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Engaging Mathematics Gets Press in Oglethorpe's Carillon Magazine
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Carillon Magazine, published by Oglethorpe University, featured an article by Debbie Aiken called "TEACHING BACKWARDS" in its Spring/Summer 2014 issue.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Hamilton College and Green Science Policy Institute Partnership Expands to Include Hope and Oberlin Colleges
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and the Green Science Policy Institute (GSP) in Berkeley, CA have partnered to develop toxicology research opportunities for undergraduates that meld with public policy and civic engagement. Last academic year, Drs. Tim Elgren and Arlene Blum, along with Ms. Avery Lindeman of GSP, expanded Dr. Elgren's existing Hamilton College Introduction to Chemistry course into a toxicology lab with elements of civic engagement to provide students with opportunities to share their research with the public.
2014 SENCER Models Now Available Online
Posted: Jul 30 2014
The three courses that have been selected as the SENCER 2014 models exemplify a number of exciting developments emerging in the curricula of participating institutions, including increasingly complex multi-disciplinary inquiry, the application of SENCER strategies to upper-division courses, and the extension of the SENCER approach to courses in non-STEM disciplines.
Susan Rundell Singer of the National Science Foundation to Deliver SSI Plenary Address on Learning through Authentic Experiences
Posted: Jul 30 2014
Susan Rundell Singer is division director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation and the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor in the biology and cognitive science departments at Carleton College. She pursues a career that integrates science and education.
SENCER Summer Institute 2014 Agenda
Posted: Jul 15 2014
As our annual SENCER Summer Institute approaches, we are finalizing the agenda for participants and presenters. SSI 2014 will be held at the University of North Carolina - Asheville campus from July 31st through August 4th.
Registration Still Open for Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session
Posted: Jul 15 2014
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement will hold its annual Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session from September 28th through 30th. The theme for this year's Symposium is Science Education, Civic Engagement, and the Role of Evidence in Public Policy.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Dr. Tamar Kushnir and Michele Kortenaar Awarded Cornell University Innovative Pilot Study Grant
Posted: Jul 15 2014
Dr. Tamar Kushnir, professor and Director of Cornell University's Early Childhood Cognition Laboratory (ECCL), and Michelle Kortenaar, Director of Education at the Sciencenter, were recently awarded a 2014 Innovative Pilot Study seed grant from Cornell University's Bronfenbrenner Center for Transitional Research (BCTR) to implement their project The Science Word Scavenger Hunt: Design, Implementation, and Assessment of a Simple Interactive Museum Experience to Engage Young Children and Their Families in Science Learning.
Engaging Mathematics Partner to Speak at 7th Annual Flux Course
Posted: Jul 15 2014
Engaging Mathematics partner Dr. John Zobitz of Augsburg College will be giving a talk at the upcoming Flux Measurements and Modeling course at the Colorado Mountain Research Station, near Boulder.
Saint Marys College and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum Launch Wildlife Educational Mobile App
Posted: Jul 1 2014
Saint Mary's College of California and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum have announced the launch of their wildlife education mobile app.
SCI-Midwest Co-Director Presents to PULSE
Posted: Jul 1 2014
In an invited talk, Bob discussed the connections between PULSE and SENCER, particularly with respect to civic engagement as part of biology education.
SCI-Great Lakes Hosts Training for Undergraduate Stewardship Liaisons
Posted: Jul 1 2014
USLs and faculty from four states and 12 campuses participated in three days of intensive, interactive sessions.
Jessica Wyndham of AAAS to Discuss Intersection of Science and Human Rights at NCSCE Washington Symposium
Posted: Jul 1 2014
Whether in the context of persistent social inequalities or climate change, contemporary global challenges call for the collaboration of policy makers and scientists, and a rigorous assessment of how these issues impact human rights.
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.