Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2015 – Week 3

 Journal Club

This week we will read

Flener-Lovitt, C. (2014). Using the Socioscientific Context of Climate Change To Teach Chemical Content and the Nature of Science. Journal of Chemical Education91(10), 1587-1593.  http://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/ed4006985

There are two sessions to choose from:

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

Julie and Elly

 

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Winter 2016 Scholars and Fellows

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate SLP fellows.

Undergraduate application and CAS 409 Practicum information.

Graduate application.

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New Vision & Change Report

AAAS has released a publication, Vision and Change (V&C) in Undergraduate Biology Education: Chronicling Change, Inspiring the FutureThis publication takes stock of what has been accomplished at both the course and faculty level since the start of the V&C initiative in 2006 and to consider how to accomplish the larger scale changes needed at the departmental and institutional levels. The report focuses on example changes related to the V&C 2011 report(including work here at the UO) .

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Flame Challenge

The Flame Challenge began un 2012 with Alan Alda’s childhood query: What is a flame? Fifth and sixth grade teachers can apply to have their class act as judges to responses that scientists create. The question–and call for scientists to participate–will be announced in November.

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Graduate Teaching Initiative 

TEP’s new Graduate Teaching Initiative (GTI) offers UO graduate students structured and rigorous, yet flexible, pathways to develop as college teachers. Those who complete a series of core requirements earn a certificate of completion: GTI students participate in individual- and small-group teaching consultations, draft a teaching portfolio, observe classes taught by faculty and peers, and attend various workshops and conversations on teaching.

Complete this form to enroll.

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ASCB Mentoring in Active Learning and Teaching (MALT) 

Getting the opportunity to develop and implement active learning techniques over a sustained period is essential for those who seek careers focused on teaching. These experiences can be hard to find at many institutions. The MALT program seeks to establish mentor-mentee relationships in which people at all career levels and institutional types can learn from experienced teachers how to develop effective and engaging teaching practices. As this mentor-mentee relationship develops, the MALT program offers funding to enable more formal onsite mentorship opportunities.

Application due January 11 or July 11, 2016.

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SAIL/Aspire Mentors

SAIL is the UO’s largest college pipeline outreach
program designed to assist low-income, first generation middle and high school students with getting ready for college. They are recruiting UO college mentors to work on college prep activities as well as academic tutoring with our local high schools.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact: Chelsie Donahue, SAIL/Aspire Coordinator chelsied@uoregon.edu
541-346-4668

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Winter 2016 Scholars and Fellows

New Vision & Change Report

Flame Challenge

Graduate Teaching Initiative

ASCB Mentoring in Active Learning and Teaching (MALT)

SAIL/Aspire Mentors

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

TEP Fall Workshops
TEP will offer a variety of fall workshops including Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy. More information and registration information on their website.

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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 http://rcn.ableweb.org/

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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.

Applications available until November.

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CoDaC Faculty Writing Center

Do you need a quiet, comfortable, distraction-free space to write? Then the CoDaC Faculty Writing Center is for you. A wide-range of empirical scholarship suggests that writers who establish and follow a regular writing schedule—devoting as little as 30 minutes a day to their writing—are far more productive than those who attempt to binge-write during large blocks of time.

Fall Term Hours in the lower level of Susan Campbell Hall.

Monday 10am-12pm
Tuesday 10am-12pm
Wednesday 10am-12pm
Thursday 1pm-3pm
Friday 1pm-3pm