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Journal Club

During Winter 2017, we will continue to have two journal clubs to choose from.

For Thursday’s 9am session, please read:
Harackiewicz, J. M., Canning, E. A., Tibbetts, Y., Giffen, C. J., Blair, S. S., Rouse, D. I., & Hyde, J. S. (2014). Closing the social class achievement gap for first-generation students in undergraduate biology. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106(2), 375. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/edu/106/2/375.pdf
AND
Asai, DJ and C Bauerle.  (2016). From HHMI: Doubling Down on Diversity   CBE Life Sci Educ 15:fe6. http://www.lifescied.org/content/15/3/fe6.full.pdf+html

For Friday’s 1pm session, please read:

pages 213-232: Chapters 13 and 14 of Olson, R. (2015). Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs a story. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Both sessions will be held in LISB 217.  Hope to see you there.

Elly, Julie, and Phil

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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)

More information will be posted on the SLP website.

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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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Distinguished Math Lectures for Students

John Dabiri of Stanford University will give a lecture called “Jellyfish, Wind Turbines, and Turbulence: Dealing with Data Extremes in Complex Flows,” which will be held onTuesday, April 4, from 5:15-6:15 pm in Willamette 100. Our ability to predict important phenomena such as ocean change, cardiovascular health, or the performance of a jet engine requires a set of mathematical tools to describe complex fluid dynamics.  In practice, we’re often faced with a Goldilocks problem: we have either too much data arising from observations of those flows or too little data.  In this talk we’ll explore new tools from Lagrangian fluid dynamics, differential calculus, and graph theory that allow us to navigate both data extremes and ultimately to optimize important flow physics.

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Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice (GRC-CERP). The theme of the conference is “Chemistry Education within the National and Global Educational Context”. Students learning chemistry and other STEM disciplines will be entering a workforce that is increasingly global and addressing challenges that are often interdisciplinary. Developments over the past 30 year in the ways that we share and create information, primarily as a result of the internet, have also changed the landscape for teaching and the definitions of “learning environments”. Economic developments over the last two decades have had additional impacts on the climate for higher education. What research questions in chemistry education are helping us to understand and address these changes? What are the implications for the translation of our research to the practice of chemistry teaching and learning? How are national and global policy and funding questions affecting the educational environments in which our research and practice takes place?  You can find the conference program, the online application, registration fees information, and more details on thewebsite. The conference will take place June 18-23, 2017 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Applications will begin to be accepted starting around the middle of March, and will continue until May 20.

National STEM Education Research and Practice Summit

The National STEM Education Research and Practice Summit will be held at Purdue University on October 16-17, 2017. Nationally there has been incredible progress in the areas of STEM and STEM education over the past decade. This event is designed as a forum for STEM education researchers, as well as those enacting best practice in STEM education K-20 to come together and share their collective knowledge and experiences. The Summit will start on the evening of October 16th at 6 p.m. with an opening reception with a special guest speaker (to be announced very soon). The second day of the conference (October 17) will begin with sessions starting at 9 a.m.and running through the day with an approximate end time of 3 pm. For any questions, please contact Dr. Carla C. Johnson, National STEM Education Research and Practice Summit Chair, Purdue University College of Education, carlacjohnson@purdue.edu.

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2017 Regional Learning Assistant Workshops

Registration is now open for the 2017 Regional Learning Assistant Workshops! The Learning Assistant (LA) model is a highly supported peer teaching experience that has been shown to improve students’ learning and attitudes towards science in undergraduate courses. It is also an effective tool for recruiting talented science and math students into teaching careers. Over 80 institutions are currently implementing an LA Program. Workshops (limited to 40 participants) have sessions appropriate for faculty and staff who are just beginning to think about starting an LA program, who want to expand and sustain their current programs, or who are experiencing “advanced user” issues. It’s a great place to network with other faculty and staff across disciplines and types of institutions.  For more information and to register, please visit the website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
SLP Day of Teaching Workshops
2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
Distinguished Math Lectures for Students
Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education
National STEM Eduction Research and Practice Summit
2017 Regional and Learning Assistant Workshops
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
As part of the new UO Teaching Academy, we are launching a weekly feature in the SLP newsletter highlighting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) practices.  These will appear in both the SLP and TEP newsletters.  Please feel free to let us know if there are resources or publications you would like to see shared here.
Week 10 Spotlight:

Memory research has identified a wide variety of techniques for improving retention of information. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, is an extremely accessible and interesting book that reviews techniques for effective long-term learning. It includes descriptions of the research as well as advice for faculty and students wanting to implement the techniques.Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it stick: The science of successful learning. Harvard University Press.

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Upcoming UO and Local Events:
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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Dear X: Letters from the Classroom

Join the Transforming Education by Design team on April 18 from 4-6 pm as we perform some of the most moving responses from our archive of hundreds of student and faculty letters to each other.  Hear what it feels like to teach and learn here.  Help us challenge, refine, and amplify the design principles that will shape a new UO core curriculum.  Learn more and register here.

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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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Volunteers for UO Science and Invention FairThe 6th Annual UO Science and Invention Fair is scheduled for April 22nd which also happens to be Earth Day and the March for Science. We hope to have a really great event this year, and in order to do that, we need help from folks like you! We’re looking for volunteers to help with hands-on outreach activities, judging, and much more.  The UO Science Fair will run from 10am-4pm. The fair features not only great student projects, but also around a dozen interactive, hands-on activity tables presented by science outreach groups in the community, prizes, and a public show by UO chemistry department’s Randy Sullivan.  The fair is free and open to the public. Volunteers can work for as little as one hour or all day! Minimal training and instruction required. There will be informational meetings for volunteers on April, 18th 3pm-4pm and April 21st 1pm-2pmin room 240D Willamette.  For more information or to register to volunteer, please visit the website.

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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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Ideas on Tap: Living with LivestockJoin the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Claim 52 Brewing on April 5 at 6 pm for Ideas on Tap, a conversation series held the first Wednesday of the month at Sprout! Regional Food Hub. Enjoy thought-provoking discussions about science, culture, and more.  This month, UO philosopher Erin McKenna presents Living with Livestock. No matter what you eat–or don’t eat–your life is interconnected with the lives and deaths of livestock animals. From consumer products to pollution, we’ll explore the interconnections and consider how we can develop respectful relationships with these vital creatures.

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