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The Sustainability Challenges Facing Research and Teaching Laboratories When Going Green

Marcus Banks,Molly Metz &Davida S. Smyth

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, 2019

2019 The Year of National STEM Improvement Collaborations!

Happy New Year from NCSCE!

As a new year and new semester starts we are reflecting on all the great work that SENCER practitioners and allies accomplished in the past year. 2019 was definitely the Year of Collaboration! The National Center and SENCER are included, with other leading STEM reform organizations, in the following NSF funded initiatives;

Bridging to STEM Excellence (BTSE) This IUSE-Exploratory grant (Rick Moog, PI) has convened the leadership from POGIL, SENCER, National Geoscience Teachers Association and the Mobile Summer Institutes for Scientific Teaching to create cross-association consulting teams to provide faculty development support at 5 institutions. The SENCER group is Eliza J. Reilly (NCSCE), Davida Smyth (The New School) and Mangala Kothari (LaGuardia Community College). This project has provided a practical opportunity to bring the collective strengths of leading STEM reform efforts to individual campuses to address specific faculty needs as identified by the participating institutions. A bonus is that we all have a much better idea of the approaches, strategies, and strengths of our respective STEM improvement initiatives.

NSITE: Networking STEM Initiatives to Enhance Adoption of Evidence-based Practices (NSITE)

NSITE (Michelle Withers, PI) is a three-year NSF funded Research Coordination Network (RCN-UBE). It has the ultimate goal of improving retention of a large and diverse student population in STEM. To achieve this goal, NSITE has brought together multiple initiatives that approach this problem from unique angles, but historically have worked in parallel rather than as a coordinated effort. NSITE is using a Networked Improvement Community approach to foster communication, coordination, and collaboration among these initiatives to improve our collective efforts in improving retention in STEM. NSITE’s opening meeting in Phoenix, AZ in April 2019 brought together ten prominent STEM reform initiatives, including SENCER, BioQUEST, POGIL, PKal, Summer Institutes, PULSE, POD, and CIRTL.

These collaborations have provided a much-needed opportunity for leaders of the most durable and effective STEM improvement efforts to learn from each other and clarify what they have in common, including overlapping membership and participation, how they complement each other, and what makes them distinctive.

These projects have also generated formal collaborations for SENCER that benefit our constituents and expand our reach, including the creation of a SENCER-QUBES site ( and a new partnership between SENCER and the Mobile Summer Institutes to hold workshops at SUNY Binghamton, Geneseo, Farmingdale, Suffolk, Old Westbury funded by SUNY’s IITG program.

Regional News


The Center for Teaching and Learning at LaGuardia Community College held two Professional Development Seminars, “SENCER: Creating and Integrating Science Literacy across the Disciplines.”

In October and November 2019, with the support of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), Dr. Mangala Kothari, Professor in the Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science Department, led two professional development seminars about the integration of SENCER principles into courses beyond STEM disciplines. The seminars were co-designed and co-facilitated by Dr. Michele Piso Manoukian, CTL Associate Director for Scholarship and Publication. Read full Report here!

NCSCE partnered with Stony Brook University on an NSF sponsored conference
“Data Science Across the Undergraduate Curriculum.” Impressive program was opened with a keynote from SENCER Senior Fellow, Jay Labov Read description here.

Southwest: The SENCER Center for Innovation—Southwest Spring 2020 Regional Symposium will take place at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX on January 31, 2020.  This year’s symposium theme will be: Citizen Science: The Impact on our Communities by Plastics in Our Environment.  This symposium will focus on the global crisis of plastic from multidisciplinary views including the science, environmental, economic, policies, and health related impacts of plastics. This symposium will be held as a Zero Impact event!  TO REGISTER CLICK HERE!

Mountain West: Montana Grand Challenge Institute, June 11-14, 2020: Culminating meeting of the Keck funded “Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge

Long-time SENCER participant, Kentucky Campus Compact, will be sponsoring a forum on an important civic challenge. “Hacking Housing Insecurity: One Movie, Five Ideas, Infinite Conversations” will be held on February 7, 2020 at Mt. St. Josephy University:

Port Jefferson Rain Garden Supports Citizen Science and Sustainable Practices on Long Island

Funding provided by:

Long Island Sound Futures Fund ( LISFF)
Rain Gardens at Port Jefferson Harbor: Linking Water, Wildlife and Waterways (NY)

Supporting citizen science and local sustainability, the Long Island Explorium has installed 2 native plant rain gardens Village Center location and Village Hall location with volunteers with one more location coming soon. The rain gardens are located in high-visibility public sites and provide natural landscaping guidance to community members in Port Jefferson.  The project will demonstrate to visitors using the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson ferry how rain gardens improve the water quality and biodiversity of Long Island Sound.  

Spring Meetings, Member Publications

Upcoming Meetings: 

Regional Meeting: SCI-Mid-Atlantic Spring 2019 Meeting
The SENCER Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting is being hosted by the New School with the exciting theme ofSTEM, Humanities and Social Justice.Proposals for posters, workshops, presentations are all welcome, particularly those from non-STEM disciplines and we shall be highlighting some of the exciting work being done at the New School. Deadline for submissions is Feb 8th.Please save the date – April 5th!! Please RSVP here

SCI-Midwest Spring 2019 Meeting
SCI Midwest will be hosting a meeting at Roosevelt University, Schaumberg Campus
Date: April 5, 2019
Title:Innovation and Collaboration in STEM Education
For program information and registration go to:


Hold the Date!  August 1-4, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Early Registration will launch next week!

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Member News, Regional Meetings, Resources, and Opportunities

News from SCI-Southwest

Democracy, Civic Engagement and Student Learning

On Friday, February 1, the SENCER Center of Innovation Southwest (SCI-SW) and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) hosted the Fourth Annual SCI-SW SENCER Regional Symposium in the Ann Stuart Science Complex. The theme of this year’s symposium aimed to link student learning, civic engagement and democracy. It brought speakers and experts in different disciplines from around the US and TWU to discuss together our roles in helping students develop a sense of civic virtue so they can build a thriving democracy for themselves and future generations. You can read the full report of the program here.

Valuesbased training for successful academic leadership at your institution

In October 2018, the organization founded by SENCER leaders Amy Shachter and Karen Oates, Success 4 Higher Education (S4HE), teamed with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement to present the first Values‐Based Academic Leadership Institute hosted at Broward College. Thirty‐eight campus leaders from institutions across the United States, as well as one international campus, spent two days developing conceptual and practical foundations for their work as leaders. A report on this meeting was published in Dean and Provost (Vol 20, Issue 5) January 2019 Read it here:

Read More for Upcoming Meetings, New Resources, and Call for Submissions!

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