New England

Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus, host institution of SCI-New England and SSI 2015

Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus, host institution of SCI-New England and SSI 2015

The New England SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI-NE) includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the eastern Canadian provinces. Previously hosted at Southern Connecticut State University, SCI-NE has recently been moved to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The SCI floats its conference and leadership council meetings among the various New England states. This SCI is a loose affiliation of individuals and institutions, with broad expertise among its members. Our goals include maintaining affiliation to support improved teaching and learning, individual and institutional development, and links with the community. This SCI is strong in three particular interests:

  • Environmental change: Geographical, biomedical, geological, economic, environmental, cultural, and other aspects present challenges to the area. Adaptive responses call for rethinking and retooling many aspects of society, including education, employment, and governance. The result is an increase in capacious issues and capacious responses that benefit from a SENCER approach.
  • Pre-service and in-service teacher education: We embrace science teaching as an active, inquiry-based process to adequately prepare our next generation of teachers. Inter-and multi-disciplinary science education is an important task for an educated citizenry.
  • Health-related issues: Emerging health problems such as obesity, new pathogens (MERCA, etc.), diabetes, etc. require new approaches to teaching and learning among all students.

About the Host Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences, bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Project Program. There are more than 40 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Regional Symposia

Water Innovation in Massachusetts
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, September 18, 2017
Water Innovation Workshop
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, October 24, 2016
2015 SENCER Summer Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, July 30 - August 3, 2015
SENCER SCI-New England Spring 2015 Regional Meeting Southern New Hampshire University, April 18, 2015
SENCER SCI-New England Fall 2014 Regional Meeting
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, October 18, 2014
SENCER SCI-New England Spring 2014 Regional Meeting: Cyber Security, Privacy, and STEM Education
Southern Connecticut State University, April 5, 2014
New England Regional Meeting
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, November 2013
New England Regional Meeting
Wheelock College (MA), October 2012
Regional Meeting
Stonehill College (MA), October 2011
Regional Meeting
Fairfield University (CT), May 2011
SCI-New England Alumni Gathering
Wheelock College (MA), September 2010
The Future We Create: Science Education for a Scientifically Literate Public
Southern Connecticut State University (CT), January 2008
SENCER Summer Institute
University of Southern Maine (ME), August 2007
SENCER New England Meeting
Springfield College (MA), January 2007


New England Co-Directors

Dr. Rob Sanford, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. Rob Sanford
Chair of the Department of Environmental Science
University of Southern Maine


Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates
Dean of Arts & Sciences
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Winnie Yu, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. Winnie Yu
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Southern Connecticut State University

Leadership Council

Dr. Vincent Breslin
Southern Connecticut State University

Dr. Ellen Faszewski
Wheelock College

Dr. Brian Hagenbuch
Hartwick College

Dr. Sarah Prescott
University of New Hampshire Manchester

Dr. Bob Keuch
University of Southern Maine

Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh
University of Southern Maine

Dr. Susan Mooney
Stonehill College

Dr. David Morimoto
Lesley University

Dr. Fred Rogers
Franklin Pierce University

Dr. Kraig Steffen
Fairfield University

Dr. Barbara Tewksbury
Hamilton College

Dr. Adrienne Wootters
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts