2015 Spring SCI-Midwest Regional Meeting

  • 14 Mar 2015
  • (CDT)
  • Northeastern Illinois University


Teaching College Science and Math Through Food, Health and Sustainability Themes

Saturday, March 14, 2014, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Northeastern Illinois University

Student Union

Abstract deadline: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Registration deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

The SCI-Midwest Spring 2015 Regional Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Chicago Symposium Series' second meeting on Friday, March 13, also at NEIU.

Conference attendees will:

-Explore the use of several major issues - food, health, sustainability, and the intersections among them - as tools for teaching in STEM fields and as opportunities for student civic engagement.

-Learn about the goals of the SENCER project and how to design a "SENCER course".

-Share examples of pedagogies across the disciplines that enhance civic engagement, student learning and faculty collaboration.

-Strengthen the SENCER regional network by making new connections and renewing old ones.

Both events will feature keynote speakers emphasizing the SENCER approach to science and math education:

David Burns, Executive Director, National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, and founder and Principal Investigator of SENCER

Victor Donnay, Professor of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College

Call for Proposals

We seek proposals for 30-minute oral presentations and posters on pedagogical innovations, results and great ideas related to the central topics of the symposium. There will be multiple concurrent sessions and a poster session featuring submitted abstracts.

Sample proposal topics include: community food systems, urban agriculture, food access, public health policy, health disparities, environmental degradation and restoration, nature and culture, molecular/biochemical basis of disease and quantitative analysis of resource use. Abstracts should include a description of how the chosen topic is used to promote civic engagement, work across academic disciplines and/or contribute to learning objectives at the course or program level. Abstracts should be 200 words or fewer.

There will also be general information about the SENCER project. Please contact the organizers if you have an idea for a presentation or questions about the format.

Abstracts may be submitted in Word or plain text format to event organizers David Rutschman (d-rutschman@neiu.edu) and Bob Seiser (rseiser@roosevelt.edu)

There is no fee to register or attend the meeting. (Registration for the Chicago Symposium Series is separate - see above website) A number of travel awards will be available to presenters and new attendees. Registration and application details will follow in the new year.

Preliminary Schedule
8:30am Registration and Breakfast
9:15am Welcome and Introductions
9:30am Opening Plenary
10:30am Concurrent Sessions I
11:30am Poster Session
12:15pm Lunch
1:00pm Plenary
2:00pm Concurrent Sessions II
3:00pm Closing Plenary
4:00pm Adjourn

Contact Information

For more information about the symposium or questions, please contact the co-directors of SCI-Midwest,Bob Seiser (rseiser@roosevelt.edu) and David Rutschman (d-rutschman@neiu.edu).
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