SCI-New England Spring 2014 Regional Meeting

The SENCER Center of Innovation - New England will be holding a regional meeting on Saturday, April 5th at Southern Connectucut State University from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration is free and can be done here.



8:30 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome Remarks, by Dean Steven Breese
9:15 - 10:15 am First Keynote, by Dr. Craig Wills, Computer Science Department Chairperson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


“Understanding what is Happening regarding Internet Privacy”

Abstract: This talk provides updates on the dissemination of user information to third parties on the Internet as well as what is being done with this information. The underlying concepts of data leakage, linkage and lifetime point to possible directions for better user control of unwanted dissemination.

10:15 - 11:00 am

Second Keynote, by Dr. Terrell Bynum, Professor of Philosophy, Southern CT State University

“Computer Ethics and the SENCER Ideals: How to Connect Students to Important Public Policy Issues”

Abstract: One of the most useful concepts in the field of Computer Ethics is that of a "policy vacuum", which is a suggestive idea that helps to interest students in important policy issues generated by computing and information technology. This presentation explains how the notion of policy vacuums can quickly help students identify privacy and security issues generated by computer technology. In addition,the presenter will suggest that the concept of a "policy vacuum" can be very effective, as well, in other STEM disciplines to help students identify and explore related public issues.

11:00 - 11:15 am Break
11:15 - 11:45 am

Third Keynote, by Dr. Pablo Garcia Molina, CIO, Southern CT State University

“On DiversITy”

Abstract: Minorities are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, including privacy and information security. How can we increase the participation of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asians, women, and people with disabilities in the profession? What are the moral obligations and practical benefits of doing so? The session will highlight recent cases about the Hispanic Technology Council , the EDUCAUSE diversity initiatives, as well as other mentoring, awareness and education initiatives. To prepare for the session, please read the one-page piece at , and think about what your organization and you can do to contribute to diversity in the profession.

11:45 am - 12:00 pm Morning wrap up, by David Burns, Founder of SENCER
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Jim Tait

Integrated Learning within STEM disciplines and beyond

-Interdisciplinary STEM course at WPI, Marja Bakermans (Biology & Biotech) & Geoffrey Pfeifer (Philosophy)

-Interdisciplinary STEM course at Southern, Jim Tait (Environmental Studies) & Terri Bennett (Mathematics)

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Facilitators: Winnie Yu & Maria Diamantis

Promoting STEM as a K-16 effort involving Community Partners

-Center for Excellence in Math & Science at Southern, Maria Diamantis (Mathematics, SCSU)

-Campus Compact - sharing experience & connections

-Community Colleges - needs to align transfer credits

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Facilitator: Susan Cusato

From Theory to Practice: how to make things work

  • -Creating a SENCER course, Susan Cusato (Science Ed & Environmental Studies, SCSU)
  • -Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG), Jeff Webb (Chemistry, SCSU)
  • -Getting published in a SENCER journal, Jeff Webb (Chemistry, SCSU)
  • -Seeking external grants - what can SCI-NE do for you?




Driving directions can be found at:

The meeting will be held in Engleman Hall B 121.  It is building 11 on the expanded image after you click on the map.  Parking Lot 2 is next to the construction site of the Science Building and has limited capacity.  Parking Garage Building 4 and Lot 12 are also suitable lots.