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Maine EPSCoR and Maine Campus Compact Host SENCER Training at the University of Southern Maine
Posted: Jun 14 2016
On Thursday, May 26th, Maine Campus Compact, with support from Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine, hosted a SENCER training at the University of Southern Maine. This SENCER training was offered as part of Maine Campus Compact's STEM Collaboration Program. This program leverages Maine Campus Compact's expertise in facilitating campus community engagement. The STEM Collaboration Program was established in 2014 to encourage and implement Maine initiatives that have the potential to link K-12 schools and higher education to strengthen the STEM ecosystem.
SENCER and Today's News: "Congress Moves, Finally, on Toxic Chemicals"
Posted: Jun 14 2016
"Congress is finally getting serious about hazardous chemicals in household products and industrial goods. The House is expected to vote on Tuesday on a bill overhauling a 1976 chemical safety law that has made it hard for federal regulators to ban toxic substances, even known carcinogens like asbestos. The Senate is expected to follow later in the week."
Do Now U! Should Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Be Used to Stop the Spread of Zika?
Posted: Jun 1 2016
This week's post looks at a potential way to combat the Zika virus. Ashley Panton-Lula, a student at Southern Connecticut State University, wrote "Should Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Be Used to Stop the Spread of Zika?"
Plenty of Food for Thought for SENCER Hawai'i Team at SSI 2016
Posted: May 31 2016
Members of the SENCER Hawai'i team are actively developing curricular and pedagogical approaches to science and civic engagement, specifically in preparing climate-smart citizens who can act, advocate, and vote for their equitable, diverse, and sustainable communities and their planet. Kapi'olani Community college is leading a national Teagle Foundation supported project with six other community colleges: Kingsborough and Queensborough (NY), Raritan Valley (NJ), Delgado (LA), and Mesa (AZ). Over 60 faculty across the six campuses have students addressing a "Big Question" through their courses and co-curricular initiatives.
Sherryl Broverman Recognized for Excellence of Character and Humanitarian Service
Posted: May 18 2016
Dr. Sherryl Broverman, associate professor of the practice in Duke University's Department of Biology and the Duke Global Health Institute, received the 2016 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for advancing education, global citizenship, and health. Dr. Broverman works extensively to engage and educate her students about HIV/AIDS in a global context, partnering with universities in Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda. She also helped establish WISER International, a "community development organization focusing on the social empowerment of underprivileged girls through education and health."
Do Now U! Should We Make Cities More Inviting to Wildlife?
Posted: May 18 2016
This week's post is "Should We Make Cities More Inviting to Wildlife?". Melissa Fuerst, a graduating senior at George Mason University, created the post with guidance from her professor, Dr. Tom Wood, SENCER SCI-Chesapeake Bay Co-Director.
MidAtlantic Regional Meeting Explores the Next Generation Science Standards
Posted: May 17 2016
On Saturday, April 30th, over 50 teachers from many districts across New Jersey joined with 15 SENCER community leaders to explore ways the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and SENCER's focus on civic issues could spark investigations into natural phenomena.
EnFUSE Symposium Explores Effective Transformation Approaches
Posted: May 17 2016
The National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science hosted Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education (EnFUSE): Research and Practice symposium April 27-29 in Washington, DC. The program "highlighted the research, findings, and effective practices of NSF grantees" from programs across DUE, including the SENCER and Engaging Mathematics initiatives. Speakers included Dr. Jo Handelsman, associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; as well as officials from the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Discussions explored challenges of combatting implicit bias, implementing active learning practices, and influencing change in departments and institutions as a whole.
SENCER Community Member Todd Gary Named as the First WPC Healthcare Visiting Scholar
Posted: May 17 2016
Dr. Todd Gary, director of the Data Science Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, and formerly a faculty member at Lipscomb University, has been named the first WPC Healthcare Visiting Scholar. WPC Healthcare, which develops, implements, and supports data standards in healthcare, established the Visiting Scholar program to "foster exchange and innovation in data science through collaboration with Tennessee universities."
Do Now U! Engage Your Students in National Conversations
Posted: May 12 2016
This week's post was created by Sophia Buscher and Victoria Staudenraus, students at Saint Mary's College of California, in partnership with the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. In creating the post, the students followed the Lindsay Wildlife Experience's mission statement of "connecting people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share."
2016 SENCER Summer Institute to Emphasize Transformation in STEM Reform
Posted: May 3 2016
The major aims for this year's program include conversations about the STEM reform ecosystem, examples of SENCER work on campus and of the SENCER approach in real-world problems, and assessment of SENCER work. To address these aims, we have put together a slate of outstanding plenary speakers.
SCI-Chesapeake Bay Spring Meeting Facilitates Community Partnerships
Posted: May 3 2016
On April 23 and 24, 2016, the SENCER Chesapeake Bay Center for Innovation held a meeting at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal focused on developing community partnerships.
National Park Service's 2016 National Learning Summit: Learning from the Outside In
Posted: May 3 2016
On Wednesday, April 20, the National Park Service hosted a "National Learning Summit: Learning from the Outside In" as part of their ongoing centennial celebrations. NCSCE executive director, David Burns, and SENCER-ISE project manager and assistant, Hailey Chenevert and Dara Wilson, attended the summit to hear from informal and formal educators about the role of the NPS in the nation's learning landscape. Presentation and panel topics covered the expanding definition of public education, forming a national learning landscape, sharing experiences, and building partnerships.
SSI 2016 Opening Plenary Will Define SENCER as a "Community of Transformation"
Posted: Apr 25 2016
Dr. Sean Gehrke, director of Institutional Planning, Research, and Assessment at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, will give the first plenary address at the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute. His talk will outline the conclusions of an NSF sponsored study of national STEM reform initiatives that identified SENCER as a "Community of Transformation."
Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Bennett Awards
Posted: Apr 20 2016
The William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science was established by NCSCE and named in honor of its first recipient for his lifetime contributions to citizen science. The first award was presented to its namesake at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2009. The William E. Bennett Award is given annually to an individual and a team whose SENCER and other related activities have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions to citizen science. The Bennett Awards will be announced during the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute (attendance at the Institute is not a requirement for consideration).
Call for Applications and Nominations to the SENCER Leadership Fellows Program
Posted: Apr 20 2016
Founded in 2008, the SENCER Leadership Fellows program recognizes members of the SENCER community interested in taking on more advanced involvement through formal roles in the project. Leadership Fellows are appointed for 18-month, renewable terms, and work on projects of their own design. Fellow projects have included course design, faculty development, research into student learning, and initiatives to assist other members of the SENCER community in their professional development. Fellows also contribute to the overall direction of the SENCER initiative.
Do Now U! Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?
Posted: Apr 20 2016
Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto students create a Do Now U post on the debate surrounding increasing the federal minimum wage. Do Now U is an excellent way to encourage students to flex their STEM communication muscles and engage in public conversations on pressing civic issues.
April Hill to Deliver SSI 2016 Plenary: "SENCER, Transforming STEM for Majors, and It's About Time, Too"
Posted: Apr 19 2016
Dr. April Hill, professor and chair of Biology at the University of Richmond, will deliver a plenary address at the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute. The address, titled "SENCER, Transforming STEM for Majors, and it's About Time, too," will focus on how April works to transform the STEM experience for students with integrated, interdisciplinary, and inclusive courses that focus on real-world problems, authentic research, and research-based pedagogies. April uses these methods both in first-year courses as well as in courses for science majors. This year's Institute will be held at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois July 28 - August 1, 2016.
Do Now U! What Influences Your Dietary Choices?
Posted: Apr 6 2016
This week, Do Now U asks, "What Influences Your Dietary Choices?". Mercer University students, Sarah Abney, Ghazal Ahmad, Abby Boyd, Josh Funderburke, Thomas Norton, Erin Oliver, Kiara Smith, and Payton Usher, created the post, which details the conflicting dietary messages that Americans receive every day.
SENCER Leadership Fellow Alix Fink to Deliver SSI 2016 Plenary: From Ideals to Transformation: A SENCER Journey
Posted: Apr 6 2016
Dr. Alix Dowling Fink, Dean of the Cormier Honors College and Associate Professor of biology at Longwood University, will deliver the closing plenary address of the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute. In the address, she will reflect on the insights and lessons learned during her many years of participation in the SENCER national "community of transformation" and how that participation has shaped her her work on general education and the major at her institution, and catalyzed collaborations with informal education institutions.
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