Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 – Finals Week

Spring and Summer Professional Development Opportunities at the University of Oregon

We are excited to share a full slate of multi-day teaching professional development opportunities for faculty on the UO campus this spring and summer! These free events center on Science Communication, Active Learning, and Scientific Teaching and provide opportunities for faculty, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students at all stages of their careers to practice building new skills. Information about all four events and links to the applications are listed below. We hope you will read about the events and consider participating in these opportunities.

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COMMUNICATING SCIENCE WORKSHOP FACILITATED BY THE ALAN ALDA CENTER FOR COMMUNICATING SCIENCE AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

When: May 14-15, 2015
Application due date: April 1, 2015
Target audience: UO faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from all science disciplines

About the Workshop:
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. Faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science have developed this workshop to provide training and communication tools to engage public, media, and classroom audiences.

More Information
Questions: ellyvan@uoregon.edu
Sponsors: Science Literacy Program, STEM CORE, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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WORKING GROUP ON ACTIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

When: June 17-19, 2015
Application due date: TODAY 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.

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UO MOBILE NATIONAL ACADEMIES SUMMER INSTITUTE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

When: June 22-26, 2015
Application due date: April 30, 2015
Target Audience:
UO faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students 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

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WEST COAST REGIONAL NATIONAL ACADEMIES SUMMER INSTITUTE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

When: July 13-18, 2015
Application due date: May 15, 2015
Target Audience:
Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students 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, National Academies Summer Institute, and local host Science Literacy Program

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Teaching with Wikipedia
LiAnna Davis, Director of Programs – Wiki Education Foundation
Thursday, March 19, 9:00 am
Knight Library Browsing Room

You already know students are reading Wikipedia — why not have them write Wikipedia?

LiAnna Davis, the Wiki Education Foundation’s Director of Programs, will present on the topic of teaching with Wikipedia. Wikipedia assignments connect your course to the world outside of the classroom. By writing for Wikipedia, students practice fact-based writing, research, collaboration, and critical thinking. All the while, they’ll be making a meaningful contribution to a free knowledge resource used by millions of people around the world.

Read more about the presentation here.

The event was referenced in the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Prof Hacker column last week.

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New iBioEducation Series

Scientific Teaching Series: Active Learning Module

Find out how active learning addresses the current challenges in biology education. This series of videos reviews the problems with traditional biology education, evidence that active learning can improve student learning, and classroom models for active learning.

iBiology is collecting feedback about these videos and would greatly appreciate if you could fill out this 3-minute survey after watching a few of them.

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Course on Pseudoscience Related to Archaeology

Tom Evans, a semi-retired Oxford-trained archaeologist and now science fiction writer with a courtesy appointment in Anthropology, is designing a 100-level course he describes as:
‘”Ancient Astronauts, Atlantis and Archaeology” which is intended to examine pseudo science as applied to archaeology while also introducing students to critical thinking, academic literature review and some forms of scientific method.’

If you are interested in learning more about the course or about discussing potential collaborations, contact Tom Evans.

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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:

Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching with Wikipedia

New iBioEducation Series

Course on Pseudoscience Related to Archaeology

Career Opportunities

Upcoming UO and Local Events

Application Deadlines


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Strategies for Discussion Leaders
TEP Teaching Fundamentals Series
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, 4/3/2015
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
Wednesday, 6/24/2015
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:

Undergraduate Symposium 2015 – Call for Abstracts

Proposals Due
Wednesday, 3/18/2015 at 11:59pm.

Undergraduates are encouraged to submit their applications to present at The Fifth Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

More information about the program and online abstract submission is available here.

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
Wednesday, 3/18/2015

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 andProject Kaleidoscope are pleased to announce their Call for Proposals for the 2015 AAC&U conference Crossing Boundaries—Transforming STEM Education.

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

Abstract submission due
Monday, 3/30/2015

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.

Meeting information is available online.

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National Center for Science Education – Paid Summer Internships

Application deadline
Wednesday, 4/1/2015

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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