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, 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.

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.


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