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SPRING 2016- WEEK 10 

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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT

SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF

EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.

Journal Club

Legos!

In journal club this week Brandi Baldock will help facilitate an exercise that combines Lego building and chemistry.  Come join us for the final journal club meeting of the year.  There is no homework to do to prepare for the meeting.  Just bring your brain for thinking and your hands for building!

For your convenience, we will continue to offer two weekly meetings in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building):

Thursdays at 9:00 am

Fridays at 12:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

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Elly Vandegrift Awarded UO Williams Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that Science Literacy Program Associate Director Elly Vandegrift has been selected by the University as one of two Williams Fellows for 2016-17. Nominated by their peers, Williams Fellows are selected for their commitment to undergraduate education and their devotion to creating engaging and  academically challenging learning experiences.

The fund was endowed by Tom and Carol Williams in 1995, and has awarded more than 80 grants to faculty in various disciplines since 1996. All Williams Fellows receive a $5,000 award and a $5,000 award to their home department to acknowledge and support their efforts.

We join the university in celebrating Elly’s transformative impact on undergraduate science teaching at UO, and on integrating local science communication efforts with national efforts. We look forward to many more years of her SLP stewardship!

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Graduate SLP Education Mentors

Please join us in welcoming graduate students Meaghan Emery, Geological Sciences, and Phil Lotshaw, Chemistry & Biochemistry, this summer as Graduate SLP Education Mentors.  They will support SLP courses and assessment and serve as an additional resource for teaching and SLP summer programming.

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Fall 2016 Scholars and Fellows

We are now recruiting SLP undergraduate scholars and graduate fellows. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling deadline. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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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 13, 2016. Questions and nominations: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

In the words of a previous participant, “I’m pretty confident in my abilities to give a good lecture and run a well-organized course, and I get good ratings from students. But I could tell that many students weren’t really learning the material in any depth. I’d heard the compelling evidence that swapping out lecture time for in-class problem-solving was the way to go, but of course I was worried about how much extra work that would be for me, and I wasn’t really sure what class time would look like. The Summer Institute was exactly what I needed – practical advice on how to make this change, including what works and what doesn’t. The good news is that even the best students have been shown to do better with this style of teaching. I switched out about a third of my lecture time in each of my courses this year, and I was very pleased with how engaged students seemed to be and by how stimulating and fun it was for me too. I plan to make a full switch next year. I highly recommend the Summer Institute – it’s an easy way to jumpstart the process of improving your teaching.”
- Tory Herman, Associate Professor Biology, 2015-16 National Academies Education Fellow

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Original UO Play about Science to Premiere at Hope Theatre

“A new play at the UO is based on the premise that science isn’t boring, it just lacks for good presentation. The Department of Theatre Arts is redefining how science can be taught through the new play, “Wonder if Wonder Why” which will premiere at the Hope Theatre on May 26. Tickets are free to UO students.

“(It’s) an original piece, devised by 10-plus students and myself,” said UO professor and director of the play John Schmor. “It is a variety show that ranges across several topics, but has its ‘through line’ scenes about the history of light science … (it’s) a fun ride through the uncanny facts of our world.”

The play is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $14 for UO faculty and staff and $16 for general audiences. The play will be performed May 26, 27 and 28 and June 2, 3 and 4.” To read more of this article about the play by Craig Garcia, please click here.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Elly Vandegrift Awarded UO Williams Fellowship

Graduate SLP Education Mentors

Fall 2016 Scholars and Fellows

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

Original UO Play about Science to Premiere at Hope Theatre

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

SPICE Summer Camp Volunteer Instructors

We’re pleased to announce the introduction of a 4th SPICE Summer program entitled Combustion Camp for our oldest campers! Do you like to burn, combust, or implode? This is the camp for you to volunteer with! Learn more here at our instructor page!

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TEP Common Reading Discussions

It’s not too late to join the 

Between the World and Me
Faculty-GTF Reading Group

with upcoming meetings June 10, 1:00-2:20pm, in 144 HEDCO.

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SUSI Student Ambassador Volunteer Opportunity

From June 18 – July 16, the American English Institute (AEI) is hosting the Study of the US Institute for Student Leaders in Environmental Issues (SUSI). This US State Department sponsored exchange program brings 22 European undergraduate student leaders between the ages of 19-25 to Eugene. While here, the international participants will study environmental issues as well as participate in volunteer and service activities, leadership workshops, and cultural outings.

SUSI Ambassadors are University of Oregon students who volunteer for the UO SUSI program to act as peer mentors, cultural liaisons, leaders and, most importantly, friends to these dynamic student leaders from across Europe. In exchange, UO SUSI ambassadors will gain experience in leadership, planning, teamwork, and citizen diplomacy. International experience is not required. However, an interest in building cross-cultural relationships and contributing to mutual understanding and friendship is a must.

To apply, please use this link. Applications are due by June 6. Questions can be directed to Alicia Going, SUSI Administrative Director [argoing@uoregon.edu] or Sandra Clark, SUSI Academic Director [sandarac@uoregon.edu].

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541.346.8982

scilit@uoregon.edu 

http://scilit.uoregon.edu/

UO Science Literacy Program

1210 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403