Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 – Week 9

Journal Club

For Thursday, 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

For Friday, we’ll read some practical strategies for increasing active learning.

Tanner, K. D. (2013). Structure matters: Twenty-one teaching strategies to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity. CBE Life Sciences Education,12(3), 322–331. doi:10.1187/cbe.13-06-0115

– 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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SLP Course Featured in Oregon Quarterly

The Spring 2015 issue of Oregon Quarterly features one of our Spring 2014 courses, Bread 101. This interdisciplinary course was team-taught by Judith Eisen, Karen Guillemin, Miriam Deutsch, Jennifer Burns Bright, and Elly Vandegrift and focused on the biology, chemistry, physics, history, culture, and politics of wheat and bread.

More information about SLP’s Bread 101 course is available on our website.

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Communicating Science Workshop
Facilitated by faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
SLP Events and Workshop Information
University of Oregon
Thursday – Friday

Public support for scientists and everyday applications of science would benefit from a more scientifically literate society. As scientists, you have an opportunity–an obligation, some might argue–to contribute to the public dialogue and understanding of science. This workshop will provide you with training and communication tools to engage public audiences.

Recommended Attendees
Faculty, postdocs, and graduate students interested in acquiring or improving skills for effectively communicating science concepts and research to non-science-major students and to the public.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will learn how to:

– speak clearly and vividly about your work and why it matters, in terms that non-scientists can understand.

– use communication techniques, cultural competency, and science literacy concepts to reach and mobilize the community and key stakeholders on science issues related to your research, outreach, or education objectives.

– gain a better understanding of your audience and ability to adapt your material for a variety of audiences.

– prepare for a media interview, including shaping clear, crisp answers, fielding difficult questions, and reinforcing your fundamental message.

Apply online at:

Applications are due by Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

The Communicating Science Workshop is co-sponsored by the Science Literacy Program, STEM Core and the UO College of Arts and Sciences.

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Central Western Oregon Science Expo – volunteers needed
Saturday, 3/7/2015
Gerlinger Hall and Annex

CWOSE (Central Western Oregon Science Expo) 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 organizers still need volunteers for the following areas:
– Set-up: Friday, March 6 Approx. 2-5 PM Gerlinger Annex (in the big gym in the basement)
– Guides: Saturday, March 7 Approx. 1-3 PM to lead visitors from Gerlinger to various science labs in the science complex.

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Karen Sprague

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Curiosity – Collaborative Science Project Meeting
Thursday, 3/5/2015

A group of graduate students called Curiosity, here are the University of Oregon, is organizing an event for researchers (Graduate, Senior Undergraduate, Postdoctoral and Professor) from different science departments to get together and discuss their research fields, in order to build a more collaborative research community. The goal of Curiosity is to create an informal environment where people from all sciences can get to know each other and find new ways to collaborate between scientific fields.

On March 5th, CAMCOR will be hosting the first meeting from 5-6 pm! The event will run much like a ‘science speed dating’ experience — a networking activity intended to introduce researchers to each other in an informal setting. There will be free food and ample conversation!

More information about the group is available on the group’s web page, and on Facebook.

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National Center for Science Education – Paid Summer Internships

The National Center for Science Education is looking for two interns (one full-time and one part-time) for three months (June-August 2015) 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. This is a unique opportunity for someone with a science background to learn about science advocacy to support one of the most important groups: science teachers.

For information about the program including applicant qualifications, salary, and benefits see

Include a cover letter, three references, and a résumé. E-mail all three to Minda Berbeco PhD, Programs and Policy Director: Applications must be received by April 1, 2015.

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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

SLP Course Featured in Oregon Quarterly

Communicating Science Workshop

Central Western Oregon Science Expo – volunteers needed

Curiosity – Collaborative Science Project Meeting

National Center for Science Education – Paid Summer Internships

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Application Deadlines

Upcoming UO and Local Events:

UO Disability and Deaf Studies Envisioning Meeting
Friday, 3/6/2015
2:00 – 4:00pm
Room 116 Education Building

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.

Please complete the online RSVP form.

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Next Generation Science Standards Conference
June 24, 2015
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:

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 –
April 16, 2015

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

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