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NCSCE Welcomes Formal and Informal Educators to SSI 2014
Posted: May 8 2014
Following a competitive application process, 34 teams and nine individual representatives have been invited to gather in Asheville, North Carolina for the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute. We welcome 17 new institutions to our community with this latest cohort. Fifty-six percent of the attendees will be "new" to National Center initiatives, while a strong group of alumni will return to share results of their implementations and lessons learned and advance their work.
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.
SENCERized Genetics Courses Prove Not Only Genes Get Inherited
Posted: May 8 2014
After Terry R. McGuire, an associate professor of genetics at Rutgers University, attended the 2002 SENCER Summer Institute, he was motivated to develop genetics major courses that crossbred instruction with civic issues.
Engaging Mathematics: Sustainable Scholarship
Posted: May 8 2014
Dr. Rikki Wagstrom first offered a SENCER math course at Metropolitan State University, a lead institution for NCSCE's Engaging Mathematics ("Engaging Mathematics" link: http://www.ncsce.net/Initiatives/EngagingMathematics.cfm) initiative, in the fall of 2008. At the 2006 SENCER Summer Institute, she noticed that most SENCER courses were science courses. This inspired her to SENCERize a math course, Metro State's Math 101, by integrating content with sustainability issues.
What's Happening in SENCER-ISE: RVCC Students and Citizen Scientists Deepen Understanding of Forest Health
Posted: May 8 2014
Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) and New Jersey Audubon (NJA) are partnering to incorporate work done in Dr. Jay Kelly's Environmental Field Studies course at RVCC with a citizen science program at NJA to address forest health in central New Jersey.
Scientific Progress and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Posted: May 8 2014
On April 7, the Board of Directors for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) adopted a statement urging the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Modeled on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Convention is explicit in connecting science and technology with the rights of persons with disabilities, including calling on countries to support research and development (R&D) on adaptive goods and services as well as new assistive technologies.
Calestous Juma Offers Policy Solutions to Regulations on Genetically Modified Agriculture
Posted: May 8 2014
On Monday, April 28, Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at the Harvard Kennedy School, gave a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology titled "GOVERNING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: Technological Controversies and Public Policy." Our SENCER Visiting Scholar, Natalie Kuldell from MIT, attended the lecture and called our attention to it.
SCI-South Workshops at Auburn University Highlight Assessment Techniques, Administrative Challenges, and Applying SENCER Methods to Food Issues
Posted: May 8 2014
During the recent Research Week at Auburn University, the SENCER Center of Innovation (SCI) - South held morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, April 17, 2014. In keeping with the week's themes of "preparing students at all levels to become thoughtful, creative, and productive leaders," presenters shared results of applications that effectively improve student learning and facilitate the development of a scientifically literate citizenry.
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.
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