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Which is Healthier: Vegetarian or Omnivore?
Posted: Oct 12 2016
This week's Do Now U tackles the question, "Which is Healthier: Vegetarian or Omnivore?" Hannah Feiten, Riya Rana, Courtney Brenner, Erick Ramirez, Alexis Burchfield, and Constance Fonseca, students in Dr. Autumn Marshall's Professional Orientation course at Lipscomb University, created the post and invite the public to share their thoughts.
Kapi'olani Community College Receives Two NSF Awards for Student Support and Success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Posted: Oct 4 2016
Kapi'olani Community College will receive two federal awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) worth nearly $4,000,000 to provide support to Native Hawaiian students, students from other underrepresented groups, and low income students.
October Webinar: STEM and Politics – Before and After Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Posted: Oct 4 2016
Many of us in the United States and around the world are aghast at the tone of this year's United States presidential election. We are struggling to understand how and why our politics have reached the point that all that we hold dear about our country is in jeopardy. As STEM educators we have an enormous opportunity and responsibility.
Do Now U! Is Ecotourism Helping or Hurting our National Parks?
Posted: Sep 29 2016
On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100. With centennial celebrations and programs still underway, Caroline Kittle, Elizabeth Rovira, Maria Larios, Clara Ben Ayed, Lauren Murray, and Surraya Abbasi, students in Dr. Thomas Wood's Mysteries of Migration course at George Mason University, debate the human impact on the natural landscape in the latest Do Now U post, "Is Ecotourism Helping or Hurting our National Parks?"
Sheardy Named Conference Chair for CALCON
Posted: Sep 20 2016
In recognition of his long standing contributions to the field of biothermodynamics and his fervent dedication to students, Richard D. Sheardy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Woman's University, has been named Conference Chair for the North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON). Since its inception in 1945, CALCON has served as the premier collegial forum for the dissemination of current research and state-of-the-art technological developments in calorimetry and thermodynamics.
Suffolk County Community College Celebrates SUCCESS
Posted: Sep 20 2016
NCSCE collaborator and grant recipient Suffolk County Community College is proud to announce the receipt of their third consecutive NSF S-STEM grant, entitled "Support for Undergraduates at the Community College Engaged in STEM Studies" (SUCCESS). Suffolk County Community College is one of a handful of community colleges nationally that has been awarded prestigious NSF grants for STEM scholarships for its students.
Do Now U! Are Artificially Intelligent Military Systems Worth the Risk?
Posted: Sep 14 2016
We kick off the Fall 2016 semester of Do Now U with "Are Artificially Intelligent Military Systems Worth the Risk?", written by Thaddeus Ng, who completed his MS in Computer Science at Southern Connecticut State University. In the post, Thaddeus details the support and controversy surrounding the use and development of artificially intelligent military systems. Thaddeus then invites other students and the public to share their thoughts on the issue.
Positive Review for SENCER, Engaging Mathematics, and SoTL
Posted: Sep 6 2016
Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, reviewed Doing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Mathematics, a book edited by Jacqueline M. Dewar and Curtis D. Bennett and published by the Mathematical Association of America.
#DoNowU Spring 2017! NCSCE & KQED Now Accepting Applications for New Do Now U Creators
Posted: Sep 6 2016
Do Now U is a collaboration between KQED and NCSCE that engages college students in national conversations about current science issues. Each semester, a group of professors is selected to have their students create blog posts for KQED's website. The posts are used to spark national conversations amongst other students and the public. Do Now U hones students' science communication and media literacy skills as they engage in respectful and well-researched debates online. NCSCE and KQED are now accepting applications from professors interested in having their students create Do Now U posts for the Spring 2017 semester. Applications are due September 30th.
Judith Iriarte-Gross and Garon Smith Honored with Bennett Awards
Posted: Sep 6 2016
This year, we honored two longtime members of the SENCER community, Drs. Judith Iriarte-Gross of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), and Garon Smith, recently retired from the University of Montana. Both have made lasting impacts on their universities, communities, students, and colleagues with their dedication to improving STEM education and engaging students.
NCSCE Welcomes New Executive Director Eliza Jane Reilly
Posted: Aug 23 2016
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement is pleased to announce that Eliza Jane Reilly is our new Executive Director. Most recently, Eliza served as our Deputy Director of Programs, and has been involved in the NCSCE and SENCER community since its inception.
Karen Kashmanian Oates on Employment Struggles of STEM Graduates and Postdocs and How Institutions Can Help
Posted: Aug 9 2016
Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and SENCER Center for Innovation-New England Co-Director Karen Kashmanian Oates argues that leaders of STEM institutions have an obligation to graduate students and postdocs that extends beyond the basics of providing a decent working environment, research mentoring, and a living wage.
Save the Date: SCI-New England Event on Water Sustainability October 24
Posted: Aug 9 2016
The New England Regional SENCER Center for Innovation is pleased to invite you to participate in a Water Innovation through Education and Research Workshop at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on October 24, 2016.
A Message from David Burns on the Future of SENCER and NCSCE
Posted: Aug 5 2016
It is with a great deal of pleasure and great hope for the future that David Burns formally announces that we have accepted the invitation of Stony Brook University to become the second host of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. We are grateful to President Sam Stanley for welcoming SENCER and the National Center to Stony Brook University.
K-12 Workshop at SSI 2016 Looks to Reach the Next Generation of SENCER Students
Posted: Jul 13 2016
If you are involved in teacher training, if you are curious about the overlap of principles between the NGSS and SENCER ideals, and if you think SENCER could help transform K-12 learning, we welcome you to attend the SSI 2016 workshop that will address the links between the NGSS and SENCER, offered within the context of sessions addressing the needs of K-12 educators.
New Podcast Explores What It Means to Be a Contingent Professor in the 21st Century
Posted: Jul 12 2016
The Contingent Professor | Tenure? They still do that? Join Contingent Nation as they take you into the bizarre reality of surviving and thriving in 21st century academia, where tenure and tenure-track positions are being "re-evaluated."
New, Freely Available Report on Integrating Math Modeling into Curricula
Posted: Jun 28 2016
SENCER educators in mathematics and other STEM disciplines can make use of a new report called GAIMME (Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education) for ways to incorporate applied mathematics into K-12 through undergraduate level curricula.
Register for Our August Webinar – "When Partnerships Work: Creating Community and Civic Engagement through Interdisciplinary Research at an Historic Urban Zoo"
Posted: Jun 28 2016
This webinar will highlight best practices and lessons learned from an ongoing partnership between formal and informal science educators. The overarching goal of the partnership between Belhaven University and the Jackson Zoological Park is to foster science education and practices by connecting hundreds of undergraduates annually to the conservation work of the zoo. These connections provide the Jackson Zoo with high-quality operational data that will help influence the upcoming zoo master plan. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 24 from 1-2:15 pm (Eastern).
SENCER and Campus Compact Strengthen STEM Education and Collaboration in Denver
Posted: Jun 28 2016
On Thursday and Friday, June 9th and 10th, 42 faculty gathered from across the country for a conference on high impact STEM education at the University of Denver. Partnering with Campus Compact of the Mountain West, SCI-West and SCI-Southwest hosted four program tracks on the topics of Undergraduate Research in the STEM Curriculum, Models for Community Engagement focused on STEM, Sustainability: Responsibility and Engagement across all disciplines, and Strengthening the Liberal Arts: Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM in Partnership
SENCER Model Course Stem Cells and Social Justice Goes Modular
Posted: Jun 28 2016
In 2011, SENCER identified Stem Cells and Social Justice as an emerging SENCER model course and this spring, the model went "modular" and was launched as Stem Cells Across the Curriculum (SCAC). SCAC is an open access modular curriculum that integrates the biological, ethical, legal, and social dimensions of stem cell research using infographic thinking and social justice case studies. Institutions and instructors interested in learning more should contact Katayoun Chamany, chamanyk@newschool.edu.
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