SLP Mission Statement

11th May 2015 at 7:07 pm

The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program (SLP) makes a real-world difference in the lives of UO students by building science literacy among undergraduate non-science majors, giving science students mentored teaching opportunities to implement active learning, and providing faculty with teaching professional development.

SLP offers General Education courses for non-science students that promote student-centered teaching and communication of science where non-science majors are empowered to consider scientific approaches to societal issues and have the opportunity to learn how to process and critique scientific information. Graduate students and undergraduate students in the sciences have mentored teaching opportunities where they learn the theory and practice of scientific teaching and effectively communicating ideas to audiences of non-scientists.  The program enables and assists faculty in improving teaching techniques using evidence-based pedagogy focusing on science literacy.

Journal Club Spring 2015 – Week 9

26th May 2015 at 12:40 pm

For the last two weeks of the term we will focus on using games to teach science. Please read the following two articles and come prepared to try out some game playing.

Samide, M. J., & Wilson, A. M. (2014). Games, Games, Games; Playing to Engage with Chemistry Concepts.

Gutierrez, A. F. (2014). Development and Effectiveness of an Educational Card Game as Supplementary Material in Understanding Selected Topics in Biology.CBE-Life Sciences Education, 13(1), 76-82.

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP and Elly Vandegrift, SLP
– Friday 12:00pm in LISB 217 facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie and Elly

Journal Club Spring 2015 – Week 8

18th May 2015 at 4:24 pm

This week in journal club we will try a role playing exercise about genetically modified organisms (GMO).

For the GMO debate, you will each have a role and take a side on the issue. Roles will be assigned by the first letter of your last name—see below. Read the appropriate short articles for your role and come prepared to discuss your side of the issue.

Molecular Biologists (Last name A-B)
Fedoroff, N.V. 2011 August 18. Engineering Food for All. New York Times.

Casassus, B. 2013 November 29. Study Linking Genetically Modified Corn to Rat Tumors is Retracted. Scientific American.

Corporate Officials (Last name C-D)
Fraley, R.T. 2013 December 30. The Future of Agriculture Requires Dialogue. Huffington Post.

Fraley, R.T. 2014 May 6. To Deal With Climate Change, We Need Agricultural Innovation – Now. Huffington Post.

SLP Featured in Cascade Magazine

13th May 2015 at 9:26 am

The Science Literacy Program is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Cascade Magazine. The article highlights the history of the SLP and the impact of the program on undergraduate education. The Cascade Magazine article is available here.

The SLP was recently named a recipient of long-term recurring funding under the UO’s 2015 Strategic Initiative (read the story here) and was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education (read the story here.)

Communicating Science Workshop

12th May 2015 at 3:30 pm

On May 14-15, 2015, the Science Literacy Program and STEM Core are holding a two-day workshop facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University on improvisation, distilling a science message, and communicating with the media. The center and their workshop have recently been featured in the New York Times, Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, With Alan Alda’s Help.

Event co-sponsored by the Science Literacy Program, STEM Core and the College of Arts and Sciences.