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SENCER is a faculty development and science education reform program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). SENCER has established and supported an ever-growing international community of faculty, students, academic leaders, and others to improve undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by connecting learning to critical civic questions. SENCER is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

As part of its mission to bring more students and teachers into science and math, in January 2010, the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement established a new center for science education in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman’s University: the SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI)-Southwest.  The co-directors for SCI-Southwest are Dr. Richard Sheardy, Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Dr. Ann Staton, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Symposia

  • “Science Education and Civic Engagement: The Next Level,” Attended and organized by R. D. Sheardy at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Denver, CO (August, 2011).
  • “Communicating Your Science: The Dual Poster”. Presented by C. Maguire at the SENCER Washington DC Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session, March 10-12, 2013.

Workshops

  • “How to Incorporate Civic Engagement into Your Class,” Presented by R.D. Sheardy and C. Maguire at Centre College, Danville, KY (2011).
  • “Translating Science into Common Language: SENCER and the Dual Poster Concept”, Presented by C. Maguire at the Fourth International Conference on Science in Society accepted. Berkeley, CA; November 15-17, 2012.

Publications

  • Science Education and Civic Engagement: The Next Level, edited by R. D. Sheardy and W. D. Burns, ACS Symposium Books, Washington, D.C. (2013).
  • Robb, J. B. & Sheardy, R. D., How to Build a Transdisciplinary Certificate, Science Education and Civic Engagement: The Next Level, edited by R. D. Sheardy and W. D. Burns, ACS Symposium Books, Washington, D.C. (2013).
  • Tucker, B. A., Gabriel, S. & Sheardy, R. D. A CD Spectroscopic Investigation of Inter- and Intramolecular DNA Quadruplexes. Frontiers in Nucleic Acids,  edited by R.D. Sheardy and S. A. Winkle, ACS Symposium Books, Washington, D. C. (2011).
  • Winkle S. A., Duran, E., Pullido, J., Santil, G., Talavera, M., Winkle, C., Sheardy, R. D.  Ramsauer, V. Examining Flanking Sequence Specificity and Topological Specificity in the Binding of Various Molecular Types to DNAs Using Restriction Endonuclease Activity Assays. Frontiers in Nucleic Acids, edited by R.D. Sheardy and S. A. Winkle, ACS Symposium Books, Washington, D. C. (2011).
  • Maguire, C., Jones, R., da Rosa, J. & Sheardy, R. D.  Science, Society and Sustainability: A Certificate Program. Sustainability in the Chemical Curriculum, edited by C. Middlecamp & A. Jorgenson, ACS Symposium Books, Washington. DC. (2011).
  • Science Education and Civic Engagement: The SENCER Approach, Edited by R. D. Sheardy, ACS Symposium Books, Washington, D. C. (2010).
  • Sheardy, R. D. & Jones, R. SENCER at TWU. Science Education and Civic Engagement: The SENCER Approach, edited by R. D. Sheardy, ACS Symposium Books, Washington, D. C. (2010).
  • Robb, J., Rylander, D. and Maguire, C. Building Trans-Disciplinary Sustainability Studies into the College Curriculum. The International Journal of Sustainability Education; Vol. 8; 2013.
  • Maguire, C., Shepard, L. and Wallis, A.N.  Communicating Your Science in Common Language: Creating Effective Dual Posters. Chapter 10 in Science Education and Civic Engagement: The Next Level. Richard D. Sheardy and Wm. David Burns, editors. ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1121; 2012, American Chemical Society.
  • Maguire, C. and da Rosa, J. Implementing SENCER Courses at Texas Woman’s University, Chapter 4, pp 45-61 in Science Education and Civic Engagement: The SENCER Approach. Richard D. Sheardy, editor.  ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1037; 2010, American Chemical Society.

Presentations

  • Sheardy, R. D., Maguire, C. & Jones, R., How to Build a Certificate Program in Sustainability. SENCER Summer Institute 2011, Indianapolis, IN (2011).
  • Sheardy, R. D. & Staton, A. Q. Developing SENCER Initiatives for New Teams. SENCER Summer Institute 2011, Indianapolis, IN (2011).
  • Sheardy, R. D.  Science Education and Civic Engagement: The SENCER Approach, Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2010, Denton, TX (2010).
  • Maguire, C.  Oral and poster presentations: Communicating your Science in Common Language. SENCER Summer Institute 2011 (SSI 2011); Indianapolis, IN Butler University, July 20-25. ACS National Meeting in Denver, CO; August 30 – September 1, 2011. SENCER Summer Institute 2013 (SSI 2013); San Jose, CA at Santa Clara University, August 1-5.
  • Maguire, C.  Poster presentation:  Growing Pains: SENCER Approach Expands at TWU. Attended Summer Institute 2009 (SSI 2009); Chicago, IL Harold Washington College, Aug 6-10.

CAS Sponsored SENCER Events

Spring 2011 SCI-Southwest Advisory Council Meeting

Spring 11 Advisory Counsil Meeting
Photo 1: Dr. Bryan Bilyeu, Dr. Ann Staton, Dr. Reid Bishop, Dr. Cathy Middlecamp, Mr. Ron Chandler, Dr. Richard Sheardy
Photo 2: Dr. David Rylander, Dr. Rich Jones, Dr. Reid Bishop, Dr. Bryan Bilyeu, Mr. Ron Chandler, Dr. Richard Sheardy, Ms. Cynthia Maguire, Dr. Ann Staton, Dr. Cathy Middlecamp, Dr. Jennifer DaRosa, Dr. Lynda Peebles


Cathy Middlecamp"The Art of Engagement" and "Uranium and U"
Guest Speaker for the 12th Annual Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium in the Spring of 2009 was Cathy Middlecamp, SENCER Distinguished Faculty Associate and Director of the Chemistry Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cathy Middlecamp


SENCEREducation for Civic Engagement: Beyond Science and Across Disciplines
Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Forum - April 29th, 2008

SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is a faculty development and science education reform program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). SENCER has established and supported an ever-growing international community of faculty, students, academic leaders, and others to improve undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by connecting learning to critical civic questions. SENCER is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

As part of its mission to bring more students and teachers into science and math, in January 2010, the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement established a new center for science education in the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman’s University: the SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI)  – Southwest.

  

TWU SENCER MembersIn April 2008, Wm. David Burns, Executive Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, spent two days on the TWU campus speaking to students and faculty about education for civic engagement -- both in science, as well as in other disciplines across Arts and Sciences.

Left to Right: Ann Staton, Arts and Sciences; Ann Hughes, School of Management; Cynthia Maguire, Chemistry; David Burns (Speaker), Executive Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement; Richard Sheardy, Chemistry; Penny Hanstein, School of the Arts; Reg Rezac, Accounting; David Rylander, Management; Mark Sandel, Social Work; Claire Sahlin, Women's Studies.


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