The SCI-West has broad expertise among its members, but has a particular interest in sustainability with a focus on water resources, indigenous science, and undergraduate research. SCI-West initiatives are open to participants around the United States but are primarily designed to address the needs and interests of individuals in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Representation in Washington, DC
On September 29, at the U.S. Capitol, NSF SENCER Program Director, David Burns, introduced the Hawaii SENCER Team. Then Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai addressed the audience and spoke with pride about Hawaii’s effort to develop citizen scientists. Mika Morse and Jonathan Elkin, representing Senator Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, were also in attendance.
Establishing Model States is a SENCER strategy for sustaining the citizen science effort beyond the life of NSF funding.
About the Host Institution: Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a leading Jesuit, Catholic institution that has grown in size and stature during the last decade and is increasingly recognized as one of the most dynamic and successful private, nonprofit educational institutions in the West. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest institution of higher learning.
The University has over 8,000 students and is organized into six academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jesuit School of Theology, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, the School of Engineering, and the School of Law. Student learning takes place in an educational environment that integrates rigorous inquiry and scholarship, creative imagination, reflective engagement with society, a deep understanding of ethics, and a commitment to fashioning a more humane, just, and sustainable world. The vision of the University is to educate leaders and citizens of competence, conscience, and compassion.
Dr. Amy Shachter
Dr. Steven Bachofer
Dr. Ulla Hasager
Dr. Gary Booth
Dr. Stephen Carroll
Dr. Virginia Carson
Dr. Lawrence Duffy
Dr. Robert Franco
Dr. Garon Smith
Dr. Julia Smith