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  1. 1. A SENCER-based Great Lakes stewardship strategy:
  2. 2. Blue green algae (microcystis or cyanobacteria) washing up on the eastern shore of Pelee Island, Sept. 4, 2009. (Photo credit: Thomas Archer)
  3. 3. Typology of Civic Engagement in Higher Education Collaboration (advocacy, shared resources & community leadership) Application (‘deliverable” class projects; service learning; community- based research) Contact (guest speakers, field trips) Conversation (class discussion, case studies)
  4. 4. Opportunities for undergraduate involvement (research and outreach) Recycling of toxins and nutrients Eutrophication (from urban stormwater and agricultural runoff ) Endocrine disruption in fish (attributed to personal care products)
  5. 5. Typology of Civic Engagement in Higher Education Risk Control Community Complexity Collaboration (advocacy, interaction <====================================== ==================================== ====================================== ====================================== shared resources & community leadership) Application (‘deliverable” class projects; service learning; community- based research) Contact (guest speakers, field trips) Conversation (class discussion, case studies)
  6. 6. Background www.ncsce.net www.cns.gov
  7. 7. Funding Source: Learn and Serve America Higher Education program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) (CNCS is better known for highly-visible programs like AmeriCorps/VISTA)
  8. 8. SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR NEW CIVIC ENAGEMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES SENCER is a comprehensive faculty development and science education reform project funded by the National Science Foundation. It is the signature program of the National Engagement, Center for Science and Civic Engagement, based at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. SENCER engages student interest in the sciences and mathematics by supporting the development of undergraduate courses and academic programs that teach “to” basic science “through” complex, capacious, and unsolved issues. public issues.
  9. 9. GLISTEN Vision Integrating Great-Lakes-stewardship-focused civic engagement into undergraduate coursework in the STEM disciplines Aligned with SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), an NSF-funded program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement www.sencer.net
  10. 10. GLISTEN Goal Build the capacity of STEM faculty and departments to • significantly increase their undergraduates’ understanding of the STEM disciplines byengaging them in direct action (i.e., service- learning) and community-based research benefiting resource-strapped governmental and community-based organizations
  11. 11. GLISTEN Goal (cont.) • better prepare those students for “green” professional opportunities likely to result from President Obama’s $5 billion pledge to restore the Great Lakes, and • provide them with the basic scientific knowledge necessary to become enlightened stakeholders who exhibit proactive stewardship behaviors in their private lives.
  12. 12. GLISTEN National NCSCE- “housed” Project Director
  13. 13. GLISTEN National Advisory Board - national/regional conservation organizations
  14. 14. GLISTEN Advisory Board (Cont’d) - higher education curricular and resource specialists - students (stewardship liaison representatives)
  15. 15. GLISTEN Collaborative Clusters 2- and 4-year higher education institutions (regional councils/collaboratives/ consortia, where applicable, e.g., WNYSLC) Resource Conservation and Development Councils (representation from county commissioners, county planning commissions, and soil and water conservation districts) Local non-profit and governmental agencies, and AOC (Areas Concern) representatives
  16. 16. Duluth/Superior * Brockport/Rochester Grand Saginaw * * Rapids * * Buffalo Milwaukee * * Erie Toledo * * Chicago ** Gary Cleveland/Akron
  17. 17. Erie Collaborative Cluster Under the Spell of the Cosmic Fish
  18. 18. GLISTEN Stewardship Liaisons - Advanced undergraduates - Part-time AY, full-time summer - Curriculum development, logistical support, community partner advocacy, peer leadership - Project-wide liaison network
  19. 19. Jahnke and Lisdahl, biology majors at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, conduct the first plant survey in 50 years on Wisconsin Point, the long finger of beach, dunes and forest separating Superior Bay from Lake Superior. Their work will guide other students in learning more about the point's dune environment, and help future efforts to manage the area and rid it of invasive plant species.
  20. 20. Environmental science major Kandice Spera, left, records measurements of Beauty Creek on the west side of Valparaiso, Indiana. She’s recording flow rates that could affect the health of living species – plants, fish and other organisms.
  21. 21. "This is real field work ... you have to go in and get dirty to get the data," said Spera. "We take the water samples back to Valpo labs to find the phosphorous concentration levels and to labs at IU-Northwest where testing is done to measure suspended solids (sediment) in the water." Spera said she is motivated by knowing that her work can help make a difference in protecting the natural environment. "There are many species of these little creatures that live in the bottom of the stream, and if there's too much sediment they won't be able to live," said Spera.
  22. 22. Students calculating canopy at Burr Oak with Shirley Heinze Land Trust Stream Monitoring with Save the Dunes Conservation Fund Observation of a brown field with environmental consultants Plant identification with NIRMI
  23. 23. Color satellite photo produced from NOAA-14 AVHRR satellite imagery (channels 1, 2, and 4) collected on June 21, 1995 at 18:48 GMT (about 2:48 pm local time). GLERL, G. Leshkevich, 1995.
  24. 24. Current Clusters Duluth/Superior Chicago Gary Toledo Cleveland/Akron
  25. 25. Clusters in planning Milwaukee Grand Rapids Erie Buffalo Brockport/Rochester

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