Partnership: Civic Engagement and Youth

Joseph Kahne

Joseph Kahne

Who says kids can’t be politically active? Headed by Graduate School of Education professor Joseph Kahne and Erica Hodgin, UC Riverside’s Civic Engagement Research Group recently collaborated with Teaching Channel in curating “Educating for Democracy,” a collection of videos, blogs, research articles, and other resources designed to help educators prepare youth for civic engagement.

The collection, part of Teaching Channel’s “Deep Dive” series, serves as a jumping-off point for teachers looking to influence young people’s participation in democracy. Subjects covered include how to assist students with researching social issues that interest them, how to encourage healthy and productive dialogues both inside and outside of the classroom, and how to guide budding activists to mobilize in their own communities.  

Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Kahne, who holds the Ted and Jo Dutton Presidential Chair in Educational Policy and Politics at UCR, conducted extensive research on young people’s inability to discern fake from real news in digital spaces. With that in mind, “Educating for Democracy” also features videos and web links to lesson-planning materials geared toward teaching students new techniques to better determine the accuracy of information found online. Those interested in learning more can access the collection here and follow @Ed4Democracy on Twitter.

Tess Eyrich

Samantha Ying Organizes Women in Soil Science Networking Event

Attendees enjoying a “Food (and Drink!) for Thought” networking event for female soil scientists at the Tri-Societies annual conference, Tampa, Fla.

The world of soil science is taking strides towards gender equality, but it is still a male-dominated field.

Knowing this, Samantha Ying, assistant professor of soil biogeochemistry at UCR, and Angelia Seyfferth, an assistant professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware, hosted the first “Food (and Drink!) for Thought” networking event for female soil scientists at the Tri-Societies annual conference, which was held recently in Tampa, Fla. The annual event is a joint gathering of the Soil Science Society of America, the Agronomy Society of America, and the Crop Society of America.

The event followed a “progressive party” style, with participants rotating between four themed stations to participate in facilitated discussions about issues women in soil sciences face.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for women in our field to build connections and initiate new collaborations,” Ying said.

The event was a success, with more than 100 women in attendance. Ying said she plans to coordinate a similar event at the next international soil science meeting which will be held in January 2019 in San Diego. This year’s event was sponsored by UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the University of Delaware ADVANCE program.

Adam Thomas at the University of Delaware provided information for this article.

Sarah Nightingale

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