Science Literacy Program Newsletter

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

1) Astronomy in Oregon: Boldly Going Where Few Astronomers Dare to Tread – Science Pub Eugene – August 14
2) Job opening – Visiting Assistant Professor position at Montana Tech
3) Research Participants Needed for language study
4) Marine Education Fellowship for Teachers – Three fellowships available for 2015


1) Astronomy in Oregon: Boldly Going Where Few Astronomers Dare to Tread – Science Pub Eugene – August 14

A few weeks ago, Dr. Scott Fisher spoke in Bend, Oregon before heading to Pine Mountain Observatory for a telescope dedication. Next week he will give another public talk through the OMSI Science Pub Eugene series.

Come learn about the new Oregon Observatory Remote Control Center (OORCC) that will allow UO undergraduate students to work on astronomy research projects from the UO campus. It is quite a trek to Pine Mountain (26 miles east of Bend, OR and then 8 miles up a rather bumpy gravel road) so a remote viewing option will greatly benefit the UO. The OORCC can also go on the road to K-12 schools bring astronomy into the classroom state-wide.

OMSI’s Science Pub Eugene series meets on the second Thursday each month. In September, come see Dr. Eric Corwin’s talk “Jammed Particulate Systems”

Dr. Scott Fisher
Thursday, August 14 from 7-9pm
Cozmic 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR
View the event details

Dr. Eric Crowin
Thursday, September 18 from 7-9pm
View the event details

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2) Job opening – Visiting Assistant Professor position at Montana Tech

The Biological Sciences Department at Montana Tech is seeking a one-year sabbatical replacement at the assistant professor rank to teach and coordinate the teaching of anatomy and physiology. This position requires an M.S., ABD, or doctorate in biological sciences or a closely related field. Primary teaching responsibilities include 1 lecture and four lab sections in a large 2-semester human anatomy and physiology course serving pre-health sciences students. This position will also provide support and service to the biological sciences department, as needed. A more complete description of the position is available at http://www.mtech.edu/employment/ under the heading ‘Visiting Assistant Professor – Biology’

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3) Research Participants Needed for language study

Dr. Kaori Idemaru in East Asian Languages and Literatures is looking for participants for her study. Dr. Idemaru conducts research investigating perception and production of speech sounds, and the current project examines sounds of English words like “beer” and “pier.” As a participant, you will hear words like these on the computer and will indicate what word you have just heard. The session should not take any more than 1 hr. The requirements are that you:

  • Are a native speaker of English
  • Are 18 or older
  • Have no hearing problem
  • Did not live in a foreign country for an extended period of time before you were 12

The study session will be conducted in 306 McKenzie on the UO campus.
We will schedule your session at a time convenient for you.
The session takes about 50 minutes, and you will receive $10 for the time.

If interested or have questions about the requirements, please contact Sara King (RA) at sking <at> uoregon <dot> edu

This study has been approved by Internal Review Board of the University of Oregon (Protocol #04032014.003)

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4) Marine Education Fellowship for Teachers – Three fellowships available for 2015

The Ecology Project International (EPI) runs 8-day professional development programs for teachers, school administrators, and environmental educators. Three fellowships will be offered in 2015: two for the Baja Island Ecology program and one for the Costa Rica Sea Tuttle Ecology program.

For more information on the programs and on applying for the fellowship, visit http://www.ecologyproject.org/promo/fellowship

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