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NCSCE and SENCER leaders in the news!

NCSCE Associate Director, Davida Smyth (Texas A&M-San Antonio), and her collaborator Monica Trujillo (Queensborough Community College-CUNY) are garnering national recognition for their groundbreaking wastewater research on SARS CoV-2 in New York City.  

 This has produced an article in Nature Communications

And the work has been picked up in a number of outlets including Science Daily,

The New York Times   ,

and even Colbert!

As the result of their work being featured on a podcast, NCSCE has received a grant for 105K to fund Smyth and Trujillo’s research, along with community-based education around COVID, in underserved communities in the global south, starting with a collaborative project in Uruguay.  For a presentation from Prof. Smyth on how she has integrated this research into her SENCER-ized teaching, see this presentation from a recent SENCER Mid-Atlantic meeting

Congratulations to these two civically engaged scholar/teachers for the recognition of their important work!


New book!

SENCER Ambassador Sara Tolbert (University of Canterbury, NZ) has a new, edited volume out from Palgrave Macmillan:

Reimagining Science Education in the Anthropocene

  • Maria F. G. Wallace
  • Jesse Bazzul
  • Marc Higgins
  • Sara Tolbert
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access to its 23 chapters!
  • Reconceptualizes science education in ways that center the concerns and interests of marginalized people and essential reading for faculty working with underserved and indigenous students.
  • Encourages multimodality in expression, including the use of pictures, graphics, multimedia, and different genres of writing.

Upcoming Deadlines:

There is a CCIC Application Idea Vetting Session on Tuesday, February 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.mEastern.  The description and registration link for this idea vetting session is provided below.

CCIC Application Idea Vetting Session

Tuesday, February 15

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Do you have an idea for applying to the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)? Do you have questions on the application process? Join us for an idea vetting and discussion session and talk with a former CCIC judge and student finalist as well as representatives from the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. Come share your project ideas and receive informal feedback as well as have the opportunity to ask questions about the CCIC application process.      

For information on the challenge.  


Science Communication Conference

MAKING CONNECTIONS: THE MANY ARMS OF SCIENCE COMMUNCATION, MARCH 23-25  Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to someone else? Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in the media or how it is “misused” in policy? SCIENCE TALK ’22 will unite science communicators, practitioners, and facilitators for two exciting days of learning best practices for how to talk science better. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and networking opportunities galore.  Join us in Portland or online, March 23-25, 2022, to see what everyone is talking about.

And check out this Workshop by Melanie Peffer:

Wednesday, March 23, 9:15 am–10:45 am

Learning Engineering: Designing SciComm Using the Science of Learning

In-Person Workshops

Tiffany Center

· Melanie Peffer, Teaching Assistant Professor/Research Scientist Level II, University of Colorado, Boulder

Learning engineering is using data from the science of learning to design educational opportunities. In this workshop, participants will learn how to apply learning engineering to the design of science communication activities. Participants will learn key principles of human cognition that can impac…Read More