Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2014 – Week 7

Journal Club

For Thursday we will read Chapter 5 – Assessing Higher-Order Cognitive Skills with Multiple-Choice Questions from
Dirks, C., Wenderoth, M.P., & Withers, M. (2014). Assessment in the college science classroom. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company

Friday at 12noon we will meet inside the main entrance of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art ( During our visit we will experience ways to incorporate educational resources of our fantastic art museum into science courses with Jody Seasonwein as our host and guide. Journal club attendees will not be allowed to have food or bags in the study room, so please plan to leave your personal belongings in your office or use a locker inside the museum. To prepare for our visit, we will read the following two articles.

Uffelman, E. S. (2007). Teaching Science in Art. Journal of Chemical Education, 84(10), 1617-1624.

Dale, D. a., & Bailey, B. L. (2003). Physics in the Art Museum. The Physics Teacher, 41(2), 82-83.

And hot off the airwaves
NPR Story: These X’s Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP and Elly Vandegrift, SLP
– Friday 12:00pm Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We look forward to seeing you there!
Elly and Julie

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Discipline-based Education Research at NDSU – Opportunity for Undergraduates

North Dakota State University has announced the 3rd year of its summer REU program in discipline-based education.

This program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level to engage in an immersive, 10-week summer research experience. The program includes on-campus housing, a $5000 stipend, and is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on research experience as part of a cohort of undergraduate scholars. Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference.

The program begins May 26, 2015 and runs through July 31, 2015. Applications due January 29, 2015.

For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit:
or email Warren Christensen or Jennifer Momsen

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Science Factory’s “Meet a Scientist Day” Accepting Submissions

The Science Factory is taking submissions for their annual “Meet a Scientist Day” event. The goal of the event is to introduce the public to UO scientists and celebrate the important scientific research that goes on at our local university.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 11AM to 3PM. They are looking for representatives from every University science department (and at every level from professor to undergrad) to share some aspect of their scientific field with our visitors. Past events have attracted 250 to 300 visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and we expect this year’s event to be equally well-attended.

Submissions of all types are encouraged, including conference-style posters, hands-on activities, and lecture/demonstrations in the planetarium. Your presentation might represent your own research, or something more general from your field of science (a demonstration or product) that you would enjoy showing off to visitors. The Science Factory will provide you with a table in our exhibit hall or classrooms (or our planetarium for a lecture-style presentation) and attempt to accommodate whatever electric or A/V needs you may have. Since many of our visitors are families with small children, presentations with hands-on (tangible) or highly visual components are ideal. Consider this a great opportunity for science outreach, both to inform the general public about your work and to get kids excited about science and technology.

If you are interested, please fill out the short form at by January 16.

If you have any questions, contact Nick Spicher, Education Director.

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Science Volunteer OpportunitiesOn Friday, 11/21/2014, Women in Graduate Sciences will be hosting a Mad Duck Friday outreach event for middle school students from 12-4pm. If you have any interest in volunteering for all or part of the time, please email Kara Nell.The Brandy Todd from the UO Science Club and SPICEhas several volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in learning more, contact Brandy Todd and consider signing joining the Science Club’s listserv.

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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

REU Opportunity for Undergraduates

Present at the Science Factory’s “Meet a Scientist Day”

Science Volunteer Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Alternative careers for PhDs
Seminar Series
Wednesday 11/12/2014
1:00 – 2:30pm
350 Willamette Hall

CABS, in partnership with the UO Graduate School is hosting Kerry Lowrie, Director of Marketing Development at Thermo-Fisher Scientific, who will be discussing the many non-research jobs available to PhD holders.

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Evey Lennon.

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STEM CORE monthly meeting
Thursday 11/13/2014
12:00 – 1:30pm
Walnut Room, EMU

Contact Bryan Rebar with any questions.

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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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Interrupting Oppression in Everyday Situations
Friday 11/14/2014
12:00 – 1:20pm
Graduate Student Center, 111 Susan Campbell Hall

Join the graduate student theater troupe “Rehearsals for Life” for a lively and interactive discussion about how we as bystanders, can facilitate difficult conversations that often don’t happen around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, religion, or age differences.

Come take part in the conversation. RSVP

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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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UO Science Policy Initiative
Monday 11/17/2014
6:00 – 7:00pm
Location TBA

Reading for the this meeting:
Spruijt, P., Knol, A. B., Vasileiadou, E., Devilee, J., Lebret, E., & Petersen, A. C. (2014). Roles of scientists as policy advisers on complex issues: A literature review.Environmental Science & Policy, 40, 16–25.doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2014

Contact SPI with any questions.

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UO Science Club Meeting
Tuesday 11/18/2014
11:00am – 12:00pm
240D Willamette Hall

Meeting Topic:
How to Present Science with Flair

Contact Brandy Todd with any questions.

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