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Journal Club

In this two-week segment we will hear from some faculty using evidence-based techniques in their classes.  Next week, Raghu Parthasarathy (Thursday) and Kelly Sutherland (Friday) will share the approaches they take to teaching their classes and highlight activities they have developed for their students.  This week, we will build a foundation for some of the central ideas our guests will discuss.  To prepare:

For Thursday please read:
Why peer discussion improves student performance on in-class concept questions.  http://science.sciencemag.org/content/323/5910/122.full
And watch a short video, “Clickers in the Classroom:  The Research.  Do clickers help students learn?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxKHXyVtVIA

For Friday please read:
Greenwald, A. G., & Krieger, L. H. (2006). Implicit bias: Scientific foundations. California Law Review94(4), 945-967.http://www.jstor.org/stable/20439056?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
And
Bartlett, T. (2017). Can we really measure implicit bias? Maybe not. The Chronicle of Higher Education. : http://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-We-Really-Measure-Implicit/238807?cid=trend_right_a

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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SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications is ongoing. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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NW Regional Learning Assistant Workshop

You are invited to attend a two-day interactive workshop on the implementation of Learning Assistants (LAs) in undergraduate classrooms. LAs are trained undergraduates who work with faculty to facilitate peer discussions, in-class activities, and out-of-class learning. Held June 28-29 on OSU’s Corvallis campus, participants will gain insight and practical knowledge regarding program creation, mentoring, and support of LAs.

In addition to a revamped, two track program, the workshop will include opportunities to attend:

  • A meet-and-greet with workshop facilitators and other LA implementers,
  • A panel with learning assistants from OSU about their experiences,
  • A chance to observe LAs in the classroom, and
  • A panel with faculty members about on-the-ground challenges and possibilities.

Please visit the website for more information and to register.

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UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is a collaborative program sponsored by the Williams Fund, the University of Oregon’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Tyler Invention Greenhouse with partners from the School of Journalism and Communication, and the Department of Product Design. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to connect design and innovation to the science of sustainability. This program is free and open to all students, from all majors (including undergraduates and graduate students). The program covers all materials and meals as indicated on the program’s website.

Program Website: http://www.sustainableinvention.com
Immersion Week Information Session:  To learn more about the program, attend our May 17 Information Session at 6pm in Lillis 440. For further information, contact Kate Harmon at kharmon2@uoregon.edu, Julie Haack at jhaack@uoregon.edu, or Mark Blaine at mblaine@uoregon.edu.
Online Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 22, 2017.
Time commitment: The program will run from Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4pm until Friday, Sept. 15 at 2pm.

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DuckFunder Campaigns

These six-week DuckFunder campaigns are now entering their final few days.  Both campaigns will wrap up on Friday, May 19.  This year, two CAS projects were selected:

SPICE, a summer program that inspires teen girls to stay engaged in STEM studies: https://duckfunder.uoregon.edu/project/6299
Fundraising goal = $8,000

Team Duckling, a psychology research team that studies how children learn and grow: https://duckfunder.uoregon.edu/project/6248
Fundraising goal = $10,000

Please consider visiting one of the links above and making a small donation that will help them reach their goal or help get the word out by clicking on one of the social share icons at the top of the SPICE or Team Duckling crowdfunding pages (links above) to share with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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Active Learning 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. Early bird registration runs until May 15.  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. The 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
SLP Scholars and Fellows Fall 2017
NW Regional Learning Assistant Workshop
UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week
DuckFunder Campaigns
Active Learning 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 7 Spotlight:

What techniques do the best one-on-one tutors use with their tutees, and what makes then so effective? How can you introduce some of those techniques into your large classroom? This paper has some great suggestions: Wood, W. B., & Tanner, K. D. (2012). The role of the lecturer as tutor: doing what effective tutors do in a large lecture class. CBE-Life Sciences Education11(1), 3-9. http://www.lifescied.org/content/11/1/3.full

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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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Happy Hour for UO Women Science Faculty

Please join CODAC/DEI, CAS, and the departments of Earth Sciences, Biology, and Psychology to celebrate our women science faculty!  This event will be held in the University of Oregon Faculty Club on Wednesday, May 17, from 5-8 pm.  The Faculty Club is on the ground floor of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art to the right of the main entrance lobby.  There will be complimentary food and beverages.

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

The seventh annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Thursday, May 18 in the EMU. The Undergraduate Symposium debuted in 2011 with 69 presenters and 40 faculty mentors spanning 20 majors and four colleges, and in its seventh year has grown to 292 presenters and 177 faculty mentors spanning 60 majors and eight colleges!

Concurrent oral presentation panels run from 10:00am-3:15pm, creative works sessions from 3:30-5:00pm, and the poster session and ARC/FIG sessions from 5:15-7:00pm. A catered reception will begin at 5:00pm in the EMU Ballroom lobby with welcome remarks by the organizers and a brief keynote address by Benjamín Aleman, Assistant Professor of Physics. The Symposium concludes at 7:00pm with the announcement of the award winners (with six different awards offered) and the presenter group portrait.

Together, let us celebrate the extraordinary research, creativity, and ingenuity of our undergraduates.  Please visit the website for more details.

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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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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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Teaching and Professional Development for Career NTTF

Week 7: Wed, May 17
12:00-2:00pm, EMU Lease Crutcher Lewis Room 023

This workshop will feature a discussion about developing and maintaining a fulfilling and engaging career as non-tenure track faculty (NTTF). Facilitated by Lee Rumbarger, Teaching Engagement Program; Panelists include: Sierra Dawson (CAS – Human Physiology), Galen Martin (CAS – International Studies), Deb Bauer (LCB) and Julie Voelker-Morris (AAA).

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Abcam Career Information Session

Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
EMU Coquille Room 104

Want to learn about a growing life science company dedicated to quality, leading edge technology and fantastic service? Learn about career opportunities in R&D, Q&A and manufacturing, among others. Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhDs and Post-docs welcome! With our continued growth we will be doing more hiring for our Eugene facility. Food and beverages will be served.  Please register if planning to attend to ensure we have adequate seating and refreshments for you.

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