Science Literacy Program Newsletter

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

1) Big Data meeting August 8 – Registration deadline Friday, August 1
2) Special Journal Issue on Discipline-Centered Postsecondary Science Education
3) Using games to teach – taking a look Reacting to the Past
4) Opportunities to participate in science research
5) Job openings in related fields


1) Big Data meeting August 8 – Registration deadline Friday, August 1

The Graduate School and Research and Innovation office are hosting the Big Data meeting on August 8th at the Ford Alumni Center. This is a great opportunity to hear about the challenges and opportunities for Industry and Academic scientists using big data. The last session might be of interest for many with its focus on next-generation sequencing technology.  For more information and registration (deadline is Friday, August 1) see the meeting website bigdata.uoregon.edu.

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2) Special Journal Issue on Discipline-Centered Postsecondary Science Education

The Journal of Research in Science Teaching has published a second annual special issue on Discipline-Centered Postsecondary Science Education, also referred to as Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER). There’s several interesting articles on higher education research in specific disciplines and associated best teaching practices.

Special Issue on Discipline-Centered Postsecondary Science Education. (2014) [Special Issue] Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51 (6)
DOI: 10.1002/tea.21117
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tea.v51.6/issuetoc

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3) Using games to teach – taking a look Reacting to the Past

During Week 9 of the spring term we read about using games to help build science literacy and teach content. The next week, Week 10, we tried out a few including Go Extinct and science Pictionary.

This week’s Around the O, features an article about Ian McNeely, associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of history, and his work with the role-playing teaching game “Reacting to the Past” that immerses students in their subject matter. McNeely acted as game master recently described in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Participants in the game are assigned roles and use source material to navigate their way through events and encounters using readings and discussions to further the scenario.

A regional faculty RTTP conference will be hosted at UO November 7 – 9. Information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Interested in learning more about using games to teach science? Check out the Comics, Games, and Music section of our bibliography.

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4) Opportunities to participate in science research

Members of the ABL Connect Initiative at Harvard are working on an online resource for active learning resources for undergraduate education and are collecting an active learning survey across multiple institutions. Please follow the link to participate in the survey. Active Learning Survey with Harvard University

Call for faculty who are currently using or have used the the Genetics Concept Assessment (GCA) with their genetics students that would like to participate in GCA related projects.

Jenny Knight at the University of Colorado-Boulder is beginning a project that would involve administering the GCA and a few additional assessment questions (bigger time investment), as well as a project that would survey faculty (small time investment). If you would like to participate, please email Jenny Knight at Jennifer.Knight@colorado.edu.

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5) Job openings in related fields

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