Journal Club

The theme for fall is 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 7, please read:

Casselman, B. L., & Atwood, C. H. (2017). Improving General Chemistry Course Performance through Online Homework-Based Metacognitive Training. Journal of Chemical Educationhttp://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00298

Fall term journal club will be held on Thursdays at 9 am in 217 LISB.

Hope to see you there,
Elly and Julie

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The Lab Lit Book Club

The Science Literacy Program is sponsoring a new book club, devoted to works of fiction that feature scientists as main characters, performing plausible science in a real-world setting. At our first meeting, Nov. 29 at 7 PM in LISB 217, we’ll discussFlight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. We will discuss literary fiction, science communication, and the narrative challenge of pairing accurate science with a compelling story.  We aim to attract a diverse group. So please feel free to invite your friends and family members, if they are book lovers, as well as colleagues in other departments. For more information please contact Rachel Rodman or Phil Lotshaw

Happy reading, and we’ll see you on Nov. 29th!
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Alda Center Writing About Controversy: Featuring Claudia Dreifus

Find out the best ways to leverage current events to develop an angle for your science story and how to use controversy to draw readers to read about science within a familiar context. Learn the importance of journalism and advocacy in shaping public opinion. The live-stream hosted by the Alda Center for Communicating Science will be held on November 9 at 3:30pm. Information about the session can be found here.

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U.S. Army Summer 2018 Internships

The U.S. Army Research Lab Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program and the U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research Summer Internship Program are accepting applications for Summer 2018. These are amazing opportunities for students to expand their research experience within their area of study. Fore more information on our internship opportunities, please visit our website. The applications close November 12, 2017.

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Original Lilly: Celebrating the 37th Annual Conference Held on Miami University

Join us where it all began! The 37th annual Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning will be held at the Armstrong Student Center on the beautiful campus of Miami University fromNovember 16-19, 2017. Pre-conference workshops are offered November 16th. The Conference features the following plenary speakers: Chris Anson, North Carolina State University; Billie Franchini, University at Albany; Janel Seeley, University of Wyoming; and Eva Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University. Registration is opened. We look forward to seeing you there! For more details and registration information, please visit our website.

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STEM Education Advisory Panel Seeking Nominations

The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations for the newly formed STEM Education Advisory Panel. The panel will meet twice a year to provide expert advice to the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM), an interagency group that coordinates STEM education programs across the federal government. CoSTEM is also responsible for developing five-year strategic plans for federal STEM education investments. Nominations are due by November 30, 2017.

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VIII International Geoscience Education Conference

It is a pleasure for us to announce the VIII International Geoscience Education Conference (GeoSciEd), a quadrennial conference organized by the International Geoscience Education Organization.  In 2018 it will be hosted at Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil, from July 22-27. For more inforamtion, please visit our website.

The abstract submission deadline is November 30, 2017.

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American Society for Microbiology: Curriculum Design, Teaching and Assessment Course

The American Society for Microbiology is offering a 5-month online course prepares participants for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions – community colleges, minority-serving institutions, regional or state colleges, and primarily undergraduate institutions. Fellows in the course take part in a highly focused training experience that combines in-depth webinars, pre- and post-webinar assignments, structured mentoring, and a community of practice. The experience is fast-paced, intense, interactive, and presents practical examples in microbiology education. The registration deadline is December 1. To register, clickhere.

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Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Michigan

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program s a two-year research and internship opportunity for bright, curious undergraduate students interested in conservation, nature, and the environment. The program is aimed at bringing more undergraduates currently underrepresented in the environmental field into the conservation arena. In addition to a stipend, accepted students will also receive room and board, a discretionary allowance and travel expenses to and from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The application deadline is January 31, 2018.For more information, please visit our website.

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See a conference you might like to attend? Contact the Science Literacy Program to see if travel funds may be available!


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In This Issue:

-Journal Club
-The Lab Lit Book Club
-Alda Center Writing About Controversy
-U.S. Army Summer 2018 Internships
-Original Lilly: Celebrating the 37th Annual Conference
-STEM Education Advisory Panel Seeking Nominations
-VIII International Geoscience Education Conference
-American Society For Microbiology
-Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
-Job Opportunities
-Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
-Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 7 Spotlight:

Are you looking for ways to help students of all stripes feel they belong in your course and increase the chances they will persist in your field? Highlighting the diversity of people who work in your field can help students envision themselves similar roles. For a great assignment idea that meets this goal while also serving the faculty need for content coverage, see:

Schinske, J. N., Perkins, H., Snyder, A., & Wyer, M. (2016). Scientist Spotlight Homework Assignments Shift Students’ Stereotypes of Scientists and Enhance Science Identity in a Diverse Introductory Science Class. CBE-Life Sciences Education15(3), ar47. http://www.lifescied.org/content/15/3/ar47.full.pdf+htmlBack to top

Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Common Reading Events

Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) has long been hailed as one of the most important writers in contemporary Native fiction, and The Round House is perhaps her most brilliantly realized narrative. Told from the perspective of a young adult narrator, the book deals directly with questions of tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, sexual violence, social justice and individual accountability. Please check out these related events:

November 7, 2017, 4-5:30pm, 123 Global Scholars Hall. Naynaabeak¹s Fishing Net:  Illuminating the History of American Indian Women. A public talk by Red Lake Ojibwe scholar Brenda J. Child.

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University of Oregon Teaching and Learning Workshops

The Teaching and Learning Center is offering a series of Get Savvy! workshops to help UO students boost their academic success. Topics include speed reading, test-taking, note-taking, procrastination, writing, money management, and more. The sessions are free, drop-in, and available to all students. Times include November 6-7 from 1-7:00pm. The workshops will be held in the Lease Crutcher Lewis Room in the EMU. For a list of workshop descriptions, visit our website.

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Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement: Week of Undergraduate Research

We invite you to attend theWeek of Undergraduate Research during November 6-102017, hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE). Each day features a new discussion designed to introduce students to the world of research opportunities, within all disciplines, professional skills building, graduate school preparation and more. Email uocure@uoregon.edu  with questions.

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Quack Chats: Lightening Up About Dark Matter November 8

Using video and imagery, University of Oregon physicist Stephanie Majewski will take us inside the Large Hadron Collider. She is among a select group of particle physicists who are pursuing fundamental questions about the basic building blocks of matter and what forces govern their interactions. Stephanie will discuss dark matter, supersymmetry and the Higgs boson. The event will be held on November 8 from 6:00-7:00pm at the Downtown Athletic Club, Ax Billy Grill. For more information, please visit our website,

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Center for the Study of Women in Society Open House

The Center for the Study of Women in Society is co-hosting their first open house of the year with the Department of Art onNovember 9from 4:00-6:00pm.  Light nosh and beverages will be provided. The open house will be held in the Jane Grant room of Hendricks Hall. Email csws@uoregon.edu to RSVP.

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University of Oregon Environmental Leadership Program 

The Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for the Winter-Spring term. The program offers service learning opportunities for participants to gain valuable professional skills while helping connect the community with nature. Click here for more information.

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