Registration open for SENCER Center for Innovation Symposium at TWU Jan. 29

Regional event features national experts in science education


For the second consecutive year, Texas Woman’s University is hosting the SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI) – Southwest Regional Symposium. The event features SENCER faculty experts from around the country, including from TWU, Rutgers University, George Mason University, Santa Clara University, Butler University and the University of Southern Maine.

Supported by the National Science Foundation, SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is an innovative way of teaching that improves education and student learning by connecting classroom knowledge to critical real-world issues through civic engagement, and also facilitates faculty expertise through symposia and workshops.

This free SCI Southwest Regional Symposium at TWU, which focuses on “Expanding Civic Capacity: Connecting learning to critical real-world issues through undergraduate research and sustainability education,” will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 in the Ann Stuart Science Complex on TWU’s Denton campus. Lunch will be provided to participants, who are asked to register by a preferred deadline of Friday, Jan. 22 or by Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the latest.

For more information or to register, visit or contact Cynthia Maguire, senior lecturer in the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and SCI-Southwest co-director, at (940) 898-2563 or

“The national prominence of the speakers and registrants set to participate in this symposium at TWU speaks to the quality of the university and emphasizes TWU’s role as a regional hub and national resource in environmental chemistry,” said Richard Sheardy, Ph.D., professor and chair of the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and SENCER Southwest co-director with Maguire.

The SENCER Symposium’s morning sessions will focus on undergraduate research and feature speakers Joseph L. Kirsch, Ph.D., from Butler University; G. Reid Bishop, Ph.D., from Belhaven University; Rob Sanford, Ph.D., and Joe Staples, Ph.D., from the University of Southern Maine; Thomas C. Wood, Ph.D., from George Mason University; and Stephen Carroll, Ph.D. from Santa Clara University.

Afternoon sessions focus on the “three P’s – People, Planet and Profits” and the challenges of a multidisciplinary approach. Afternoon speakers include: Catherine Middlecamp, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin‒Madison; Matt Fisher, Ph.D., from Saint Vincent College; Steven Bachofer, Ph.D., from St. Mary’s College of California; Bettie Davis, Ph.D., from Saint Vincent College; and Monica Devanas from Rutgers University.

Symposium facilitators from the TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry include Nasrin Mirsaleh Kohan, Maguire and Sheardy.

Current participants registered include faculty and staff from TWU and other universities and institutions such as Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, and more.

The SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI) – Southwest at TWU is one of eight regional SENCER Centers for Innovation in the country. It is committed to improving science education at all levels with a focus on sustainability and civic engagement. TWU became home to the SENCER Center for Innovation – Southwest in 2010.


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