Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2014 – Finals Week

In This Issue:

Journal Club

Resources

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for:

Faculty

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students


Journal Club

Preparing for Winter Term
Thursday 9am sessions (LISB 317) will use the book Discipline-Based Education Research (Slater & Slater, 2011). The book can be purchased from the publisher and we are checking to see if the UO Duck Store can carry it. These sessions are designed for participants who have familiarity with active learning and want to explore assessment more deeply.

Friday 12noon sessions (LISB 317) will focus on practical teaching techniques that can be applied in the classroom. Discussions will also include pedagogical theory as we read and explore science education literature. These sessions are designed for new or returning participants who want to hone their teaching techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Elly and Julie

Back to top


Resources

Construction Begins, Monday, December 15th
Construction on the Price Science Commons and Research Library will begin over winter break. You will see many changes around the Onyx Green and within the Science Library as the project commences. Floor plans and images of the academic and social commons are available in the science library lobby.

How Science Works Video
Produced by Understanding Science at UC Berkley, this 10 minute video, that is appropriate for college students, describes the process of science to students.

Scholarly Teacher Blog
The Scholarly Teacher is a blog hosted by Lilly Conferences. You can submit your blog for consideration. Lilly conference participants and supporters may use the blog as another means to share ideas and stay connected year round. New blogs are posted twice a month. Subscribe to their mailing list to receive a notification when a new blog is posted.

Back to top


Opportunities for Faculty

2015-2016 Williams Council Call for Instructional Proposals
The Williams Council invites proposals from individuals or groups that allow teachers the opportunity to renew, broaden, restructure or develop classes that more actively engage students in the learning process. The submission procedure this year starts with a brief preliminary application due by February 6, 2015. The application is available at the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education website. The website also has information on the goals of the Williams Fund and on instructional projects that have been funded by the Williams Council since its founding in 1995.

Apply to be a 2015-2016 Biology Scholar
The mission of the Biology Scholars Program is to empower biologists to be leaders in science education reform and catalyze professional societies to sustain undergraduate education reform. The Program, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, is one model for transforming undergraduate biology education as set forth in the AAAS publication, Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action. Learn more about the program and apply to the Biology Scholars Program. Applications are due by February 1, 2015.

Work with OMSI to Develop Public Engagement Activities
An NSF-funded 2-year project between the AAAS, Association of Science and Technology Centers, and the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation aims to develop public engagement activities around (synthetic) bioengineering and its societal impacts with partnerships between museums and universities. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is looking for a faculty or graduate student partner from the UO. If interested, please contact Bryan Rebar at UO STEM Core.

Back to top


Opportunities for Graduate Students

GTF Position at with the Teaching Effectiveness Program
TEP seeks a graduate teaching fellow interested in pedagogical method and the scholarship of teaching and learning to join its staff in winter and spring as its Graduate Student Teacher-Scholar. The GTF would attend staff meetings; observe and help lead workshops and consultations on teaching practice; consider ways for TEP to enhance its support for all GTFs; and have the chance to help with small-scale research projects into the teaching and learning culture on campus. TEP’s Graduate Student Teacher-Scholar would gain experience that would be valuable in a range of higher education careers, including faculty and administrative positions. Brief application due December 16. For more information, see the job posting or contact tep@uoregon.edu with questions.

Scientist in Residence
Willagillespie Elementary is looking for a “scientist in residence” for several few-hour periods in early 2015, and has funds for this as well. This could be a wonderful opportunity for a graduate student or a post-doc to do something meaningful, and also perhaps expose kids to science at UO. For more information see the attached ‘Scientist in Residence’ job posting.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. All application materials must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, 15 January 2015. Official transcripts and letters of recommendations must be postmarked by 15 January 2015. Program information, eligibility criteria, and online application portal available through the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Work with OMSI to Develop Public Engagement Activities
An NSF-funded 2-year project between the AAAS, Association of Science and Technology Centers, and the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation aims to develop public engagement activities around (synthetic) bioengineering and its societal impacts with partnerships between museums and universities. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is looking for a faculty or graduate student partner from the UO. If interested, please contact Bryan Rebar at UO STEM Core.

Back to top


Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. All application materials must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, 15 January 2015. Official transcripts and letters of recommendations must be postmarked by 15 January 2015. Program information, eligibility criteria, and online application portal available through the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Library Undergraduate Research Awards
The Award recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate excellent library research skills and high-quality academic work. Award prizes range from $1,000 – $1,500. Eligible terms include Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, and Fall 2014. Deadline to apply is January 23, 2015. Information about the award categories, eligibility, and application process available through the UO Libraries.

Positions Available with the Fenton Math Library
The Fenton Math Library has multiple positions open this school year. If you are interested in helping with peer-to-peer learning in math, you can email Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, the Math Librarian, for more details. To apply, complete the application (download it here), answer the questions (available here), and bring it in the Math or Science Library.

2015 NEW Leadership Oregon – Summer Residential Program
The people of Oregon must be committed to building leaders today to solve the problems of tomorrow. The next generation of leaders will face a growing list of complex issues and must be prepared to step forward with vision, courage, and the skills to meet the challenge. Located on the campus of Portland State University within the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government are the beginnings of a bold new women’s leadership initiative. National Education for Women’s Leadership of Oregon (NEW Leadership Oregon) is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and supporting the next generation of women leaders NEW Leadership Oregon is modeled after the award-winning leadership program designed by the renowned Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.  Applications for NEW Leadership Oregon 2015 are open. Applications are due by February 16, 2015. If you have any questions regarding the program contact Mariana Lindsay at 503.725.2895 or at cwlinfo@pdx.edu

Master of Arts and Teaching Program
The American Museum of National History is accepting applications for their 15-month fellowship masters program. Program includes free tuition, books, and a living stipend. Information and applications are available from the program website.

Scientist in Residence
Willagillespie Elementary is looking for a “scientist in residence” for several few-hour periods in early 2015, and has funds for this as well. This could be a wonderful opportunity for a graduate student or a post-doc to do something meaningful, and also perhaps expose kids to science at UO. For more information see the attached ‘Scientist in Residence’ job posting.

Back to top


Career Opportunities

** Do you have job opportunities for positions related to science education that you would like to share? Send them to us at scilit@uoregon.edu. **

Scientific Writing and Communication Position
The Physical Sciences Division within the School of STEM at UWB is conducting a search for a Scientific Writing and Communication Lecturer/Senior Lecturer. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled; complete applications received prior to January 12, 2015 will receive priority consideration. See the job posting to learn more about this position and apply online.

Back to top