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March STEM Network Newsletter

Request for Assistance with National Academies Study on Humanities and STEM Courses

Our former colleague David Skorton, who now is secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has asked me to request your assistance with an important National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study. David, as he writes in this letter, is heading a study committee "that is examining the evidence behind the assertion that educational experiences that integrate the humanities and arts with science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine lead to improved educational and career outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students." He is seeking evidence based on programs or courses on your campuses. I hope you will be able to be of assistance.

STEM DBER Alliance

The purpose of the STEM DBER Alliance is to build a cross-disciplinary STEM DBER community that will advance and disseminate knowledge and theory that promote learning and success for all students across STEM fields. This community will address complex, cross-cutting research questions as well as issues that arise in individual disciplines and can best be understood and addressed with theories that transcend disciplines. At its core, this STEM DBER community will focus on undergraduate learning and teaching at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, with links to K-12 and graduate education. STEM is broadly defined to include social and behavioral sciences. If you are interested in learning more, join the STEM DBER Alliance group on Trellis.

Summer Institutes on Science Teaching

Faculty and future faculty are invited to apply to attend a Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching. Accepted participants will learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning through the principles of scientific teaching: active learning, assessment and inclusive teaching. Each of the six regional Summer Institutes are led by experienced faculty leaders and facilitators, and are designed to incorporate contributions from participants in an engaging and intensive format. The Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching are sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Helmsley Charitable Trust and Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. Application deadlines for individual institutes are in April and May. Click here for more information and to apply.

ASCN Leadership Institute

The Accelerating Systematic Change Network (ASCN) Leadership Institute is designed to support campus change agents in using institutional change strategies to advance STEM change projects to greater scale and sustainability. Campus teams will bring existing projects, envisioned or started, that they need help bringing to scale or longer-term sustainability. Institute participants will learn about the national context and drivers for change, theories and frameworks of change and the logistics of managing change projects. Participants will benefit from close mentoring by accomplished change agents who will help shape their project plan during the summer meeting, check in monthly for advice, and make a campus visit for mentoring in context. Applications deadline extended to March 20, 2017. Click here for more information and to apply.

Do you want to promote a campus or employment opportunity focused on improving undergraduate STEM education? Post a status or start a discussion in the AAU STEM Education Initiative's Trellis Group.