Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 – Week 8

Journal Club

For Thursday, we will read Chapter 1 “Understanding Action Research” from:
Mills, G. E. (2000). Action research: A guide for the teacher researcher. Prentice-Hall, Inc., New Jersey.

A PDF will be sent to our regular attendees. If you would like to attend and need the reading, contact Heather Borland.

For Friday, we will explore how active learning can support creating an inclusive learning environment.

Eddy, S. L., & Hogan, K. A. (2014). Getting Under the Hood: How and for Whom Does Increasing Course Structure Work? Cell Biology Education, 13(3), 453–468. doi:10.1187/cbe.14-03-0050
http://www.lifescied.org/content/13/3/453.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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Central Western Oregon Science Expo – call for volunteers

Would you like to help with CWOSE ( Central Western Oregon Science Expo) at UO on Saturday, March 7th 2015? This is the regional Intel fair that features projects from students all over western Oregon. Prepare to be astounded by the creativity of both middle school and high school students! Many participants will earn awards of various kinds and some will receive substantial scholarships to UO or OSU. The UO hosted CWOSE for the first time last year and the location, including the good judging, was such a hit that the UO was asked to host the fair again.

If you’d like to judge, please contact Karen Sprague and sign up through the fair website. Go to http://www.nwse.org/cwose and access “Registration” by clicking on the frog icon in the upper right corner.

If you don’t want to judge, but would like to participate in some other way, let me know that, too. The fair needs help with set-up the day before (Friday, March 6 afternoon and evening), with guiding visitors the day of the fair (Saturday, March 7) and with cleanup when the fair concludes (Saturday, March 7 afternoon and evening).

The CWOSE Tentative Schedule is available.

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UO Disability and Deaf Studies Envisioning Meeting
Friday, March 6, 2-4pm
Room 116 Education Building

Science Literacy Program Faculty have been specifically invited as there is interest in including science classes as part of the disability studies minor and certificates.

Please complete the online RSVP form.

Dear Colleagues: The UO Disability Studies Initiative and CoDaC welcome you to join us for an envisioning meeting for the future of disability and deaf studies at UO. Bring your knowledge, ideas, and big dreams.
Items already on the agenda include general brainstorming about the future we want, a disability studies minor and/or undergraduate and graduate certificates, a faculty development seminar, the campus disability community and climate, intersections with race, class, gender and sexuality, and liaisons with off-campus organizations.

If you want to add items to the agenda, please emailElizabeth Wheeler.
Coffee, cookies, and fruit will be served. The meeting will be ASL interpreted.
Service dogs are welcome. Dietary and other accommodation requests are also on the RSVP link.

 

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Berggren Demonstration Farm Looking for Outreach Curriculum Developers

The Berggren Demonstration Farm is situated on 90 acres of the MacKenzie River. The purpose of the farm is to demonstrate sustainable farming practices that preserve water quality in riparian zones.

The farm is looking for STEM education savvy students to develop activities and curriculum for K-12 students visiting the farm as part of field trips, classroom projects and other partnerships. Paid positions are available.

Contact: Jared Purch
More info about the farm can be found here:
https://berggrendemonstrationfarm.wordpress.com

 

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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 (btodd@uoregon.edu or Cori (cori@uoregon.edu).

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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

Central Western Oregon Science Expo – call for volunteers

UO Disability and Deaf Studies Envisioning Meeting

Berggren Demonstration Farm Looking for Outreach Curriculum Developers

UO Science and Invention Fair- call for volunteers

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Application Deadlines


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Procrastinating with Panache
Teaching and Learning Center
Tuesday 2/24/2015
6:00 – 6:50pm
72 PLC

Learn tips for getting high-quality work done on time and with less stress by understanding your procrastination style and playing to your strengths.

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Preparing for Finals
Teaching and Learning Center
Tuesday 2/24/2015
7:00 – 7:50pm
72 PLC

Ease stress and maximize success during final exam week by developing a solid plan for organizing materials, scheduling study blocks, and learning effectively.

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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 tep@uoregon.edu.

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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 –
March 16, 2015

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

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2015 Mobile National Academies Summer Institute
University of Oregon
Monday – Friday
6/22-6/26/2015

Application Deadline –
March 30, 2015

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

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