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WINTER 2016- WEEK 8

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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 7 “Increase Your Abilities” 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 is ongoing. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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Alda Center for Science Communication Affiliate Lunch 

Are you Interested in learning how to distill your research and science and effectively communicate it to a broader audience? Workshops at the UO, as an affiliate of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, support development of skills to talk freely, directly, and spontaneously to communicate science with students, colleagues, funding agencies, and the general public.  Join us for lunch to learn more about training in Science Communication at the UO.  Monday, March 7, drop-in between 11:30am-1:30pm in 174 Willamette (MSI Conference Room).  Please RSVP by Thursday, February 25, tscilit@uoregon.edu so we order a large enough Yumm! Bowl.

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Dynamics of Race and Gender in Science Workshop 

NOBCChE* and SACNAS** (*National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and **Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) are once again asking for your help in spreading the word to your students about our upcoming workshop this Monday, February 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm in Willamette 240D.
We will be hosting a workshop investigating the dynamics of race and gender in science.  This will be lead by Rehearsals For Life (RFL).  RFL is a graduate student lead theatre troupe through CoDaC that moderates discussions on social justice issues through interactive scenarios.  This workshop is open to the ENTIRE STEM COMMUNITY regardless of ethnicity, gender and/or department.  I cannot stress the importance of having not only minorities but, also people from the majority group present at this workshop.

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Productivity, Creativity and Work-Life Balance: Get a Life, PhD 

This 90-minute workshop focuses on productivity, creativity and work-life balance for faculty on the tenure-track. Learn how to establish a regular writing routine amidst the demands of teaching and service, plan your time efficiently, and find time for life outside of work. Separate workshops for pre-tenure faculty and those at mid-career. Open to faculty from all disciplines, departments and schools. Tanya Golash-Boza, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Merced is the workshop facilitator.

When: Friday, February 26
10-11:30 AM, HEDCO 220, for pre-tenure faculty. RSVP here.  Light refreshments provided.
2-3:30 PM, HEDCO 144, for mid-career and senior faculty. RSVP here Light refreshments provided.

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Summer Workshop on Quantitative Biology 

Biology requires a rapidly expanding set of quantitative skills including data analysis, statistics, modeling, computational reasoning, and visualization.  If you are interested in developing your biology students’ quantitative skills, this is the summer workshop for you! In partnership with the National Academies Summer Institutes, the Quantitative Biology Summer Institute (QBSI) is presented by BioQUEST, Science Case Net, and QUBES.  This will be a working meeting during which participants will learn about and use evidence-based teaching strategies such as backward design, active learning, and assessment, as well as methods such as cases and modeling. Hands-on sessions at the institute will focus on resources and methods to address the special challenges associated with teaching quantitative biology. We invite applications from individuals and teams at two and four year institutions.  Participants from all STEM fields are welcome.  As indicated on the application, participants are expected to work collaboratively after the meeting and implement a module or method in their classes during the 2016-2017 academic year. More information and the application for the Quantitative Biology Summer Institute are available at:  https://qubeshub.org/groups/summer2016

Review of applications will begin March 28 and applicants will be notified regarding their status of their application byApril 4.

When: June 19-24, 2016
Where: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

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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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In This Issue:

Journal Club

Spring 2016 Scholars and Fellows

Alda Center for Science Communication Affiliate Lunch

Dynamics of Race and Gender in Science Workshop

Productivity, Creativity and Work-Life Balance: Get a Life, PhD 

Summer Workshop on Quantitative Biology

NWBIO Conference

Upcoming UO and Local Events


Upcoming UO and Local Events:

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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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. 25, from 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: GSH 103

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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 the Undergraduate 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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