Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2014 – Welcome Back

Suggested reading – new article from Mazur group at Harvard looks at student response data

During the Spring 2014 term, Eric Mazur gave a presentation at the University of Oregon and Kelly Miller was an invited speaker at our Journal Club.

In their recent article, the group analyzed classroom response system data coupled with student demographics. Three variables were selected for analysis; response time, student pre-course subject knowledge, and gender. Based on their findings, the group recommends that instructors end conceptual question classroom polls after 80% of the responses are received as they found that the final 20% of the responses were increasingly based on random guessing. Interested in the details of the study? Read the full article online.

Miller, K., Lasry, N., Lukoff, B., Schell, J., & Mazur, E. (2014). Conceptual question response times in Peer Instruction classrooms. Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research, 10(2), 020113. doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.020113

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Pine Mountain Observatory featured in Around the OThe research observatory is in the local news again and focus continues on the newly installed remote-controlled 14-inch telescope. The whole system, telescope orientation, focus, and exposure time along with the opening of the motorized, clamshell dome, can be controlled from the university campus.

The eventual goal is to take observational astronomy into the K-12 classroom. Armed with just a laptop and an ethernet connection, researchers and educators can work with K-12 students to observe the sun or other light sky objects in real-time.

Read more about Pine Mountain Observatory news in Around the O.

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An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM TeachingThe course is an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. Topics include course design, cooperative learning, peer instruction, inquiry-based labs, problem-based learning, diversity in the classroom, and more. Although aimed at future STEM faculty, current STEM faculty will find the course interesting and useful, too. 
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Graduate student theater troupe is looking for a few more graduate students to join for 2014-2015

“Rehearsals for Life” is a project of the Office of the Dean of Students and the UO Graduate School. Utilizing scenario-based learning founded on the model of Theatre of the Oppressed and other applied theatre modalities, students develop interactive presentations for the campus community.

Approximately 2-4 hrs per week beginning Fall Term.
Rehearsals Fall Term will be Thursdays from 4-6pm. An orientation retreat will be held September 28 10am -2pm (Lunch Included). The troupe is looking for students willing to commit for an entire academic year. Participants receive a small stipend for participation each term.

Learn more about “Rehearsals for Life” on their website and YouTube channel.

Contact Abigail Leeder with questions or to request an application

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Career Opportunities

Boise State University
Assistant/Associate Professor of Science Education (tenure track)
In the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies

San Francisco State University
Two Biology Education Postdoctoral Fellowships
In the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory

University of New Orleans
Professor of Practice with a specialty in the science of teaching (non-tenure track)
In the biological sciences department

Purdue University
Three jointly appointed tenure-track assistant/associate/full professors

K-12 Integrated STEM Teacher Education Joint Appointments in College of Education and College of Science, College of Engineering, or College of Agriculture
Three positions:

  1. Physics Education: Joint appointment in the College of Education and the College of Science
  2. Engineering Education: Majority appointment/tenure home in the College of Engineering and a minority appointment in the College of Education
  3. Agricultural Education: Majority appointment in the College of Agriculture and a minority appointment in the College of Education

University of Minnesota
Up to five assistant professor positions (tenure-track) in Biology Education. Will consider hiring at the tenured associate level.
Department of Biology Teaching and Learning in the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development

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In This Issue:

Suggested Reading

Pine Mountain Observatory

Free MOOC on STEM Teaching

New Members Needed for Graduate Student Theater Troupe

Career Opportunities

Journal Club

Upcoming Events

Journal Club:

Meets in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building)

Thursday 10/2/2014

Friday 10/3/2014

See this week’s readings.

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Upcoming Events:

STEM CORE monthly meeting
Wednesday 9/24/2014
Lokey Education Building Room 119

This is a chance to share STEM education updates and connect with others. Coffee, refreshments, and light snacks will be provided.

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SPICE! Science Open House
Wednesday 9/24/2014
Willamette Hall Atrium

Calling all junior scientists! Fascinated by Flubber? Loony over lasers? Enthralled by electricity? Tons of fun, interactive activities for kids of all ages.

See the event page for more information on this free, public event.

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Unpack the Quack
Thursday 9/25/2014

UO Housing is still recruiting volunteers and greeters to help Unpack the Quack, a great way to meet new students and their families and welcome them to the UO.  More information and the sign up form are available online.

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Solving Problems in a Large Lecture Class Using i>clicker
Friday 9/26/2014
11:00 am

This free webinar from i>clicker will be hosted by Dr. Leslie Hendrix, University of South Carolina as part of the 2014 Pedagogy Webinar Series.

Read more information about the webinar and register online here.

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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Saturday 9/27/2014

Free admission for 2 with printed coupon available online.

Local UO venues include:
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

For a list of all participating locations in Oregon see the online list.

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An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching
Monday 10/6/2014
Online course begins

To enroll, register online. For more information see our story to the left.

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Disability Studies Forum
Thursday 10/30/2014

Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson of Emory University, one of the most influential and respected figures in disability studies, will present her current research on the bioethics of technology at the second annual UO Disability Studies Forum.

Keynote Luncheon featuring Prof. Garland-Thomson’s speech from 11-1 at the Ford Alumni Center -RSVP to by October 15

Community Conversation from 3-5 pm in Gerlinger Lounge.

UO faculty members will share their work and visions for the growth of disability studies at the University of Oregon.

For more information, see the
event post.

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