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Truman College selected to receive SENCER-NSF Award to improve STEM Education

Truman College selected to receive SENCER-NSF Award to improve STEM Education

2/9/2015 12:00 AM

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Ray Torralba, Mahesh Gurung, Christine Aguila, and Geoffrey Martin, professors at Harry S Truman are recipients of a SENCER-National Science Foundation Post-Institute Implementation Award to increase the college's capacity to offer highly integrated and linked courses (LC) organized around environmental sustainability and that apply the SENCER ideals. This involves building support for each LC that links developmental education and English composition courses with college-level, introductory science courses.
 

The project plan is the result of work done during a residential summer institute that Torralba and his colleagues were invited to attendas part of anational initiative called Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). SENCER, the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The Institute took place from July 31 to August 4, 2014, and was hosted by the University of North Carolina at Ashville.

“At a time when the United States is competing on a global scale for maintaining leadership in math and sciences, programs of this type play an important role in promoting faculty and student participation in environmental and sustainability issues,” said Truman Vice President, Pervez Raman.

This is the third post-institute implementation award for Truman College. It received the award in 2007 for the Truman Environmental Intervention Project and again in 2009 for the development of an environmental science focus within the associate science degree program.

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