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WINTER 2016- WEEK 7

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

Journal Club

For this week, please read Chapter 6 “Get Beyond Learning Styles” 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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Spring 2016 Scholars and Fellows

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications will begin February 5, 2016. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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Oregon AAPT 

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is calling for papers on topics of special interest to teachers of physics and physical sciences in Oregon for their spring meeting. Presentations are generally 15 minutes in length. Individuals wishing to submit papers should contact Ralph Taddy at taddayr@linnbenton.edu. The spring meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event will be held at Linn Benton Community College in Albany. As always, there will be lively discussion, updates, and the chance to network with teachers, instructors,  and professors from high schools, colleges, and universities.

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Incorporating Your Research in Lab Courses 

NSF-funded REIL-Biology is partnering with national conferences to offer development opportunities to incorporate your own research in laboratory courses. Applications for 2016 workshops at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) conferences are open now. We are making a special effort to reach two-year and URM-serving institutions and offer travel funds to offset workshop travel and conference registration.  For more details, see the website.

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Engaging Student Resistance 

Despite your best efforts to motivate and engage students, do you find that “the resistance” is alive and well in your class? Do you encounter students who seem passive and unmotivated, or who actively resist learning? In this workshop we will learn about possible sources of student resistance to learning and discuss a number of strategies for addressing this resistance in order to make learning more valuable for all your students. We’ll focus on student resistance to course content, especially material that raises issues of power, privilege, and difference. We’ll also address resistance to particular teaching and learning methods.

When: Friday, February 26 at 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: Proctor 41, Knight Library

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NWBIO Conference 

The UO and LCC are pleased to co-sponsor the Northwest Biology Instructors Organization Annual Conference at the University of Oregon April 15-17, 2016.  The NWBIO weekend includes workshops, field trips, and speakers relevant to biology instructors at all points of their teaching careers and provides an opportunity to network with colleagues across the region.   Abstract submission, registration and more information are available on the website. http://blogs.uoregon.edu/nwbio2016/

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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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UO Science Fair Needs Instructors 

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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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Spring 2016 Scholars and Fellows

Oregon AAPT

Incorporating Your Research in Lab Courses

Engaging Student Resistance

NWBIO Conference

Undergraduate Research Symposium

UO Science Fair Needs Instructors

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

Increasing Student Engagement with UO Blogs

Please join us for a discussion about approaches for using UO Blogs as a space to help empower students, enrich student learning, and enliven our classrooms. This session also includes a hands-on introduction to the various tools and features of the UO Blogs platform.

When: Friday, Feb. 19 from
2:00-3:30pm
Where: Proctor 41, Knight Library

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NEXUS Abstract Writing Workshops

NEXUS, a student group that strives to help undergraduates get involved in research, is hosting abstract writing workshops to prepare for the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring. Feel free to come with an abstract already written or just an idea for one. They can help no matter what stage of the abstract writing process you are in.

When: Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: GSH 103

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Implicit Bias in Decision-Making: Specific Applications

Knowing about implicit biases is not enough to reduce it or keep it from impacting what we do. Building on the introduction to implicit bias, in this workshop participants will work with the presenters to identify specific policies and practices in their workplace that are most likely to be affected by implicit bias and brainstorm concrete changes that they can make to minimize those effects.

When: Feb. 16 from 12:00-1:30 pm
Where: Knight Library Browsing Room

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