History: under the leadership of Roger Williams University, NESP emerged, in retrospect, as a regional multi institutional academic interest for the presentation, sharing, discussion and dissemination of research programs in biology —this emphasis broadened later. In 2007, Roger Williams University hosted the first Biology New England South Undergraduate Research meeting (BioNESUR), which developed into the annual conference Biology New England South (BioNES 2008-present). The purpose of BioNES was to gather researchers in New England, present their work, feature keynote speakers, sponsor graduate and undergraduate research projects, award prestigious recognitions (BioNES Award) to the best graduate- and undergraduate-oral presentations, and organize poster sessions with awards to significant contributions. In November 2012, Roger Williams University launched the New England Center for the Public Understanding of Science, to be sponsored by and hosted at RWU. Today, the Center’s mission is to lead and promote science literacy —broadly defined and inclusive of all fields of scientific inquiry— and the public understanding of science.
Mission: to lead and promote science literacy and the public understanding of science.
Vision: people living in a scientifically-literate society think critically and make informed choices about individual, collective, private and public affairs; rely on facts and reason to express opinions; support policies that benefit local, regional, national and world communities; sponsor proper education in science and all fields of inquiry; value the application of scientific knowledge for the improvement of the quality of life via environmentally sound technological development; protect the environment and the natural resources of our planet; understand human’s existence in an evolutionary context, which is connected via common ancestry to all biodiversity; seek scientific answers to all questions and explore —with no stoppers of thought or restrains on logic— all natural phenomena occurring in Earth and the Cosmos. Proper understanding of science and its applications can lead, ultimately, to societal support of humanistic principles, fairness, harmony between development and environmental preservation, and world peace.
Instructions to donate
In the ‘Roger Williams University Giving’ webpage, please:
To donate in person or by phone, call (401) 254-3071
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