Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Spring 2015 – Week 4

Journal Club

Thursday this week we will be joined by Thomas Seager of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University who will talk with us about using social media in his courses. To prepare please look at his syllabus for a course on Engineering Business Practices and come with questions about using social media to engage students.

Friday we will explore a method for helping students engage with their readings. Before journal club create a concept map about all the factors that contribute to or affect obesity and their connections. Bring your concept map to journal club. (Read about concept maps.)

Hoskins, S.G. (2010). “But if It’s in the Newspaper, Doesn’t That Mean It’s True?” Developing Critical Reading & Analysis Skills by Evaluating Newspaper Science with CREATE. The American Biology Teacher, 72(7), 415-420. Available from:
http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1525/abt.2010.72.7.5

Rundle, R.L. (2005, October 6). Study links produce prices to obesity. The Wall Street Journal.
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/
SB112855170081961018
If you are unable to access the article, email the SLP for a PDF copy.

– 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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Midterm Assessment of Teaching

This is Week 4 of the term, and a great time to plan a midterm assessment of how things are going in your class. TEP recommends asking students two simple questions, and perhaps a few others to address issues specific to your course. Consider asking these questions with an online survey (e.g. through Blackboard or Canvas):

– What’s working well in the course and helping you learn?
– What constructive suggestions do you have for improving the course?

Once students have completed the survey, thank them and talk about the results in class, even if you won’t be implementing any of their suggestions! This makes the students realize that you actually care what they think (and predisposes them to evaluate you favorably in the future). The conversation also makes it more likely that you will follow through on any planned changes. For details on how to implement the survey in Blackboard, please see the TEP website Midterm Feedback page. For help setting it up in Canvas, see
http://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/
68346-how-do-i-create-a-survey
.

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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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Congratulations to SLP Affiliated Faculty and Students on Their Recent Awards

Several SLP affiliated faculty members and students have won awards recently and we want to recognize them for their outstanding work.

Michael Raymer, professor of physics, received the 2015 Outstanding Career Award through the UO Research Excellence Award program.

Bread 101, team-taught by five instructors including biologists (Karen Guillemin, Judith Eisen and Elly Vandegrift), physicist (Miriam Deutsch) and instructor of comparative literature (Jennifer Burns Bright), received the 2015 Pedagogy Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

Rebecka Tumblin, Spring 2014 Undergraduate SLP Scholar, and Fehmi Yasin, Winter 2015 Graduate SLP Fellow, have both been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Kyla Martichuski, Spring 2015 Undergraduate SLP Scholar for Chemistry 223, has received a 2015 Goldwater Scholarship.

Mairin Peck, Summer 2015 Undergraduate SLP Scholar for Human Physiology 111, has received an UO Libraries Undergraduate Research Award.

Please join us in congratulating these award recipients.

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Thomas Seager to Lead the Pisces Game

Thomas Seager is a leading expert in Thomas Seagerenvironmental decision analysis, sustainability theory, environmental impacts of alternative energy and engineering ethics from Arizona State University. On April 21 and 32, he will present the Pisces Game, a NSF funded project that applies game theory to develop new strategies for teaching ethical reasoning skills relevant to sustainability.

Players will participate in the game over two days and will reconvene for a reflective discussion about the ethical importance of conservation and sustainability. The events are co-sponsored by IE2, ENVS, Philosophy, and the Oregon Humanities Center.

First session
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
12:00 – 12:50
110 Willamette Hall

Second session
Thursday, April 23, 2015
2:00 – 3:20
115 Lawrence Hall

RSVP to Nicolea Morar or Erica Hartmann

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Mary Pat Wenderoth – IMB Science Education Seminar
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
4:00 – 5:00pm
110 Willamette Hall

Mary Pat WenderothMary Pat Wenderoth is a Principal Lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Washington (UW) where she teaches animal physiology courses and conducts biology education research on how students learn biology.

She will speak about a science education meta-analysis which received substantial national attention in 2014.
Freeman, S., Eddy, S. L., McDonough, M., Smith, M. K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., & Wenderoth, M. P. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America,111(23), 8410–5.
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1319030111

 

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Midterm Assessment of Teaching

Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Congratulations to SLP Affiliated Faculty and Students on Their Recent Awards

Thomas Seager to Lead the Pisces Game

Mary Pat Wenderoth – IMB Science Education Seminar

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Health Professions & Graduate School Fair
Wednesday, 4/22/2015
11:00am – 2:00pm
EMU Ballroom

If you’re considering a career in healthcare, it is likely you might also be considering graduate school. Where to attend can be a big decision–rather than just search websites, talk to a representative and hear first hand what it is like to a part of their program and school. Over 50 graduate schools from across the United States will be present. All students are welcome – especially those interested a career in healthcare.

For more information, see the Career Center Health Professions & Graduate School Fair page.

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Making the Most of 24/7
Teaching and Learning Center
Wednesday, 4/22/2015
6:00-6:50pm
72 PLC

Learn new ways to prioritize your to-dos, keep up with deadlines, and balance different areas of your life.

No registration is required for this free workshop.

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Speed Reading Basics
Teaching and Learning Center
Wednesday, 4/22/2015
7:00-7:50pm
72 PLC

Ever wondered how or if you could cut down on reading time without sacrificing comprehension? Come give speed reading techniques a try!

No registration is required for this free workshop.

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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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