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FALL 2016- WEEK 4

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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.

Journal Club

For this week, please read:

Russell, J. E., Van Horne, S., Ward, A. S., III, E. A. B., Sipola, M., Colombo, M., & Rocheford, M. K. (2016). Large Lecture Transformation: Adopting Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Student Engagement and Performance in an Introductory Science Course. Journal of Geoscience Education64(1), 37-51. http://www.nagt-jge.org/doi/abs/10.5408/15-084.1

For your convenience, we will continue to offer two weekly meetings in 217 LISB. Feel free to attend either.

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 1:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

Elly and Julie

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Science Talk Northwest

We are now four months away from the inauguralScience Talk NW to be held in Portland, Oregon on January 26-27, 2017. We are absolutely thrilled thatJorge Cham, the creative mind behind PhD Comics will be joining us as one of our keynote speakers. Jorge is also the co-founder of PhDtv, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids in East L.A. He earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005. He is originally from Panama. For a sneak peek, check out Jorge’s TEDx talk, The Science Gap. Please register using this link.

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Wayne Morse Scholars Program

The Wayne Morse Scholars program is designed to bring together UO sophomores and juniors from across majors who share an interest in public affairs, policy, activism, and leadership.  Students in the program have the opportunity to pursue big questions about democracy and citizenship, develop specific leadership skills in a supportive environment, and interact with prominent officials, activists, organizers, and scholars.  In the first year of the program, WMC Scholars participate in workshops, talks, trips, and a special course called Democratic Dilemmas with Professor Dan Tichenor.  In their second year each student, in collaboration with WMC mentors, designs and pursues a practicum experience based on the student’s individual interests. To date, the program has admitted students representing 22 different academic majors and a rich variety of experiences, backgrounds, and ideological commitments. We are excited to recruit a new cohort of diverse, passionate students. The online application deadline is Thursday, October 20.  Applications and more information available here.


HERS Institute Scholarships

The HERS Institute, a leadership development program for women in higher education, is offering scholarships for women faculty in STEM. The HERS CBL Scholarships, funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, cover tuition, accommodations and travel for twelve women to participate in the  2017 HERS  Institute, which is offered at the University of Denver (June 18-July 1) and Bryn Mawr College (July 9-22). We hope that you will consider the HERS CBL Scholarship for yourself and/or share this message with women in your STEM network. Academic leaders are encouraged to contact potential candidates and direct them to theHERS CBL webpage that includes details on eligibility, application process and deadlines. Please note, the deadline for completed HERS CBL Scholarship applications is Monday, November 28, 2016. If you have additional questions about this opportunity, please emailJudith.White@du.edu or call (303) 871-6866.


Active Learning Day

Dr. Jo Handelsman, the co-founder with Bill Wood of the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching, is currently Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In that capacity, she recently announced the creation of Active Learning Day, to take place on this year on October 25. Building on that announcement, Project Kaleidoscope of the Association of American Colleges & Universities has created an Active Learning Pledge. We invite all Summer Institutes alumni to take the pledge and show support for this cornerstone of scientific teaching. The deadline for adding your name to the pledge is Tuesday, October 18. Learn more about the OSTP’s Call to Action on Active Learning and about Active Learning Day and the pledge on their webpages.

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DBER REU Opportunity

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Science and Mathematics Educational Research Collaborative, an interdisciplinary Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) group, will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this year.   Ten accepted students will be involved in mentored-research projects that focus on the theme of Models and Representations in STEM Education and will contribute to publishable research in DBER.   Accepted students will participate in a unique “January Jump-Start” session to meet and work virtually, using video conferencing and online journal club discussions, with project mentors to outline summer projects.  During the 9 week on-site experience at the RIT campus REU students will be involved in cohort-wide research methods workshops, smaller research group meetings, individual mentoring, Professional Development workshops and cohort-building events.  REU students will earn a $5,000 stipend ($500 of which will be earned during the January session) and will be housed, at no expense to the student, in RIT’s state-of-the-art housing complex, Global Village. Since accepted students begin participation in January, this REU program has an early deadline of November 30th. Please visit our website to learn more about the program and the application process!

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Science Talk Northwest

Wayne Morse Scholars Program

HERS Institute Scholarships

Active Learning Day

DBER REU Opportunity

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

LGBT in STEM Meet-up

Want to meet other queer students, faculty, and staff? Meet us for an informal social hour at Growler U! This event is happening on Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm. If you have questions, please contact Kenyon Plummer (lplummer@uoregon.edu) or Lisa Eytel (leytel@uoregon.edu).

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McNair Scholars Program

For the past 17 years, the UO McNair Scholars Program has been helping undergraduate students prepare for and get accepted into PhD programs.  If you are interested in research, graduate school, and financial assistance to complete your bachelor’s degree, then the McNair Program may be a good match for you.  To qualify, a student must be a US citizen or permanent resident who is also either:
· A first-generation college student who is also low-income.
OR
·  A student from an ethnic group historically underrepresented in higher education.

More information and applications are also available on the McNair Scholarswebsite or by contacting Gail Unruh, McNair Director, 68 PLC, 541-346-2182, gqunruh@uoregon.edu.

The priority deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

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Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

This workshop will review formats and best practices for writing a statement of teaching philosophy.

Week 4: Wed, Oct. 19
2:00-3:30pm, 72 PLC

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The UO Law School Presents Galen Distinguished Visitor Melissa Weresh on Team-Based Learning

Learn how Drake University Professor of Law Melissa Weresh uses term-long teams to mimic the urgency and collaborative skills required in professional life.  Team-based learning has two key components: individual out-of-class preparation and in-class teamwork focusing on applying new knowledge and skills. Come discuss the why and how-to of team-based learning, the degree to which this pedagogy is scalable, and how to evaluate teamwork.

Week 4: Fri, Oct. 21
9:00-10:30am, Knight Library Browsing Room

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