MidAtlantic

SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Directors Kathy Browne and Monica Devanas at Suffolk County Community College Regional Meeting

SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Directors Kathy Browne and Monica Devanas at Suffolk County Community College Regional Meeting

The MidAtlantic Regional SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI-MA) hosts biannual conferences in area institutions where seasoned SENCER practitioners and newly interested faculty come together to hear nationally renowned teacher-scholars and to share their own ideas and experiences in teaching STEM discipline courses through timely civic questions. SCI-MA programs are open to participants from around the country, but are targeted to participants from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. The Directors, together with Leadership Council members, travel throughout the area visiting campuses to speak about SENCER issues. Topics presented and discussed include the reform of undergraduate STEM education, assessment of teaching and learning, opportunities for community college articulation, efforts to coordinate a Consortium for Assessment of Student Achievement, and informal science education arenas, as well as pre-kindergarten through 12th grade STEM education with programs for pre-service teachers.

About the Host Institution: Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education, with more than 50,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick. Chartered in 1766, Rutgers has a unique history as a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. The university’s 27 degree-granting units offer majors in more than 100 fields, with thousands of courses covering the full range of human experience. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities.

Students in Action

SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director Kathy Browne’s students participate in active learning strategies as part of her SENCER Model Course Discovery Science. View the video below to learn how:

Regional Symposia

Civic Engagement and the Next Generation Science Standards
March 25th, 2017
Rider University

SCI-MidAtlantic held a working session at Rider University on Saturday, March 25 about civic engagement and the Next Generation Science Standards. During this meeting, K-12 educators were by veteran SENCER higher ed faculty from multiple science and math disciplines as they began to infuse civic engagement into their curriculum.

SENCER: STEM and the ARTS
October 29, 2016
Pennsylvania State University Lehigh Valley Campus
'SENCER: STEM and the ARTS' Focus of SCI-MidAtlantic Meeting at Penn State Lehigh Valley

‘SENCER: STEM and the ARTS’ Focus of SCI-MidAtlantic Meeting at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Karen Kackley and Eileen Grodziak hosted the SCI-MidAtlantic regional meeting at Penn State Lehigh Valley on October 29. The focus of the meeting was “SENCER: STEM and the ARTS,” with exciting presentations by professors across multiple institutions and departments. Jonathan Kieter, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at East Stroudsburg University, presented on “Anamorphic Art and Mathematics,” a public art project where a deliberately distorted image can be perceived as “normal” when viewed from one and only one viewing spot.

Jorge Santiago-Blay of Penn State York presented his integrated approach “The Humanities, Including the Arts, and Social Sciences in the Teaching and Learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Exploring this Ecotone and Proposing an Explicitly Inclusive Approach (ISTEM)” with highlights of STEM-Arts projects from his own courses and colleagues.

Ella Braden of Bryn Mawr College sparked a great deal of dialogue and discussion with her “STEM and Arts” mini-course. Karen Kackley and Eileen Grodziak invited brainstorming around a new course, “Coffee,” as a focus for an integrated biology, culture and political science “travel” course, with additional ideas for connections to mathematics, physics, and astronomy from Dan Jackson and Todd Retzlaff of PSU-LV.

SENCER Is the Connection
October 15, 2016
Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus
SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Directors Kathy Browne and Monica Devanas at Suffolk County Community College Regional Meeting

SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Directors Kathy Browne and Monica Devanas at Suffolk County Community College Regional Meeting

By Nina Leonhardt, College Associate Dean for Continuing Education

This all-day regional meeting at SUNY Suffolk on October 15 brought together 35 faculty and administrators from diverse educational institutions: the three SUNY Suffolk campuses, other SUNY institutions (Old Westbury and Stony Brook University), CUNY (Kingsborough Community College and College of Staten Island), Rutgers University, Rider University, Molloy College, Kapi’olani Community College and the South Huntington School District to discuss expanding the SENCER approach to teaching and learning.

This meeting was preceded by a faculty Professional Development Workshop for Suffolk County Community College faculty, that was led by Dr. Robert Franco. It focused on SENCER-izing courses through high impact teaching practices (e.g. service-learning, undergraduate research, internships); building assessment systems focused on student success; and conducting research on the impact of SENCER work. Dr. Franco also discussed how he promulgated SENCER throughout the university system in Hawai’i, a model that can be applied to the SUNY system.

Dr. David Ferguson, Academic Chair for the Department of Technology and Society, Distinguished Service Professor, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Stony Brook University and SENCER Co-PI, delivered the keynote address entitled, “Contemporary Global Issues in STEM and STEM Education: A Stage for SENCER Teaching and Learning.”

The discussion was enriched by contributions from Brookhaven National Laboratory and Rochester Engineering Society representatives who provided STEM learning perspectives from the business, industry and research sectors. Connections and partnerships between SENCER centers for teaching and learning and the informal science educational sector (research centers, museums, aquaria, science centers and the National Park Service) and K-12 educators are forming as emerging state science standards promote the inquiry and problem-solving that have always been at the core of SENCER.

Two research paper presentation sessions and two poster sessions displayed a range of practical applications of SENCER ideals and pedagogy and allowed for a lively exchange of ideas. Suffolk faculty presented papers and posters in each of the four sessions.

The NY Partners Helmsley project was discussed and team members shared their initial implementation strategies.

Outcomes from the meeting included new collaborations to extend the applications of SENCER approaches across sectors and disciplines, and to make connections and forge networks for improving teaching and learning.

Using Civic Engagement to Help Implement the Next Generation Science Standards
April 30, Saturday, 9:00-3:00pm
Rider University
SCI-MidAtlantic Fall 2015 Meeting
October 16, 2015
New York City College of Technology

The Mid-Atlantic SENCER Center for Innovation held a regional meeting on October 16 at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. The meeting was hosted by the college and the Mid-Atlantic SCI.

The speed by which we now communicate continues to shape the world in unpredictable ways. Rapidly changing technologies have ushered in an age of “instantaneous communication” creating both exciting possibilities and new challenges. With a human population exceeding 7 billion people, sustaining an extraordinary quality of life for generations to come while protecting the earth and its resources is a shared challenge facing all of humanity. Issues arising from sustainability and the developing cyber-infrastructure have fueled changing demands in workforce skills. This talk will illustrate and engage students in activities that address the development of crucial workforce skills needed to face the challenges of the 21st century. These activities will set the stage for further discussion of current research projects.

Dr. Eugene Fiorini, Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College is the plenary speaker for a presentation titled “Challenges of the 21st Century.”

Meeting Agenda

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Organizing Committee members:

  • Monica Devanas, Faculty Development and Assessment Programs,Rutgers University
  • Urmi Ghosh-Dastidar, Mathematics, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
  • Sandie Han, Mathematics, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
  • Laina Karthikeyan, Biology,New York City College of Technology, CUNY
  • Diana Samaroo, Chemistry,New York City College of Technology, CUNY
  • Liana Tsenova, Biology,New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Teaching with Technology MidAtlantic Conference
November 15, 2014
Barnard College
SENCER and Engaging Mathematics MidAtlantic Conference
October 10, 2014
LaGuardia Community College
SENCER and The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
October 26, 2013
University of Scranton
The SENCER Center for Innovation – MidAtlantic will be hosting two day-long regional meetings this fall. The SENCER and Math workshop will take place on Friday, October 25 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Sessions will include an in depth look at some featured SENCER projects, Quantam Leap at LaGuardia Community College and Energy at the United States Military Academy.

SENCER and SOTL, hosted at the University of Scranton on Saturday, October 26 in Scranton, New Jersey will feature a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) workshop by Matt Fisher of Saint Vincent’s College.

Please save the date for these events and look for more information in the coming weeks! For registration or information on submitting a poster or presentation proposal, please contact Monica Devanas, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director at devanas@ctaar.rutgers.edu.

SENCER NJ Meeting
October 25, 2013
Monmouth University
The SENCER Center for Innovation – MidAtlantic will be hosting two day-long regional meetings this fall. The SENCER and Math workshop will take place on Friday, October 25 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Sessions will include an in depth look at some featured SENCER projects, Quantam Leap at LaGuardia Community College and Energy at the United States Military Academy.

SENCER and SOTL, hosted at the University of Scranton on Saturday, October 26 in Scranton, New Jersey will feature a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) workshop by Matt Fisher of Saint Vincent’s College.

Please save the date for these events and look for more information in the coming weeks! For registration or information on submitting a poster or presentation proposal, please contact Monica Devanas, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director at devanas@ctaar.rutgers.edu.

Learn more.

 

Regional Meeting
March 28, 2013
Stony Brook University
 
Bringing SENCER to SEBS: MidAtlantic Fall Regional Conference
November 16, 2012
Rutgers University, Cook Campus
SENCER MidAtlantic Regional Conference
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Saturday, March 24, 2012
 
Regional Conference
Metropolitan College of New York (NY), November 2011
 
Regional Conference
Metropolitan College of New York (NY), November 2011
 
Mid-Atlantic Spring Conference
Barnard College (NY), April 2011
 
SENCER and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The College of Staten Island (NY), October 2010
 
Preparing the Undergraduates of Tomorrow: How Informal Science Education Can Improve College Readiness
Franklin & Marshall College (PA), October 2009
 
Water, Water Everywhere: Connections for Research, Education, and Outreach
Rutgers University (NJ), April 2009
 
Preparing the Undergraduates of Tomorrow: The Critical Role of K-8 STEM Education
Franklin & Marshall College (PA), October 2008
 
New York Regional Meeting
New York University (NY), June 2008
 
Leadership Council Planning Meeting
Rutgers University (NJ), May 2008
 
SENCER - Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners Workshop
American Museum of Natural History (NY), October 2007
 
How Students Learn: The Implications of Learning Research for Science Education
Franklin & Marshall College (PA), October 2007
 

MidAtlantic Co-Directors

Dr. Monica Devanas, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director

Dr. Monica Devanas
Director
Faculty Development and Assessment Programs
Rutgers University
monica.devanas@rutgers.edu

Dr. Kathleen M. Browne, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director

Dr. Kathleen M. Browne
Associate Professor
Department of Geological, Environmental
and Marine Sciences
Rider University
browne@rider.edu

Leadership Council

Dr. David Ferguson
Stony Brook University

Dr. Richard Grallo
Metropolitan College of New York

Dr. Heide Hlawaty
Metropolitan College of New York

Dr. Trace Jordan
New York University

Dr. Ellen Mappen
National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

Dr. Eliza Reilly
National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

Dr. Patricia Wilson
La Salle University