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Should You Give Up Caffeine?
Posted: Nov 30 2016
This week's Do Now U asks, "Should You Give Up Caffeine?" The post, written by Logan Carter and Allison Robinson, Kira Hamman's students at Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto, presents the benefits and risks of caffeine consumption.
New Engaging Mathematics Teaching Manual Explores the Calculus of Milkweed and Monarchs
Posted: Nov 15 2016
Dr. Rikki Wagstrom, an Engaging Mathematics Institutional Partner and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Metropolitan State University, published a teaching manual containing two modules for use in either a standard Calculus I-II sequence or a one-semester applied calculus survey course. The first module, Calculus Exploration 1: Rates of Change, explores declining milkweed abundance in Iowa crop fields and the implications for monarch butterflies. The second module, Calculus Explorations 2: Definite Integrals, explores monarch reproduction, a crucial factor for survival of the species.
'SENCER: STEM and the ARTS' Focus of SCI-MidAtlantic Meeting at Penn State Lehigh Valley
Posted: Nov 15 2016
Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty members Karen Kackley and Eileen Grodziak hosted a SCI-MidAtlantic regional meeting on October 29. The focus of the meeting was "SENCER: STEM and the ARTS." Presentations demonstrated a public art and mathematics project, integrated STEM, and a mini-course discussion on a new, interdisciplinary course structured around coffee.
NCSCE Awards 9 Grants to Promote Equity, Environmental Protection, and Assessment
Posted: Nov 15 2016
The National Center for Science & Civic Engagement is awarding ten SENCER Summer Institute 2016 Post-Institute Implementation Awards that advance science education and civic engagement. Grants will support projects addressing water quality and remediation techniques in the lab and field, recycling of common and uncommon goods, access to resources such as clean water and soil, and use and access of community gardens. Projects also emphasize novel assessment strategies. Large scale assessments will be implemented to foster collaborations and data comparisons, and new assessments will be created that measure how classroom experiences differ among whites and minorities. These projects were selected following a competitive review process.
Photo Contest! Share Your Best Fieldwork Photos
Posted: Nov 7 2016
In an effort to expand our visual communication, NCSCE is launching a series of photo contests to source and highlight images that convey the broad scope of our community, our commitment to active learning strategies, and our belief in learning by doing. For our first contest, we are seeking photos of students working in the field.
Is It Morally Justifiable to Kill An Endangered Animal If A Human Life Is At Risk?
Posted: Nov 3 2016
This week's Do Now U asks, "Is It Morally Justifiable to Kill An Endangered Animal If A Human Life Is At Risk?" The post, written by Ashley Baysinger, Thor Smith, and Jasmine Parker, Dr. Jim Speer's students at Indiana State University, discusses the difficult decision that sometimes must be made when humans encounter dangerous endangered animals, both in the wild and captivity.
NCSCE Hosts Meeting on The Ecosystem of Science Communication
Posted: Nov 1 2016
On October 21, 40 members of the NCSCE community and partners convened at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for The Ecosystem of Science Communication: Communicating the Science Solution. The purpose of the meeting was to explore and understand the conflicts between scientific knowledge and personal or political identity, and how to successfully navigate these issues.
SCI MID-ATLANTIC Holds Regional Meeting 'SENCER is the Connection'
Posted: Nov 1 2016
The SENCER Center for Innovation - MidAtlantic hosted a regional meeting at Suffolk County Community College on October 15. This meeting brought together 35 faculty and administrators from 10 institutions to discuss expanding the SENCER approach to teaching and learning. In addition to a pre-meeting professional development workshop, the meeting included paper presentations, poster sessions, and a keynote from Dr. David Ferguson, Academic Chair for the Department of Technology and Society, Distinguished Service Professor, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Stony Brook University.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Hosts Water Innovation Workshop
Posted: Nov 1 2016
On October 24, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) hosted thought leaders from academia, industry, and the government for a day-long workshop focused on issues of water supply abundance, access, and safety. This innovative workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, featured over 200 registrants and was conducted in partnership with SENCER, the New England Water Innovation Network, and the Campus Compact organizations from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Also in attendance were the U.S. Water Partnership, the UMass Water Resources Research Center, and the United States Geological Survey. Karen Kashmanian Oates, co-founder of SENCER and NCSCE, hosted the event and was joined in leading the program by Robert Sanford and Winnie Yu, both co-directors of the New England SENCER Center for Innovation.
Is It More Important to You to Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle?
Posted: Oct 31 2016
This week's Do Now U discusses the "Three R's"- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Dr. Bridget Trogden's Mercer University students created the post, "Is It More Important to You to Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle?". In the post, the students challenge our consumer habits, and consider which of the three behaviors will have the maximum impact in terms of helping the environment.
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.
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