SENCER Center for Innovation

New England



About SCI-New England

The New England SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI-NE) includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the eastern Canadian provinces. Previously hosted at Southern Connecticut State University, SCI-NE has recently been moved to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The SCI floats its conference and leadership council meetings among the various New England states. This SCI is a loose affiliation of individuals and institutions, with broad expertise among its members. Our goals include maintaining affiliation to support improved teaching and learning, individual and institutional development, and links with the community. This SCI is strong in three particular interests:

- Environmental change: Geographical, biomedical, geological, economic, environmental, cultural, and other aspects present challenges to the area (by ray at testsforge). Adaptive responses call for rethinking and retooling many aspects of society, including education, employment, and governance. The result is an increase in capacious issues and capacious responses that benefit from a SENCER approach.

- Pre-service and in-service teacher education: We embrace science teaching as an active, inquiry-based process to adequately prepare our next generation of teachers. Inter-and multi-disciplinary science education is an important task for an educated citizenry.

- Health-related issues: Emerging health problems such as obesity, new pathogens (MERCA, etc.), diabetes, etc. require new approaches to teaching and learning among all students.


About the Host Institution - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI is one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences, bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Project Program. There are more than 40 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.


Past Symposia

2015 SENCER Summer Institute

July 30 - August 3, 2015

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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SENCER SCI-New England Spring 2015 Regional Meeting

April 18, 2015

Southern New Hampshire University

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SENCER SCI-New England Fall 2014 Regional Meeting

October 18, 2014

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Click to view slides from Dr. Brian Fitzgerald's plenary address "Big Data for Big Problems: Democratizing STEM Skills."

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SENCER SCI-New England Spring 2014 Regional Meeting: Cyber Security, Privacy, and STEM Education

April 5, 2014

Southern Connecticut State University

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New England Regional Meeting

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, November 2013

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New England Regional Meeting

Wheelock College (MA), October 2012

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Regional Meeting

Stonehill College (MA), October 2011

Regional Meeting

Fairfield University (CT), May 2011

SCI-New England Alumni Gathering

Wheelock College (MA), September 2010

The Future We Create: Science Education for a Scientifically Literate Public

Southern Connecticut State University (CT), January 2008

SENCER Summer Institute

University of Southern Maine (ME), August 2007

SENCER New England Meeting

Springfield College (MA), January 2007


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Upcoming Events

Water Innovation Workshop

October 24, 2016

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Creating a SENCER Inspired Course


SENCER Terms for Icebreaker


Resources for SCI-NE


New England


Dr. Rob Sanford

Chair of the Department of Environmental Science, University of Southern Maine

Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates

Dean of Arts & Sciences,

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Winnie Yu

Professor, Department of Computer Science,

Southern Connecticut State University


Leadership Council

Dr. Vincent Breslin

Southern Connecticut State University

Dr. Ellen Faszewski

Wheelock College

Dr. Brian Hagenbuch

Hartwick College

Dr. Sarah Prescott

University of New Hampshire Manchester

Dr. Bob Keuch

University of Southern Maine

Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh

University of Southern Maine

Dr. Susan Mooney

Stonehill College

Dr. David Morimoto

Lesley University

Dr. Fred Rogers

Franklin Pierce University

Dr. Kraig Steffen

Fairfield University

Dr. Barbara Tewksbury

Hamilton College

Dr. Adrienne Wootters

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts