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Remembering Alan J. Friedman
Posted: May 8 2014
With this eNews, we are sad to report to our community the untimely death of our dear colleague and friend, Alan J. Friedman, who died on Sunday, May 4, 2012 after a short illness. Alan was the inspiration behind the National Center's SENCER-ISE initiative and was also its founding project director.
NCSCE Accepting Individual and Team Nominations for Bennett Award
Posted: May 8 2014
Individuals and teams are eligible to be considered for the Bennett Awards. To nominate an individual or a team, please write letter giving your reasons for making the nomination in sufficient detail to enable the selection committee to assess the nominee's contributions to citizen science.
Reception Honors 10 Years of Inspired Science Education at Koshland Science Museum
Posted: May 8 2014
On April 24, the Marian Koshland Science Museum celebrated 10 years of inspired science education with a private reception and opening of the Idea Lab, an unconventional exhibit in which the museum plans to pilot interactive approaches in collaboration with visitors. The reception recognized the museum's history, honored the Koshland family, and thanked its past and present staff, board members, and volunteers.
SCI-Great Lakes Announces Conference on May 30, 2014
Posted: Apr 24 2014
SCI-Great Lakes invites you to attend a conference that will focus on integrating a major Great Lakes stewardship issue, the problem of shale gas extraction, into undergraduate STEM courses using the SENCER and GLISTEN models of learning through civic engagement.
2014 Public Policy Symposium at SENCER Summer Institute Will Address the Public Understanding of Science
Posted: Apr 24 2014
Since scientific consensus alone does not seem to be either persuasive to the public or dispositive to policy makers, how science and scientific evidence are communicated must be re-strategized, especially in light of what we know about the beliefs and dispositions of specific audiences.
Spring 2014 New England Regional Meeting Engages Participants in Discussions on Cyber Security, Privacy, and STEM Education
Posted: Apr 24 2014
Sessions revealed the range, depth and difficulty of just some of the civic questions that are emerging as new technologies develop and occupy such an important place in our lives and the world's economy.
Article by Leadership Fellow Highlights Student Engagement in SENCER Microbiology Course
Posted: Apr 24 2014
Recently, the British Journal of Applied Science and Technology published an article by Harold Washington College faculty and students that focuses on changes in "students' awareness, attitude, and perceptions" about issues and events relating to microbiology as they emerged in a specific course.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Dr. John Falk Speaks at NM ISE Network Program
Posted: Apr 24 2014
New Mexico EPSCoR and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science have partnered to bring together a network of informal science education institutions with a network of university-based researchers to build capacity for enhanced collaboration to engage learners of all ages in two very important issues for the state of New Mexico- water and energy.
Environmental Statistics Across Continents
Posted: Apr 24 2014
Dr. Cynthia Kaus of Metropolitan State University will develop two versions of an Environmental Statistics course: one to be offered at Metropolitan State in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the other at the University of Seychelles, where Dr. Kaus was recently appointed as a Fulbright Scholar.
Bennett Award: Call for Nominations
Posted: Apr 24 2014
NCSCE is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science. The deadline for nominations is June 2, 2014.
New Webpage on SENCER in South Africa is Now Online
Posted: Apr 24 2014
A webpage containing a report, links to presentations, and other resources from the SENCER South Africa Symposium held at the University of Pretoria last March is now available.
Koshland Science Museum Celebrates 10 Years, Opens Idea Lab
Posted: Apr 24 2014
The Koshland Science Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary with the opening of the Idea Lab, an unconventional gallery space where the museum plans to pilot new interactive approaches in collaboration with its visitors.
SCI - South organizes workshops at the 2014 Gulf South Summit and Research Week 2014 at Auburn University
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Auburn University is hosting two regional events organized by the SCI-South, headquartered at University of North Carolina-Asheville this Spring. There is still time to attend one of them. Expanding on last year's successful inclusion of SENCER with Auburn's remarkable focus on, and extensive program to support, student and related research activities, SENCER will again be featured during Auburn's 2014 Research Week coming up on April 17. Research week follows on the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education held on March 27.
A SENCER Symposium in South Africa: Meeting Developing Challenges in Education for a New Democracy
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Some sixty faculty members, researchers, and academic leaders from the University of Pretoria, the University of Johannesburg, and the Academy of Science for South Africa and others attended the SENCER Symposium held on March 12 in Pretoria, South Africa. Many participants expressed the hope that this would be the first of what could become an annual event.
"Natural Connections" in K-5 Education
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Thanks to an emerging collaboration of representatives of the National Center, SENCER, the SCI-Chesapeake Bay, and the Virginia Department of Education that got stimulated by the SCI-Chesapeake Bay regional meeting at Front Royal, VA last fall, we were invited to attend an elementary education conference entitled "Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning." The conference was held in Richmond, Virginia on the expansive grounds of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Center on March 28th and 29th.
On the Radio: William James, John Dewey, and a Robotics Fair in New York
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism students interviewed NCSCE executive director David Burns for a story they were producing on the role of a New York City robotics competitionnow in its 14th yearin stimulating greater student interest in science learning and technology.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: Practice Makes Perfect: RVCC Students Prepare for Citizen Science Training Workshops
Posted: Apr 11 2014
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and the New Jersey Audubon are partnering to integrate classroom work with citizen science field research to address forest health in central New Jersey.
Riverland Community College to host "Making STEM Real" Symposium June 16-17
Posted: Apr 11 2014
With funds provided though its SSI 2013 Post-Institute Implementation Award, the Riverland Community College SENCER team will be hosting a symposium on their campus in Austin, Minnesota on June 16 and 17.
Future Engaging Mathematics Website
Posted: Apr 11 2014
A new website is being designed that will house information about NCSCE's newest initiative, Engaging Mathematics: Creating a National Community of Practice.
2014 SENCER Summer Institute
Posted: Mar 28 2014
Individual, group, and team applications for SSI 2014 are due on April 1, 2014.