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National science center selects TWU as one of six regional hubs


DENTON — The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement recently selected Texas Woman’s University as the home for the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Center for Innovation – Southwest.

The SENCER Center for Innovation – Southwest at TWU is one of six regional SENCER Centers in the country. The other centers are based at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the University of Southern Maine, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Harold Washington College in Chicago and Santa Clara University in California.

“Being selected a regional home for a SENCER Center speaks to the quality of TWU’s science curriculum, students and faculty,” said Dr. Ann Q. Staton, dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the SENCER Center for Innovation – Southwest.

Dr. Richard Sheardy, SENCER Fellow and professor and chair of the TWU chemistry and physics department, also serves as a co-director of the SENCER Center for Innovation – Southwest.

“TWU is committed to applying SENCER principles to science and mathematics education and to encourage civic engagement across all disciplines,” Dr. Sheardy said.

SENCER is a comprehensive faculty development and science education reform project funded by the National Science Foundation. SENCER is designed to improve undergraduate science education and stimulate civic engagement through the design and development of courses that teach basic science through complex, unsolved public issues.

SENCER Centers for Innovation offer regional networks for educators and institutions in the region seeking to connect with others in their area who are applying SENCER principles to their curriculum. The centers also offer workshops and meetings during the year to supplement national SENCER events. For more information, visit

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