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Sheardy Named Conference Chair for CALCON

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. Continue reading.


Suffolk County Community College Celebrates SUCCESS

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. Continue reading.

 

Do Now U! Are Artificially Intelligent Military Systems Worth the Risk?

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. Continue reading.

 

#DoNowU Spring 2017! NCSCE & KQED Now Accepting Applications for New Do Now U Creators

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. Continue reading.

Judith Iriarte-Gross and Garon Smith Honored with Bennett Awards

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. Continue reading.

Positive Review for SENCER, Engaging Mathematics, and SoTL

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. Continue reading.

NCSCE Welcomes New Executive Director Eliza Jane Reilly

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. Continue reading.

 

Save the Date: SCI-New England Event on Water Sustainability October 24

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. Continue reading.

Karen Kashmanian Oates on Employment Struggles of STEM Graduates and Postdocs and How Institutions Can Help

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. Continue reading.

K-12 Workshop at SSI 2016 Looks to Reach the Next Generation of SENCER Students
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. Continue reading.

 

New Podcast Explores What It Means to Be a Contingent Professor in the 21st Century

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." Continue reading.

 

New, Freely Available Report on Integrating Math Modeling into Curricula

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. Continue reading.

SENCER and Campus Compact Strengthen STEM Education and Collaboration in Denver

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. Continue reading.

Register for Our August Webinar - "When Partnerships Work: Creating Community and Civic Engagement through Interdisciplinary Research at an Historic Urban Zoo"

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). Continue reading.

SENCER Model Course Stem Cells and Social Justice Goes Modular

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. Continue reading.

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.

 

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