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 was hosted at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY from August 3 - 6. This Institute was the first at out new institutional home at Stony Brook University, and the first since 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.
The retreat, held on September 15-16, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, brought together leaders and change-agents interested in strengthening leadership that is rooted in educational values and mission. The retreat was interactive and participant-driven, with experienced chairs, deans, and professional development specialists acting as facilitators and guides leading focused discussions and problem-solving activities.
More information about the retreat, including the agenda, is available here.
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.