Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2014 – Week 6

Journal Club

For Thursday we will read Chapter 4 – Formative Assessment – Assessment for Learning from:
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 and discuss the following journal article about using technology in the classroom.

Schuenemann, K. & Wagner, R. (2014). Using Student-Generated Blogs to Create a Global Perspective on Climate Change. Journal of Geoscience Education. 62, 364-373.
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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Biology Education Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

The Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative (SMERC) at Rochester Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the launch of a Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) REU program in Model-based Reasoning in STEM Education. We are currently accepting applications from interested science and education undergraduate students for the 2015 cohort. Applicants do not need to have previous DBER experience. This multidisciplinary REU includes projects that span biology, chemistry, physics and science communication.

Applications are due November 30th in order to admit participants in time for the unique January Jump-Start session. During the Jump-Start, students will work remotely with their mentors, start project development and earn a $500 stipend. A $4500 stipend will be provided for the main on-campus summer research experience.

Please visit our website to learn more about our program and complete an online application:

Contact with any questions.

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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

Biology Education Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

UO Science Club Meeting
Tuesday 11/4/2014
11:00am – 12:00pm
240D Willamette Hall

Meeting Topic:
All the Wrong Things – Safety Demonstration

Contact Brandy Todd with any questions.

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Effective Communication to Fuel Innovation – workshop
Tuesday 11/4/2014
5:30 – 7:30pm
107 Klamath Hall

You must RSVP to Julie Haack to attend.

The Innovation Journal Club is examining the exciting dynamics of new ideas.  Who develops these ideas, and from where do those people draw their inspiration?  History shows us that the most potent ideas are sourced from the tenets of science, technology, and, more recently, sustainability.

But how do these innovators ensure that their creations will take hold and grow?  They must be ready at all times to communicate their ideas with clarity and power.  They must ensure that at each phase of the development process, key stakeholders fully understand their story, and are moved to join their crusade.

This workshop will examine the crucial role that effective communication plays in the innovation process.

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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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OMSI’s Science Pub Eugene
Thursday 11/13/2014
199 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR

Oregon Geology: One Road at a Time
Marli Miller, PhD
Senior Instructor and Researcher – Geological Sciences Department
University of Oregon

View the event details

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UO Science Club Workshop

Saturday 11/15/2014
10:00am – 1:00pm
240D Willamette Hall

Workshop Topic:
Learning Introduction to Science

Contact Brandy Todd with any questions.

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