Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Spring 2015 – Week 7

Journal Club

This week the Science Literacy Program will be hosting a Communicating Science workshop run by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

For Thursday we would like you to watch the Physics Slam Videos
http://media.uoregon.edu/channel/2015/04/09/2015-physics-slam/

and read a piece about the Alda Center
Chang, K. 2015 3 March. Attention, All Scientists: Do Improv, with Alan Alda’s Help. New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/science/attention-all-scientists-do-improv-with-alan-aldas-help.html?_r=0.

There will not be a journal club meeting on Friday, but you are encouraged to attend the Thursday morning session.

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP
– Friday 12:00pm – no Friday meeting

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie and Elly

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OMSI Science Communication Fellowships

Call for applications for the OMSI Science Communication Fellowships for the summer cycle (see attached).

OMSI Science Communication Fellows are industry or academic researchers or science professionals, including faculty, graduate students, technicians or other individuals in science, health or technology related positions. After participating in specialized training, Fellows are certified by OMSI as current science ambassadors and skilled communicators. Fellows join OMSI in helping public audiences engage with science in meaningful and relevant ways. OMSI expects to have Fellowship cohorts 2-3 times per year.

Applications for the Science Communication Fellowship summer cohort are due by May 11. Apply online.

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Instructor Positions Available with the Summer Enrichment Program

The UO Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is looking for instructors to develop and teach science science themed courses during their two sessions. These are paying positions ($800-$2,700).

SEP provides rigorous enrichment to academically motivated 6th-10th grade students. The program is residential, which means the campers stay here for two full weeks while learning about topics ranging from Art to Zoology.

SEP encourages instructors to provide unconventional courses that defy standard disciplinary boundaries. You can find out more about SEP here.

The job description and application form are available here.

Questions: Contact Sean Nolan at Youth Enrichment/Talented and Gifted.

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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 process is closed

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

Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

OMSI Science Communication Fellowships

Instructor Positions Available with the Summer Enrichment Program

Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Careers in Non-profits and Grant Program Management
Moses Lee – MJ Murdock Charitable Trust
Friday, 5/15/2015
10:30am – 12:00pm
350 WIL

Have you thought about working in a non-profit organization? Would you like to learn about the work of Grant Program Officers?

Join Outside the Academic Box and the Graduate School to hear Moses Lee, Professor of Chemistry and Program Director for Science & Research, talk about his work managing grant programs at M.J. Murdock Trust. Learn about the similarities and differences between academia and the non-profit sector. Could a career in non-profits be a good fit for you?

The event is free but registration is requested by Evey Lennon at
evey@uoreon.edu.

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Metacognition
TEP Motivation Series
Friday, 5/15/2015
11:00am – 12:30pm
Proctor 41, Knight Library

Metacognitive learners think critically about how they learn and consequently are able to better direct their learning. Research shows that students who engage in metacognitive exercises perform better on exams, written assignments, and class discussions. How then can we foster students’ abilities to be metacognitive and to reflect on how and why they learn? After participating in this workshop, you will be able to design activities and assignments that enhance students’ metacognitive skills and integrate these activities into your courses.

Click here to register.

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Taming Test Anxiety
Teaching and Learning Center
Tuesday, 5/19/2015
6:00-6:50pm
72 PLC

Gain new ideas for studying effectively, staying positive, navigating test questions–and unleashing your true ability.

No registration is required for this free workshop.

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Finishing Strong
Teaching and Learning Center
Tuesday, 5/19/2015
7:00-7:50pm
72 PLC

Academic muscles quivering with fatigue? Join us for coaching and techniques to boost your motivation, time management, and study system for a strong push across the spring finish line.

No registration is required for this free workshop.

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