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Journal Club

There will be no journal club this week, have a great spring break!  Next term we will continue to have two journal clubs to choose from, and we will be focusing on how to apply evidence-based practices to our teaching.

Elly, Julie, and Phil

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Science Literacy Program Coffee and Cookies

Join us in the Willamette Atrium 2-3 pm on Wednesday, March 22, for coffee, cookies, and conversation. This is an opportunity to take a break during finals week to meet with fellow science education enthusiasts and celebrate the work we’ve done together this quarter through the SLP.

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SLP Day of Teaching Workshops

Save the date for the SLP Day of Teaching Workshops, which will be held on Friday, April 21, in the EMU Swindells Room.  Faculty, graduate students, and post-docs are invited to drop in for one session or attend the entire day.   The schedule is as follows:
9 am-12 pm: Thinking Skills for the 21st Century: Teaching for Transfer
12-1 pm: Lunch (RSVP here)
1-2 pm: Scientific Storytelling: Humanity Meets Science
2:15-3:15 pm: Encouraging Your Students to Make More Mistakes
3:30-4:30 pm: Tasks Inspired and Enhanced by Science Education Research (TIESERs)

See the SLP website for more information.

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2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Applications are now open for the Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching!  This institute will be held at the University of Oregon June 20-23, 2017 specifically targeted to faculty and postdoctoral fellows from research intensive universities. The Summer Institute will expand and sharpen participants’ teaching skills through workshops facilitated by national science education experts.  Participants will develop original, innovative classroom materials ready for immediate implementation and will be named 2017-18 Scientific Teaching Education Fellows at the end of the institute.  The deadline to apply to the institute is April 10, 2017.

Participants are also invited to apply to attend other regional Summer Institutes, which will be held throughout the summer at University of Minnesota, University of California at San Diego, University of Connecticut, Louisiana State University, and University of Chicago.

More information is available on the Summer Institutes webpage: http://www.summerinstitutes.org/
Questions or to nominate a colleague: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

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UO MNCH Summer Job

Applications are now being accepted for the student position of Summer Outreach Coordinator with the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History (UOMNCH).  This position is trained to deliver the one-hour educational program, “Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies,” to youth and family audiences at public libraries statewide. This program focuses on traditional technologies created by Oregon’s diverse Native American cultures and includes hands-on activities that explore artifacts, tools and related engineering challenges. The position requires independent statewide travel by car, including several multi-day trips with overnight stays throughout the summer. Travel costs are covered by the Museum.  Applications are due Friday, April 21. For more information, please contact Mia Jackson.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Science Literacy Program Coffee and Cookies
SLP Day of Teaching Workshops
2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
UO MNCH Summer Job
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Finals Week Spotlight:

Studies show that students who take notes on laptops do worse on conceptual questions than those who take notes longhand, and not just because they are distracted by multitasking. For an overview of the research, try reading:May, C. (2014). A learning secret: Don’t take notes with a laptop. Scientific American3https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-t-take-notes-with-a-laptop/

If you prefer to read a research paper, see:

Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the keyboard advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Psychological science, 0956797614524581.  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0956797614524581

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Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Quack Chats: Fractals in Nature, Art, and Human Vision

Clouds, galaxies, trees and neurons are fractals. They have repeating irregular curves or shapes. They are seen in art and Rorschach’s inkblots. Enter the world of fractals with UO physicist Richard Taylor, who is designing a fractal-based retinal implant to restore vision to the blind.  This talk will be held in Falling Sky in the EMU on March 22, from 6 – 7 pm.

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UO SPS Journal Club

The UO Society of Physics Students (SPS) will be hosting a journal club spring term focusing on women and minorities in STEM.  The tentative reading schedule is as follows:

Week 1: Introductions and Understanding Basic Diversity Concepts and Terms
Week 2: Data and Statistics on Under-representation in STEM fields
Week 3: Race and White Privilege in STEM
Week 4: Gender Disparity and and Sexism
Week 5: Exploring the Relation between Socioeconomic Status and participation in STEM Education
Week 6: LBGTQ+ in STEM fields
Week 7: The Invisible Disabilities and Making STEM Fields more Accessible
Week 8: Reducing Identity and Stereotype Threat
Week 9: Promoting Equality and Inclusion in STEM

Exact times and locations will be announced on the website.

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