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SPRING 2016- WEEK 8

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

Journal Club

This week we will continue to explore resources available on the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Website.  Please read or listen to this interview:http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/alan-alda-on-the-art-of-science-communication-i-want-to-tell-you-a-story/

After reading the transcript, please write responses to these three questions and bring them with you to journal club:

Write down 3 key concepts that you pulled away from the interview.
What do you want to general public to know about what you do and why is it important?
What is the story about the science you want to convey?

Additionally, last week we ended journal club by having participants answer, “What is a science concept have you found difficult to explain?”  Write down an idea and bring this with you for our activity this week.

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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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


Science Slam

This June, WGS is hosting a Science Slam event at Sam Bond’s Brewery! Science Slam is an opportunity for scientists (especially graduate students and post docs!) to share exciting and important science with the general public. These can be an informal presentation, a demonstration, or even an interpretive dance, so long as they are under 5 minutes in length. We will be selecting 5 – 7 presenters from a pool of applications. Presenters will be competing for two cash prizes: $100 for first place and $50 for second place. Audience attendees will vote for the winner, and all attendees will be entered to win fun raffle prizes! If you are interested in being a speaker, please click here to apply. Applications are due May 20th, and applicants should expect to hear back by May 23rd.

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Life at the Nanoscale Mini-Symposium

We are pleased to announce the “Life at the Nanoscale” mini symposium at the University of Oregon to be held onJune 17th, 2016. This event includes a fantastic line up of six speakers addressing important questions in biology ranging from mechanisms of neurotransmission to host-pathogen interactions, cytoskeletal regulation and RNA metabolism. The common thread between the featured speakers is that they each use cutting edge structural and biophysical techniques to understand molecular function. In addition to the seminars, the mini symposium will feature a poster session, and we encourage all postdocs and students to register and present, as it will be a great opportunity for them to interact with the speakers.

The mini symposium will conclude with a dinner in the Willamette Hall atrium, and we are excited announce that University of Oregon’s own Brian Matthews will give a keynote seminar entitled “Structural Biology: Getting in on the Ground Floor”. For more information and to register, please visit thewebsite.

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The sixth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (http://undergradsymposium.uoregon.edu) will take place Friday, May 20th at the Global Scholars Hall. The event will feature 236 student presenters spanning 57 majors and seven colleges. Running from 3:15 – 7:30pm, the Symposium will include oral and poster presentations, art installations, science demonstrations, film screenings, and live music, dance, theatrical, and spoken word performances. The event is free and open to the public.

The Symposium has more than tripled in size since its founding in 2011, when it was created by university faculty and staff to provide students from across disciplines a public space to share their original ideas, discoveries, creations, and research in a supportive yet professional academic conference setting. The opportunity for students to practice clearly communicating their ideas to a broad audience is a
key goal of the event, as is highlighting the innovative contributions of these young scholars.

Presentations will cover such topics as:

  • Do forest fires cause more respiratory hospital admissions in Oregon? We analyze seasonal fire variation to find out.
  • How does gender influence the way we speak, especially in competitive settings? Turns out it’s a good time to talk like a man.
  • Is physical pain a figment of your imagination? What would happen if you took away the transmitters that lie dormant awaiting pain?
  • Can we create a more sustainable agriculture system by applying organic fertilizer at the industrial level?
  • What can we learn from moss and mold? Perhaps how to design better buildings.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Fall 2016 Scholars and Fellows

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

Science Slam

Life at the Nanoscale Mini-Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Science Outreach Club 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!

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!

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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SPICE Camp 2016 Scholarship Campaign

This campaign will provide scholarships for girls to attend the SPICE science summer camps! 40% of our campers need financial assistance with camp tuition. We’ve set the goal of raising $5,000 in thirty days. If we reach this goal we will be able to provide partial support to all girls who need it to attend camp. A $25 donation will give one girl almost 5 hours of amazing hands-on science! If you are interested in donating, please follow this link.

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TEP Common Reading Discussions

Join the Division of Undergraduate Studies and TEP this month to read and discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award-winning meditation on race in America, Between the World and Me, UO’s Common Reading for 2016-2017. This text will be distributed to all incoming first-year students, and UO instructors are invited to adopt the book in courses next year. The discussion, Between the World and Us: Notations for a Common Reading Experience of Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be held on Friday, May 20, at the Many Nations Longhouse. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30am, and the formal program begins at noon.Register here.

And 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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TEP 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.

Weeks 7-9: Mon, May 9, 16, 23
Teaching Philosophies and
Online Teaching Portfolios 
(for GTI participants)

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scilit@uoregon.edu
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UO Science Literacy Program
1210 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403