SLP Newsletter Spring 2014 – Week 9

In this week’s newsletter we have the following announcements:

1) SLP Teaching Journal Club – reading for week 9
2) SLP Summer Term Course Offering – HPHY 111 The Science of Sex
3) Final talk of the GREBES “Astrobiology: Life at the Limits” Spring Seminar Series – Wednesday 5/28 at 7pm
4) Explore Oregon! – UO museum opens new exhibit hall with special events this week.


1) Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club: reading for week 9

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club, we will start our study of the use of games to teach science. To prepare for this week’s meetings, please read:

1. Reuss, R. L., & Gardulski, A. F. (2001). An interactive game approach to learning in Historical Geology and Paleontology. Journal of Geoscience Education, 49(2), 120–129. Retrieved from http://www.nagt.org/nagt/jge/abstracts/mar01.html#v49p120

2. Cooper, S., Khatib, F., Treuille, A., Barbero, J., Lee, J., Beenen, M., … Players, F. (2010). Predicting protein structures with a multiplayer online game. Nature, 466(7307), 756–60. doi:10.1038/nature09304

As always, we will have two sessions to choose from:

  • Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP
  • Friday 2:00pm in LISB 317 facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We hope to see you there!
Elly and Julie

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2) SLP Summer Term Course Offering – HPHY 111 The Science of Sex

Help spread the news – space is still available in this Summer 2014 SLP course. Attached is a flyer for distribution.

HPHY 111 The Science of Sex

Course Description:
We will explore topics that are often ignored due to culture stigma, but have a great impact on human health and wellness. In addition to daily assignments, each student will design and conduct their own mini-research project, on a topic of choice, and report the findings to the class. As a beginning point for further exploration, we will use science journalist Mary Roach’s book “Bonk: the curious coupling of science and sex”. Students should come prepared for lively, light-hearted, brazen, direct, and scientifically accurate assignments and discussions on the anatomy and physiology of human sexual function.

Sierra Dawson sdawson@uoregon.edu
CRN 48106, MTWR 11:00-13:20, 7/21-8/13, 212 LIL, 4 credits

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3) Final talk of the GREBES “Astrobiology: Life at the Limits” Spring Seminar Series – Wednesday 5/28 at 7pm

Dr. Margaret Turnbull (astrobiologist and professor) will give the final talk in the series on May 28th titled “Nearby Exoplanets: Will there ever be another Earth?”.  This event is proudly hosted by GrEBES (Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students), an ASUO-supported student organization.

The Astrobiology: Life at the Limits Spring Seminar Series is a free and public event that brings in three distinguished speakers to the University of Oregon to give a public talk about Astrobiology, a general science topic of interest to our Eugene community.

Date: Wednesday May 28
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Location: 282 Lillis Hall

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4) Explore Oregon! – UO museum opens new exhibit hall with special events this week.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History invites you to celebrate the grand opening of our new exhibit hall, “Explore Oregon!”

Explore the dynamic forces shaping our landscapes and ecosystems. Discover the sabertooth salmon and other amazing animals from Oregon’s deep past, and take part in a dialogue about climate, conservation, and our future. With over 2,500 square feet of striking imagery, interactive science displays, and works of art, Explore Oregon offers an unforgettable experience to visitors of all ages.

All events are free!

Campus Community Reception
For UO Faculty, Staff, Students, and Families
Friday, May 30
noon – 1:30 p.m.

Grand Opening Night
Friday, May 30
5:00 p.m. for museum members
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for the public
Featuring music by Tim McLaughlin’s Revolving Trio

Open House Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet the scientists, sculpt your own giant sloth or sabertooth salmon to take home, and enjoy free admission and half-price family membership deals!

For more information visit
http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/explore-oregon

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