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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.
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.
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