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CAISE Spotlight Blog Features Sciencenter and Cornell University SENCER-ISE Partnership
Posted: Apr 28 2015
The Sciencenter and Cornell University partnership has been featured on CAISE's Perspectives blog as part of its Spotlight series on university and museum partnerships. The Cornell University's Early Childhood Cognition Lab and the Sciencenter are partnering to research early childhood learning and share their findings with parents, caregivers, and teachers.
NCSCE Grants 25 Implementation Awards for Projects that Reform STEM Education, Increase Community Engagement, and Build Civic Capacity
Posted: Apr 28 2015
NCSCE awarded 25 SSI 2014 Post-Institute Implementation Awards that promote student engagement with STEM education, civic issues, and community outreach. The Implementation Awards, made possible through the National Science Foundation, are designed to support innovative projects that incorporate SENCER Ideals into undergraduate and graduate education. The 2014 awards sponsor projects that make STEM more accessible to women, minorities, and students in small, rural schools; reform institutional core curricula to broaden the scope of central, civic issues; and involve students in community-based research. Project themes include Mars exploration, sustainability and urbanization, stormwater runoff, assisted reproductive technologies, genetically modified organisms, the history and practice of science, and more. Projects were selected following a competitive review process.
NCSCE Chairs Meeting Faculty Facilitators Announced
Posted: Apr 14 2015
NCSCE is pleased to announce the faculty who will facilitate the program for the NCSCE Chairs meeting. This meeting is intended for anyone who sees greater potential for academic leadership and innovation in the role of department chair, from experienced chairs and deans, to new or aspiring chairs. The goal of the meeting is to explore, in an open and supportive environment, the intellectual and cultural dimensions of departmental leadership, the barriers to full faculty participation in leading academic and curricular change, and how to support faculty and administrators as they strive to create engaged and responsive departments.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: Kapiʻolani Community College Site Visit and SENCER Reception
Posted: Apr 14 2015
While in Hawaiʻi, the SENCER team visited Kapiʻolani Community College to meet with faculty, administrators, and Chancellor Leon Richards. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Dean of the College of Social Sciences Denise Eby Konan hosted a SENCER reception, where state figures, local educators, and students learned more about the initiative while browsing student posters and networking with the SENCER team and other guests.
Global Humanities Institute Spurs Interdisciplinary Collaborations at Maryland Community College
Posted: Apr 3 2015
On Friday, March 27, more than 60 faculty and administrators at Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland met in the brand new Biotech building to embark on a much-needed collaboration between STEM fields and the humanities, the first of its kind at the College. The event, "STEAMed Rice: Intersections of STEM and the Global Humanities on the Topic of Food," was organized by the College's faculty development office and the Global Humanities Institute, which is funded by a six-year challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NCSCE Welcomes Formal and Informal Educators to SSI 2015
Posted: Apr 1 2015
Following a competitive application process, 39 groups and teams and 18 individual representatives have been invited to gather in Worcester, Massachusetts for the 15th annual SENCER Summer Institute. In addition to a core of SSI alumni, 26 groups and teams have members new to SENCER, eight comprised completely of educators new to our community. This year's group of applicants also includes representatives from three K-12 institutions. The SSI 2015 applicants are interested in advancing a wide variety of projects, from developing modules and content for existing courses to institution-wide curricular overhauls, all with a focus on improving outcomes for STEM students across educational levels. Many of this year's applicants cited climate change, sustainability, infectious diseases, or data literacy as the capacious, unsolved issue that will engage students in these projects.
SCI-Central Plains Presents at Campus Compact Meeting
Posted: Mar 31 2015
On March 26, a team from the Central Plains SENCER Center for Innovation led a breakout session about SENCER, science, and civic engagement during the 5th Annual Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit. Their session explored SENCER models developed to help students prepare for lives of engagement and service.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: Faculty Institute
Posted: Mar 31 2015
During the SCI-West Faculty Institute held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, SENCER representatives and members of Hawai'i's two SENCER teams, Hui o Moku and the Native Hawaiian Initiative, gave presentations and led discussions about their programs, courses, experiences, and resources. The Institute gave the SENCER team the chance to learn about the important and inspirational work Hawaiʻi does to advance science and civic engagement, and to share methods and resources that SENCER can provide to further support existing and future projects.
Hawaiʻi Diaries: SENCER, Sustainability, and the Hawaiian Islands
Posted: Mar 17 2015
A team of SENCER representatives and practitioners traveled to Hawaiʻi for ten intensive days of meetings, conversations, consultations, and site visits with the state's students, educators, community partners, administrators, and public figures. The goal of the trip was for the SENCER team to learn about the important and inspirational work Hawaiʻi does to advance science and civic engagement, and to share methods and resources that SENCER can provide to support existing and future projects.
Winter 2015 Journal Issue Now Online
Posted: Mar 16 2015
Winter 2015 Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal articles explore the integration of technology in the classroom, collaborations between libraries and teachers, and improving student understanding of microbiology through authentic data collection.
SENCER at AAAS and Citizen Science Association Meetings
Posted: Mar 5 2015
SENCER-ISE's Ellen Mappen and Hailey Chenevert attended the inaugural Citizen Science Association and annual AAAS meetings in San Jose, CA last month. Mappen and Chenevert presented a poster about SENCER-ISE at AAAS and were joined by SENCER leadership and supporters Cathy Middlecamp and Jessica Wyndham, who presented at the meeting.
Wm. David Burns and Victor Donnay to Present at the Chicago Symposium Series and the SCI-Midwest Spring 2015 Meeting
Posted: Mar 5 2015
NCSCE Executive Director and SENCER Principal Investigator David Burns, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and Engaging Mathematics Advisory Board member Victor Donnay will be giving presentations on SENCER and Engaging Mathematics as part of the Chicago Symposium Series on "Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science: Research and Practice."
SCI and SCEWestNet Regionalization Leaders Plan for Future
Posted: Feb 3 2015
On January 24, in conjunction with the previous day's SCI-Southwest regional meeting, a group of SCI co-directors, SCEWestNet nodal leaders, and NCSCE staff met at Texas Woman's University to reflect on the progress of their dissemination and membership development efforts, and to establish benchmarks and goals for the next academic year.
SCI-Southwest Holds Spring Meeting on Bringing Civic Engagement and Undergraduate Research Experiences into Chemistry Courses, and Incorporating Themes of Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Posted: Feb 2 2015
On January 23, 43 attendees from seven institutions gathered in the Ann Stuart Science Complex at Texas Woman's University (TWU) for the SENCER Center for Innovation – Southwest spring regional meeting on civic engagement, undergraduate research, and sustainability. The meeting was structured around a morning and afternoon program, and featured a poster session highlighting faculty and student work related to SENCER and undergraduate research.
Register for Our March Webinar – "Creating a Global Initiative: Strategies, Designs, and Implementation"
Posted: Jan 26 2015
Guide your thinking for developing global programs, projects, and institutional initiatives. Karen Kashmanian Oates (Dean of Arts & Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute) will describe methods for creating a global program that benefits a diverse group of shareholders across an institution. In her webinar, she will address the benefits of going global, as well as present practical strategies for achieving success and winning buy-in from internal and external parties.
In Memoriam: Professor Ben Hutchinson
Posted: Jan 23 2015
In Lipscomb University's announcement of the death of Professor Ben Hutchinson, L. Randolph Lowry, its president, observed that Ben was "a man who walked out his faith in remarkable ways."
Engaging Mathematics Presents Invited Poster at Largest Math Meeting in the World
Posted: Jan 14 2015
The Engaging Mathematics initiative was invited to the Joint Mathematics Meetings 2015 to participate in a poster session for projects supported by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education. Initiative partners Dr. Lynn Gieger (Oglethorpe University), Dr. Rikki Wagstrom (Metropolitan State University), and Rikki's math education student Jodin Morey also gave individual talks during the meeting.
Deadline Extension: International Journal's Special Issue on Civic Engagement and Informal Science Education
Posted: Jan 14 2015
Science Education & Civic Engagement: An International Journal's call for manuscript submissions for the special issue on civic engagement and informal science education has been extended to Monday, March 30, 2015. This issue of the journal will focus on work done by informal science educators and institutions and will also highlight contributions made to the field by the late Alan J. Friedman, founding director of SENCER-ISE. Please send all inquiries and manuscript submissions to the journal's managing editor, Marcy Dubroff at mdubroff@fandm.edu.
SENCER Seeks Help in Launching New Pearls of Practice
Posted: Jan 14 2015
SENCER is developing a new line of classroom activities called Pearls of Practice. Each Pearl is designed to engage students in learning by increasing their receptivity to science and social/civic issues. Pearls range in size, with some taking no longer than 15 minutes to complete, and others constituting a semester-long project. Our Pearls developers seek reviewers to class test and peer review, and welcome new submissions. Continue reading for more information on SENCER's Pearls of Practice.
SENCER Leadership Fellow Dr. Eugene Allevato of Woodbury University Seeks Input for Study of Attitudes Toward Visually Impaired Students
Posted: Dec 16 2014
Dr. Eugene Allevato, a SENCER Leadership Fellow, is working with a visually impaired psychology student in his statistics course at Woodbury University. This student is conducting a project to understand faculty attitudes, experiences, and concerns about educating visually impaired students. Dr. Allevato and his student have created a survey to explore the issue, and would be very appreciative to any faculty member who would take a few minutes to complete it: Visually Impaired Student Survey Visually Impaired Student Survey