Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2014 – Week 8

Journal Club

For Thursday we will read Chapter 6 – Preparing Students for Assessment 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 the following journal article about diversity.
Haak, D. C., HilleRisLambers, J., Pitre, E., & Freeman, S. (2011). Increased structure and active learning reduce the achievement gap in introductory biology. Science332(6034), 1213-6.

– 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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Graduate Student Research Forum – accepting proposals

The Graduate Student Research Forum is a one-day conference held annually at the University of Oregon to showcase research, scholarship and creative expressions by graduate students in all of the UO’s graduate colleges and schools. This year’s forum will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015.

To participate, submit a 250-word abstract/description of your work by December 19, 2014. Current and former SLP Fellows could consider submitting an abstract about SLP. Contact Elly if you want to explore this idea.

There are three ways you can participate:
– Display a poster or make an individual presentation
– Put together a group panel presentation
– Present a creative work

This year, the Grad Forum will be organized around four themes:
1) Science and the Social Good
2) Academy, Race, and (In)Equality: Bridging Research and Practice
3) Imaginative Design, Art, and Performance
4) Human Rights, Development, and Sustainability

Last year, 150 students from graduate programs representing every school and college participated in the Grad Forum. The Grad Forum is an excellent professional development opportunity to share your work with a broad, interdisciplinary audience and find grad students from outside your field with whom you have academic/research interests in common. Group panel presenters and poster presenters will have the opportunity to compete for prizes of up to $1,000.

Submit your proposal online by selecting how you want to participate and then complete the online form.

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Science Outreach Class Offered Winter Term

Bryan Rebar from STEM CORE is offering a science outreach class next term.

About the class:
Science Outreach is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in improving their ability to communicate their STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) understandings to public audiences, primarily K-12 age students, in a variety of learning settings. The course involves instruction in interactive teaching methods aimed at inviting learners to engage in scientific practices. Current theories about how people learn will also be introduced. Each week students are expected to complete two hours of public outreach with community partner organizations (museums, after school programs, etc.), reflect on their experiences, and discuss ways to improve.

Bryan Rebar
PHYS 408 CRN 27217 and PHYS 508 CRN 27218
T 1600-1650, MNH, 1 credit

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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

Graduate Student Research Forum

Science Outreach Class

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

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.

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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Saving the Planet Through Art
Thursday 11/20/2014
EMU Ballroom

Acclaimed artist, architect, and designer Maya Lin will give the Oregon Humanities Center’s 2014-15 O’Fallon Memorial Lecture in Art and American Culture.

This lecture is free and open to the public. It is part of the Oregon Humanities Center’s year-long theme series called “connection.”

More information about this and other OCH 2014-2015 “connection” events is available online.

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Hybrid Courses: Blending Online with Face-to-Face Instruction

Friday, 11/21/2014
1:00 – 2:30pm
Knight Library Proctor 42

Facilitator: Robert Voelker-Morris, TEP

Can the worlds of face-to-face and online teaching be brought together in one course?   How can this blended learning experience create increased engagement for student learning?

Participants in this workshop will work together to build working definitions of a hybrid course, learn the difference between a learning module and a learning object, identify pedagogies compatible with hybridization of courses, and explore the technologies that have been most successful.

To register email

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UO Science Club Workshop
Saturday 11/22/2014
10:00am – 1:00pm
240D Willamette Hall

Workshop Topic:
Brain Based Learning

Contact Brandy Todd with any questions.

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