Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2015 – Week 2

Fall 2015 Journal Club


This week we will focus on approaches for improving specific aspects of students’ science literacy.

We will continue our discussion of the paper from week 1:

We will continue our discussion of the paper from week 1

Rowe, M. P., Gillespie, B. M., Harris, K. R., Koether, S. D.,
Shannon, L. J. Y., & Rose, L. A. (2015). Redesigning a General Education
Science Course to Promote Critical Thinking. CBE-Life Sciences Education14(3).

and ask you to also read the following two articles that describe the
assessments from the Rowe et. al paper.

Read how the CAT assessment has been implemented: Stein, B.,
& Haynes, A. (2011). Engaging faculty in the assessment and improvement
of students’ critical thinking using the critical thinking assessment test
Change: the magazine of higher learning43(2), 44-49.


Focus on the MATE questions in the appendix: Rutledge, M. L.,
& Sadler, K. C. (2007). Reliability of the Measure of Acceptance of
the Theory of Evolution (MATE) instrument with university students.
The American Biology Teacher69(6), 332-335.


For your convenience, we offer two weekly meetings for you to choose from:

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm (feel free to bring your lunch!)

All sessions will be held in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Julie Mueller and Elly Vandegrift

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2016 Summit for Transforming STEM Teaching in Higher Education

The event will kick off on Thursday evening, April 14, 2016, with attendance at the Boise State University Distinguished Lecture Series, which will feature 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Carl Wieman, an international advocate for effective, evidence-based science education. On April 15, the all-day Summit will focus on institutional transformation and STEM education reform with a full schedule of plenary talks, interactive workshops, and a Happy Hour Poster Session.

The Summit will enable participants to

  • understand frameworks for STEM Education change in higher education
  • connect with others regionally/nationally with similar goals for improved STEM Education
  • develop a concrete plan to connect their current campus activities with future plans to transform STEM education on their home campus.


The registration application is now open. We encourage pairs or teams to apply. Applications will be reviewed in November and applicants will be notified no later than Dec. 1. Space is limited! Click here to complete the application.


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In This Issue:

Journal Club

2016 Summit for Transforming STEM Teaching in Higher Education 

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

UO Science Open House 2015

Date: October 7th, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Willamette Hall on the UO Campus

The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) and UO STEM CORE will hold the 5th annual “Science Open House” October 7th, 2015 in the Willamette Hall Atrium (6:30pm-8:30pm) on the University of Oregon (UO) campus. At 7:45, the Science Circus and Dr. Stan will present the Science of Rock and Roll in 100 Willamette Hall.   Check us out on Facebook.

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Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
(choose one session)

Week 4: Tues, Oct 20
noon-1:30pm, 122 Knight Library

Week 5: Mon, Nov 4
10:00-11:30am, 122 Knight Library

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

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ASM Science Teaching Fellows
Application deadlineNovember 2, 2015

The ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program is a 5-month development opportunity to help prepare doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. Fellows in the program take part in a highly focused training experience that combines in-depth webinars, pre- and post-webinar assignments, structured mentoring, and a community of practice.

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NSF-funded REIL Biology Workshops

NSF-funded REIL-Biology is partnering with national conferences to offer development opportunities to incorporate your own research in laboratory courses.  Application for 2015 and 2016 workshops at ASCB, CUR, and GSA meetings are open now.  Recruit a research or education faculty to participate with you in a pre-conference workshop on research in lab courses.  Travel funds are available.  For more details, see

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