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FALL 2015 – WEEK 8 

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Journal Club

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

Walton, K. L. (2014). Using a Popular Science Nonfiction Book to Introduce Biomedical Research Ethics in a Biology Majors Course. Journal of microbiology & biology education15(2), 240.

Smith, K. C. (2014). Ethics Is Not Rocket Science: How to Have Ethical Discussions in Your Science Class. Journal of microbiology & biology education15(2), 202.

For your convenience, we offer two weekly meetings for you to choose from in317 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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Winter 2016 Upper Division and GraduateCourses for Science Students

BI/CH/GEOL/PHYS 407/507 Seminar: Teaching Science

We will read, discuss, and apply a variety of techniques from science education literature to improve science education. Students will be active participants in the exploration of scientific teaching. Using concepts and information introduced in class, students will develop and teach an activity to be used in an undergraduate science course.

Elly Vandegrift and Mark Carrier
R 1200-1320, 189 PLC,  2 credits.

PHYS 408/508 Wrk: Science Outreach
Science Outreach is a course for any science or math student interested in opportunities to explore and develop their communication abilities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to public audiences, especially K-12, in museums and after school settings using interactive hands-on and inquiry-based activities. The course will also introduce current theories about how people learn. Each week students will complete two hours of public outreach, reflect on their experiences, and discuss ways to improve.

Bryan Rebar

T 1400-1450, in the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History,1 credit P/NP—No prerequisites!

CRN 25001/25014 

CAS 409    Practicum Science Literacy Program Scholar
In this practicum, Undergraduate Science Literacy Program Scholars will help co-teach general education science courses with direct supervision from a faculty mentor. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor and Graduate SLP Fellow in a teaching team. Students will attend a weekly science education journal club to explore theories of science education and help develop and implement classroom activities and assessments to support student learning.

CRN 27251

BI 410/510  Applied Science Communication
The ability to communicate your research in an effective and coherent way is critical to your success as a scientist.  A profound scientific result is useless if it can’t be conveyed to a broader audience.  Yet, many of us struggle with this essential, practical skill.  Communicating well takes practice.  In this class we will take an applied approach to communicating science—you will bring your research in the form of written work, graphics and slides and we will work together on improving it.  We will practice the fundamentals of writing, speaking, and making graphics to convey your ideas to your audience in an interesting, accessible way; along the way you’ll be gaining a set of tools that you can apply in your academic career and beyond.

Kelly Sutherland

CRN 26797, F 1000-1250, 9 PAC, 4 credits

Prereq: BI 212 and 213 and 214 or BI 283H.

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“Meet a Scientist Day”

We are pleased to invite you to participate in this year’s “Meet a Scientist Day” at the museum. The goals of this annual event are to introduce the public (our visitors) to UO scientists and celebrate the important scientific research that goes on at our local university.

The event will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016. We are looking for representatives from every University science department (and at every level from professor to undergrad) to share some aspect of their scientific field with our visitors. We encourage submissions of all types, including conference-style posters, hands-on activities, and lecture/demonstrations in the planetarium. If you are interested, please fill out the short form at by January 13th


Nick Spicher, Education Director

Science Factory Children’s Museum and Exploration Dome

541-682-7892 /

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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 gradeteachers 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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New Leadership Oregon

The Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University would like to invite the women of your school to participate in our 13th Annual NEW Leadership Oregon program! NEW Leadership™ Oregon (NLO) is the award-winning women’s leadership development program housed at the Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University. Open to all women enrolled at any university/college in the state of Oregon, the six-day residential program (June 16-21, 2016) educates and encourages outstanding college women to develop paths towards leadership.  If you know of women who would be interested in participating in NLO, please encourage them to apply. Applications are due Feb. 3, 2016and are available online here.  We encourage students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds to apply. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mariana at the Center for Women’s Leadership at 503-725-2895

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Winter 2016 Upper Division and Graduate Courses for Science Students

“Meet a Scientist Day”

Flame Challenge

New Leadership Oregon

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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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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UO Science Literacy Program

1210 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403