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SPRING 2016- WEEK 2

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

Journal Club

This week in journal club we will try out some ways of structuring small-group discussions in the classroom while doing an exercise designed to help students learn about the scientific publishing process.  We’ll center our discussion around an article submitted to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, an interactive, open-access journal in which papers and reviewers’ comments are visible during the review process and anyone can comment on submitted papers. (For more information, see http://www.atmospheric-chemistry-and-physics.net/about/aims_and_scope.html.)  To prepare for the exercise, please read:

Mooney, C.  The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future.  Washington Post, July 20, 2015.http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/20/the-worlds-most-famous-climate-scientist-just-outlined-an-alarming-scenario-for-our-planets-future/

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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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. 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

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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Public Speaking and Three Minute Thesis Candidates

Find out what it takes to effectively communicate your thesis in three minutes! In this workshop we will introduce elements of effective science communication, workshop your ideas for sharing, facilitate feedback from peers, provide free lunch (from Cafe Yumm!). Attending the workshop does not commit you to entering the competition. Learn more and enter the competition, which will take place May 13th, 2016 1:30 – 5:30 pm, by visiting: http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/3MT. Workshop jointly hosted by the Graduate School, the Science Literacy Program, & STEM CORE.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 20, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm in 111 Susan Campbell Hall. More information can be found on the website, and please RSVP if you would like to attend using this link.

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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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In This Issue:

Journal Club

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

Public Speaking and Three Minute Thesis Candidates

Graduate Opportunity at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

MNCH Opportunities

Science Outreach Instructors Needed

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.

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

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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 theUndergraduate 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 8 and are submitted via the Undergraduate Symposium website or this direct link.

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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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scilit@uoregon.edu
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UO Science Literacy Program
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Eugene, OR 97403