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Article

Publication Date

2-22-2007

Abstract

A low level of scientific knowledge among the U.S. population has considerably hindered its economic preeminence and social development. Science to Serve is a distinctive framework at GCSU that embraces a significant number of formal and informal interdisciplinary practices with the single purpose of advancing the interest, engagement, and understanding of science and technology by people of all ages and backgrounds. That is, Science to Serve aims to make science “real” to those who might not ordinarily be engaged so that they see the role of science to life, in education, and to the economy. Primary support for this unique framework comes from the Office of Academic Outreach, the Department Biological &Environmental Sciences, the Department of Chemistry & Physics, the Science Education Center, and faculty from Middle Grades Education. This rich tradition of effectively communicating and instilling the usefulness of science to diverse communities has resulted in an impressive host of resources, programs, courses, and activities that are cross-disciplinary in scope. Science to Serve garners broad-based support from the university community and myriad constituencies beyond the campus with faculty and students of all majors serving as ambassadors of science. Partnerships with key statewide and national organizations have further strengthened this initiative and external funding has exceeded $2 million to date. For a relatively small liberal arts university in a rural location, this remarkably large number of resources focused on civic engagement through science is extraordinary. The Science to Serve framework will provide a cohesive, coherent and comprehensive structure that will greatly enhance opportunities for acquiring external support if selected as one of GCSU’s academic programs of distinction

Comments

A proposal submitted to President Dorothy Leland for her recommendation as an Academic Program of Distinction.

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