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FALL 2015 – WEEK 7

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Journal Club

This week we will continue to focus on science literacy.  Please read

Spillane, N.K. (2013). What’s Copenhagen Got To Do With Chemistry? Using a Play to Teach the History and Practice of Science. Journal of Chemical Education, 90(2), 219-223.

and please watch a trailer of the play Copenhagen

For your convenience, we offer two weekly meetings in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building):
Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

Elly and Julie

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SLP in the Oregon Daily Emerald

Science for the rest of us: UO fights for science literacy

Mike Mendoza — November 5, 2015

Dr. Scott Fisher has looked into other galaxies and worked for NASA, but he’s teaching a 100-level astronomy course at University of Oregon.

He describes himself as an absolute stereotype of a scientist: Bald with glasses, with facial hair reminiscent of Walter White. But his attitude about the way science courses should be taught is anything but stereotypical: He starts most classes with “What’s up, my fine peoples?”

But Fisher is serious about science. He’s a “planet hunter,” monitoring infant solar systems from a remote-controlled telescope in Bend, on UO’s Pine Mountain Observatory. He’s also looking for supernovas: If he spots one, he’ll alert the Gemini telescope at Mauna Kea, where he used to work.

“A major problem is not that people hate science, but that people had such a bad experience with science, that it turned them against it,” Fisher said. “And that’s what I’m trying to fight. Let’s have a positive experience that you can carry forward in life.”

Read full article here.

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AAC&U 2016 Summer Institutes

AAC&U’s 2016 Summer Institutes: General Education and Assessment, High-Impact Practices, Integrative Learning, and STEM

Three of AAC&U’s Summer Institutes—the Institute on General Education and Assessment, the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and the Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments—offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaboration. The teams each work on a project of importance to their individual campuses. The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for early and mid-career STEM faculty members.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

SLP in the News

AAC&U 2016 Summer Institutes

Upcoming Events and Deadlines


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Getting Students to do the Reading

Teaching Effectiveness Program

Friday, November 13 11:00-12:30pm, Knight Library Proctor 41

Information and registration

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UO Science Literacy Program

1210 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403