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.

SENCER Leadership Fellow Alix Fink to Deliver SSI 2016 Plenary: From Ideals to Transformation: A SENCER Journey

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. Continue reading.

Newly Elected Leadership Fellows Plan Outreach Across Disciplines and Sectors

Seven formal and informal educators have been elected SENCER Leadership Fellows for their impressive and creative work in improving education for students and the public. Gillian Backus of Northern Virginia Community College, Rita Kranidis of Montgomery College, Karobi Moitra of Trinity Washington University, Anna Rozenboym of Kingsborough Community College, Herbert Schanker of the College of Staten Island, Davida Smyth of Mercy College, and Nellie Tsipoura of New Jersey Audubon will begin their 18-month fellowships on April 1st. Continue reading.

Do Now U! Is the Price of Organic Food Worth It?

This week, Do Now U debates organic food. In the post, Lipscomb University students, Abigail Jones, Alex Hickey, Anthony Arcodia, Chandler Eckert, Emily Daffron, Mallory Reaves, Paige Simms, Sarah Rogers, Trisha Stocker, and Victoria Mosby weigh the benefits of organic food against the extra costs. Continue reading.

Maine Campus Compact and Maine EPSCoR to Offer SENCER Faculty Development Trainings Throughout the State

Maine Campus Compact (MCC), with support from Maine Experiential Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), conducted a statewide landscape analysis to assess science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Maine. These surveys (one for secondary schools and the other for higher education) identified current STEM education practices and challenges while investigating ways to advance STEM education through collaborative opportunities between higher education and K-12 schools in Maine. Continue reading.

Register for our April Webinar - Planning and Running a SENCER Meeting on Campus: The Basics

Would others at your institution, or in your region, benefit from a meeting about SENCER? Do you have ideas about a great SENCER meeting topic, but no idea where to start on logistics, such as catering and room sets? Join Kyle Simmons, NCSCE's Faculty Development Events Manager, who will walk you through the basics of planning a SENCER meeting on your campus. From determining the purpose and potential audiences for your meeting, to budgeting, marketing, on-site management and evaluation, this webinar will present 13 steps for efficiently managing a meeting of any size. Continue reading.

SENCER Inspires New NSF Grant that Infuses Numeracy Across the Curriculum

Dr. Frank Wang, a SENCER community member affiliated with the SENCER Center for Innovation – MidAtlantic region and professor of mathematics at LaGuardia Community College, was recently interviewed on the CASTpod podcast hosted by Harold Washington College in Chicago. On the podcast, Dr. Wang discussed the NICHE, or Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education, project funded by the National Science Foundation. NICHE was inspired by an intervention at LaGuardia that used SENCER to make math more accessible to students. Continue reading.

SENCER Named as a Community of Transformation in Newly Released Study on STEM Reform

A recent study by the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California identified SENCER as one of four communities of transformation in STEM reform. Communities of transformation, as defined in the report, are variants of communities of practice which share some characteristics of social networks where members share "values, preferences, goals, or ideas." Continue reading.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning Principal Investigators Gather Near DC

David Burns, SENCER-ISE Principal Investigator, and Hailey Chenevert, Project Manager, attended the NSF AISL (Advancing Inform STEM Learning) Principal Investigator meeting February 29-March 2 near Washington, D.C. During the meeting, hosted by CAISE (Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education), David and Hailey distributed printed copies of the special Alan Friedman issue of the Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal and presented a poster about SENCER-ISE. Continue reading.


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