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SCI and SCEWestNet Regionalization Leaders Plan for Future
Posted: Feb 3 2015
On January 24, in conjunction with the previous day's SCI-Southwest regional meeting, a group of SCI co-directors, SCEWestNet nodal leaders, and NCSCE staff met at Texas Woman's University to reflect on the progress of their dissemination and membership development efforts, and to establish benchmarks and goals for the next academic year.
SCI-Southwest Holds Spring Meeting on Bringing Civic Engagement and Undergraduate Research Experiences into Chemistry Courses, and Incorporating Themes of Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Posted: Feb 2 2015
On January 23, 43 attendees from seven institutions gathered in the Ann Stuart Science Complex at Texas Woman's University (TWU) for the SENCER Center for Innovation Southwest spring regional meeting on civic engagement, undergraduate research, and sustainability. The meeting was structured around a morning and afternoon program, and featured a poster session highlighting faculty and student work related to SENCER and undergraduate research.
In Memoriam: Professor Ben Hutchinson
Posted: Jan 23 2015
In Lipscomb University's announcement of the death of Professor Ben Hutchinson, L. Randolph Lowry, its president, observed that Ben was "a man who walked out his faith in remarkable ways."
Engaging Mathematics Presents Invited Poster at Largest Math Meeting in the World
Posted: Jan 14 2015
The Engaging Mathematics initiative was invited to the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2015 to participate in a poster session for projects supported by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education. Initiative partners Dr. Lynn Gieger (Oglethorpe University), Dr. Rikki Wagstrom (Metropolitan State University), and Rikki's math education student Jodin Morey also gave individual talks during the meeting.
Deadline Extension: International Journal's Special Issue on Civic Engagement and Informal Science Education
Posted: Jan 14 2015
Science Education & Civic Engagement: An International Journal's call for manuscript submissions for the special issue on civic engagement and informal science education has been extended to Monday, March 30, 2015. This issue of the journal will focus on work done by informal science educators and institutions and will also highlight contributions made to the field by the late Alan J. Friedman, founding director of SENCER-ISE. Please send all inquiries and manuscript submissions to the journal's managing editor, Marcy Dubroff at mdubroff@fandm.edu.
SENCER Seeks Help in Launching New Pearls of Practice
Posted: Jan 14 2015
SENCER is developing a new line of classroom activities called Pearls of Practice. Each Pearl is designed to engage students in learning by increasing their receptivity to science and social/civic issues. Pearls range in size, with some taking no longer than 15 minutes to complete, and others constituting a semester-long project. Our Pearls developers seek reviewers to class test and peer review, and welcome new submissions. Continue reading for more information on SENCER's Pearls of Practice.
SENCER Leadership Fellow Dr. Eugene Allevato of Woodbury University Seeks Input for Study of Attitudes Toward Visually Impaired Students
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Dr. Eugene Allevato, a SENCER Leadership Fellow, is working with a visually impaired psychology student in his statistics course at Woodbury University. This student is conducting a project to understand faculty attitudes, experiences, and concerns about educating visually impaired students. Dr. Allevato and his student have created a survey to explore the issue, and would be very appreciative to any faculty member who would take a few minutes to complete it: Visually Impaired Student Survey Visually Impaired Student Survey
Experts/Clearly Offers Communications Coaching for STEM Professionals
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Experts in the STEM fields often face a great irony: The more expertise you have in your field, the harder it can be to communicate your work clearly and effectively to others. And yet the need to do so is constant. Whether it's writing grant proposals, speaking at conferences, trading ideas with colleagues on an interdisciplinary team, writing articles about your research findings, or perhaps speaking to the media, you will face numerous scenarios in your career in which you need to share your life's work with the world.
SENCER Leader Named Executive Dean
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Debra Meyer, who was recently appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Dr. Meyer has been a leader in the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement community since the inception of SENCER; most recently coordinating a summit at the University of Pretoria for faculty members, researchers, and other academic leaders interested in infusing civic issues into their STEM courses.
National 'Digital Bug Box' Competition Offers $1 Million Prize
Posted: Dec 16 2014
The National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences have announced the launch of the Beyond the Box National Digitalization Innovation Competition. Individuals and teams are invited to submit ideas of ways to accurately and efficiently capture digital images of insect specimens by September 4, 2015. The winning entry will receive up to $1 million for the development of a hardware and software system that automates digitalization of pinning insect specimens, without damaging the specimens, one of the most challenging biocollections digitalization tasks.
Save the Date for the 15th Annual SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Dec 16 2014
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts from July 30 - August 3, 2015.
NSF Awards First of Rapid Response Grants Funding Ebola Research
Posted: Dec 16 2014
A study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and published in October by Eurosurveillance determined that a rapid response to Ebola is essential to preventing its spread. In December, the NSF awarded its first of a number of rapid response grants to support fundamental Ebola research. According to the NSF's award announcement, "The grants will support researchers seeking to answer important questions about the virus's fundamental nature, how it interacts with other substances, how it spreads, and how communication and perception affect public safety during an epidemic."
Save the Date for the 15th Annual SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Dec 5 2014
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 SENCER Summer Institute will be hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts from July 30 - August 3, 2015.
Engaging Mathematics Faculty Member Writes Chapter for New Book Published by MAA
Posted: Dec 2 2014
Dr. Rikki Wagstrom (SENCER Leadership Fellow, associate professor of mathematics at Metropolitan State University, and Engaging Mathematics institutional partner) authored a chapter in the Mathematical Association of America's recent book Doing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
SENCER Leadership Fellow Profile: Dr. Merrilee Anderson Uses Abandoned Mine Drainage as a Teaching Tool for Biology, Chemistry, and Civic Engagement
Posted: Dec 2 2014
As part of their coursework, students collect samples to bring back to their classes for study, and their findings are shared not only within the class but with other ABSL classes and the community at large. In addition to honing their scientific expertise, students learn important skills in written and oral communication and leadership.
SCI-MidAtlantic Hosts Conference on Teaching with Technology at Barnard College
Posted: Nov 19 2014
The SENCER Center for Innovation MidAtlantic hosted its second fall event on November 15 on the campus of Barnard College, Columbia University. Forty-five registrants from 29 institutions participated in the meeting, which focused on the uses of technology that both deepen student learning and engagement, and provide faculty and students with more powerful tools for authentic and unscripted investigation and problem-solving.
New MAA Book: Your Mathematics Classroom as Education Research Library
Posted: Nov 18 2014
A new book from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) serves as a how-to guide for collegiate mathematics faculty who want to know more about conducting scholarly investigations into their teaching and their students' learning.
EBOLA AND THE ACADEMY: Thoughts, Suggestions, and Resources
Posted: Nov 17 2014
White House charges Worcester Polytechnic Institute with hosting a workshop on addressing the Ebola crisis through robotics. SENCER Leadership Fellow Katayoun Chamany provides resources on the virus.
Middle Tennessee State University Faculty Share the SENCER Approach with Colleagues
Posted: Nov 17 2014
On Wednesday, November 12th, Drs. Judith Iriarte-Gross, Drew Sieg, and Keying Ding, along with the Experiential Learning Scholars Program (EXL) presented "Implementing Civic Engagement and Authentic Research into STEM Courses: The SENCER Approach" to their colleagues at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).
Engaging Mathematics Advisory Board Member Co-Edits Book on Mathematical Modeling and Interdisciplinary Education
Posted: Nov 12 2014
What does it take to be outstanding at mathematical modeling, and how does modeling relate to real world issues across disciplines of study? For 16 years, teams of high school students and college undergraduates have competed in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications' (COMAP's) Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) to find out.