Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Journal Club

The entire bibliography for this journal club is now available on our website both alphabetically and by topic area. If you are looking for more readings about a specific teaching topic, this is a great place to start.

For Thursday, please bring a copy of an exam, which we’ll use for an activity and read:
Chapter 2 Evaluating the Cognitive Levels of Instructional Materials Using an Educational Taxonomy

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

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

For Friday we will read the following journal article.
Allen, D., & Tanner, K. (2002). Approaches to cell biology teaching: questions about questions. CBE Life Sciences Education, 1(3), 63-67. Available 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, SLP

We look forward to seeing you there!
Elly and Julie

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Recruiting continues for Winter 2015 Graduate SLP Fellows and Undergraduate SLP Scholars.                        

The Science Literacy Program is accepting applications through Friday, October 24, 2014.

For more information and to apply online, visit the Graduate SLP Fellow page or the Undergraduate SLP Scholar page.

We are accepting applications to work with the following Winter Term classes:
ASTR 121 The Solar System
Scott Fisher
CRN 20853, MWF 15:00-15:50, 100 WILL, 4 credits

BI 123 Biology of Cancer
Alan Kelly
CRN 20932, MWF 15:00-15:50, 123 PAC, 4 credits

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

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

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

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Springfield School District seeks help with 2014-2015 teacher professional development                  

Springfield School District seeks input from area experts to help with course material for 2014-2015 professional development teacher trainings in science and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Dara Brennan, STEM TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), has compiled a list of possible topics. Work on NGSS during this academic year will be with high school teachers.If you have questions or can contribute your time and expertise, contact Dara Brennan at 541.726.3225 or

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Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate needed for LibrarySearch usability studies                  

Share your feedback on the new UO LibrarySearch system and earn $10.     

The UO Libraries is looking for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members to participate in informal usability studies of the new library website search. The purpose of the study is to understand how well the new search tool supports our users’ needs. It’s not a test and there are no right or wrong answers. The UO Libraries just want to hear your feedback on using the system.

What? An informal, one-on-one usability study where we ask you to complete typical tasks on the library website and share your thoughts on the process. Your feedback is confidential and will only be used to help us make improvements to the site.

Who can participate? Any currently enrolled UO undergraduate or graduate student and UO faculty members (NTTFs and TTFs).

When? October 13-31, 2014. Days and times will be arranged individually with participants.

Where? Knight Library

How long? 60 minutes

What do I get? Undergraduate and graduate students will receive $10.00 in Campus Cash. By policy, payment for usability studies cannot be offered to faculty members. Refreshments will be served during all sessions.

Who do I contact? E-mail Kirstin Hierholzer, director of user experience, UO Libraries, at Include the following information:
• Full name
• UO status
– Undergrad (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)
– Graduate student
– Faculty member (NTTF, TTF)
• Major or department (undeclared ok!)
• Preferred days and times (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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Career Opportunities                        

The Biology Department at Portland State University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Biology beginning September 2015. This faculty position is supported in part by a grant to Portland State University from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Program. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and record of research in biology or a closely related field, and an established scholarly agenda in science education. Postdoctoral experience in science education research is preferred.

See the job posting for more information.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Georgia invites applications at the rank of Associate or Full Professor for the position of University of Georgia Athletic Association Professorship in Innovative Science Education Research. Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a related field and are expected to have experience in teaching, mentoring, and research in discipline-based education at the post-secondary level.

For additional qualifications and more information, see the  job posting.

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

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Recruiting Continues for Winter 2015 SLP Position

Springfield Schools Seek Help with Science Professional Development Training

LibrarySearch Usability Studies

Career Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

UO Blogs: Using WordPress
for Dynamic ePortfolios and
Interactive LearningExperiences

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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Dividing Humans: Genetics, Race, and Disability in Mid-Century America
Tuesday 10/14/2014
5:30 – 6:30pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

In conjunction with Geraldine Ondrizek’s exhibition Shades of White, Dr. Alexandra Stern, historian of science and medicine and Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Culture, and History at the University of Michigan, speaks about her book Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America.

See more information on the event’s page.

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Eugene Natural History Society presents free lecture
Friday 10/17/2014
Willamette Hall – Room 100

From Ancient Capital to
South of the Clouds:
Butterflies and others in Wild China

Robert Michael Pyle
Lepidopterist, Author, Conservationist
Grays River, Washington

Co-sponsored by the Department of Biology and the Eugene-Springfield Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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CSWS Graduate Student Coffee Hour
Wednesday 10/22/2014
12:00 – 1:00pm
Hendricks Hall – Room 330 – Jane Grant Room

Join the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) for conversation, coffee and food. Meet with CSWS director Michael Hames-García to learn more about research grants, research interest groups, and other opportunities for graduate students through CSWS. CSWS would also like to hear from you how they can better serve the needs of graduate students.

Please RSVP to to help them know how much food and coffee to order. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

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PSC project building neighbor information meeting
Friday 10/24/2014
1:00 – 2:00pm
Willamette Hall Atrium

How will the construction of the Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library, commonly referred to as the Price Science Commons (PSC) impact you?

Attend this informational meeting for building neighbors that will or may be directly affected by the construction of the project. The agenda for the meeting will include a brief presentation of the project design followed by the project construction contractor discussing the construction phasing and schedule, communication process with building neighbors, logistics (where the staging, entry and delivery points will be located, pathways through the site, etc.), and impacts building neighbors should expect due to the construction.

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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 Conversationfrom 3-5 pm in Gerlinger Lounge.
Distinguished guests and UO faculty members will share their work and visions for the growth of disability studies at the University of Oregon and in the Pacific Northwest.

Both events are free and open to the public and will be ASL interpreted and open captioned. Menus for both events include vegan and gluten-free options. Please send other requests for disability accommodation to

For more information, see the
event post and the event flier.

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