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WINTER 2016- WEEK 10

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OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.

Journal Club

Thank you for a great term of journal club, and we look forward to continuing the conversation next term! During spring term journal club will be held at two times in LISB 317 for your convenience:

9:00 am Thursdays
12:00 pm Fridays

Elly and Julie

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Graduate Teaching Initiative

“The natural cycle of learning and teaching defines the life of University of Oregon graduate teaching fellows: While they’re ultimately here to learn and work toward a degree, they often fulfill a teaching appointment alongside their studies. As both students and teachers, graduate teaching fellows are positioned to know that teaching is always about learning — and that’s where the UO Teaching Effectiveness Program’s new Graduate Teaching Initiative comes in. The optional initiative helps graduate students hone their teaching skills and build a community of support through workshops, teaching consultations, classroom observations, portfolio development and other requirements.” Read more of this article by Nathaniel Brown from AroundtheO.

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PNACP Annual Conference

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Physics (PNACP) 2016 Annual Conference will be held April 1-2 at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus. The main theme of the Conference is sustainability.  The conference will feature not only seasoned career physicists but also feature the next generation of physicists. Attendees will be faculty and students from Pacific Northwest community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.

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SABER 2016 National Meeting

The Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) is a scientific community whose members develop theory and generate evidence with the goal of improving biology education. SABER fosters Biology Education Research (BER) and its dissemination by defining the standards for BER practice, supporting the BER community through training and faculty development programs, and fostering collaborations among BER investigators. They will be holding their national meeting July 14-17, 2016, on the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. More information and a link to abstract submission can be found here.

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BioInteractive/QUBES Event

HHMI’s BioInteractive (http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive) and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project invite applications for a Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) focused on adapting quantitative BioInteractive modules for undergraduate introductory biology courses.  BioInteractive has a growing collection of quantitative and data based modules on statistics, graphing, and data manipulation, however these were initially designed for high school and AP biology. Participants in this FMN will work together and with the HHMI BioInteractive staff to adapt and implement these modules in their own introductory biology courses. The Faculty Mentoring Network combines a face to face workshop experience with a mentored, long term community interaction on the QUBES site. Applicants must be teaching introductory biology or an equivalent course in Fall 2016, and be able to attend the Quantitative Biology Summer Institute June 19-24.  For more information, visit: https://qubeshub.org/groups/hhmibiointeractivefmn

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Faculty Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.

American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Washington Internship Institute invite you to apply—or nominate a colleague—for the Faculty Fellows Program. This jointly-sponsored program offers faculty from all disciplines the opportunity to pursue professional, disciplinary, and personal interests in a challenging and dynamic professional environment—and to reinvigorate their work as scholars, teachers, advisers, and educational leaders. Faculty Fellows spend one full semester in the Washington, DC, area working at government agencies, non-profit organizations, national associations, museums, foundations, and other sites related to their expertise and professional interests. Fellows also have opportunities to engage with colleagues in their disciplines and with higher education experts. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. For more information, please visit the website.

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Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite you to join with colleagues to share and examine evidence-based models, practices, and strategies to provide high-quality undergraduate STEM teaching and learning and increase the number of students majoring, completing baccalaureate degrees, and pursuing careers in STEM fields. This year’s conference will deepen our understanding of “what works” in STEM higher education reform and provide attendees with the opportunity to rethink curricular designs and teaching approaches in ways that will maximize learning. The conference will be held November 3-5, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. Proposals are due Thursday, March 24, 2016. Visit the call for proposals to find out how to submit a proposal to share your work at the conference.

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BCCE 2016

The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) is being held at the University of Northern Colorado from July 31 – August 4, 2016. In Greeley, you’ll find 1,000+ chemistry teachers from high schools and colleges learning and enjoying good chemistry and exploring the high plains of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.http://www.unco.edu/bcce2016/

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APS Institute on Teaching and Learning

We invite you to participate in the 2016 APS Institute on Teaching and Learning (ITL)June 20-24, 2016 in Madison, WisconsinThe Institute on Teaching and Learning will engage educators (from 2-year and 4-year colleges & universities and professional schools) in interactive sessions on evidence-based, student-centered practice in teaching, learning, and assessment. Whether you are an experienced educator or relatively new to teaching, it will challenge you to gain skills in designing and implementing educational research in your classroom and in learning how to share your findings with colleagues.

Please click here to view the invitation to the APS Institute on Teaching and LearningRegister for the Workshop by April 1, 2016 and be entered to win an iPad Pro!

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NW Regional Learning Assistant Workshop

You are invited to attend a two-day interactive workshop on the implementation of undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) in undergraduate classrooms. LAs are trained undergraduates who work with faculty to facilitate peer discussions, in-class activities, and out of class learning. They are able to engage learners not only with the content but also with each other, knitting together our learning community.  Held May 19th-20th on OSU’s Corvallis campus, participants will gain insight and practical knowledge regarding program creation, mentoring, and support of LAs. The registration cost of $85.00 includes meals, handouts, and supplies. ($75 if you register before April 7!). Teams are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit the website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Graduate Teaching Initiative

PNACP Annual Conference

SABER 2016 National Meeting

BioInteractive/QUBES Event

Faculty Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.

Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

BCCE 2016

APS Institute on Teaching and Learning

NW Regional Learning Assistant Workshop

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

WSCEG Conference

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the third annual Western States Chemistry Education Group (WSCEG) Conference. If you are interested in attending, please complete the following poll:http://doodle.com/poll/3t75mw2fb7u5yfht

When: April 16-17, 2016
Where: Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon

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UO Science Outreach Training Program

The UO Science Outreach Training program is coming back for spring term! If you are interested in learning more about science outreach theory and practice, this is the program for you. Outreach training is free and involves training, practice, and a portfolio of competency tasks. You can find out more about the program and view the handbook here. If you are interested, please fill out the poll to determine the best meeting time.

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

For five years now, Undergraduate Studies has partnered with University Housing, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, UO Libraries, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Research and Innovation to support theUndergraduate Symposium—a special, campus-wide opportunity for students to present their original contributions in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Abstract proposals for student presentations at the 2016 event are due by 11:59 pm on March 25 and are submitted via the Undergraduate Symposium website or this direct link.

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Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The 5th annual UO Science and Invention Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016 here on the UO campus. This is an informal, entry-level fair for science lovers of all ages featuring hands-on activity tables and free science workshops. In order to support students in developing their projects, instructors from the SPICE program visit area classrooms to present a series of workshops on science fair project development. We need about 24 volunteer instructors to visit 14 area classrooms. If you love sharing science with K-8 kids, this is your chance to participate in a great program. For more information, contact Brandy Todd (btodd@uoregon.edu).

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