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.

Do Now U! Is Milk Good or Bad for You?

This week, Do Now U takes on the question—Got milk? Kayla Ostrom, Adeline Fulmer, Julia Hagaman, Heather Ramsey, and Elaina Carlisle, students at Lipscomb University, discuss the ongoing debate about whether or not milk is good for us. As the students point out, milk is a nutrient rich beverage, containing many of the vitamins our bodies need, but it can also contain antibiotics that might have adverse effects on human health. Continue reading.

Adam Briggle, Author and Professor of Philosophy at University of North Texas, to Deliver SSI 2016 Plenary on Field Philosophy

Dr. Adam Briggle, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas, will deliver a plenary address on field philosophy at the 2016 SENCER Summer Institute. This year's Institute will be held at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois July 28 - August 1, 2016. Continue reading.

Closing Equity Gaps and Understanding the STEM Workforce: Highlights from Undergraduate STEM Workshop

On February 22, the National Academy of Sciences hosted a workshop titled "Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education." The Board on Science Education welcomed the public to join them as they explored "existing indicators and measures of the quality of undergraduate education generally and undergraduate STEM education specifically." The workshop was designed to inform a study committee charged to in two-year and four-year STEM education. Continue reading.

Register for our March Webinar - Using Civic Questions to Integrate the Humanities and STEM

Join Eliza Reilly, NCSCE's Deputy Executive Director of Programs, for an overview of the public conversation on humanities and STEM education, its broader relevance for our common civic aspirations, and the advantages for both students and faculty of collaborating across the divisional divide. Continue reading.

The Winter 2016 Edition of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal is Now Available

The Winter 2016 issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal is now available. We are pleased by the range and diversity of the civic issues addressed by articles, and in particular, by the strong representation of interdisciplinary and trans-departmental collaborations, including several that integrate content from STEM disciplines with material drawn from the humanities and visual arts. Continue reading.

2016 SENCER Summer Institute to Focus on SENCER as a Community of Transformation

The 2016 SENCER Summer Institute will be held at Roosevelt University on July 28 - August 1, 2016. The central theme of this year's Institute is transformation. Transformation is expressed throughout several facets of our work this year, from the continued progress in our SENCER, SENCER-ISE and Engaging Mathematics projects to our pursuit of opportunities emerging from new partnerships and initiatives, and our organization being profiled in a recent USC monograph by Adrianna Kezar and Sean Gehrke as a Community of Transformation in STEM reform. Continue reading.


Do Now U! Will the Flint Water Crisis Motivate More Efficient Responses in the Future?

This week, Do Now U addresses an issue that has been at the forefront of national conversation for months. Taylor Maxson, Maribeth Eickenhorst, Christina Hernandez, Camron Grant, Michael Hilton, and Fatima Javed, students at Lone Star College- Kingwood, created the post "Will the Flint Water Crisis Motivate More Efficient Responses in the Future?" Continue reading.

Dr. Alan J. Friedman Memorialized in Special Issue of Science Education & Civic Engagement: an International Journal

To honor our colleague, mentor, and respected friend, we commissioned a special issue of our Science Education & Civic Engagement: an International Journal. This issue, which was guest edited by Dr. Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI, features tributes to Alan's life and work as well as project reports and articles from informal science and higher education professionals. Continue reading.


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