MORAGA, Calif. (April 26, 2006) - Saint Mary's College of California Professor Steven Bachofer presented research in Washington, D.C., today on the redevelopment of a Superfund site at the former Naval Air Station at Alameda Point.

Bachofer made the presentation, along with Saint Mary's College senior Coree Brown, as part of the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Capitol Hill Symposium and Poster Session, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in the Longworth House Office Building. The session included faculty members and students from 18 institutions who presented academic posters highlighting projects that connect science and math learning to the most pressing issues of our day.

The Alameda Point redevelopment site was used as a "living laboratory" for a group of Saint Mary's College chemistry and sociology students, designed as a learning community. The group explored issues of civic engagement as well as environmental risks and health hazards. For more information about the project, go to: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/prospective/undergraduate_admissions/
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SENCER is a National Science Foundation supported faculty development project that has worked with leaders from 270 institutions in 146 Congressional Districts. SENCER supports the development of courses and programs that teach basic science through complex and unsolved public issues.

SENCER is the signature project of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) which is affiliated with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and has offices in Washington, DC. The mission of the NCSCE is to inspire, support, and disseminate campus-based science education reform strategies that strengthen learning and build civic accountability among students in colleges and universities. More information about the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and SENCER can be found online at www.ncsce.net and www.sencer.net.

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