Journal Club Fall 2015 Week 8

16th November 2015 at 1:07 pm

This week we will continue to focus on science literacy.  Please read

Walton, K. L. (2014). Using a Popular Science Nonfiction Book to Introduce Biomedical Research Ethics in a Biology Majors Course. Journal of microbiology & biology education15(2), 240.

Smith, K. C. (2014). Ethics Is Not Rocket Science: How to Have Ethical Discussions in Your Science Class. Journal of microbiology & biology education15(2), 202.

For your convenience, we offer two weekly meetings for you to choose from in317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building)

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm


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.

SLP Featured in the Oregon Daily Emerald

5th November 2015 at 10:48 am

Science for the rest of us: UO fights for science literacy

Dr. Scott Fisher has looked into other galaxies and worked for NASA, but he’s teaching a 100-level astronomy course at University of Oregon.

He describes himself as an absolute stereotype of a scientist: Bald with glasses, with facial hair reminiscent of Walter White. But his attitude about the way science courses should be taught is anything but stereotypical: He starts most classes with “What’s up, my fine peoples?”

But Fisher is serious about science. He’s a “planet hunter,” monitoring infant solar systems from a remote-controlled telescope in Bend, on UO’s Pine Mountain Observatory. He’s also looking for supernovas: If he spots one, he’ll alert the Gemini telescope at Mauna Kea, where he used to work.

“A major problem is not that people hate science, but that people had such a bad experience with science, that it turned them against it,” Fisher said. “And that’s what I’m trying to fight. Let’s have a positive experience that you can carry forward in life.”

Read full article here.

A list of SLP Winter Term courses is available on our website.

SLP Joins Alan Alda Center Affiliates

11th September 2015 at 11:29 am

Following a successful two-day workshop on Science Communication (May 2015), the University of Oregon has been invited to become an Affiliated University with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.  The Science Literacy Program will serve as the campus resource center to provide opportunities for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty to build science communication skills in collaboration with the Alda Center.  The UO is one of ten institutions affiliated with the Center and the first West of the Mississippi River.

The goal of the Alda Center at Stony Brook University, New York is to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline.  Trainings include learning improvisation techniques and how to distill a scientific message for a general audience.

Accepting Winter 2016 Scholar and Fellow applications

18th August 2015 at 12:07 pm

The Science Literacy Program is now accepting applications for Graduate SLP Fellows and Undergraduate SLP Scholars positions for Winter 2016.

National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education

28th July 2015 at 3:31 pm

Fifty-three science educators from 20 institutions were on the UO campus in July 2015 for five days of workshops in the annual West Coast National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education.

During the sessions, participants learned the latest approaches in how to use active learning tools to engage undergraduate students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Read the full story on Around the O.