NEWSLETTER
WINTER 2016- WEEK 2 

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Journal Club

For this week, please read Chapter 2 “To Learn, Retrieve” of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it stick: the science of successful learning. Harvard University Press.

For your convenience, we will continue to offer two weekly meetings in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building):

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 1:00 pm

Hope to see you there.

Elly and Julie

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Distinguished Mathematics Lectures for Students

 The first talk in this series is this Monday, January 11, at5:15 pm in 207 Chapman.  The speaker is Tim Chartier, an applied mathematician who is well recognized for his ability to communicate mathematics to broad audiences.   Note that the speaker is also working this year to adapt some of the topics from his talk to create a program for math education in secondary schools.

There are three talks per year in this series, and they cover a diverse collection of topics from both pure and applied mathematics, as well as interdisciplinary topics that use mathematics in a substantial way. The talks provide a view of mathematics that students do not typically get to see in their classes.

While the series is aimed at undergraduate students of all levels, anyone else who is interested is also encouraged to attend.

For a complete list of upcoming talks, see http://blogs.uoregon.edu/mathisawesome/

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“Meet a Scientist” at the Science Factory

We are pleased to invite you to participate in this year’s “Meet a Scientist Day” at the museum. The goals of this annual event are to introduce the public to UO scientists and celebrate the important scientific research that goes on at our local university.
The event will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2016. We are looking for representatives from every University science department (and at every level from professor to undergrad) to share some aspect of their scientific field with our visitors. Past events have attracted 250 to 300 visitors of all ages and backgrounds, and we expect this year’s event to be equally well-attended.

We encourage submissions of all types, including conference-style posters, hands-on activities, and lecture/demonstrations in the planetarium. Your presentation might represent your own research, or something more general from your field of science (a demonstration or product) that you would enjoy showing off to visitors. If you are interested, please fill out the short form at http://tinyurl.com/sfuoday  Responses are due by January 18th.

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Flame Challenge

Two weeks left to enter the Flame Challenge 2016! Get your entries in by Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016.

The challenge is to explain “What is Sound” to 11-year-olds. Entries can be written or visual and are judged by thousands of 5th and 6th graders from around the world. Winners are honored at the World Science Festival in June where they will meet Alan Alda and get a $1000 prize. Scientists can enter at http://bit.ly/1MtC6Sk.

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WGS Members’ Meeting and Lunch 

UO Women in Graduate Sciences is going to host a Members’ Meeting and Lunch Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 12:00 pm in Onyx 171 for all WGS members to meet for lunch and discuss what the officers have planned for the upcoming term. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can be more involved over the next few months. Lunch will be provided by Jimmy John’s. 

Additionally, there are T-shirts for sale! The shirts will be $15, and the order form is here: 

https://goo.gl/forms/yG0Bp7PNDj

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GETy Awards 

These awards honor excellence in participant-centered research. Know a person or project that deserves an award? Here is what you need to know:

  • The nomination form is online here. Please nominate!
  • Making a nomination takes only a minute.
  • Everyone is welcome to make nominations.
  • Yes, you may even nominate yourself or a project where you contributed.
  • A panel of judges will decide finalists & winners.
  • Nominations must be received before 11:59PM Pacific on Feb 15, 2016.
  • We don’t limit who can be nominated. You may nominate an individual, group, project, research study, organization, etc.

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“Write Time” for Grad Students

The Graduate School is happy to announce a program in the new year to help grad students set a time to getting their writing done: “The Write Time” is a weekly drop-in writing group on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Graduate Student Center in Susan Campbell Hall (starting week 2 of winter term). Students are invited to drop in any time between 8:30am to 11:00am with a writing project (thesis, proposal, article) – and a travel mug. The Graduate School will provide the coffee and tea, plus a place to write.  Grads will be asked to sign in and set a writing goal for the session – and then get writing! The first “Write Time” will be Wednesday, January 13th (second week of the term).

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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Distinguished Mathematics Lectures for Students

“Meet a Scientist” at the Science Factory

Flame Challenge

WGS Members’ Meeting and Lunch

GETy Awards

“Write Time” for Grad Students

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

TEP Winter Workshops

This winter, TEP begins its High Impact Change series, which asks “How can faculty teach to ensure the relevance, rigor, continuities, and needed departures of a 21st century undergraduate education?”

Our first events and workshops are clustered around the notion of fostering students’ sense of belonging in our classes. We’ll foreground inclusive teaching designed to convey to students that their presence matters; and we’ll consider how to construct classes that can address questions of equity and belonging that are urgent to society more generally.

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Wise Interventions: Strategies to Remedy Questions of Belonging in College
with Stanford’s Greg Walton

Week 2: Thur, Jan. 14
3:30-5:00pm
Browsing Room, Knight Library
Coffee and light refreshments served.

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Developing an Online Teaching Portfolio

Week 3: Wed, Jan. 20
2:00-4:00pm, 72 PLC

A teaching portfolio presents evidence of your teaching activities and accomplishments and links them to your overarching teaching philosophy. It is an opportunity to document, share, and reflect on your teaching and to prepare materials that may be useful for job applications, promotion and tenure review, and TEP’s Graduate Teaching Initiative. This workshop will provide an overview of how to develop and maintain an online teaching portfolio using the UO Blogs platform.

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Inclusive Course Design

Week 4: Fri, Jan. 29
11:30am-1:30pm
Proctor 41, Knight Library
Lunch served—please register

Using the syllabus itself as a reflection of the attitudes and possibilities of a course, this workshop will consider student learning objectives, course descriptions, policies, content, and assignments as we build inclusion into the very architecture of each participant’s course. We will consider what intellectual skills and habits of mind a truly inclusive course develops in students, and offer suggestions for how to build a supportive environment and signal to students that they bring something valuable to the class community.

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UO Science Outreach Club

You are cordially invited to the UO Science Outreach Club Thursday, January 14th, 4:00pm in 240D Willamette Hall. The UO Science Club is a chance for folks who are interested in science education to share information, experience and insight.  We are also very pleased to announce that the Science Club is pairing with the Science on Demand Program to provide a training program in science outreach.

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scilit@uoregon.edu 
http://scilit.uoregon.edu/

UO Science Literacy Program
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