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What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Science Center Prepare for Summer Genome Ambassadors Programs
Posted: Jul 1 2014
The Genome Ambassadors programs will focus on conducting surveys and hands-on genomic- and genetics-related activities with families visiting the Science Center to gauge public awareness and understanding of the principles and concepts of the field.
SENCER-ISE and Engaging Mathematics Partners to Share Goals and Achievements at SSI 2014
Posted: Jul 1 2014
In addition to the 37 groups and teams that applied to the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute, partners from the SENCER-ISE and Engaging Mathematics initiatives will also be in attendance.
Board on Science Education Anniversary Program Addresses Meeting Challenges on the Horizon for STEM Education
Posted: Jun 17 2014
On June 9, the National Academy of Sciences celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Board on Science Education (BOSE) and recognized transitions in the Board's leadership. Speakers engaged in lively discussions regarding the Board's contributions to education, advances in practice, seminal research, and publications, while considering questions including, how can we truly measure impact? What structures and collaborations best support the implementation of best practices? How broadly and how narrowly do we define science? How can educators, both formal and informal, best be involved in these discussions? Reviewing the Board's research, publications, and contributions, Bruce Alberts noted that early committees had "[built] the mutual respect that builds a community."
Tara Mann Represents SENCER at The Teaching Professor Conference
Posted: Jun 17 2014
NCSCE would like to thank SCI-New England Co-Director Tara Mann, who represented SENCER at The Teaching Professor conference, held from May 30 through June 1 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Mann filled in for David Burns and Monica Devanas, who were originally scheduled to lead the "Science Education and Civic Engagement: National STEM Curriculum Reform Project" presentation, but were unable to attend the event.
Twenty Poster Presentations Selected for SSI 2014
Posted: Jun 17 2014
SSI 2014 participants were invited to submit posters showcasing the work they are doing in their institutions to advance the SENCER Ideals ("SENCER Ideals" link: http://www.sencer.net/About/sencerideals.cfm). Poster proposals were reviewed and selected through a competitive application process.
Roosevelt University Uses Chicago's Social Justice Issues to Teach Algebra
Posted: Jun 17 2014
Roosevelt University's math professors Cathy Evins and Barbara Gonzalez will develop a new algebra course that couples math instruction with important social justice challenges in the city of Chicago, including transportation, crime, water, food access, infrastructure, and demographics.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Karen Tingley, Project Director on "Building Strong Community Networks"
Posted: Jun 17 2014
The work done by our partners extends beyond the SENCER-ISE initiative. Karen Tingley, Co-PI from the Wildlife Conservation Society, which is partnering with Fordham University on "Project TRUE" (http://sencer-ise.org/category/partnership-8/), also served as the Building Strong Community Networks (BSCN) Project Director.
2014 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session Speakers Announced, Call for Proposals Released
Posted: Jun 4 2014
The call for proposals for the 2014 NCSCE Washington Symposium was released last week. The Symposium will take place from September 28th through 30th, 2014. The theme for this year's symposium is Science Education, Civic Engagement, and the Role of Evidence in Public Policy.
SENCER Center for Innovation Great Lakes Spring Meeting Addresses Shale Gas Development and Civic Engagement in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Posted: Jun 4 2014
At Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) the SCI-Great Lakes hosted a spring conference on May 30th. The conference focused on ways that civic engagement with issues related to the region's booming shale gas industry could be integrated with the undergraduate curriculum and capitalize on student leadership models developed by programs of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, such as GLISTEN.
Riverland to Host Statewide STEM Symposium Starting June 16 in Austin, MN
Posted: Jun 4 2014
Riverland Community College will host a statewide Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) symposium for educators and community members interested in collaborating with educators on project-based learning activities.
Engaging Mathematics Gets New Website
Posted: Jun 4 2014
We are pleased to announce that NCSCE's newest initiative, Engaging Mathematics: Creating a National Community of Practice, just launched a new website.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Saint Mary's College and Lindsay Wildlife Museum Launch Wildlife Mobile App
Posted: Jun 4 2014
Saint Mary's College of California and Lindsay Wildlife Museum partnered to form an independent study research course, offered at Saint Mary's College, that focused on the development of a mobile app about San Francisco Bay Area wildlife.
The Summative Successes of Dr. Victor J. Donnay
Posted: Jun 4 2014
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Victor J. Donnay, who has not only been named the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics during Bryn Mawr College's recent commencement ceremony
Call for Proposals for 2014 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session
Posted: May 27 2014
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement invites your interest and participation in our 2014 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session. We also solicit your proposals to help us consider how science education, engagement with real world problems, and communicating what we know to policy makers, contributes to the welfare of our democracy.
Noyce Foundation Grant to Establish the Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists at New York Hall of Science
Posted: May 21 2014
On May 20th, the Noyce Foundation announced that it is awarding a grant (and a matching grant challenge) to the New York Hall of Science to establish the Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists.
"Not News to the SENCER Community, but Sure Good to Know": Study Establishes that Active Pedagogies Really Do Drive STEM Learning
Posted: May 21 2014
In the United States, fewer than 40% of students who enter college interested in pursuing STEM graduate with a degree in the field. This statistic represents STEM's so-called "pipeline problem," which is even worse for minority students, of whom only 20% earn the STEM diplomas they sought as first years.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Communicating Climate Science to Adirondack Gatekeepers
Posted: May 21 2014
Paul Smith's College and The Wild Center are partnering on a new class offering, Communicating Climate Science. The course, developed by Professor Curt Stager of Paul Smith's College and Rob Carr of The Wild Center, not only teaches students about the effects of climate change on the local Adirondack region, it also provides them with tools to effectively communicate this information to local "gatekeepers."
LaGuardia Community College Works to Close "Math Gap"
Posted: May 21 2014
According to a 2006 U.S. Department of Education study, the earlier in their undergraduate careers that students, regardless of their majors, take college-level math, the more likely they are to graduate.
Nominations and Applications for Summer 2014 SENCER Leadership Fellows Program Due July 1st
Posted: May 21 2014
NCSCE is now accepting nominations and applications for the SENCER Leadership Fellows program, which recognizes those interested in taking on more advanced involvement through formal roles in National Center work.
SSI 2014 Registration Reminder
Posted: May 21 2014
As a friendly reminder, registration for SSI 2014 will close on June 11, 2014.
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