Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 – Week 3

Journal Club

For Thursday, we will investigate some of the quantitative statistical methods used in analysis of DBER data. To prepare, please read Chapter 4: Quantitative Methods from Discipline-Based Education Research: A Scientist’s Guide, by S. J. Slater, T. F. Slater, and J. M. Bailey.

We have decided to select only a few chapters from the book to use in journal club this term, so we have not asked the bookstore to make another attempt to order it. Instead, please contact Julie Mueller or Heather Borland for a PDF copy of this week’s chapter.

For Friday, we will read contrasting accounts of using cell phones in class  Tessier, J. T. (2014). Eliminating the Textbook: Learning Science With Cell Phones. Journal of College Science Teaching44(2).

Kuznekoff, J. H., & Titsworth, S. (2013). The impact of mobile phone usage on student learning. Communication Education62(3), 233-252.
Also available here

Additional references on classroom cell phone use can be read here Weimer, M. 2012. Students think they can multitask.  Here’s proof they can’t. Faculty Focus Blog.

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP
– Friday 12:00pm LISB 317 facilitated by Leslie Coonrod, IMB

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie and Leslie

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Recruiting Active Day of Learning

The University of Washington Biology Education Research Group (BERG) invites you to a day of active learning.

What is active learning? What does it look like in a large lecture hall? What are some of the hurdles to implementing active learning? What resources on active learning are available?

This free one-day event will run from 9:50am – 2:30pm on February 24 at the University of Washington campus. See attached PDF for more information

Space is limited. Please RSVP here by February 17.

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ASM Webinar Series on Teaching for Spring 2015

Registration is open for the American Society for Microbiology M(icro)OOCs for Spring 2015.

Each course is designed for ASM members (or potential members) who are currently educators or are interested in teaching. Registration is free, and space will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees can sign up for one or all three offerings.

Inclusive Pedagogy in Higher Education
February 18, 2015
Course Design Using the ASM Curriculum Guidelines
March 25, 2015
Lesson Plan Design Using the ASM Curriculum Guidelines
April 22, 2015

Click here to learn more about the offerings and how to register.

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Faculty Opportunity – PKAL Summer Leadership Institute

The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute is designed for both early and mid-career STEM faculty engaged in leading campus and/or national initiatives aimed at transforming undergraduate STEM education in their classrooms, departments, and institutions. The five-day intensive Institute provides participants with the theory and practice required to effectively manage the politics of organizational change and contribute to national STEM higher education reform.

There are three institutes available:
– Institute I: July 14–July 19, 2015 – The Claggett Center: Adamstown, Maryland
– Institute II: July 21–July 26, 2015 – The Claggett Center: Adamstown, Maryland
– Institute III: July 25–30, 2015 – The Baca Campus of Colorado College: Crestone, Colorado

All applications are due on February 10, 2015. For more information on the Institute and application guidelines, click here.

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Suggested Reading

The National Research Council has a new book that is worth a look.

National Research Council. (2015). Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Publishers Description:
The undergraduate years are a turning point in producing scientifically literate citizens and future scientists and engineers. Evidence from research about how students learn science and engineering shows that teaching strategies that motivate and engage students will improve their learning. So how do students best learn science and engineering? Are there ways of thinking that hinder or help their learning process? Which teaching strategies are most effective in developing their knowledge and skills? And how can practitioners apply these strategies to their own courses or suggest new approaches within their departments or institutions? Reaching Students strives to answer these questions.

To read more about this book, click here.

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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 **

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

Physics Education –

Biology Education –

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Active Day of Learning

ASM Webinar Series on Teaching

Faculty Opportunity – PKAL Summer Leadership Institute

Suggested Reading

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Application Deadlines

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Carl Wieman
Friday 2/6/2015

There will be two opportunities to meet with Carl Wieman on this day.

Science Teaching Journal Club – meeting with Carl Wieman
12:00 – 1:00pm
OCO Conference Room 240D
Lunch will be provided –
This meeting is full. Contact the Science Literacy Program if you want to be added to the wait list.

SLP Science Education Seminar
Carl Wieman, Stanford University
182 Lillis

Check our Events page for updates.

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Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Teaching Effectiveness Program
Wednesday 2/11/2015
11:00am – 12:15pm
122 Knight Library

Click here for more information about the workshop. To register email

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Blended Courses: Combining Online with Face-to-Face Instruction
Teaching Effectiveness Program
Friday 2/27/2015
2:00 – 3:30pm
Proctor 42 Knight Library

Click here for more information about the workshop. To register email

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Application Deadlines:

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
For Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Application Deadline -11:59pm EST, 15 January 2015

Program information, eligibility criteria, and online application portal available through the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Library Undergraduate Research Awards
For Undergraduate Students

Application Deadline -January 23, 2015.

Information about the award categories, eligibility, and application process available through the UO Libraries.

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Apply to be an ASM 2015-2016 Biology Scholar
For Faculty

Application Deadline -February 1, 2015.

Learn more about the program and apply to the Biology Scholars Program.

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2015-2016 Williams Council Call for Instructional Proposals
For Faculty

Application Deadline -February 6, 2015.

The application is available at the Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education website. The website also has information on the goals of the Williams Fund and on instructional projects that have been funded by the Williams Council since its founding in 1995.

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2015 NEW Leadership Oregon – Summer Residential Program
For Undergraduate Students

Application Deadline -February 16, 2015

Applications for NEW Leadership Oregon 2015 are open. If you have any questions regarding the program contact Mariana Lindsay at 503.725.2895 or at

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CAS Scholarships and Fellowships
For Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Application Deadline -February 23, 2015

Visit CAS for more information on each scholarship’s criteria, average award amounts, and a link to the online application. If you have any questions please contact the College of Arts and Sciences by email at scholarships@cas.
or by phone at 346-3950.

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Communicating Science Workshop
facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
Thursday – Friday

Application Deadline –
March 1, 2015

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

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2015 Mobile National Academies Summer Institute
Monday – Friday

Application Deadline –
March 15, 2015

Additional information about the institute is available on our Events page.

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