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FALL 2016- WEEK 5

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

Journal Club

For this week, please read:

Keeler, J.M., Koretsky, M.D. (2016). Surprises in the Muddy Waters of High-Enrollment Courses Jessie M. Keeler and Milo D. Koretsky* J. Chem. Educ., DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00372 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00372

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 inaugural Science Talk NW to be held in Portland, Oregon on January 26-27, 2017. We are absolutely thrilled that Jorge 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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Math Department Teaching Seminar

This seminar is titled “Research: Inquiry-Based Learning; Practice: Worksheet (and project)-driven pedagogy,” and will be held at 12:00 pm in Deady 210. For the next few weeks, we will blend discussion of research studies of active learning in undergraduate math (and possibly STEM more broadly) and views of local people who have implemented such pedagogies, reserving the right to stay on a paper or practitioner for multiple weeks. The research study this week will be on Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL), a flavor of active learning based on the Moore Method.  The paper is called “From innovation to implementation: Multi-institution pedagogical reform in undergraduate mathematics” and can be found here:
http://www.colorado.edu/eer/research/documents/ LaursenInnovationToImplementation_Delta2013.pdf
Further papers on IBL can be found here:

http://www.colorado.edu/eer/research/steminquiry.html

The personal practice we discuss this week is that of Dev Sinha, where he discusses how he uses worksheets, and in a current new class projects, as the main driver for learning.


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 the HERS 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 email Judith.White@du.edu or call (303) 871-6866.


ASMCUE 2017

ASMCUE gathers over 350 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Educators come from colleges, universities and international institutions to learn and share the latest information in the biological sciences and education research. The conference program includes plenary, concurrent, poster, and exhibit sessions. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions between colleagues all focused on the same goal: to improve teaching and learning in the biological sciences. The conference will take place on July 27-30, 2017 in at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver Colorado. The deadline to submit abstracts for poster presentation is February 15, 2017. Please see our list of Important Dates & Deadlines and mark your calendar appropriately. If you have an idea for a session and would like to present, submit a session proposal. The Planning Committee will review proposals and issue invitations to accept presenters beginning in January 2017. Click here to learn more about proposal requirements. Deadline: November 7, 2016.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Science Talk Northwest

Math Department Teaching Seminar

HERS Institute Scholarships

ASMCUE 2017

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Faculty of Color and Allies Happy Hour

When: Thurs, Nov. 10 from 4-5 pm
Where: EMU Falling Sky Brewery

Join your colleagues for a time to network and to learn more about upcoming faculty events hosted by the Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS). Bring business cards to exchange with your colleagues. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided. RVSP using this link.

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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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Difficult Dialogues with Rehearsals for Life

Week 5: Fri, Oct. 28
2:30-4:00pm, Knight Library, Browsing Room

TEP will share strategies for developing respect and mutuality in the classroom; we’ll also consider structures that enable students to better discuss sensitive course material. Learn more about our partners, the award winning graduate student theater troupe Rehearsals for Life…  With their help, we’ll practice negotiating heated or potentially painful or offensive moments in the classroom using scenarios developed from experiences of UO faculty and GTFs.

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UO Women in Graduate Sciences Undergraduate Career & Research Forum

When: Tuesday, Oct. 25 4-6 pm
Where: Gerlinger Lounge

UO Women in Graduate Sciences (UOWGS) presents their 4th annual undergraduate career and research forum: “So I have the B.S… What’s next?” Learn about the next steps after earning your degree with a Q&A session featuring a graduate student panel from geology, geography, biology, physics, and chemistry! Followed by a casual mixer with career scientists from computer science, industry, academia, and more! There will be raffles and refreshments, and this free event is open to all. RSVP online at uowgs.com.

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