Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 – Week 7

Journal Club

For Thursday, our focus will be on the development of the qualitative methods used to address the research question. While reading the article below, please pay particular attention to those aspects of the paper.

Lukes, L. a., & McConnell, D. a. (2014). What Motivates Introductory Geology Students to Study for an Exam?Journal of Geoscience Education, 62, 725–735. doi:10.5408/13-110.1

For Friday, we will read two papers exploring ways to implement demos in the classroom.

Miller, S. (2014). Modeling the Nature of Science with the Mystery Tube. The Physics Teacher, 52, 548–551. doi:10.1119/1.4902200

Mylott, E., Dunlap, J., Lampert, L., & Widenhorn, R. (2014). Kinesthetic Activities for the Classroom. The Physics Teacher, 52(9).

– Thursday 9:00am in LISB 317 facilitated by Julie Mueller, TEP
– Friday 12:00pm in LISB 317 facilitated by Amanda Lyche and Eric Nummendal Undergraduate SLP Scholars

We look forward to seeing you there!
Julie, Amanda, and Eric

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Recordings of Carl Wieman’s Science Education Seminars Now Available

Carl Wieman has made his slides from his talks available. You can download them from our website. We will also post recordings from both talks later this week.

Expertise in Physics and How it is Best Learned and Taught
Physics Department Colloquium
Thursday, 2/5/2015
Click here to watch the Carl Wieman’s UO Physics Colloquium.

Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education
Science Literacy Program Lecture
Friday, 2/6/2015
Click here to watch Carl Wieman’s UO Science Education Seminar.

For more information about each talk, see our Events page.

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UO McNair Scholars Symposium: New Voices in Research
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Welcoming remarks – Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh
Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion
12:00pm, Luncheon, Gumwood Room, EMU

Scholar Presentations:
Maple and Oak Rooms, EMU

Please join us in celebrating the exciting research endeavors of these talented undergraduates. Presentation details including scholar abstracts and mentor details are available on the McNair website:

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ASMCUE 2015: Discounted Registration Rate for Graduate Students and Postdocs

The American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) is an opportunity for prospective educators to meet others who have been there before. Sessions, presentations, and conference events provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about best practices in teaching and connect with other educators. With almost half of conference attendees attending for the first time, ASMCUE is always willing to support new educators.

ASMCUE is an interactive, 4-day working conference for educators to share and learn the latest information in the biological sciences and education research. Watch the webinar, ASMCUE101, for a comprehensive guide to the conference.

Click here to take advantage of the ASM membership rate for Students and Postdocs!

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UO Science and Invention Faircall for volunteers
May 9, 2015

The 2015 UO Science and Invention Fair will be held on May 9th. To prepare for the fair SoD and SPICE is looking for 26 instructors that will visit local elementary and middle schools to present workshops on science fair project development. While presenting these workshops instructors will also mentor students on developing their own science projects.

Science Fair workshops will require approximately 2-3 hours per week, and involve 4-5 weeks worth of work. They also need helpers for the day of the Science Fair. These will require anywhere from 2-6 hours shifts on May 9th.

There will be an informational meeting Thursday March 5th from 4:00-5:00 in 240D Willamette Hall. If you would like to participate but can not make this meeting, please email Brandy ( or Cori (

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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

Recordings of Carl Wieman’s Science Education Seminars Now Available

UO McNair Scholars Symposium: New Voices in Research

ASMCUE 2015: Discounted Registration Rate for Graduate Students and Postdocs

UO Science and Invention Fair- call for volunteers

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Application Deadlines

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

STEM Core Meeting
Tuesday 2/17/2015
12:00 – 1:30pm
HEDCO Education Building 230T

Presentations will include:
– Green Chemistry: Julie Haack
– Willamette Resources & Educational Network (WREN): Vicki Singer
– Checklist for the Science & Engineering Practices: Talbot Bielefeldt

Contact Bryan Rebar for more information.

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From the Bing Band to Black Holes: Time, the Universe, and Everything
Janna Levin
Thursday 2/19/2015
182 Lillis

A professor of Physics and Astronomy at Columbia University’s Barnard College, Levin is also an acclaimed writer. Her first book, How the Universe Got Its Spots, synthesizes geometry, topology, chaos and string theory for the lay reader to show how “the pattern of hot and cold spots left over from the big bang may one day reveal the size and shape of the cosmos.”

Levin’s lecture is free and open to the public.. It is part of the OHC’s year-long theme series called “connection.” More information is available at

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Active Day of Learning
University of Washington Biology Education Research Group (BERG)
Tuesday 2/24/2015
9:50am – 2:30pm
University of Washington

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?

Space is limited. Please RSVP here by February 17.

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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:

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.
University of Oregon
Thursday – Friday

Application Deadline –
March 1, 2015

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

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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:

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 with any questions.

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2015 Mobile National Academies Summer Institute
University of Oregon
Monday – Friday

Application Deadline –
March 15, 2015

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

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