Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Spring 2015 – Week 2

Journal Club

For this week’s journal club we will continue to explore using interactive and social media in college science classrooms. This week we want to simulate an out of class assignment. Your job is to:

  1. Take a walk around campus (in our out of buildings) and find something with science in it,
  2. Take a picture of the object, action, place, etc.,
  3. Post that picture to the google doc accessible here,
  4. Write about the image, how it relates to science, and why you chose it, and
  5. Find and share resources for using interactive and social media resources in the classroom.
  6. (optional) If you are on Twitter or Facebook, post and tag @UOSciLit and #SLTJC or to the Science Literacy Program Facebook page.

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP and Elly Vandegrift, SLP
– Friday 12:00pm in LISB 317 facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie and Elly

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Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the National Academies, and the Science Literacy Program invite you to attend a Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching June 22-25, 2015 (UO faculty and post-docs) OR July 13-18, 2015 (National teams) at the University of Oregon. The Summer Institute will expand and sharpen participants’ teaching skills through workshops facilitated by national science education experts. Participants will develop original, innovative classroom materials ready for immediate implementation and will be named 2015-16 National Academies Education Fellows at the end of the institute.

Local Summer Institute June 22-25, 2015, Application due date: April 30, 2015

West Coast Summer Institute July 13-18, 2015, Application due date: May 15, 2015

Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

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BioQUEST Summer Workshop

The annual BioQUEST Summer Workshop is June 13-20, 2015 at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. It will be held in conjunction with the HHMI Quantitative Biology Conference, and the Science Case Net Annual Conference. There is a three day and seven day option.

Registration: Online registration available here
Registration deadline: April 27, 2015

This workshop provides an opportunity to learn more about teaching quantitative biology to a wide range of student audiences. Participants will use quantitative cases as a framework to explore resources for teaching basic to advanced quantitative skills. Participants will work with like-minded colleagues develop activities for their own classrooms, and leave with new friends, new tools, and new energy to engage students with biology from a quantitative viewpoint.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

BioQUEST Summer Workshop

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Motivation 101
TEP Motivation Series
Friday, 4/17/2015
11:00am-12:30pm
Proctor 41, Knight Library

What factors motivate students to learn, and what teaching strategies can we use to enhance student motivation? Join us for a discussion of the latest research on student motivation and learning, and an exploration of specific teaching strategies we can include in our courses.

Click here to register.

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Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
TEP Teaching Fundamentals and Professional Development Series
Tuesday, 5/5/2015
11:00am – 12:15pm
122 Knight Library

This hands-on workshop offers an opportunity to brainstorm specific ideas for your teaching philosophy statement or to receive feedback about a draft of your statement. Prior to the workshop, participants will be able to view a video and receive materials that outline the various formats, essential components, and best practices for writing an effective teaching statement.

Click here to register.

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Intellectual Play
TEP Motivation Series
Wednesday, 5/6/2015
3:00 – 4:30pm
Knight Library Browsing Room

We are always looking for ways in which to engage students in fun and intellectually rigorous activities. Join us as faculty and student affairs panelists share their strategies for incorporating game-play into various classes and co-curricular occasions for student learning. We’ll explore how various gaming strategies merge with newer technologies and teaching approaches to create intellectually engaging class experiences for both students and instructors.

Click here to register.

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