Spring 2015 Teaching Journal Club

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Welcome to spring term Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club. We’re looking forward to exploring a variety of active engagement techniques together this quarter. If you haven’t been coming, this is a great time to join us.

As always, we will have two sessions to choose from:

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

We hope to see you there!
Elly and Julie


Week 1 – April 2 and 3

Reading

For spring term, we’ll take two weeks to explore each topic. Journal Club participants will help with planning and facilitation of the sessions. For week one please read:

Greathouse, S.E. &  Rosen. L.H. (2015, March 20). The Best Post Wiki: A Tool for Promoting Collaborative Learning and Higher-Order Thinking [Faculty Focus Blog]. Retrieved from
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/best-post-wiki-tool-promoting-collaborative-learning-higher-order-thinking/

Bart, M. (2009, June 17). Using Twitter to Facilitate Classroom Discussions. [Faculty Focus Blog]. Retrieved from
http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/using-twitter-to-facilitate-classroom-discussions/

Graba, B. (2014, April). Using Twitter in the Science Classroom.  PowerPoint presentation at the meeting of the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Boston, MA.
http://www.slideshare.net/BradGraba/using-twitter-in-the-science-classroom

Anyone on  Twitter may want to browse #organellewars or @mr_graba.

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

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Week 2 – April 9 and 10

Activities

For this week’s journal club we will continue to explore using interactive and social media in college science classrooms. This week we want to simulate an out of class assignment. Your job is to:

  1. Take a walk around campus (in our out of buildings) and find something with science in it,
  2. Take a picture of the object, action, place, etc.,
  3. Post that picture to the google doc accessible here,
  4. Write about the image, how it relates to science, and why you chose it, and
  5. Find and share resources for using interactive and social media resources in the classroom.
  6. (optional) If you are on Twitter or Facebook, post and tag @UOSciLit and #SLTJC or to the Science Literacy Program Facebook page.

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

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Week 3 – April 16 and 17

Reading

For this week’s journal club we will discuss using drawing to learn. Please bring with you to Journal Club a problem that involves generating a drawing, graph, or illustration of some sort. This could be either a problem you have assigned as a teacher or been assigned as a student. For Week 3, please read:

Quillin, K., & Thomas, S. (2015). Drawing-to-Learn: A Framework for Using Drawings to Promote Model-Based Reasoning in Biology. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 14(1), es2.
http://www.lifescied.org/content/14/1/es2.full

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

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Week 4 – April 23 and 24

Reading

Thursday this week we will be joined by Thomas Seager of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University who will talk with us about using social media in his courses. To prepare please look at his syllabus for a course on Engineering Business Practices and come with questions about using social media to engage students.

Friday we will explore a method for helping students engage with their readings. Before journal club create a concept map about all the factors that contribute to or affect obesity and their connections. Bring your concept map to journal club. (Read about concept maps.)

Hoskins, S.G. (2010). “But if It’s in the Newspaper, Doesn’t That Mean It’s True?” Developing Critical Reading & Analysis Skills by Evaluating Newspaper Science with CREATE. The American Biology Teacher, 72(7), 415-420. Available from:
http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1525/abt.2010.72.7.5

Rundle, R.L. (2005, October 6). Study links produce prices to obesity. The Wall Street Journal.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB112855170081961018

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

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Week 5 – April 30 and May 1

Reading

Read the following to get us thinking about Mary Pat Wenderoth’s research prior to her visit on May 5. Your homework for the week is to observe a class you are taking, teaching or visiting and notice how frequently women and men participate in class discussion.

Eddy, S. L., Brownell, S. E., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Gender Gaps in Achievement and Participation in Multiple Introductory Biology Classrooms. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 13(3), 478-492.
http://www.lifescied.org/content/13/3/478.full.pdf+html

Note the new location for our Friday Journal Club is 217 LISB. Our Thursday meeting remains in the original location, 317 LISB.

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

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Week 6 – May 7 and 8

Reading

For this week read and watch the following about Reacting to the Past.

Toppo, G. 2014. Role-playing history game gets students jazzed. USA Today 28 March 2015
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/28/history-reacting-past-game/24651641/

And look through the Reacting to the Past STEM Games website:
https://sites.google.com/site/reactingscience/home

– 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

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Week 7 – May 14 and 15

Reading

This week the Science Literacy Program will be hosting a Communicating Science workshop run by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

For Thursday we would like you to watch the Physics Slam Videos
http://media.uoregon.edu/channel/2015/04/09/2015-physics-slam/

and read a piece about the Alda Center
Chang, K. 2015 3 March. Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, with Alan Alda’s Help. New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/science/attention-all-scientists-do-improv-with-alan-aldas-help.html?_r=0.

There will not be a journal club meeting on Friday, but you are encouraged to attend the Thursday morning session.

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP
– Friday 12:00pm – no Friday meeting

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Week 8 – May 21 and 22

Reading

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.
http://nyti.ms/1HnP6cm

Casassus, B. 2013 November 29. Study Linking Genetically Modified Corn to Rat Tumors is Retracted. Scientific American.
http://bit.ly/sciam_GMO

Corporate Officials (Last name C-D)
Fraley, R.T. 2013 December 30. The Future of Agriculture Requires Dialogue. Huffington Post.
http://huff.to/1HcSnbY

Fraley, R.T. 2014 May 6. To Deal With Climate Change, We Need Agricultural Innovation – Now. Huffington Post.
http://huff.to/1FkjP9C

Economists  (Last name E-J)
Fields of Beaten Gold. 2013 December 7. The Economist
http://econ.st/1HcS5Sk

Monsanto: the parable of the sower. 2009 November 19. The Economist
http://bit.ly/manoa_GMO

Farmers  (Last name K-P)
Royte, E. 2013 December 6. The Post-GMO Economy. The Modern Farmer.
http://bit.ly/Mod_Farmer

This Farmer’s Perspective on GMOs. 2011 November 19. Son of a Farmer Blog.
http://bit.ly/Farmer_GMO

Ecologists & Conservationists  (Last name Q-S)

Achitoff, P. 2014 March 5. GMOs in Kauai: Not Just Another Day in Paradise. Huffington Post.
http://huff.to/1B8iNtm

Benbrook, C.M. 2012. Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years. Environmental Sciences Europe 24:24. (Just read the synopsis that comes up, not the full pdf.)
http://bit.ly/1GjWuXv

Genetic Engineering Risks and Impacts. Union of Concerned Scientists.
http://bit.ly/1B8j3Za

Public Interest Groups & Activists (Last name T-Z)

Tran, M. 2013 February 25. Vandana Shiva: ‘Seeds must be in the hands of farmers’. The Guardian.
http://bit.ly/1Ab9XQA

Ho, M.W. 2014 February 4. GMO labeling: the tide is turning. Ecologist.
http://bit.ly/1JtC9A4

– 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

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Week 9 – May 28 and 29

Reading

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.
http://chemeducator.org/papers/0019001/19140167.pdf

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.
http://www.lifescied.org/content/13/1/76.full.pdf+html?with-ds=yes

– 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

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Week 10 – June 4 and 5

It has been a great year! Thanks for your enthusiastic participation in all we have done.

This week, in the final Journal Club meetings of the year, we will play some science-related word games: Taboo and Balderdash. Come prepared to have some fun, and don’t forget your thinking cap!

– 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

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