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Journal Club

This week the journal club will welcome two special guests, science education researchers visiting our campus.

On Thursday we will be joined by Prof. David Hestenes, of the Department of Physics at Arizona State University.  Prof. Hestenes was one of the main developers of the widely-used Force Concept Inventory, which is used to measure students’ conceptual understanding of physical forces.  Prof. Hestenes has developed a method for teaching physics based on using conceptual models.  In his time with us, we will discuss the cognitive foundations behind this pedagogy.  To prepare, please read:
Series, Archives–SemiotiX New. “Conceptual Modeling in physics, mathematics and cognitive science.”  http://semioticon.com/semiotix/2015/11/conceptual-modeling-in-physics-mathematics-and-cognitive-science/
Please also have a look at Prof. Hestenes’ PowerPoint presentation and identify questions you may have for him. The presentation can be found here.

On Friday our guest will be Prof. Matthew Hora, a member of the Department of Liberal Arts & Applied Studies and a Research Scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prof. Hora’s visit with us will center on his research into how students study and how we can change our instructional design to encourage more efficient studying.  To prepare, please read Prof. Hora’s paper:
Hora, M.T. & Oleson, A.K. (2017). Examining study habits in undergraduate STEM courses from a situative perspective. International Journal of STEM Education, 4 (1), 1-19. https://stemeducationjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40594-017-0055-6

We offer two journal club sessions to choose from each week; content will usually be the same for both.
We will meet in 217 LISB (Lewis Integrative Sciences Building) at 9:00 am on Thursdays and 1:00 pm on Fridays.

Julie and Phil

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Art of Science Communication Summer Course

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for the summer session of our online course, “The Art of Science Communication”. The 6 week-long course provides fundamental training in communicating science to a non-expert audience, and is open to anyone, regardless of whether they are an ASBMB member. The course starts the week of June 5 and runs through July. The deadline to apply is June 2. Send any questions to Geoff Hunt.

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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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Professional Journalism Master’s Program Opportunity

The School of Journalism and Communication’s Professional Journalism Master’s Program is looking for inquisitive, highly motivated, and forward thinking individuals who are interested in making a difference in their communities and society at large.

Our Professional Journalism Master’s Program offers a 12-to-15 month program designed for those holding bachelor’s degrees in other fields, but who have little or no academic or professional journalistic or media background. Graduate students in this program will acquire professional journalism skills within a vibrant intellectual context.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 admission. More information about the program is available at http://journalism.uoregon.edu/academics/grad/journalism/.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Art of Science Communication Summer Course
2017 Gordon Research Conference
POGIL
AAAS New STEM Faculty Course
SPICE Duckfunder Campaign
Active Learning Short Course for Physics Educators
Professional Journalism Master’s Program Opportunity
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 6 Spotlight:

Students who improve their awareness of themselves as learners – their metacognition – generally learn better as a result. For tips on ways to build student metacognition in your classes, see: Tanner, K. D. (2012). Promoting student metacognition. CBE-Life Sciences Education11(2), 113-120. http://www.lifescied.org/content/11/2/113.shortBack to top


Upcoming UO and Local Events:
UO Duck In Week of Teaching Observations

TEP invites faculty to participate in Duck In, a week of class visits across the curriculum, May 15-18. This new program extends TEP’s mission to build a “connected campus-wide teaching culture,” creating a way for faculty to make a one-time offer of open seats—and for other faculty to claim them.
More information can be found on the TEP blog.

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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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Science Advocacy Forum

This forum, hosted by vice president for Research and Innovation David Conover, will provide guidance on how to become involved in science advocacy at various levels of engagement in a manner that is appropriate for public employees, effective in conveying a clear message, and respectful of scientific integrity. There will be a a brief panel discussion followed by a Q&A and an open dialogue with the audience. The forum will be held Monday May 15 in the EMU Gumwood Room 3:30-5pm.

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LGBT+ in STEM Social Hour

Join other queer graduate students, faculty and staff at an informal social hour! It will be held Thursday May 11 at Wildwood, 521 Main Street in Springfield, at 7 pm.

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Faculty of Color and Allies Happy Hour

Join your colleagues for a time to network. Bring business cards to exchange with your colleagues. Snacks and soft drinks provided. The happy hour will be held Thursday May 18 4-5pm at the EMU Falling Sky Brewery. RSVP here.

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Talk by Dennis Liu, UO Biology PhD

Come here a talk by distinguished alumnus Dennis Liu, who got a PhD in Biology and is now a film director for Tangled Banks Studios, an arm of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. After starting down the typical academic route in Biology, he changed to become a science communicator and someone who makes great science videos. Come hear his story!
The talk will be held on Thursday, May 11, Willamette 110, at 4:00pm.

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UO Grad Student Research Forum

On Friday May 12 throughout the day, there will be a graduate student research forum in the EMU. It will include panel sessions, poster sessions and rounds of Three Minute Thesis to qualify for the state competition on Saturday May 20. The complete program can be found here.

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Natural Sciences Faculty Luncheon Workshop on Equity and Inclusion

This luncheon workshop will highlight the work of colleagues in the natural sciences discussing the contributions they have made to equity and inclusion. The workshop will highlight the many ways faculty can meet this requirement within their research, teaching or service. This event will be held on Wednesday May 24 at 12:00pm in the EMU Swindells Room 230. RSVP by Tuesday May 16 at 2:00pm.

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