Science Literacy Program Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter we have the following announcements:

1) SLP Summer Teaching Conversations get together – Thursday July 24 at 3:30pm
2) SLP Recruiting for Fall Term – accepting applications now
3) Need a place to focus and study this summer? Reserve space in CSWS’s Summer Study Hall
4) Lane County Fair – STEM Festival July 25-27
5) Undergraduate Research Award entries due July 28 for 2014 Spring Term projects
6) Are you working on a proposal related to education and outreach? UO STEM CORE can help.
7) Select Job Openings Around the Country
8) Lilly Conferences on University Teaching and Learning – information on upcoming conferences


1) SLP Summer Teaching Conversations get together – Thursday July 24 at 3:30pm   

Join us this Thursday, July 24th at 3:30pm outside by the Cascade Charley water fountain for a Teaching Conversations get together.

We don’t have to give you any homework during the summer, but this article is stirring up the airwaves and it would be fun to discuss.
Freeman, S., et al. (2014). Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (111) 23, 8410-8415
http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1319030111

The Cascade Charley water fountain is between Cascade Hall and Volcanology (For more information on this location visit: https://library.uoregon.edu/guides/architecture/oregon/xcascadecharley.html)

We hope to see you there!
Elly and Heather

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2) SLP Recruiting for Fall Term – accepting applications now

It may be hard to think about fall term in July, but now is the time to apply to the SLP program. We still have positions open.

— Undergraduate SLP Scholar

Each student selected to be an Undergraduate SLP Scholar will receive an award of $2,500 and the opportunity to participate in designing and/or delivering 100-level science courses for non-science majors. We seek talented, motivated, and hard-working undergraduates who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such opportunities. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor from the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Human Physiology, or Physics). The program offers outstanding opportunities to assist with course development, lecture preparation, lecture presentation, and in-class demonstrations. The Undergraduate SLP Scholar positions paid by the Science Literacy Program, which is funded in part by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

For more information on the benefits and eligibility requirements, see the Undergraduate Scholar section of our website and complete the online scholar application.

 

– Graduate SLP Fellow
Graduate SLP Fellows are directly involved in course development and teaching 100-level science courses for non-science majors with a faculty mentor from one of the participating departments (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Human Physiology, or Physics). The program offers outstanding opportunities to develop educational and communication skills by assisting with course development, lecture preparation, lecture presentation, in-class demonstrations, assessment development, and office hours. We seek talented, motivated, and hard-working graduate students who would benefit from what our program has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such opportunities.

Graduate SLP Fellows will have a portion of their FTE paid by the Science Literacy Program, which is funded in part by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, offers General Education courses for non-science majors designed to improve science literacy of the educated public.

For more information on the benefits and eligibility requirements, see the Graduate Fellows section of our website and complete the online fellow application.

For more information, please contact Elly Vandegrift (ellyvan@uoregon.edu), Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program.

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3) Need a place to focus and study this summer? Reserve space in CSWS’s Summer Study Hall

The Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) has opened the Jane Grant Room in Hendricks Hall for student use. The air-conditioned room offers wi-fi and accessible power outlets. CSWS asks that you sign up for at least three consecutive 30 minute time slots.

Note: Time slots are being currently offered for the week of 7/21. If initial interest is sufficient, we will continue to offer Summer Study Hall through the coming months.

For more information and to sign up, see: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aadae2fa7fc1-csws

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4) Lane County Fair – STEM Festival July 25-27

The UO STEM CORE July meeting reminded us about this upcoming event.

Are you a fan of Science and Engineering?  You won’t want to miss the STEM Festival in the Wheeler Pavilion Friday through Sunday beginning at Noon.

Enjoy displays from Lane County participants of all ages, get hands on in the play areas and get your little ones fired up about all things science and technology. Areas include robotics/technology, astronomy (with a solar telescope), community organizations with a communal art project, family engineering activities, and student project displays.

The Wheeler Pavilion is the round building by the north gate as shown on the Lane County Fair map. For more information about other events at the Lane County Fair, see their website.

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5) Undergraduate Research Award entries due July 28 for 2014 Spring Term projects

Are you a current UO undergraduate or recent graduate? Did you use any of the resources available at UO Libraries for work on a project during spring term? Submit your project along with an essay on how you used the library resources or services to apply to the Undergraduate Research Awards program. Awards are given in the range of $1,000 to $1,500.

There are two categories for the Undergraduate Research Awards:
– Papers and projects from a 300-level course or above and completed within a single term.
– Theses or projects developed over more than a single term.

Read more about the program http://library.uoregon.edu/node/4270. For complete information on eligibility, evaluation criteria, and applications materials, visit http://library.uoregon.edu/general/libaward.html.

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6) Are you working on a proposal related to education and outreach? UO STEM CORE can help.

The UO STEM CORE (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers through Outreach, Research & Education) program’s mission is to produce a broader and deeper pool of STEM talent in Oregon and nationally through the development of efficient and effective models for student learning and engagement. The program is working toward this goal by bringing together faculty from the UO science, math and education departments collaborating with Lane Community College faculty, K-12 educators, STEM Industry, and government partners and supporters.

STEM Core offers assistance to faculty and departments within the College of Arts and Sciences in the following areas:

1. Contributing to the development of competitive proposals, with specific emphasis on broader impacts as required by NSF, and education about grant opportunities
2. Recruiting K-12 and community college students to the undergraduate program, with an emphasis on students from underrepresented groups
3. Improving and expanding outreach efforts to all audiences
4. Supporting evidence-based teaching approaches among faculty, GTFs, and UTAs
5. Collaborating in the development of a teaching track serving undergraduate majors interested in teaching secondary science

For more information on STEM CORE and on the programs support services for CAS faculty and departments, see the program website and contact Bryan Rebar.

Bryan Rebar, Ph.D.
Associate Director, STEM CORE
Email: brebar@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-4773
Office: 144 Willamette Hall

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7) Select Job Openings Around the Country

1.  Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning & Outreach, Pasadena CA:
Program Manager
Position opening: June 20, 2014
http://jobs.caltech.edu/postings/1975

2.  Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA:
Academic Coordinator for new online course
Recruitment period: Jun 11, 2014 – Jul 30, 2014
https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF00270 

3.  Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University:
Physiologist for a tenure-track assistant professor position
Application deadline: Oct 3, 2014
http://www.lehigh.edu/~inbios/positions/index.htm

4.  GSAS Teaching Center at Columbia University:
Assistant Director
Recruitment period: Jun 30, 2014 – until position is filled
http://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=142874

5.  University of Wisconsin-Madison:
HHMI BioScholar Postdoctoral Fellows Program
Application deadline: – Jul 31, 2014
https://kb.wisc.edu/delta/page.php?id=41587

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8) Lilly Conferences on University Teaching and Learning – information on upcoming conferences

– From Lilly –
For 34 years, the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning have been known as exceptional places to present and to learn from faculty colleagues on effective teaching and learning.  This interdisciplinary teaching conference includes faculty, administrators, and graduate students from across the United States and abroad. Participants are given the opportunity to exchange ideas, build a repertoire of skills that can be put to immediate use, and to network with colleagues. The overall conference theme for the Lilly Conference series is “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.” Each of the Lilly Conferences are unique, but they all share the same great Lilly community spirit.

Time Sensitive Announcements

  • Lilly National Conference – Austin, TX
    Jan 4 – 7 2015 http://lillyconferences.com/tx/ 
    The Call for Proposals closes July 30. Following the blind review process you will be notified about your proposal submission by August 30.

Conference Updates

  • Lilly National Conference – Traverse City, MI
    Oct 16-19, 2014 http://lillyconferences.com/tc/
    Proposal submissions for poster presentations continue to be considered as space allows. Plenary Presenters for this conference include: Terry Doyle, Tara Gray, Adam Persky, and Kathryn Plank. Registration is currently open with group discounts available.
  • Original International Lilly Conference – Oxford, OH
    Nov 20 – 23, 2014 http://www.units.miamioh.edu/lillycon/
    Registration is open, early registration rates are in available until October 1.  Plenary presenters include Neil Davidson, Claire Major, Larry Michaelsen, Anabella Martinez, Tracy Mitrano, and Karen Swan. Join us for our 34th annual conference this fall!

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