Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 – Week 10

Journal Club

For Thursday, we will read two pieces to wrap up our assessment discussion this term.
Action Research, SoTL, DBER from University of Nebraska, Lincoln
http://www.unl.edu/dber/action-research-sotl-dber

McKinney, K. (2012). Making a difference: Application of SoTL to enhance learning. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12 (1), 1-7.

http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/download/1971/1935

For Friday, we will read an article from the most recent CBE Life Sciences journal.
Jensen, J. L., Kummer, T. A., & Godoy, P. D. D. M. (2015). Improvements from a Flipped Classroom May Simply Be the Fruits of Active Learning. CBE-Life Sciences Education14(1), ar5
http://www.lifescied.org/content/14/1/ar5.full.pdf+html

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP and Elly Vandegrift, SLP
– Friday 12:00pm in LISB 317 facilitated by Elly Vandegrift, SLP

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie and Elly

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Summer Professional Development Opportunities on UO Campus

We are excited to have a full slate of multi-day teaching professional development opportunities on the UO campus this summer! Information about all three events and links to the applications are listed below. We encourage to participate in these programs.

WORKING GROUP ON ACTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

When: June 17-19, 2015
Application due date: March 16, 2015
Target audience: UO Faculty from all disciplines

About the Working Group:
TEP invites individual applications for the second year of the popular, funded faculty group that will work to revise one of each member’s courses, enhancing their creativity, interactivity, rigor, and skill building in keeping with research on how people learn. In brief: research on teaching and learning indicates that active classes that ask students to grapple with authentic problems and questions, give prompt facilitative feedback, and align assignments and activities tightly and transparently with faculty goals have the potential to increase student learning. But how do we achieve this as individual faculty members—especially considering the particular strengths and challenges of our disciplines, classrooms, and students? The group seeks to provide an intriguing and supportive framework to help each participant find compelling answers to this question.

More Information
Questions: tep@uoregon.edu
Sponsors:
The group is hosted by the UO Libraries Center for Media and Educational Technology (CMET), the Yamada Language Center, and the Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP). It is funded by Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Division of Undergraduate Studies.



UO MOBILE SUMMER INSTITUTE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

When: June 22-26, 2015
Application due date: April 30, 2015
Target Audience:
UO graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty from science and math disciplines (June 22-25) and UO administrators (June 26)

About the Institute:
The Mobile Summer Institute will provide an opportunity for UO discipline specific teams to explore scientific teaching and create activities to implement in their own courses. Administrators will have an opportunity to learn about the national context of science education reform. Over the past 10 years the summer institutes have trained more than 1,000 science educators in best practices in science teaching (Pfund et al. 2009). The goal of the Summer Institutes for Undergraduate Education is to transform education at colleges and universities by improving classroom education and attracting more diverse students to research. We undertake to train faculty and instructional staff in a scientific approach to teaching that reflects the way we work as researchers. Participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning. The institutes model the scientific teaching principles of active learning, assessment, and diversity, which are integrated into all aspects of the week’s schedule.

More Information
Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu
Sponsor: Science Literacy Program



WEST COAST REGIONAL NATIONAL ACADEMIES SUMMER INSTITUTE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

When: July 13-18, 2015
Application due date: May 15, 2015
Target Audience:
Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty from science and math disciplines across the West Coast. Priority will be given to UO participants.

About the Institute:
This evidence-based programs funded by HHMI is designed to support college science teachers in transforming undergraduate science education. Over the past 10 years the summer institutes have trained more than 1,000 science educators in best practices in science teaching (Pfund et al. 2009). In discipline specific teams, participants will develop a classroom activity to support student learning. The goal of the Summer Institutes for Undergraduate Education is to transform education at colleges and universities by improving classroom education and attracting more diverse students to research. We undertake to train faculty and instructional staff in a scientific approach to teaching that reflects the way we work as researchers. Participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning. The institutes model the scientific teaching principles of active learning, assessment, and diversity, which are integrated into all aspects of the week’s schedule.

More Information
Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu
Sponsor: HHMI and local host Science Literacy Program

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Undergraduate Symposium 2015 – Call for Abstracts

For five years, the Division of Undergraduate Studies has partnered with University Housing, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, the UO Libraries, and the Division of Equity and Inclusion to support the Undergraduate Symposium—a special, campus‐wide opportunity for our students to develop and present their original contributions in the sciences, the social sciences, the arts, professions and the humanities.

Undergraduates are encouraged to submit their applications to present at the Undergraduate
Symposium by Wednesday, March 18 at 11:59pm.
The Fifth Annual Undergraduate Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2015.

More information about the program and online abstract submission is available here: http://undergradsymposium.uoregon.edu/

Research and creative work projects may be ongoing at the time of application.

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Crossing Boundaries—Transforming STEM Education
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference
November 12-14, 2015
Seattle, Washington
Proposals Due March 18, 2015

This is a great way to participate in a national STEM conference in the PNW and share work that you’re doing here at the UO.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities and Project Kaleidoscope are pleased to announce their Call for Proposals for the 2015 AAC&U conference Crossing Boundaries—Transforming STEM Education. Proposals are invited and encouraged to showcase evidence-based practices that reflect any of the conference themes.

Visit the Call for Proposals to find out how to submit a proposal to share your work at this conference.

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Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) – Call for Abstracts

Looking forward to another exciting SABER meeting in Minneapolis this summer (July 30-Aug1). SABER will offer opportunities for posters, short talks and long synthesis talks.

Abstract submission is due by March 30, 2015.

Meeting information is available online.

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Career Opportunities

** Do you have job opportunities for positions related to science education that you would like to share? Send them to us at scilit@uoregon.edu. **

If you are interested in science education postdoctoral or faculty positions, here are a few resources.

Physics Education –
http://perjobs.blogspot.com/

Biology Education –
http://saber-biologyeducationresearch.wikispaces.com/
Jobs+&+Positions+in+Science+Ed

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Summer Professional Development Opportunities on UO Campus

Undergraduate Symposium 2015 – Call for Abstracts

Crossing Boundaries – Transforming STEM Education

Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research – Call for Abstracts

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Application Deadlines


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Strategies for Discussion Leaders
TEP Teaching Fundamentals Series
Week 1: Tuesday, 3/31/2015
10:00am-noon
122 Knight Library

Learn strategies for creating lively and fruitful conversations that help students build critical thinking skills, understand the fundamental questions of the course, and enjoy class time. We will identify the thinking and argumentation skills your students should be practicing, learn common questions and prompts that build these skills, review various discussion activities, and discuss strategies for addressing common problems that arise in class discussions.

Email tep@uoregon.edu to register.

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Motivation 101
TEP Motivation Series
Friday 4/14/2015
11:00am-12:30pm
Proctor 41, Knight Library

What factors motivate students to learn, and what teaching strategies can we use to enhance student motivation? Join us for a discussion of the latest research on student motivation and learning, and an exploration of specific teaching strategies we can include in our courses.

Email tep@uoregon.edu to register.

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Next Generation Science Standards Conference
June 24, 2015
8:30am-3:30pm
Contact: Wendy Morgan

Planning on teaching STEM in K-12 schools? This conference is designed to provide professional development using project based learning activities that align with Next Generation Science Standards.

Register online for this one-day conference.

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Application Deadlines:

National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE)
University of Texas at Austin
June 28 – July 2, 2015

The CURE Summer Institute application and letter of support templates are available at:
https://cns.utexas.edu/tides
/faculty/summer-institutes

Review of applications will begin March 2 and applicants will be notified regarding their status of their application by March 16. Contact the organizers at tides@austin.utexas.edu with any questions.

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Communicating Science Workshop
facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
University of Oregon
Thursday – Friday
5/14-5/15/2015

Application Deadline –
April 1, 2015

Additional information about the Center and Workshop is available on our Events page.

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National Center for Science Education – Paid Summer Internships

Application deadline –
April 1, 2015

Two internships (one full-time and one part-time) for three months (June-August 2015) are available to help with NCSE’s launch of a new teacher engagement campaign to support and defend educators as they teach these topics, with a particular focus on climate change education.

More information about the program including applicant qualifications, salary, and benefits is available here.

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