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SPRING 2016- WEEK 9

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

Journal Club

For Journal Club this week we will be talking about accommodating students with disabilities:  what’s required, what support exists on campus, what have others done to accommodate their students, and what could we do?  On Thursday, Hilary Gerdes, director of UO’s Accessible Education Center, will join us to answer our questions.  On Friday, Stacey Kiser, a Biology instructor from Lane Community College, will come and share with us the accommodations she has developed for a blind student this year.

To prepare, please read:

The Introduction and Chapter 1 of D. L. Miner, R. Nieman, A. B. Swanson, and M. Woods, Editors, 2001.   Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities: A Manual for High Schools, Colleges, and Graduate Programs, 4th Edition.  The American Chemical Society. Click here for the link.

and

S. Melaku, J. O. Schreck, K. Griffin, and R. B. Dabke. Interlocking Toy Building Blocks as Hands-On Learning Modules for Blind and Visually Impaired Chemistry Students.  J. Chem. Educ. Articles ASAP. Click here for the link.

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 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


Gems of Ramanujan and their Lasting Impact on Mathematics

Ramanujan’s work has had a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics, and continues to do so as we understand further lines from his letters and notebooks. In this lecture, some of the studies of Ramanujan that are most accessible to the general public will be presented and how Ramanujan’s findings fundamentally changed modern mathematics, and also influenced the lecturer’s work, will be discussed. The speaker, Ken Ono of Emory University, is an associate producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. He will share several clips from the film in the lecture. This lecture will be held in Lillis 282, on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:15-6:15 pm. Undergraduates are encouraged to attend!

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2016 Modeling Workshops

Modeling Instruction, under development since 1990 under the leadership of David Hestenes (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Arizona State University), is an instructional approach that corrects many weaknesses of the traditional lecture-demonstration method of teaching, including fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Unlike the traditional lecture-lab-discussion approach to teaching science, in which students must wade through an endless stream of seemingly unrelated topics, Modeling Instruction organizes course content around a small number of scientific models, thus making the course coherent. In 2015, 60 Modeling Workshops in physics, chemistry, biology, physical science, and middle school science served over 1,000 teachers. This summer, Modeling Workshops will be held in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana,  Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio and Texas. The different workshops are offered for physics (mechanics, E&M, CASTLE electricity), chemistry, biology, physical science, and for middle school. The full list of Modeling Workshops is at  http://modelinginstruction.org. Workshop descriptions, costs, housing, stipend info are at
http://www.phystec.org/pd/?set=Modeling .

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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 May 30. 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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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Fall 2016 Scholars and Fellows

UO 2016 Mobile Summer Institute

Gems of Ramanujan and their Lasting Impact on Mathematics

2016 Modeling Workshops

SUSI Student Ambassador Volunteer Opportunity

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 27th 5-7pm
Willamette 240D
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. 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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CMiS Informational Meeting

CMiS will be holding an informational meeting next Tuesday, May 24th,
from 6:30-7:30 pm in Onyx 171.  This meeting will be aimed to establish
an executive board of students and explain the different roles and ways that both students, faculty, and staff can be involved in CMiS. CMiS at the UO focuses on creating a supportive scientific community for cultural and ethnic minorities in all areas of science to enble them to become successful students and contributors to their respective field.

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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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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
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Eugene, OR 97403