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NEWSLETTER
SPRING 2016- WEEK 1

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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.

Journal Club

This spring in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will explore several areas in depth.  We will spend two or three weeks on each topic, and there will be opportunities for journal club participants to help with planning and facilitation of the sessions.

The first topic is aligned with TEP’s High Impact Change: Belonging series, events and workshops clustered around the notion of fostering students’ sense of belonging in our classes. Our reading in the journal club this week looks at how aspects of students’ social identity (like gender, race/ethnicity, and nationality) may affect how they view and participate in small-group discussions in class.  Please read:

S. L. Eddy, S. E. Brownell, P. Thummaphan, M.-C. Lan, and M. P. Wenderoth (2015).  Caution, Student Experience May Vary: Social Identities Impact a Student’s Experience in Peer Discussions. CBE-Life Sciences Education14(4), 11 – 17.  http://www.lifescied.org/content/14/4/ar45.full

For more information about the TEP Belonging series, including a list of events, please see http://tep.uoregon.edu/workshops/events/year15-16/spring/spring16.html#featured_events

For your convenience, we offer two weekly journal club meetings for you to choose from:

Thursdays at 9:00am
Fridays at noon (feel free to bring your lunch)

All sessions will be held in 317 LISB.

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Graduate Opportunity at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A graduate (MS or PhD) opportunity in Science Education Research is available for a Fall 2016 start date at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). I am seeking a motivated graduate student to work on an interdisciplinary research project about undergraduate student learning related to science literacy skills. The research will be centered around understanding how students learn science-informed decision-making and information literacy in a large-enrollment freshman majors and non-majors class. A competitive applicant will have a strong interest in discipline-based education research (DBER) and a background in science. Interested individuals should send a CV and a brief statement of goals and interests to Dr. Jenny Dauer (jenny.dauer@unl.edu).

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MNCH Opportunities

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History has two Laurel Award positions available for graduate students for the 2016-17 academic year, one in education and one in exhibitions. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 3. More information can be found on our website: http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/get-involved/internships

There is also a graduate student position this summer with the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s Public Programs Department. This position represents a wonderful opportunity for a student to gain experience leading informal educational programs for families and elementary age children. Because the position requires travel to statewide program locations, a successful candidate must have the ability to work independently and be comfortable in new situations, while being a consistent, positive representive of the museum  and the UO in various Oregon communities.

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Science Outreach Instructors Needed

Spring is going to be very busy for SPICE and Science on Demand. We’ve got a full slate of outreach scheduled for the spring, including science fair workshops, STEMcon, the Girls Rule Conference, and many more. Instructors for SPICE camp in the summer are also needed. If you’re interested in leading activities or being involved with science outreach, please contact Brandy Todd atbtodd@uoregon.edu.

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SUMMER CONFERENCES


UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

The Science Literacy Program invites you to attend a Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching August 8-11, 2016 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 2016-17 National Academies Education Fellows at the end of the institute. A post-meeting UO STEM strategic planning session will be held on August 12, 2016. Application due date: June 3, 2016. Questions and nominations: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

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SMTI/NSEC 2016 National Conference

Register now for SMTI/NSEC 2016 National Conference in San Antonio, June 8-9. This year’s conference will focus on STEM Education Centers engaged in improving undergraduate education, including teacher preparation and connection of the undergraduate experience with K12, community efforts, and broader impacts. The conference is open to representatives from STEM Education Centers, or those who work closely with centers. We also invite faculty and administrators engaged in improving STEM teaching and teacher preparation from APLU institutions. Poster session abstracts due May 6, 2016. Early bird registration ends April 20, 2016. More information is available on the website.

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West Coast Summer Institute

Funded by HHMI, the West Coast Summer Institute will be held June 13-16, 2017 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.  Summer Institutes model the scientific teaching principles they teach. We invite college and university faculty, instructional staff, and future faculty to develop teaching skills at multi-day workshops to transform the undergraduate classroom. Current research, active learning, assessment, and inclusive teaching are woven into the program, creating a forum to share ideas and develop innovative instructional materials to be implemented upon returning home.  Participants who complete the institute will be named 2016-17 National Academies Education Fellows. Application are materials available online.

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BioInteractive/QUBES Event

HHMI’s BioInteractive (http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive) and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project invite applications for a Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) focused on adapting quantitative BioInteractive modules for undergraduate introductory biology courses. Applicants must be teaching introductory biology or an equivalent course in Fall 2016, and be able to attend the Quantitative Biology Summer Institute June 19-24.  For more information, visit: https://qubeshub.org/groups/hhmibiointeractivefmn

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APS Institute on Teaching and Learning

We invite you to participate in the 2016 APS Institute on Teaching and Learning (ITL)June 20-24, 2016 in Madison, WisconsinThe Institute on Teaching and Learning will engage educators (from 2-year and 4-year colleges & universities and professional schools) in interactive sessions on evidence-based, student-centered practice in teaching, learning, and assessment. Whether you are an experienced educator or relatively new to teaching, it will challenge you to gain skills in designing and implementing educational research in your classroom and in learning how to share your findings with colleagues.

Please click here to view the invitation to the APS Institute on Teaching and LearningRegister for the Workshop by April 1, 2016 and be entered to win an iPad Pro!

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SABER 2016 National Meeting

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) is a scientific community whose members develop theory and generate evidence with the goal of improving biology education. SABER fosters Biology Education Research (BER) and its dissemination by defining the standards for BER practice, supporting the BER community through training and faculty development programs, and fostering collaborations among BER investigators. They will be holding their national meeting July 14-17, 2016, on the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. More information and a link to abstract submission can be found here.


BCCE 2016

The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) is being held at the University of Northern Colorado from July 31 – August 4, 2016. In Greeley, you’ll find 1,000+ chemistry teachers from high schools and colleges learning and enjoying good chemistry and exploring the high plains of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.http://www.unco.edu/bcce2016/


Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to join with colleagues to share and examine evidence-based models, practices, and strategies to provide high-quality undergraduate STEM teaching and learning and increase the number of students majoring, completing baccalaureate degrees, and pursuing careers in STEM fields. This year’s conference will deepen our understanding of “what works” in STEM higher education reform and provide attendees with the opportunity to rethink curricular designs and teaching approaches in ways that will maximize learning. The conference will be held November 3-5, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. Proposals are due Thursday, March 24, 2016. Visit the call for proposals to find out how to submit a proposal to share your work at the conference.

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Faculty Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.

American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Washington Internship Institute invite you to apply—or nominate a colleague—for the Faculty Fellows Program. This jointly-sponsored program offers faculty from all disciplines the opportunity to pursue professional, disciplinary, and personal interests in a challenging and dynamic professional environment—and to reinvigorate their work as scholars, teachers, advisers, and educational leaders. Faculty Fellows spend one full semester in the Washington, DC, area working at government agencies, non-profit organizations, national associations, museums, foundations, and other sites related to their expertise and professional interests. Fellows also have opportunities to engage with colleagues in their disciplines and with higher education experts. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. For more information, please visit the website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Graduate Opportunity at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

MNCH Opportunities

Science Outreach Instructors Needed

Summer Conferences

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

SMTI/NSEC 2016 National Conference

West Coast Summer Institute

BioInteractive/QUBES Event

APS Institute on Teaching and Learning

SABER 2016 National Meeting

BCCE 2016

Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

Faculty Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Science Outreach Training Workshops

All workshops are free and open to anyone who is interested. All workshops will be held in Willamette 240D.

Introduction to Science Outreach
A crash course in the goals of informal science education and social learning theory as applied to outreach with the public.

When: Thursday, Mar. 31, 4:00-5:15 pm

Safety in Science Demonstrations
Light things on fire. Go sub-zero in this hands-on workshop covering all of our favorite dangerous and exciting demonstrations. Learn how to safely handle fire and cryogenic substances in public settings.

When: Friday, Apr. 15, 1:00-3:00 pm

Brain-Based Learning
Our brains are out to get us. Learn a few useful tips and tricks from the worlds of psychology and neuroscience for making sure you keep your audience engaged with the content you’re teaching.

When: Thursday, Apr. 28, 4:00-5:15 pm

Know Your Audience
This workshop focuses on targeting your presentation based on your audience and how to work with different ages and settings.

When: Friday, May 13, 1:00-2:30 pm

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PNACP Annual Conference

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Physics (PNACP) 2016 Annual Conference will be held April 1-2 at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus. The main theme of the Conference is sustainability.  The conference will feature not only seasoned career physicists but also feature the next generation of physicists. Attendees will be faculty and students from Pacific Northwest community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.

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NWBIO Conference

The UO and LCC are pleased to co-sponsor the Northwest Biology Instructors Organization Annual Conference at the University of Oregon April 15-17, 2016.  The NWBIO weekend includes workshops, field trips, and speakers relevant to biology instructors at all points of their teaching careers and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues across the region. Register by April 7.  Abstract submission and more information are available on the website: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/nwbio2016/.

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WSCEG Conference

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the third annual Western States Chemistry Education Group (WSCEG) Conference. If you are interested in attending, please complete the following poll:http://doodle.com/poll/3t75mw2fb7u5yfht

When: April 16-17, 2016
Where: Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

For five years now, Undergraduate Studies has partnered with University Housing, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, UO Libraries, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Research and Innovation to support the Undergraduate Symposium—a special, campus-wide opportunity for students to present their original contributions in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Abstract proposals for student presentations at the 2016 event are due by 11:59 pm on April 1 and are submitted via the Undergraduate Symposium website or this direct link.

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NW Regional Learning Assistant Workshop

You are invited to attend a two-day interactive workshop on the implementation of undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) in undergraduate classrooms. LAs are trained undergraduates who work with faculty to facilitate peer discussions, in-class activities, and out of class learning. They are able to engage learners not only with the content but also with each other, knitting together our learning community.  Held May 19th-20th on OSU’s Corvallis campus, participants will gain insight and practical knowledge regarding program creation, mentoring, and support of LAs. The registration cost of $85.00 includes meals, handouts, and supplies. ($75 if you register before April 7!). Teams are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the website.

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Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The 5th annual UO Science and Invention Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016 here on the UO campus. This is an informal, entry-level fair for science lovers of all ages featuring hands-on activity tables and free science workshops. In order to support students in developing their projects, instructors from the SPICE program visit area classrooms to present a series of workshops on science fair project development. We need about 24 volunteer instructors to visit 14 area classrooms. If you love sharing science with K-8 kids, this is your chance to participate in a great program. For more information, contact Brandy Todd (btodd@uoregon.edu).

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TEP: Strategies for
Discussion Leaders

Week 2: Mon, Apr. 4
1:00-3:00pm, 72 PLC

Learn strategies for creating lively and fruitful class conversations that help students build critical thinking skills, understand the fundamental questions of the course, and enjoy class time.

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Keeping it Real, Lively and Strong: Engaged Mindfulness Practices for Resilient Learning Communities

Week 2: Thur, Apr. 7
3:30-5:00pm
Knight Library Browsing Room
Doors open and refreshments served beginning at 3:00pm

How might we foster classroom-based learning communities with the strength to deal with crises and controversy as they arise? In this lecture and interactive discussion, Professor Magee will explore the imperative of working to create inclusive, identity-safe and resilient learning communities in the 21st century. She’ll share some of the research-based contemplative teaching and learning practices that she and others are using to help create resilient spaces for intellectual and inner life development on college campuses.

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Sky Studio Teaching Conversations

Mondays 1:00-2:00pm
Knight Library Conference Room 410
TEP welcomes you to register for its Sky Studio Teaching Conversations. These informal small-group conversations and hands-on sessions (capped at 10) give faculty and GTFs a chance to dive more deeply into specific teaching issues.

Week 3: Mon, Apr. 11
When to Grade: We’ll learn about formative assessment techniques and discuss how feedback can drive student learning.

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TEP: Developing an Online Teaching Portfolio

Week 3: Thur, Apr. 14
10:00am-noon, 72 PLC

A teaching portfolio presents evidence of your teaching activities and accomplishments and links them to your overarching teaching philosophy. It is an opportunity to document, share, and reflect on your teaching and to prepare materials that may be useful for job applications, promotion and tenure review, and TEP’s Graduate Teaching Initiative. This workshop will provide an overview of how to develop and maintain an online teaching portfolio using the UO Blogs platform.

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TEP: Engaging Student Resistance

Week 3: Fri, Apr. 15
11:00am-12:30pm
Proctor 41, Knight Library

Back by popular demand!
Despite your best efforts to motivate and engage students, do you find that “the resistance” is alive and well in your class? In this workshop we will discuss sources of student resistance to learning and strategies for more fully inviting students into the key work of the course. We’ll focus on student resistance to course content, especially material that raises issues of power, privilege, and difference. We’ll also address students’ reluctance to engage in particular teaching and learning methods.

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UO Science Literacy Program
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