Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Journal Club

For Thursday, we will read the Preface (pgs xi-xvi) and Chapter 1 Using Assessment for Effective Instructional Design (pgs 3-13). Bring copies of the learning outcomes from any syllabus that you have either developed or class you have taken.

The book for Thursday meetings is part of the Scientific Teaching series. If you have not yet purchased yours, contact the SLP.

Dirks, C., Wenderoth, M.P., & Withers, M. (2014). Assessment in the college science classroom. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company

For Friday we will read the following journal article.
Rao, S. P., & DiCarlo, S. E. (2000). Peer instruction improves performance on quizzes. Adv Physiol Educ, 24(1), 51-5.
Available from:
http://advan.physiology.org/content/ajpadvan/24/1/51

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

We look forward to seeing you there!
Elly and Julie

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Recruiting Starts for Winter 2015 Graduate SLP Fellows       

Would you like more experience teaching as part of your graduate training? Are you interested in learning how Active Learning can improve student outcomes? The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program offers General Education courses for non-science majors designed to improve science literacy of the educated public as well as introductory physics courses for physics majors.

We are accepting applications for Graduate SLP Fellows for the following courses.
ASTR 121 The Solar System
Scott Fisher rsf@uoregon.edu
CRN 20853, MWF 15:00-15:50, 100 WILL, 4 creditsBI 123 Biology of Cancer
Alan Kelly ajkelly@uoregon.edu
CRN 20932, MWF 15:00-15:50, 123 PAC, 4 credits

BI/CH 140M Science, Policy, and Biology
Elly Vandegrift ellyvan@uoregon.edu
Leslie Coonrod lvanos@uoregon.edu
CRN 20950 / 21219, MW 12:00-13:20, 242 GER, 4 credits

PHYS 161 Physics of Energy and Environment
Raghu Parthasarathy raghu@uoregon.edu
CRN 24931, MW 10:00-11:50, 110 WIL, 4 credits

PHYS 252 Foundations of Physics I
Benjamin McMorran mcmorran@uoregon.edu
CRN 24964, MWF 09:00-09:50, 100 WIL, 4 credits

Visit our Graduate SLP Fellow page for more information and apply online.

We will have a table at the Try Outreach and Teaching event this Wednesday, October 8. Stop by table 20 to learn more about the program and to meet with Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director, and past scholars and fellows.

Applications are due on Friday, October 24, 2014.

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Recruiting Starts for Winter 2015 Undergraduate SLP Scholars       

Are you interested in learning about teaching science? The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program offers General Education courses for non-science majors designed to improve science literacy of the educated public as well as introductory physics courses for physics majors.

We are accepting applications for Undergraduate SLP Scholars for the following courses.
ASTR 121 The Solar System
Scott Fisher rsf@uoregon.edu
CRN 20853, MWF 15:00-15:50, 100 WILL, 4 credits

BI 123 Biology of Cancer
Alan Kelly ajkelly@uoregon.edu
CRN 20932, MWF 15:00-15:50, 123 PAC, 4 credits

BI/CH 140M Science, Policy, and Biology
Elly Vandegrift ellyvan@uoregon.edu
Leslie Coonrod lvanos@uoregon.edu
CRN 20950 / 21219, MW 12:00-13:20, 242 GER, 4 credits

PHYS 161 Physics of Energy and Environment
Raghu Parthasarathy raghu@uoregon.edu
CRN 24931, MW 10:00-11:50, 110 WIL, 4 credits

PHYS 252 Foundations of Physics I
Benjamin McMorran mcmorran@uoregon.edu
CRN 24964, MWF 09:00-09:50, 100 WIL, 4 credits

Visit our Undergraduate SLP Scholar page for more information and apply online.

We will have a table at the Try Outreach and Teaching event this Wednesday, October 8. Stop by table 20 to learn more about the program and to meet with Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director, and past scholars and fellows.

Applications are due on Friday, October 24, 2014.

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Suggested Reading – Teaching Effectiveness Program Explores Course Learning Objectives
Lee Rumbarger, Director of the UO Teaching Effectiveness Program, has a timely article Thinking about Course Learning Objectives. As we move toward including LOs in UO course syllabi, we encourage you to read this instructive piece.Back to top


Career Opportunities
Two Research Scientist positions in STEM education are open at the University of Washington.One is for a project lead to direct the development and assessment of authentic research experiences in introductory biology, using experimental evolution in E. coli. Additional information is available here and through the University of Washington’s Hiring System for Requisition #111509.The second is for a project lead to direct the development and assessment of a research-based, first-year-transition course for under-prepared, STEM-interested students. Additional information is available here and through the University of Washington’s Hiring System for Requisition #111489.

Both Research Scientists will be tightly integrated into a dynamic community of researchers and educators at UW who are working on innovative STEM education.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Recruiting Starts for Winter 2015 Graduate SLP Fellows

Recruiting Starts for Winter 2015 Undergraduate SLP Scholars

Suggested Reading – TEP on Learning Objectives

Career Opportunities

Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events:

National Coming Out Week
October 4-11, 2014

There will be several events over the week. See more information here.

In celebration of National Coming out day, the UO LGBTQ community will run their 21st annual Outlist. Add your name to the Out and Proud or Allies section. The Outlist 2014 will run in the Oregon Daily Emerald the week of October 11.

Add your name to the 21st annual Outlist here.

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Try Outreach and Teaching
Wednesday 10/8/2014
12:00 – 2:00pm
Willamette Hall Atrium

STEM CORE is holding an event for UO students to explore a variety of teaching related opportunities. 30+ programs will be represented at the fair. STEM CORE will provide refreshments, giveaways, and prize drawings.

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OMSI’s Science Pub Eugene
Thursday 10/9/2014
7:00-9:00pm
Cozmic
199 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR

Earthquakes in Oregon: Are We Ready for the Big One?
Scott Burns, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Geology at Portland State University

View the event details

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UO Blogs: Using WordPress for Dynamic ePortfolios and Interactive Learning Experiences
Tuesday 10/14/2014
10:00 – 11:30am
Proctor 42, Knight Library

This session will introduce you to UO Blogs as a multimedia ePortfolio platform for both faculty and students. Discussion will include ways UO Blogs can be used for professional teaching portfolios and student learning portfolios.

Facilitators: Robert Voelker-Morris, TEP and Kelsey Lunsmann, Information Services

For other Teaching Effectiveness Program workshops, see their list of Fall 2014 events.

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Sweets & Treats – Membership Drive
Women in Graduate Sciences
Tuesday 10/14/2014
2:00 – 3:30pm
Willamette Hall Atrium

Get to know other Women in Graduate Sciences (WGS) while enjoying free coffee and desserts. Membership is only $5.00 for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

To find out more about WGS, visit their website and facebook page.

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