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SENCER and Today's News: "Congress Moves, Finally, on Toxic Chemicals"

"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." Continue reading.

Maine EPSCoR and Maine Campus Compact Host SENCER Training at the University of Southern Maine

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. Continue reading.

Do Now U! Should Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Be Used to Stop the Spread of Zika?

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?" Continue reading.

Plenty of Food for Thought for SENCER Hawai'i Team at SSI 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. Continue reading.

Do Now U! Should We Make Cities More Inviting to Wildlife

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. Continue reading.

Sherryl Broverman Recognized for Excellence of Character and Humanitarian Service

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." Continue reading.

Do Now U! Engage Your Students in National Conversations

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." Continue reading.

 

National Park Service's 2016 National Learning Summit: Learning from the Outside In

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. Continue reading.

 

2016 SENCER Summer Institute to Emphasize Transformation in STEM Reform

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. Continue reading.

SCI-Chesapeake Bay Spring Meeting Facilitates Community Partnerships

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. Continue reading.

SSI 2016 Opening Plenary Will Define SENCER as a "Community of Transformation"

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." Continue reading.

 

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Bennett Awards

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). Continue reading.

Call for Applications and Nominations to the SENCER Leadership Fellows Program

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. Continue reading.

Do Now U! Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?

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. Continue reading.

April Hill to Deliver SSI 2016 Plenary: "SENCER, Transforming STEM for Majors, and It's About Time, Too"

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. Continue reading.

Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal Summer 2016 Call for Papers

Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal invites submissions for its Summer 2016 issue. Submissions that address global contexts and disciplinary perspectives beyond STEM are particularly encouraged. Continue reading.

Do Now U! What Influences Your Dietary Choices?

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. Continue reading.

 

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