Journal Club

There is no Journal Club meeting this week.

We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

See you next week,
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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Applications for CSWS Travel Grants due November 30

Applications for the Center for the Study of Women in Society Travel Grants are due November 30. These small grants (up to $300) are available only for UO graduate students and provide partial support for travel to present papers that relate to women and gender at a conference, or for a professional activity related to women and gender. Funding is contingent on the paper/panel acceptance at the conference or workshop. CSWS will prioritize requests from students with partial department support. For more information and to access the application, visit our website.

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ASM Conference for Undergraduate Researchers

The American Society for Microbiology presents the 25th annual Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), taking place July 26–29, 2018, in Austin, TX. Help us shape the program and focus on the content that’s important to you by submitting a session proposal. The deadline is November 30. For more information, and to submit a proposal, please visit our website

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Application Deadline for the 2018 POGIL National Meeting

Applications for the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning national meeting are due November 30. Attendees will interact and collaborate with colleagues in a variety of ways and includes a mix of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions, and open working time.For more information and to submit an application, click here.

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Workshops for the 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at the University of Notre Dame 

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education are due December 1. the conference is designed to provide attendees with opportunities for interacting with chemistry instructors of all levels in formal and informal settings. There will be a mixture of plenary lectures, symposia, workshops, chemical demonstrations, poster sessions, exhibits and tours of chemistry research areas. You can click these links to submit a symposium or workshop.

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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
-Applications for CSWS Travel Grants
-ASM Conference for Undergraduate Researchers
-Application Deadline for 2018 POGIL National Meeting
-Workshops for 2018 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education
-Job Opportunities
-Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
-Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 8 Spotlight:

Low-achieving students tend to overestimate their abilities- a phenomenon known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.  Overconfidence leads these students to study less than they should, resulting in continued low grades.  However, a recent paper shows that increasing students’ metacognition helps them get a better sense of their understanding, leading to more effective studying and improved exam performances.  To learn more, 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.Back 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:

NAS Research Colloquium: Joyce Pualani Warren (Kanaka Maoli), Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultural Productions

Dec 6, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm in the Many Nations Longhouse

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STEM Core Meeing

The STEM Core (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers through Outreach Research and Education) monthly meeting is now scheduled for Tuesday, November 28th 12:00 – 1:30 PM in Lokey Education room 119. Please join us!

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UO Science Fair Teaching Opportunity

The UO Science and Invention Fair is looking for volunteers to lead workshops in Science Fair Project Development in local schools. Volunteers will work with a partner to present 4 workshops (about 1 hour each) in a nearby K-8 classroom. We will train you in how to engage kids with science and provide all the workshop materials and curriculum. This is a great way to try out teaching in a fun, low-stakes environment. Training begins December 15. You can find out more about this opportunity and sign up on our website.

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Quack Chats: Ideas on Tap  with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for Ideas on Tap, a conversation series held the first Wednesday of the month at Sprout! Regional Food Hub. Enjoy Claim 52 craft beers and thought-provoking discussions about science, culture, and more. Cosponsored by Claim 52 Abbey, La Granada Latin Kitchen, Pig & Turnip, NEDCO, and 100 Mile Bakery. The event will be held December 6 at 6:00pm at the Sprout! Regional Food Hub, MarketplaceSprout! Regional Food Hub, Marketplace.

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