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FALL 2015 – WEEK 5
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This week we will continue to focus on science literacy.  Please read

Majetic, C. & Pellegrino, C. (2014). When science and information literacy meet: an approach to exploring the sources of science news with non-science majors.College Teaching, 62(3), 107-112. Thanks to the authors we have access to an online version
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).

Hope to see you there.

Elly and Julie

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Winter 2016 Scholars and Fellows

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate SLP fellows. Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2015.

Undergraduate application and CAS 409 Practium information.

Graduate application.

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STEM CORE Try Teaching and Outreach Fair 

Twenty-five local organization will be in the Willamette Atrium to share information about their programs and opportunities for students to gain teaching experience.  Tuesday, October 27 —  10:45am-2pm.

Please see the website

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Get Savvy 

Every fall, students can participate in the Teaching and Learning Center’s Get Savvy, a series of workshops designed to help students gain skills for academic success. These TLC workshop are free and available all UO students.  Attend one or as many as you like!  Tuesday 11/3 and Wednesday 11/4 — 11am-8pm, 72 PLC

To learn more and see a complete schedule visit:

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UO Science Policy Initiative  

The UO Science Policy Initiative is a group open to undergraduates, graduate students, post docs, and faculty interested in the intersection of scientific research and governmental policy that meet every two weeks to discuss important current topics in the field. Although this is only our second year, we would eventually like to obtain funding to take trips to Salem and even Washington DC to actually talk to representatives about the importance of increased funding for research and development and other causes important to UO SPI. We are looking both for people interested in attending/leading discussions as well as volunteers to help move the group forward in its goals of obtaining funding for invited speakers and trips to governmental institutions.
If you’re interested in receiving UO SPI email, please contact us at We are planning on having our first regular group discussion meeting of the year will be Thursday, October 29 from 5:30-6:30 PM in Willamette 350. 

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Winter 2016 Scholars and Fellows

STEM CORE Try Teaching and Outreach Fair

Upcoming Events and Deadlines:

TEP 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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ASM Science Teaching Fellows
Application deadline November 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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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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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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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

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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.

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

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