Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Journal Club

For Thursday, read:
Chapter 3 Summative Assessment – Assessment of Learning from:
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 and discuss the following journal article below. After completing the reading and before Journal Club, please complete this two question survey.

Heiner, C. E., Banet, A. I., & Wieman, C. (2014). Preparing students for class: How to get 80% of students reading the textbook before class. American Journal of Physics, 82(10), 989-996. 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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Planning Midterm Assessments

This is Week 4 of the term, and a great time to plan a midterm assessment of how things are going in your class. TEP recommends asking students a few simple questions, with perhaps a few others to address issues specific to your course. Consider asking these questions with an online survey (e.g. through Blackboard):

– What’s working well in the course and helping you learn?
– What constructive suggestions do you have for improving the course?

Once students have completed the survey, thank them and talk about the results in class, even if you won’t be implementing any of their suggestions! This makes the students realize that you actually care what they think, predisposing them to evaluate you favorably in the future. The conversation also makes it more likely that you will follow through on any planned changes. For details on how to implement the survey, please see the TEP website Midterm Feedback page.

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UO Science Policy Initiative – Organizational Meeting

UO Graduate Students Keaton Stagaman, Ruth Siboni, and Annie Greenaway are starting a UO Science Policy Initiative group. If you are interested in participating in the group, list the times you are available for the organizational meeting on their Doodle Poll. Dates span October 27 – 30. The time selected will be for the initial meeting only.Topics for the organizational meeting include:
– organizers’ goals and expectations for the group
– information on how similar groups at other universities operate
– frequency, times, and locations for regular meetings
– participants’ expectations for the group

Interested students, postdocs, and faculty are encouraged to participate.

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Participants Needed for STEM-related Psychology Study

Professor Sara Hodges and the Social Cognition Lab are in need for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a study.

In the study, graduate students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Computer Science talk with undergraduates interested in studying those same fields in graduate school. Students will receive monetary compensation for participation.

To participate or to learn more about the study, contact:
– Prof. Sara Hodges,, faculty, UO Psychology Department

– Adrienne Wise,, graduate student, UO Psychology Department

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 Learn More About Participating in Outreach Training Through the UO Science Club

To learn more about the the training program for SPICE and Science on Demand, see the SPICE volunteer web page. Apply online for the November training program.Application deadline is Friday, October 31.

If you missed last week’s Science Club meeting, contact Brandy Todd ( for information on follow-up meetings.

To stay up to date about the UO Science Club meetings, outreach opportunities, trainings, and links other related groups, sign up for the UO Science Club listserv mailings.

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Conference, Workshop, and Training Announcements

I. University of Massachusetts–Amherst
Workshop: Lecture-Free Classrooms? A Hands-on Exploration of Active Learning
Monday 12/8/2014

II. University of New Hampshire
Conference on Teaching and Learning with Multimedia
Virtual Conference Thursday 10/23/2014

III. 7 Week Online Course
An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

IV. LifeSciTRC Vision and Change Scholars Program
American Physiological Society online training program for undergraduate life sciences educators

V. West Virginia University
Looking for folks teaching the systems semester of introductory biology, neuroscience, motor control or exercise physiology courses and who would be interested in trying out modules in their labs.
Contact Michelle

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Career Opportunities

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

I. Boise State University
2 Assistant/Associate Professor positions (tenure track)
In the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies

II. Portland State University
Assistant Professor of Biology (tenure track)
In the Department of Biology

III. Purdue University
Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar Fellowship
In the Neuroscience Department of Biological Science

VI. Texas State University-San Marcos
Assistant Professor of Biology
In the College of Science and Engineering, Department of Biology

V. University of Georgia
Associate Professor
In the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Athletic Association Professorship in Innovative Science Education Research

VI. University of Minnesota
Multiple Assistant Professor positions in Biology Education
Assistant Education Specialists and Biology Education Research Specialists
In the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development

VII. University of Northern Colorado
Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (tenure track or eligible)
In the PhD program in Biological Education

VIII. University of Washington-Seattle
2 Research Scientist/Engineer positions
In the Department of Biology
(Req #’s 111489 and 111509)

IX. Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Program Officer – Science Education Alliance
See all openings with HHMI

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Planning Midterm Assessments

UO Science Policy Initiative

Participants Needed for Study

UO Science Club Outreach Training

Conference, Workshop, and Training Announcements

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

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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SLP Scholar and Fellow Applications Due
Friday 10/24/2014

The Science Literacy Program is accepting applications for Winter Term positions through the end of this week. UO Juniors and Seniors and Graduate Students in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geological Science, Human Physiology, and Physics departments are encouraged to apply.

For more information, see theUndergraduate SLP Scholarsand Graduate SLP Fellowsweb pages.

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Wayne Morse Scholars Program Applications Due
Friday 10/24/2014

UO sophomores and juniors from all disciplines are welcome to apply for the Scholars program, and 15-20 students per year will be selected. To learn more about the program and apply for 2014-2015, visit the Wayne Morse Scholars Programwebsite.

Applications due on Friday, October 24.

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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.
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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McNair Scholar Program Applications Due
Wednesday 11/5/2014

The McNair Scholars Program (TRiO) prepares qualified juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to PhD degrees. For more information on how students qualify for the McNair Scholars Program, visit the McNair Scholars Program website.

Fall 2014 application deadline is November 5.

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