The Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE national meeting, From Nice to Necessary: Science in the Service of Democracy, was an opportunity for members of the SENCER community, and others interested in the intersection of science and public policy, to share the results of their projects and demonstrate their impacts on campuses as well as communities. This year's program had a particular focus on the work of SENCER-Informal Science Education and its partnerships. The program took place at George Mason University's Arlington Campus on September 27th and 28th, and on Capitol Hill on September 29th.
Do Now U: How Would You Balance Wildlife Conservation and Economic Growth?
Posted: Sep 30 2015
The first Do Now U post, "How Would You Balance Wildlife Conservation with Economic Growth?", created by George Mason University students, Joy Vander Clute, Claire Haftt, Andrea Freddy, and Sarmad Butt in professor Tom Wood's course, is now available on the KQED Education website. In their post, Jon, Claire, Andrea, and Sarmad use science media and resources to lay out the environmental conservation arguments for why the greater sage grouse, an "iconic species of the American West," should not have been removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list, and the economic counter-points for why the bird species no longer needed the protective listing.
Science Slams – An Original Format to Increase Science Communication
Posted: Sep 30 2015
Sarah Kuppert, a recent graduate of George Mason University's Department of Environmental Science and Policy, won her school's Science Slam Grand Slam contest this past May. For the contest, Sarah had to communicate her research on Environmental DNA to a lay audience in a comedic, accessible way. By participating in the Slam, Sarah gained valuable experience in science communication. She urges other schools to host Science Slams, because in addition to letting students practice talking to a broad, non-scientifically literate audience, students who participate can win grants, add an impressive accomplishment to their resumes, and learn about the research conducted in other departments.
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.
Webinar of the Week: Adapting Large Lecture Formats to SENCERized Teaching
Posted: Sep 29 2015
Garon C. Smith's introductory chemistry course is the largest course on the University of Montana campus. To SENCERize such a large course, Garon adopted what he calls the "Trojan Horse" model. In his webinar, he describes how this model can be used to quickly and easily transform a traditional introductory, majors-sequence science course to fit with the SENCER ideals.
Victor Donnay Makes Mathematics Engaging, Interdisciplinary, and Relevant to the Real World
Posted: Sep 15 2015
During his plenary address at the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute, Victor Donnay, who is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and an advisory board member for NCSCE's Engaging Mathematics initiative, helped attendees see the connection between mathematics and the real world, a goal he also has for his students.
Webinar of the Week: Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Posted: Sep 15 2015
Amy Shachter, Senior Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs of Santa Clara University, SENCER Co-Principal Investigator, and SCI-West Co-Director, describes how her campus strategically implemented themes of sustainability into courses across the Santa Clara curriculum. Santa Clara uses its Penstemon Project to help faculty outside the traditional, environmentally-focused disciplines find ways to incorporate sustainability into their curricula, either as class content or in the way their class functions.
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.
Integrating Humanities and STEM Content in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Posted: Sep 2 2015
Innovative faculty in the SENCER community have been exploring the intersection of science and the humanities in ever more creative and challenging curricula that explore connections between biology and the visual arts, or neuroscience and music, and the expansion of digital humanities resources has created new opportunities to apply quantitative methods and data analysis to literary, historical, and visual material.
Save the Date: SCI-MidAtlantic Fall Meeting
Posted: Sep 2 2015
The Mid-Atlantic SENCER Center for Innovation will be holding a regional meeting on October 16 at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn.
SENCER-ISE Senior Advisor Marsha Semmel Reflects on Public Libraries and STEM Conference
Posted: Sep 2 2015
What is the role of the public library in fostering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning? Does every librarian need to be a STEM expert? What are some exciting current library-based STEM programs? How are librarians rethinking the configuration of their library spaces for responsive and engaging STEM activities in this era of e-books and expanding digital connections?
Save the Date: SCI-Midwest Fall Meeting
Posted: Sep 2 2015
The Midwest SENCER Center for Innovation will be hosting its Fall 2015 meeting on Saturday, October 24 at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois.
Julia Washburn, David Ucko, and Marsha Semmel to Keynote From Nice to Necessary: Science in the Service of Democracy
Posted: Sep 2 2015
Limited space is still available in the 2015 NCSCE Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE National Meeting From Nice to Necessary: Science in the Service of Democracy.
Sherryl Broverman, Southern Connecticut State University Honored with Bennett Awards
Posted: Sep 2 2015
The William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science was established and named in honor of its first recipient, "a towering leader in American education, and a great mentor to us in our work." The 2015 individual and team honorees provide inspirational examples of local and global impacts to all of us as another academic year begins.
NCSCE Webinar: Facilitating Difficult & Strategic Conversations
Posted: Sep 2 2015
Navigating difficult and strategic conversations is an important skill in leading planning and other change efforts.
Webinar of the Week: A Lesson in Science Communication from Texas Woman's University
Posted: Aug 27 2015
In this webinar, Cynthia Maguire of Texas Woman's University describes her institution's Dual Poster Project. The project requires students to create two posters, one that communicates their research to a technical, scientific audience within their discipline, and a second poster targeted at a more general audience, requiring students to communicate simply and clearly.
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.
Webinar of the Week: Middle Tennessee State University Students Help Address Antibiotic Resistance
Posted: Aug 18 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University R. Drew Sieg describes teaching introductory biology through authentic research experiences tied to the Small World Initiative. His work is inspired by the high rate of students who drop out of STEM majors after taking introductory science courses. By replacing cookie-cutter lab courses with authentic research, Drew increases student engagement, and the likelihood of students graduating with a STEM degree.