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.


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.


Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education

19th June 2015 at 4:05 pm

Summer Professional Development Opportunities at the University of Oregon

We are excited to share a full slate of multi-day teaching professional development opportunities for faculty on the UO campus this summer! These free events center on Active Learning, and Scientific Teaching and provide opportunities for faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students at all stages of their careers to practice building new skills.

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UO LOCAL NATIONAL ACADEMIES SUMMER INSTITUTE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

When: June 22-25, 2015
Target Audience:
UO faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from science and math disciplines (June 22-25) and UO administrators (June 26)

About the Institute:
The Local Summer Institute will provide an opportunity for UO discipline specific teams to explore scientific teaching and create activities to implement in their own courses. Administrators will have an opportunity to learn about the national context of science education reform. Over the past 10 years the summer institutes have trained more than 1,000 science educators in best practices in science teaching (Pfund et al. 2009). The goal of the Summer Institutes for Undergraduate Education is to transform education at colleges and universities by improving classroom education and attracting more diverse students to research. We undertake to train faculty and instructional staff in a scientific approach to teaching that reflects the way we work as researchers. Participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning. The institutes model the scientific teaching principles of active learning, assessment, and diversity, which are integrated into all aspects of the week’s schedule.

For more information, including the workshop schedule, see our Events page.
Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu
Sponsor: Science Literacy Program

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WEST COAST REGIONAL NATIONAL ACADEMIES SUMMER INSTITUTE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

When: July 13-18, 2015
Target Audience:
Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from science and math disciplines across the West Coast.

About the Institute:
This evidence-based programs funded by HHMI is designed to support college science teachers in transforming undergraduate science education. Over the past 10 years the summer institutes have trained more than 1,000 science educators in best practices in science teaching (Pfund et al. 2009). In discipline specific teams, participants will develop a classroom activity to support student learning. The goal of the Summer Institutes for Undergraduate Education is to transform education at colleges and universities by improving classroom education and attracting more diverse students to research. We undertake to train faculty and instructional staff in a scientific approach to teaching that reflects the way we work as researchers. Participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning. The institutes model the scientific teaching principles of active learning, assessment, and diversity, which are integrated into all aspects of the week’s schedule.

For more information, including the workshop schedule, see our Events page.
Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu
Sponsor: HHMI and local host Science Literacy Program

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Congratulations to SLP UO Graduates

18th June 2015 at 9:42 am

The Science Literacy Program would like to congratulate the former Undergraduate SLP Scholars graduating in the 2014-2015 school year. Between them, they have earned 25 majors and 14 minors.

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  • Alex Schachtner
  • Ansen Burr
  • Bettie Wanjeri
  • Briana Jones
  • Brooklyn Gose
  • Caitlyn Hazlett
  • Christian Burns
  • Clayton Kilmer
  • Hanna Moore
  • Harrison Fontaine
  • Hayley Resk
  • Jenessa Dragovich
  • Justin Stockwell
  • Kimi Lerner
  • Mairin Peck
  • Matt Reyer
  • Nathan Wilson
  • Samantha Mellin
  • Simone Prather
  • Wes Horton

We would also like to congratulate the former Graduate SLP Fellows graduating this year.

Master of Science

  • Ben Heath
  • Christina Della Iacono
  • Christy Lykken
  • Dylan Mead
  • Samantha Zeman

Doctorate

  • Ben Armstrong
  • Jeneva Anderson
  • Jessica Preston
  • Rob Skarbek
  • Ruth Siboni
  • Tristan Hormel
  • Victor Fiore
  • Yan Sang

Workshop Featured by UO Research and Innovation

9th June 2015 at 12:21 pm

Improv-Training-332x181_featuredThe recent Communicating Science two-day workshop, sponsored by SLPSTEM CORE and CAS and facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, is featured in an article from the UO Research and Innovation. Read the article on Research and Innovation website.

The workshop was also featured in Around the O on June 1, 2015.