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Journal Club

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer, and welcome back to campus! Fall term journal club will be held on Thursdays at 9 am in 217 LISB.  The theme for fall will be exploring science teaching practices that are inclusive, engaged, and research-led. We invite anyone across all ranks and disciplines to join the whole series or stop by for a specific conversation. For Week 2, please read: Butler, A. C., Marsh, E. J., Slavinsky, J. P., & Baraniuk, R. G. (2014). Integrating cognitive science and technology improves learning in a STEM classroom. Educational Psychology Review26(2), 331-340. http://marshlab.psych.duke.edu/publications/ButlerMarshSlavinskyBaraniuk2014.pdf

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Free Coffee Today at EMU from UO’s New Coffee Expert

In honor of International Coffee Day (October 1), UO researcher and resident coffee expert Christopher Hendon is inviting the community to help him celebrate with free coffee in the EMU from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hendon, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, joined the UO faculty this summer after doing his postdoctoral research at MIT. Hendon co-wrote a book on the chemistry of coffee with UK coffee purveyor Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. The two have won international barista championships and advanced the art and science of coffee worldwide. To read more of this story, visit the website.

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“Reacting to the Past” Conference at George Fox University

Reacting to the Past is a system of role-immersion games designed for undergraduate college classrooms in a range of fields including history, classics, philosophy, the natural sciences, and first-year seminars, to name several. Reacting scenarios are elaborate role-playing games in which students take on historical characters, engage deeply in historical texts and ideas, and debate issues as those characters would in game sessions lasting a few weeks. For a quick introduction, watch this video. At the Portland Center location, George Fox University, in coordination with the Reacting Consortium, is hosting a hands-on conference where faculty participants will learn the Reacting pedagogy through actual game play. Elly Vandegrift will be leading the game  The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the “New Cosmology,” and the Catholic Church, 1616-33.  Some travel and registration funds are available for UO scientists who would like to participate.  Contact Elly for more information. The conference will be held on October 28-29.  To register, please visit the website.

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Higher Education Innovation Summit 2018

Proposals are now being accepted for the Higher Education Innovation Summit being held at the University of Minnesota Rochester June 6-8, 2018. The summit is designed to connect creative researchers and educators seeking to transform higher education through innovations that enhance student learning. Proposals will be accepted in four session types: Learning Innovation Scholarship, Speed Scholarship, Innovation Inspiration, and Campus Innovation Cases.  Applications are due January 1. For more information about the Higher Education Innovation Summit, please visit their website.

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The Science of Science Communication III Webinar

With so many complex, important, and sometimes uncertain scientific issues facing our society, there has never been a more critical time to communicate effectively. The challenges facing scientists, professional communicators, and the interested public have resulted in a growing area of research—the science of science communication. This third colloquium in the National Academy of Sciences series on the Science of Science Communication will focus on the consensus study as a framework for advancing both research and practice in science communication. It will explore ways to build capacity for and foster the use of evidence-based strategies for engaging the public with science and ensuring its appropriate use. This colloquium, held November 16-17, will be available to view in a live webcast. Register here to receive a free link to the webinar.

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Engaging The Public with Science and Engineering: Communication, Conversation, and Dialogue Webinar

Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) is hosting a webinar entitled, “Engaging ‘The Public’ with Science and Engineering: Communication, Conversation, and Dialogue”. Meg Gilley, Policy Engagement Specialist at COMPASS, and Emily Cloyd, Project Director of Public Engagement at AAAS, will discuss skills, tips, and strategies on how to effectively and efficiently engage diverse public audiences around science and engineering. The webinar will be held October 11. Please register for the webinar here.

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Participate in an Online Survey on Interdisciplinary Science

Portland State University is looking for volunteers to help out with a study on interdisciplinary science. You can help by participating in a 5-10 minute online survey. The survey will not be a test of knowledge, rather, a simple tool to gather feedback on your perception of interdisciplinary science. The researchers are seeking input from undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff. All responses will remain anonymous. Please follow this link to complete the survey online by October 10.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

In This Issue:

Journal Club
Free Coffee Today at EMU from UO’s New Coffee Expert
“Reacting to the Past” Conference at George Fox University
Higher Education Innovation Summit 2018
The Science of Science Communication III Webinar
Engaging The Public with Science and Engineering: Communication, Conversation, and Dialogue Webinar
Participate in an Online Survey on Interdisciplinary Science
Job Opportunities
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 2 Spotlight:

Are you interested in going to a conference about evidence-based teaching and learning so you can learn more and perhaps share your own work? The Lilly Conference Series on College and University Teaching and Learning hosts several events each year in locations around the country, drawing attendees from a broad range of disciplines. People who go always come back excited and bursting with ideas. For more information, visit http://lillyconferences.com/.Back to top


Upcoming UO and Local Events:
“Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History” with Walidah Imarisha

Walidah Imarisha describes herself as an historian at heart, reporter by right, and rebel by reason. Winner of a 2017 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction for Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption, she also has edited two anthologies, authored a poetry collection, and is currently working on an Oregon Black history book, forthcoming from AK Press. The lecture will be held October 12 from 3:30- 5:00pm. For more information, please visit the website.

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Welcome Reception for Women Faculty

New and current faculty at the University of Oregon are invited to attend this event to welcome new women faculty to campus, which will be an opportunity for participants to learn about one another’s research and work, and to inspire collaboration, community, and support across campus. The Center for the Study of Women in Society welcomes everyone on campus whose scholarship deconstructs and reconstructs approaches to gender, and we invite all like-minded souls to join us at our reception. The event will be held Tuesday, October 3 from 4:00- 5:30 pm in Gerlinger Hall. For information and to RSVP, please visit our website.

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UO Women in Graduate Sciences Membership Drive

The University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences (WGS) is holding its annual “Sweets & Treats” Membership Drive on October 11 from 1 to 3 PM in the Willamette Atrium.  Come stop by for a variety of baked goods and treats while you sign up for or renew WGS membership, pay membership dues, socialize, and learn about what WGS has to offer.  Membership is open to all members of the campus community of any gender.  We hope to see you there!

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Registration for 2017 International Learning Assistant Conference

The Learning Assistant (LA) model is a highly-supported peer teaching experience that has been shown to improve students’ learning and attitudes towards science in undergraduate courses. It is also an effective tool for recruiting talented science and math students into teaching careers. The conference includes workshop sessions who want to expand and sustain their current programs It’s a great place to network with other faculty and staff across disciplines and types of institutions. The conference will be held in Boulder, Colorado, on November 4-6, 2017. For more information, please visit our website.

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SPICE Fall Open House

It’s that time again!  The Fall Open House is just around the corner (Wednesday, October 4th, 2017).  Last year over 500 members of the public visited the open house.  This event is a great way to get your group and outreach opportunities in front of the public.  The open house is completely free to the public and we advertise with schools and through free media. As always, we at SPICE heavily rely on volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with us, please email spicescience@uoregon.edu.

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OURS Research Symposium

Please join us on Wednesday, October 4th 4:00-6:00 PM and Thursday, October 5th 5:00-6:30 PM in Science Library room B042 for the OURS Research Symposium. Undergraduates involved in summer research experiences supported by Oregon Undergraduate Researchers in SPUR or by the Mary G. Alden Scholarship will have 15 minutes each to present a summary of their projects and findings. For many of the students, this will be great preparation for presentations at national conferences later this fall. For more information, the program agenda and outline, please click here.

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