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

Screencasts, Week A. In a “flipped” class, students’ initial encounter with material occurs before class, leaving the class session available for active learning that allows closer, guided engagement with the material. Many faculty create “screencast” videos for students to watch as part of that initial dip into the material. In this two-week segment, we will investigate what makes a good screencast and get some practice making them. To prepare, please read:

Yeung, K. (2014). Making ‘the flip’ work: barriers to and implementation strategies for introducing flipped teaching methods into traditional higher education courses. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, (10), 59-63. https://www108.lamp.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/new-directions/article/view/518

Also watch and think about the positive and negative aspects of these screencasts:

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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Coordinator for Improvisational Science Communication Training Activities

The office for Research and Innovation seeks a creative, articulate and intrinsically-motivated graduate student who wishes to join a team of professionals working to improve science communication skills among University of Oregon researchers. The coordinator will both participate in training activities designed for members of the UO research community and provide administrative and event planning support.  For more information, please visit the website.

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2017 Gordon Research Conference

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference will focus on the theme of “Scientific Visualization for Decision-Making.” This interdisciplinary conference will include speakers and presentations of research. Participating scientists are from a variety of fields, including physical, natural, cognitive, learning and computer science. There will also be artists representing a variety of presentation media. For the meeting description, program and the application, visit the GRC website.

Applications are due July 9, 2017.

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POGIL

If you are a high school teacher or college/university instructor and want to enhance your professional development, our POGIL 3-day workshops are for you! You will learn about POGIL’s philosophy and methodology and benefit from additional focus on activity writing, classroom facilitation, and/or lab implementation. Informative posters and plenary sessions will provide you with opportunities to meet and network with other POGIL users. The Northwest Regional Workshop will be held at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon from July 25-27. More information can be found on the POGIL website.

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AAAS New STEM Faculty Course

The AAAS is offering a one-hour course on designing an undergraduate STEM course. It is designed for new faculty and introduces ideas that will help to create a student-focused framework for STEM education. You can register for the course on the AAAS website.

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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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Active Learning Short Course for Physics Educators

This course is designed for instructors in introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. Graduate credit is available through the University of Oregon.

The Early Bird registration fee of $180 runs until May 15. After that, the registration fee will be $200.

The course will take place in Portland, Oregon July 29-31. For more details and to register, visit the course website.

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Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar

During this webinar, featured guest Sue Wick will share her experience with teaching in large lecture courses with an emphasis on providing practical strategies and solutions to common challenges. Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions about their own teaching to the conversation. In addition, Sue and other guest Jess Blum will describe the Promoting Active Learning & Mentoring (PALM) network, a grant-funded opportunity for faculty and postdoctoral fellows to receive extended one-on-one mentorship on implementing evidence-based, active learning in their classrooms.

The webinar will be held April 28 from 12-1 pm. For more information and to access the webinar, visit the Summer Institutes website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
SLP Graduate Education Mentor
Coordinator for Improvisational Science Communication Training Activities
2017 Gordon Research Conference
POGIL
AAAS New STEM Faculty Course
SPICE Duckfunder Campaign
Active Learning Short Course for Physics Educators
Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 4 Spotlight:

Did you know that research shows students do not learn more effectively when taught using their preferred learning style? For more information, read this summary article by the American Psychological Association, which has links to the original research papers:http://www.apa.org/pubs/highlights/spotlight/issue-22.aspx.
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Upcoming UO and Local Events:
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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Graduate Laurel Awards

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is offering Graduate Laurel Awards in the Education and Exhibitions Departments for the 2017-18 academic year. Visit the website for more information.
The deadline to apply is Monday, May 22, 2017.

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MakerSpace Upcoming Events

The DeArmond MakerSpace is for use by University of Oregon students, staff and faculty from any department.  Use of the facility by others is only allowed for special UO-sanctioned events with prior written approval by PSCRL Staff. The Maker Space is open slightly shorter hours than the library; this calendar describes scheduled workshops in the space. Equipment reservations are a separate calendar.

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Question Storming: The Role of Academic Residential Communities and the Future of the Residential University
with Dr. Greg Merritt

This highly interactive session will question storm for the challenges and opportunities of undergraduate education within a residential research university.
The session will take place on April 26 from 12-1:30pm, location TBD. Lunch will be served.

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