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SPRING 2016- WEEK 6

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

Journal Club

This week in the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club we will build on last week’s conversation about the core skills for effective science communication by trying out an exercise specifically designed to target one of those skills:  careful choice of language.  The exercise will use the idea Randall Munroe used to write Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, in which he describes objects and processes using only the 1000 most common words in the English language.  To prepare, please read:

Peter H. Gleick, ‘Thing Explainer’ – A Review of Randall Munroe’s New Book (Using the Ten Hundred Most Common Words), HuffPost Book Blog, Nov. 25, 2015.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/thing-explainer—a-revie_b_8650772.htmlFor 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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Fall 2016 Scholars and Fellows

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications will begin May 23, 2016. 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 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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Graduate SLP Education Mentor

The Science Literacy Program is recruiting for a Graduate SLP Education Mentor for the 2016-17 academic year. http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/2391 This is a 0.49 FTE position to participate in development and facilitation of SLP teaching professional development activities including 1) weekly Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club, 2) workshop planning and coordination, and 3) program assessment of these activities. With the SLP associate director, SLP Education Mentors will provide mentorship to Graduate SLP Fellows including classroom observations and consultations on implementation of teaching strategies. They will also coordinate and develop programming for UO graduate students for science communication through affiliation with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and science education with the Mobile Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching. Please submit an application to Elly Vandegrift, SLP Associate Director, by email ellyvan@uoregon.edu as a single PDF or Word document attachment containing the following:
a cover letter explaining interest in this position and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of two references including email addresses and phone numbers. Review of applications will continue until filled.

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Alan Alda to Receive National Academy of Sciences Award

The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2016 Public Welfare Medal to actor, director, writer, and science communicator Alan Alda on Sunday in recognition of his “extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating science on television and stage, and by teaching scientists innovative techniques that allow them to tell their stories to the public.” The medal is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

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ASMCUE 2016

ASMCUE gathers over 350 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Educators come from colleges, universities and international institutions to learn and share the latest information in the biological sciences and education research. The Conference program includes plenary, concurrent, poster, and exhibit sessions. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions between colleagues all focused on the same goal: to improve teaching and learning in the biological sciences. The conference will be held July 21-24, in North Bethesda, Maryland. Early registration and abstract submission trends suggests conference attendance will be high. If you register for ASMCUE by May 16, you can save $100. For more information, please visit the website.

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Modeling and Model-Based Reasoning in STEM Conference

Please consider submitting an application to attend the conference to be held on August 26 and 27 of this year at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. This is the fourth conference in a series titled Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines that started at Washington University in the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education. This conference brings together cognitive scientists, STEM educators, discipline-based educational researchers and learning scientists to learn and discuss how modeling and model-based reasoning come into play in undergraduate education in science and engineering. Some of the talks will be devoted to the precollege years, but the focus will be on undergraduate education. Learn more here:
https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/modeling-in-stem-conference

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UO TeachOUT

The central focus of UOTeachOUT is to share in the development of culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) and youth advocacy between COE faculty teacher educators, future teachers, community youth advocacy partners, families, and teaching colleagues k-12 school districts.  The core faculty of UOTeachOUT have spent the past seven years developing relationships with these community partners to increase safety, inclusion, and access to a culturally sustaining education for all youth. The UOTeachOUT partnering events include community development BBQueer, the two different keynote speaker events on CRP (one on campus and one in a school district) and the GSA Youth Summit.  The events will all center on and address whiteness, anti-racism, heteronormative gender identity, homophobia, and transphobia in education. The first event is the BBQueer fundraiser on May 7, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, at Claim 52 Brewery.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Fall 2016 Scholars and Fellows

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

Graduate SLP Education Mentor

Alan Alda to Receive National Academy of Sciences Award

ASMCUE 2016

Modeling and Model-Based Reasoning in STEM Conference

UO TeachOUT

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

CMiS Panel

Formerly NOBCChE/SACNAS, Community for Minorities in STEM (CMiS) will be holding their first official eventMonday May 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Onyx 171.  This workshop will be a panel and round table discussion aimed at giving voice to the lived experiences of faculty and students of color in STEM fields here at the UO.  The panel will be comprised of faculty members and graduate students in math, physics, chemistry and biology.  After the panel discussion we will split into smaller groups and continue the conversation about how we can make the UO a more diverse and inclusive community for all of its members.  The hope is to create a safe space for people to openly discuss issues surrounding race.

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UO Science and Invention Fair

The UO Science and Invention Fair is a K-8 fair for kids in and around Lane county. The fair typically attracts 75 projects. We need people to help with set up, outreach tables, and judging. If you are interested in helping out with the fair, sign up on our fair volunteer page and/or contact fair director, Brandy Todd (btodd@uoregon.edu). Undergraduates are welcome to be judges, and judging duties take place between 11 am and 1:30 pm.

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Science Outreach Club Events

Mentoring Opportunity

A 4th grade girl is looking for a mentor for a school project. The topic area hasn’t been set yet. A female mentor is preferred. The total commitment is expected to be 6 hours.
Contact Liz Twombly: ltwombly@uoregon.edu

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!

Arduino Workshops (free)

May and June
Learn how to program with Arduino! The project you will be working on is programing and setting up all the electronic components for a fully functional pinball table similar to the one linked hereSample lessons from last year can be found here.  Email Brandy if you are interested in attending these trainings. Trainings will take place during evenings in May and June. Times will be set once we have a group of volunteers. No past experience required!

Girls Science Adventure

May 149:30 am -12:30 pm
Teach a group of 20 girls ages 10-12 all about electronics through a series of simple circuit activities culminating in scribble bots.

ATA STEM Field Trip

May 25th & 26th, ~10am-2pm**
Lead “Fun with Fractals,” a hands-on exploration of some of the coolest mathematics activities including the Fractal Dragon, Infinite Snow Flakes, and Snake-Snake-Snake. This workshop will be presented 3 times each day (a total of 6 workshops). **This is a paid instructor opportunity

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Be Aware

May 10, 7:00-8:30 pm
Straub 156

What does it mean to be white? Dr. Robin DiAngelo will discuss what “white” means in regard to race and socialization in our country. She’ll raise awareness of common barriers while helping us develop the skills and motivation to bridge racial divides in our academic, personal, and professional worlds. BE there and BE aware.

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Paid study for Biochemistry or Physics Graduate Students

We need a few more natural science graduate students to play a role in our study of undergraduates interested in pursuing graduates degrees in natural science. In the study, natural science graduate students talk about graduate school with undergraduate students interested in going to graduate school in the same discipline. Each session of the study lasts about 1.5 hours and pays $16/hour, so the pay is $24 a session. Ideally graduate students will take part in two sessions with two different undergraduates. If you are interested in participating, please contact Colton Christian (coltonc@uoregon.edu) and we will try to find a convenient time for you to participate.

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scilit@uoregon.edu
http://scilit.uoregon.edu/

UO Science Literacy Program
1210 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403