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Journal Club

This spring our theme will be evidence-based teaching in practice.  We will divide the term into two-week segments; in the first week of each segment we will read about and discuss a topic or technique, and in the second we will either try it out ourselves or talk with a guest who uses the technique in their own teaching. We offer two sessions to choose from each week; content will usually be the same for both.  We invite participants from all ranks and disciplines to join the whole series or stop by for a specific conversation.

Equal access to college does not necessarily translate to equal probability of success. What can we do to help level the playing field? In the term’s first two-week segment, we will learn about transparent teaching methods, which can help all students succeed by explicitly stating goals and criteria that often remain implicit. To prepare, please read:

Winkelmes, M. A., Bernacki, M., Butler, J., Zochowski, M., Golanics, J., Weavil, K. H. (2016). A Teaching Intervention that Increases Underserved College Students’ Success. Peer Review, 18(1/2), 31. https://www.aacu.org/peerreview/2016/winter-spring/Winkelmes

And

Berrett, D. (Sept. 21, 2015). The Unwritten Rules of College. Chronicle of Higher Education http://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Unwritten- Rules-of/233245

Sessions will be held at 9:00 am Thursdays and 1:00 pmFridays in LISB 217.  Hope to see you there.

Julie and Phil

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NWBIO 2017 Conference

NWBIO (Northwest Biology Instructor’s Organization) began in 1966 as a way to facilitate dialogue between faculty of Washington State community colleges, universities, and private four-year colleges, on pedagogical and scientific problems in the field of biology. Originally called WACBT (Washington Association of College Biology Teachers), NWBIO now includes additional faculty from British Columbia, Oregon, and Northern Idaho.  This year’s conference will be held at the University of Washington Tacoma campus, and the deadline for early bird registration is April 3.  For more information and to register, please visit the website.

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OMSI Science Communication Fellowship

OMSI Science Communication Fellows are industry or academic researchers or STEM professionals, including faculty, graduate students, technicians, or other individuals in science, engineering, health, or technology related positions. After participating in specialized training, Fellows are certified by OMSI as current science ambassadors and skilled communicators. Fellows join OMSI in helping public audiences engage with science in meaningful and relevant ways. For more information visit the website or contact the OMSI Science Communication Fellowship Program Coordinator, Amanda Fisher at (503) 797-4635 or afisher@omsi.edu.

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Computational and Data Science Fellowships

Do you know of students who are studying data science or computing applications, and who are either women or members of an underrepresented group? ACM SIGHPC and Intel are launching a new international program of graduate fellowships in computational and data science. The goal of this new graduate fellowship is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program will support students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world. Submissions are open now for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowships. Interested faculty advisors and students can find more information on the
fellowships, including a description of the online nomination process, at http://www.sighpc.org/fellowships. Nominations close April 30.

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2017 BioQuest Summer Workshop

This summer, the Michigan State University campus will host the 2017 BioQUEST Summer Workshop Making Meaning through Models: Problem solving in biology.” Applications are now open for the workshop, which will be held July 23-28, 2017At this summer’s workshop we will delve into how to engage our students more productively with models and the process of modeling.  Join us as we consider how to enhance the skills students need to understand and build models, how to expand upon models already in our curriculum, and ultimately how to enhance student understanding of the nature and process of science with modeling. The intensive week-long workshop is followed by the opportunity to continue to work with colleagues on the QUBESHub through the fall semester to develop and implement new approaches or materials. 

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
NWBIO 2017 Conference
OMSI Science Communication Fellowship
Computational and Data Science Fellowships
2017 BioQuest Summer Workshop
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 1 Spotlight:

Looking for a comprehensive overview of the research on learning with straightforward advice on how to incorporate it into your teaching? Check out How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. This book is a must-read for every instructor.Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. John Wiley & Sons.

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Upcoming UO and Local Events:
UOWGS Mental Health in Graduate School Workshop

UO Women in Graduate Sciences (UOWGS) is partnering with the University Counseling & Testing Center to host a workshop on mental health in graduate school on Monday, April 10th, from 4 – 6 pm in the EMU’s Crater Lake North Room.  The workshop will focus on normalizing mental health and discuss available resources. Two psychology doctoral interns from the UO Counseling & Testing Center will lead an interactive presentation focusing on topics of mental health that commonly affect graduate students. They will also discuss resources available on and off campus as well as answer questions. After a short break, there will be a graduate student Q & A panel who will discuss their experiences and answer questions. Students of all genders and academic disciplines welcome.

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UO SPS Journal Club

The UO Society of Physics Students (SPS) will be hosting a journal club spring term focusing on women and minorities in STEM.  The tentative reading schedule is as follows:

Week 1: Introductions and Understanding Basic Diversity Concepts and Terms
Week 2: Data and Statistics on Under-representation in STEM fields
Week 3: Race and White Privilege in STEM
Week 4: Gender Disparity and and Sexism
Week 5: Exploring the Relation between Socioeconomic Status and participation in STEM Education
Week 6: LBGTQ+ in STEM fields
Week 7: The Invisible Disabilities and Making STEM Fields more Accessible
Week 8: Reducing Identity and Stereotype Threat
Week 9: Promoting Equality and Inclusion in STEM

Exact times and locations will be announced on the website.

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