Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2014 – Week 5

Journal Club

For Thursday we will continue our discussion of  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.

And supplement it with an article that focuses on rubrics:
Allen, D., & Tanner, K. (2006). Rubrics: tools for making learning goals and evaluation criteria explicit for both teachers and learners. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 5(3), 197-203.

For Friday we will read and discuss the following journal article about teacher communication roles.

Warfa, A. R. M., Roehrig, G. H., Schneider, J. L., & Nyachwaya, J. (2014). Role of Teacher-Initiated Discourses in Students’ Development of Representational Fluency in Chemistry: A Case Study. Journal of Chemical Education 91 (6), 784−792
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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Get Savvy – Teaching and Learning Center Holds a Series of Workshops Focused on Student Success

Every fall, students can participate in Get Savvy, a series of workshops and other activities designed to help students gain skills for academic success. These Teaching and Learning Center workshops are free and available to all UO students. Attend one or many of these free workshops. Prizes will be given away at every workshop!

Tuesday 11/4- Wednesday 11/5
11:00am – 8:00pm
EMU Alsea and Coquille Rooms

See the schedule and read about the workshop offerings on the TLC Website (

This is an excellent opportinity for students to improve their skills. We recommend announcing this set of workshops in your class.

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Math and Science Tutors Needed at Local High School

Springfield Public Schools, in conjunction with the UO’sSTEM CORE, is seeking applicants for both math and science tutors to work at Springfield High School. The school is eager to get students started, so they will review and interview applicants on a rolling basis. See attached application for details.

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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 **

It’s that season of the year and there are too many science education position for us to post here, but we want to direct anyone who is interested in science education postdoctoral or faculty positions to the following sources.

Physics Education –

Biology Education –

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Get Savvy – Workshops for Students from the TLC

Math and Science Tutors Needed at Local High School

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

SLP Scholar and Fellow Applications Due
Thursday 10/30/2014

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 the Undergraduate SLP Scholars and Graduate SLP Fellows web pages.

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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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Outreach Training Through the UO Science Club
Applications Due
Friday, 10/31/2014

To learn more about the the training program for SPICE and Science on Demand, see theSPICE volunteer web page.Apply online for the November training program.

Contact Brandy Todd for more information.

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Writing a Statement of
Teaching Philosophy

Wednesday, 11/5/2014
122 Knight Library

Facilitator: Jason Schreiner, TEP

This workshop will review formats and best practices for writing a statement of teaching philosophy. You also will begin the writing process and leave with a draft outline of a teaching statement.

To register email

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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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