Our largest annual meeting, the SENCER Summer Institute provides professional development and networking opportunities over the course of four days to an average of 250 educators, students, and industry representatives.
SSI 2017 will be hosted at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY from August 3 - 6. SSI 2016 at Roosevelt University had a central theme of transformation, expressed throughout several facets of our work, from the continued progress of our current projects to our pursuit of opportunities emerging from new partnerships and initiatives. This past year also marked our transition to a new institutional home at Stony Brook University, and a transition in NCSCE's leadership to our new Executive Director Eliza Jane Reilly. The upcoming year will present us with more opportunities to expand on our community of transformation and further develop our new opportunities.
Each year, our colleagues from across the country convene in Washington, DC, to share the results of their campus work through presentations, panels, and poster sessions with NCSCE community members and congressional delegations.
The 2016 DC Symposium was held on October 21. The shifting political landscape and the upcoming elections have underscored the need for scientific literacy in all facets of our society. Yet increasing polarization also means that science educators have a narrower pathway for accurately and effectively communicating about science and its implications for public policy and human behavior. This meeting will convene experts in science communication to help educators in high schools, colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, public media, libraries, museums, and other informal education institutions better understand the conflicts between scientific knowledge and personal or political identity, and how to successfully navigate these issues.
Our nine SENCER Centers of Innovation (SCIs) host two yearly meetings on topics relevant to their local areas, including environmental health and restoration, big data, undergraduate research, sustainability, and improving the STEM pipeline.
Far Beyond STEM: Integrating the Arts, Humanities and STEM was a meeting for faculty interested in the use of challenging civic issues to create interdisciplinary courses and programs that engage students and improve their learning.
The meeting was hosted at Stony Brook University on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Some sixty faculty members, researchers, and academic leaders from the Mamelodi Campus of the University of Pretoria, the University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, and the Academy of Science for South Africa and others attended the SENCER Symposium held on March 12 at Hatfield, the main campus of the University of Pretoria in South Africa.