News

The SENCER Community Responds to COVID-19

Over twenty years ago the SENCER initiative was launched.  The idea was simple, to use complex public problems as a curricular frame to teach rigorous science content, thus improving both STEM learning AND civic understanding and capacity. While the approach was extended all STEM disciplines and a wide range of public/civic challenges, the original model […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

New Role for Bob Franco and GOTV Efforts for STEM Students:

SENCER Senior Fellow Bob Franco, of Kapiolani Community College, has been named Campus Compact Senior Fellow for Sustainability and Resilience.  He will be working to Support and expand the Community Colleges for Democracy (CC4D) Network and Deepen Compact’s efforts in support of sustainability and community resilience.  Join us in congratulating Bob on his new role. […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

NCSCE Announces New Appointments and 2020 Bennett Award

At the “virtual” SENCER Summer Institute in August three new appointments to NCSCE leadership were announced. Davida S. Smyth, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School, will assume the new position of Deputy Director, with special responsibility for […]

Posted in eNews, SENCER News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

SECEIJ Call for Submissions: Teaching Through COVID-19

A call for submissions to the Summer 2020 issue of Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal Teaching Through COVID   The COVID-19 pandemic has created a simultaneous crisis in health, society, and education. The SENCER community—with its focus on scientific understanding, civic engagement, and innovative pedagogy—is uniquely equipped to respond to our current […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

SENCER Models that Address Infectious Diseases and Epidemics

The COVID-19 pandemic is an example of the complex global civic challenge that SENCER approaches were developed to address. The foundational idea was that by using a real-world problem as a context for teaching the STEM disciplinary content, students’ learning would be more durable, meaningful, and transferable to their actual lives as civic agents in […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

Free, Open-Source Biology Career Series

According to National Geographic, species are alarmingly going extinct 1,000 times faster than previously recorded due to humans. With such a detrimental situation upon us, we must encourage individuals to pursue careers in wildlife biology in order to try to reduce the number of species that are quickly disappearing from our planet. Our team at […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

Texas Women’s University Holds 5th Annual SENCER Southwest Regional Symposium

  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the SENCER Center for Innovation Southwest (SCI-SW) hosted the fifth annual SENCER Regional Symposium at Texas Woman’s University on January 31, 2020. This year’s focus (Citizen Science: The Impact on our Communities by Plastics in our Environment) was unique since it was our first symposium directed to […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

Request from SENCER Colleague and “Transcending Boundaries for Success” Pilot Institution

Dear NCSCE member, We have been awarded an NSF Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (NSF RCN-UBE) incubator grant: Building a framework for the River-based ImmersiVe Education & Research (RIVER) Field Studies Network.  To  inform the development of a full RCN proposal and to grow our network, we invite you to use the survey link […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

Resources for Teaching On-Line

As campuses move to on-line instruction in response to COVID-19, generous colleagues have been passing along resources for teaching on-line and we will post them as the come in:

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment

NEW PUBLICATIONS BY SENCER FELLOWS!

  The Sustainability Challenges Facing Research and Teaching Laboratories When Going Green Marcus Banks,Molly Metz &Davida S. Smyth https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00139157.2020.1708166 Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development  Volume 62, 2020 – Issue 2 __________________________- “Systems Thinking and Educating the Heads, Hands, And Hearts of Chemistry Majors,” Matthew A. Fisher J. Chem. Educ. 2019, 96, 12, 2715-2719 Publication Date:November 8, […]

Posted in eNews | Leave a comment