Chesapeake Bay

SCI-Chesapeake Bay Spring 2016

SCI-Chesapeake Bay Spring 2016 Meeting Attendees

The Chesapeake Bay SENCER Center for Innovation is a new collaboration of faculty from universities and colleges in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia focused on the complex issues associated with our most important regional natural resource, the Chesapeake Bay.

Combining expertise in undergraduate teaching, course design, and research, faculty from the SCI-Chesapeake Bay institutions bring interdisciplinary expertise to a variety of long-standing problems associated with alterations of the natural ecosystems that once sustained the Bay. Collaborations will improve faculty development, increase opportunities for undergraduate student learning and research, and stimulate improved public awareness of complex issues associated with the Bay.

Regional Symposia

SCI-Chesapeake Bay Fall 2017 Meeting: Sustainable Food Production Workshop
September 23-24, 2017
Airlie Conference Center
Warrenton Virginia

The Chesapeake Bay SENCER Center for Innovation held a day-long workshop focused on sustainable food production at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton Virginia. Our Chesapeake regional institutions have identified synergistic goals linking modern science and engineering practice with cultural values and ethical practice. We are enthusiastic to promote SENCER goals through cultural and ethical demand for responsible food production and STEM innovation. Read more. 

SCI-Chesapeake Bay Spring 2016 Meeting: Creating Partnerships for Greater Impact
April 23-24, 2016
Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation
Front Royal, VA

We invite you to join regional faculty and community partner colleagues in the Chesapeake Bay region for compelling conversations on existing and new ideas for science education. This opportunity is provided by the National Science Foundation project SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Chesapeake Center for Innovation (CSCI). We are a collaborative, regional network of educators and researchers working to promote quality science education across the region. We invite you to join our community.

We hope you will consider joining us for a regional meeting on April 23-24 (noon Saturday to Noon Sunday) at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal. Registration and lodging are covered by the CSCI for accepted participants. An agenda is attached.

Individuals or faculty teams (2 or 3 per institution) that are working on interesting course or programs are invited to apply. The application process initially involves sending a brief summary of an existing course or curriculum, or an idea to pursue, relevant to the Chesapeake SCI goals. Selected participants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis and be sent a link to register. Costs are covered by the CSCI.


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2015 Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE National Meeting: From Nice to Necessary - Science in the Service of Democracy
September 27-29, 2015
George Mason University - Arlington and Capitol Hill
Former Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Dr. Ellen Rubenstein of Monmouth University with Dr. Rubenstein's poster about her analysis of local lakes presented at the 2014 NSCSE Washington Symposium Capitol Hill Poster Session

Former Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Dr. Ellen Rubenstein of Monmouth University with Dr. Rubenstein’s poster about her analysis of local lakes presented at the 2014 NSCSE Washington Symposium Capitol Hill Poster Session

The Washington Symposium and SENCER-ISE national meeting was an opportunity for members of the SENCER community, and others interested in the intersection of science and public policy to share the results of their projects and demonstrate their impacts on campuses as well as communities. This year’s program had a particular focus on the work of SENCER-Informal Science Education and its partnerships.

The Symposium began on Sunday, September 27 at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University. The opening plenary address on SENCER Synergies with Informal Learning was delivered by David Ucko, a SENCER collaborator and SENCER-ISE senior advisor, followed by invited presentations on integrating the humanities in STEM education, and the work being done at George Mason University on conservation-focused partnerships.

On Monday, September 28, also at George Mason University, our program featured a keynote address from Julia Washburn, the National Park Service’s Associate Director for Interpretation, Education and Volunteers. Marsha Semmel, a SENCER collaborator and SENCER-ISE senior advisor, gave an afternoon keynote about creating a common theme for cultural institutions. Our Monday program will also feature invited presentations and panels showcasing best practices in educational partnerships.

On Tuesday, September 29, in the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill, we gathered for the Capitol Hill Poster Session, a special program honoring the SENCER Hawaii team for their multi-institutional collaboration and closing remarks.

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About the Host Institution: George Mason University

George Mason University, an institution that has been substantially involved in SENCER since the beginning of the community, serves as the host institution for SCI-Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Thomas Wood of George Mason University serves as SCI-Chesapeake Bay co-director.

Chesapeake Bay Co-Director

Tom Wood

Dr. Thomas Wood
George Mason University

Leadership Council

Dr. Gillian Backus
Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. Sarah Haines
Towson University

Dr. Cindy Klevickis
James Madison University

Dr. Woody McKenzie
Lynchburg College

Dr. Melanie Szulczeski
University of Mary Washington

Dr. Andrew Velkey
Christopher Newport University