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Journal Club

The Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club invites you to participate in our seventh year of weekly gatherings! The journal club is a cooperative effort of the Teaching Engagement Program and the Science Literacy Program. Meetings feature lively, structured discussions across discipline and rank with small-scale teaching experiments. Participants from all disciplines are invited to join the whole series or stop by for a specific conversation.

This fall we will focus on approaches for teaching large classes. In Spring 2016 TEP sponsored a series of events on making the big class feel small and our journal club conversations will continue the conversation.

Starting week 1 we will read and discuss:

Wood, W. B., & Tanner, K. D. (2012). The role of the lecturer as tutor: doing what effective tutors do in a large lecture class. CBE-Life Sciences Education11(1), 3-9.

Journal Club will have two sessions during fall term. Feel free to attend either.

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 217
– Friday 1:00pm LISB 217

We look forward to seeing you there!
Elly Vandegrift (SLP) and Julie Mueller (TEP)

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ScienceTalk NW Conference

Interested in how science gets communicated to broad audiences? Want to hone your science communication skills?    Register for Science Talk NW, a 2-day science communication conference January 26-27, 2017, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, OR sponsored in part by UO Science Literacy Program and Washington State University at Vancouver.

Science Talk NW features keynotes by Jorge Cham (PhD Comics) and Nancy Baron (COMPASS Online), interactive workshops, and a science communication contest.

The Science Literacy Program can support registration fees for the entire conference for some UO graduate students and postdocs who will participate in the Science Communication Contest. Please email Elly Vandegrift ( for more information.

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SABER (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research) West will be held at the University of California, Irvine on January 14th and 15th, 2017. The goals of the meeting are to disseminate exciting STEM education research and to gain skills related to conducting discipline-based education research and implementing evidence-based teaching practices. There will be an explicit focus on fostering collaborations with colleagues from other campuses, especially the community college system.

The SABER West program will feature plenary talks, concurrent talks, workshops, and poster sessions. Upcoming dates to mark on your calendar include:
September 30th – Abstract submission for talks and workshops
October 10th – Meeting registration opens

We have already lined-up a great list of presenters including Sara Brownell (Arizona State University), Brian Couch (University of Lincoln-Nebraska), Jenny Knight (University of Colorado, Boulder), Apryl Nenortas (Butler Community College), and Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University).

For more information about the meeting, please go to the meeting website:

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National Conference for Advanced POGIL Practitioners (NCAPP)

We are delighted to announce The POGIL Project’s first National Conference for Advanced POGIL Practitioners (NCAPP): Expand, Engage, Empower, to be heldJune 26-28, 2017 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.NCAPP is designed for POGIL practitioners to gather together and share ideas, challenges and struggles regarding the use of POGIL in their classrooms.  Participants will come away with new ideas for POGIL activities as well as new strategies for implementing POGIL.  Our goal is to Expand, Engage and Empower…

Meeting website:

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Science Talk NW Conference



Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

STEM CORE Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings this fall will take place at 3:30 – 5 PM on the first Thursday of the month. Meeting dates will be October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st.

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Teaching Engagement Program (TEP) Fall Events

Strategies for Discussion Leaders
Week 1: Wed, Sept. 28 2:00-4:00pm, 72 PLC
Week 2: Tue, Oct. 4 10:30am-12:30pm, 72 PLC

Presence in the Classroom with Theatre Arts’ Theresa May
Week 3: Fri, Oct. 14 2:00-3:30pm, Location TBD

Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Week 4: Wed, Oct. 19 2:00-3:30pm, 72 PLC

Difficult Dialogues with Rehearsals for Life
Week 5: Fri, Oct. 28 2:30-4:00pm Knight Library Browsing Room

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SPICE! Open House

You’re Invited to the 6th Annual SPICE! Science Open House 2016
Date: October 5th, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Willamette Hall on the UO Campus
The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) and UO STEM CORE will hold the 6th annual “Science Open House” October 5th, 2016 in the Willamette Hall Atrium (6:30pm-8:30pm) on the University of Oregon (UO) campus.

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