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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.

This week we continue our segment on Transparent Teaching.  Please bring with you to journal club paper copies of two assignments that you have given your students or that you have been assigned in a class. In addition, please read the guidelines for transparency from the UNLV website:
Transparent Assignment Template
Checklist for Designing a Transparent Assignment

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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SLP Graduate Education Mentor

The Science Literacy Program is hiring an SLP Graduate Education Mentor for the 2017-2018 academic year. The position description and application is on the grad school website. All interested graduated students are encouraged to apply.

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SLP Day of Teaching Workshops

The SLP Day of Teaching Workshops will be held on Friday, April 21, in the EMU Swindells Room.  Faculty, graduate students, and post-docs are invited to drop in for one session or attend the entire day.   The schedule is as follows:
9 am-12 pm: Thinking Skills for the 21st Century: Teaching for Transfer
12-1 pm: Lunch
1-2 pm: Scientific Storytelling: Humanity Meets Science
2:15-3:15 pm: Encouraging Your Students to Make More Mistakes
3:30-4:30 pm: Tasks Inspired and Enhanced by Science Education Research (TIESERs)

More information can be found on the SLP website.

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Faculty Mentoring Network

HHMI’s BioInteractive and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project invite applications for a Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) in the Summer/Fall 2017. This FMN will focus on providing students with a more comprehensive quantitative skill-set by implementing selected HHMI BioInteractive materials and drafting a supplementary activity for use in their introductory biology courses. For more information on the selected materials, click here. Applications close on April 23rd. Applicants must be teaching introductory biology or an equivalent course in Fall 2017, and be able to attend the BioQUEST Summer Workshop in East Lansing, MI from July 23-28, 2017.

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Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education

Please join us for a special spring event that we hope will serve as a powerful launch for UO’s efforts toward core curriculum re-design: “Dear X: Letters from the Classroom.” The performance of actual letters from UO students and faculty offers a unique and concrete anchor for discussion about transforming our undergraduate education.  Students, feel free to bring your friends. Faculty, advisors, and staff, feel free to bring your colleagues. This conversation is for all of us.  This event will be held on April 18, 4-6pm in the Global Scholars Hall (GSH 123). You can reserve your spot here (and forward the link to others you invite): http://bit.ly/2kH1ttg
Learn more about Transforming Education by Design (trED) here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opE30c0t9LI&t=16s

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SPICE DuckFunder Campaign

The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) has launched a crowdfunding campaign through the UO DuckFunder site beginning April 3rd. Our goal is to raise enough money to cover all the scholarship needs of our campers for the 2017 summer camps.  Over the years, SPICE has excelled at reaching out to low income girls, with 40-60% of our campers receiving free and reduced lunch in school. Of course, this also means that the need for financial assistance is high.  You can be confident that a donation to SPICE will go directly to providing a girl with two weeks of exciting hands on science that she will remember for the rest of her life.  More information and donation options can be found on the DuckFunder site.

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GrEBES Public Seminar

The Graduate Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Students (GrEBES) are pleased to present our annual spring public seminar. This year we explore the topics of biofuels and bioremediation through the eyes of social scientist Stanley Asah, bioengineer Christine Kelly, and chemical engineer Greg Rorrer. Join next Friday, April 21st, at 7pm in Straub 156 for this exciting evening.  Harnessing Ecology t-shirts are for sale! Please contact Katja (kkasimat@uoregon.edu) or purchase at the seminar ($16 cash only).  For more information on the symposium, please visit the website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
SLP Graduate Education Mentor
SLP Day of Teaching Workshops
Faculty Mentoring Network
Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education
SPICE Duckfunder Campaign
GrEBES Public Seminar
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 2 Spotlight:

Students who practice retrieval – recall information from memory to answer questions or do activities – learn the retrieved material more effectively than ones who simply reread text or do activities with open notes. This short article by memory researcher Jeffrey Karpicke discusses the research and has references to original research papers:

A powerful way to improve learning and memory: Practicing retrieval enhances long-term, meaningful learning. http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2016/06/learning-memory.aspx.

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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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UOWGS Scholarships

UO Women in Graduate Sciences (UOWGS) is excited to announce that scholarship applications for 2017 are now open!  Several scholarships are offered for both undergraduate and graduate students at UO.  Please see the website for more information.  Applications are due by May 1st at 3 pm.  Note that membership is required for graduate student awards, but you can join at uowgs.com up until the scholarship deadline! Questions about scholarship applications can be emailed to scholarships.uowgs@gmail.com

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Volunteer Opportunities

1) Ophelia’s Place is holding their annual Girls Rule Conference on April 15th. Their theme this year is “It’s Rocket Science!” Following their continued interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics), this year’s conference will have a heavy science focus. They are still looking for volunteers to help with the event. More information can be found on the website.

2) The 6th Annual UO Science and Invention Fair is scheduled for April 22nd which also happens to be Earth Day and the March for Science. We hope to have a really great event this year. In order to do that, we need help from folks like you!  We still need more judges. If you have 2.5 hours to spare, please consider being a judge.
You can sign up to volunteer and learn more about the fair on our web site:
Volunteer sign-up
http://spicescience.uoregon.edu/science-fair-volunteer-2016
Fair Information
http://spicescience.uoregon.edu/uo-science-fair

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