Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2014 – Week 9

Journal Club

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday there are no journal clubs this week, but we don’t want you to miss having a science literacy based reading.  For your enjoyment here are some interesting facts about turkeys.

We look forward to seeing you next week!
Elly and Julie

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Engaging Women and Minorities in STEM Disciplines

Gillian Bowser form Colorado State University is the invited speaker for the Institute of Molecular Biology Seminar this week.

Title: “Women and Sustainability: Using multidisciplinary Approaches to Look at Engaging Women and Minorities in STEM Disciplines”

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Location: 110 Willamette Hall
Host: Andy Berglund

Gillian is a research scientist at Colorado State University where her research is focused on biodiversity, sustainability and women scholarship. To read more about her work, see her faculty bio on The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network site.

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Seminar on the Science-Policy Interface Offered Winter Term

Katie Meehan of the Geography Department will teach a graduate level seminar.

About the class:
Why does science often fail to influence policy? What accounts for policy divergence in the face of sound, consensus-driven science? To what extent is science truly coherent or value-free? How are environmental policy decisions ultimately crafted and achieved? Drawing on science and technology studies (STS)—an interdisciplinary field that includes anthropology, sociology, geography, history, and policy studies—in this course we will explore core issues at the science-policy interface, including: the relationship between scientific knowledge and political power; how diffusion works and rifts are created and resolved; how science is embedded in institutions, laws, policies, and discourses; and the future role of science in democratic societies.

The course is aimed at graduate students—regardless of specialty of academic background—who are motivated to think more critically about what we mean by scientific discovery and policy innovation, what counts as scientific knowledge and why, and how science and technology intervene in the wider world.

Katie Meehan
GEOG 607, CRN 22478
R 0900 – 1150, 207 CON, 4 credits

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Winter Internships Through School Garden Project

Two internships with the School Garden Project of Lane County are available for winter term. Both positions are for a STEM Teaching Assistant with one in the elementary school level and the other in the middle school level.

Position Responsibilities:
Intern will assist SGP staff with 2-4 programs after-school weekly. During programs the intern will help guide either elementary or middle school aged students through projects focused on the STEM principals including experiments, computer work, cooking and garden tasks. Intern will also work directly with SGP staff to develop activities and projects with a STEM focus as well as research STEM teaching programs and potential projects.

For more information about the program, see www.schoolgardenproject.org. Contact Elizabeth for more information about the internship positions.

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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 scilit@uoregon.edu. **

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 –
http://perjobs.blogspot.com/

Biology Education –
http://saber-biologyeducationresearch.wikispaces.com/
Jobs+&+Positions+in+Science+Ed

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Engaging Women and Minorities in STEM Disciplines

Seminar on the Science-Policy Interface Offered Winter Term

Winter Internships Through School Garden Project

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Be Our Guest – Thanksgiving Weekend Open House
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Friday – Sunday 11/28-30/2014
11:00am – 5:00pm

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art invites you and your family to enjoy free admission in honor of the long Thanksgiving Weekend.

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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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Speed Reading Basics
Teaching and Learning Center
Wednesday 12/3/2014
6:00 – 6:50pm
72 PLC

Ever wondered how or if you could cut down on reading time without sacrificing comprehension? Come give speed reading techniques a try!

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Preparing for Finals
Teaching and Learning Center
Wednesday 12/3/2014
7:00 – 7:50pm
72 PLC

Ease stress and maximize success during final exam week by developing a solid plan for organizing materials, scheduling study blocks, and learning effectively.

Get a jump on Winter Term and see the TLC workshops for January and February.

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