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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:
Lewis et al. 2016 (Phys) (gender phys) + Valantine 2016
Lewis, KL, JG Stout, SJ Pollock, ND Finkelstein, and TA Ito. (2016). Fitting in or opting out: A review of key social-psychological factors influencing a sense of belonging for women in physics. Physical Review Physics Education Research 12(2):020110-1-6.
Valantine, H.A. (2016). How to fix the many hurdles that stand in female scientists’ way: Women face discrimination of many kinds. We need culture change. Scientific American December.

For Friday’s 1pm session, please read:

pages 24-42 of Olson, R. (2015). Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs a story. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Please note that in the readings for this week and next week the author uses some strong and insensitive language and examples. We will discuss our reactions to this writing in the journal club meetings.

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Speaker Series: Agnes Chavez

Please join CMiS next Friday (1/20/16) in welcoming Agnes Chavez to campus for a day of workshops and discussions about integrating art and science for learning and outreach, as described below:

10:00-11:00am: Communicating Science Through the Arts
A conversation on communicating STEM concepts across various disciplines, cultures, and language barriers. EMU, Cedar/Spruce

12:00-1:30pm: Integrating Arts with Science Outreach
Hands-on workshop creating outreach projects, with the talents of scientists and artists both in the same room. Come prepared to get creative! RSVP for meals at EMU, Crater Lake North

3:00-4:00pm: The journey of an artist and a woman of color into the world of science. Agnes Chavez will share her experiences as an artist interacting with scientific collaborations, such as CERN, and how these relationships have affected her projects. EMU, Crater Lake South

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STEM CORE Guest Presentation: Dr. Matthew Hora

On Wednesday, January 18th 12-1:30pm, STEM CORE is excited to host Dr. Matthew Hora from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Hora will discuss the research described in his book Beyond the Skills Gap which explores the shortcomings of the policy-driven educational movement to prepare students with “market-ready” skills.  Join Hora as he discusses his own approach to teaching and learning in light of the complex challenges facing society and the labor market in the early 21st century.  This talk will be held in the Science Library, room B006 (Visualization Lab).

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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 28, 2017. 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.  We encourage submissions of all types, including conference-style posters, hands-on activities, and lecture/demonstrations in the planetarium.  If you are interested, please fill out the short form at by January 6th.  Please contact Nick Spicher if you have any questions.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Speaker Series: Agnes Chavez
STEM CORE Guest Presentation: Dr. Matthew Hora
“Meet a Scientist” at the Science Factory
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:
CoDaC Winter Quarter Events

Please join us for the following events!

January 18 – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon
Ford Alumni Center Ballroom, 11:30am-1pm

March 9 – Faculty of Color and Allies Happy Hour
EMU Falling Sky Brewery, 4-5pm

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CoDaC Winter Workshop: Teaching Evaluations

Student, peer, and self-evaluations are influential components in determining faculty teaching effectiveness.  In this workshop, we will consider the role of each teaching evaluation component in faculty reviews, potential sources of bias in teaching evaluations, and how to assess contributions to equity and inclusion in faculty teaching.  This workshop will be held on Thursday February 9, 11:30am – 1pm, in the EMU Crater Lake South Room.  Please RSVP at this link by February 1.

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Peace Corps Info Sessions

If you are interested in learning about the Peace Corps, please consider attending these info sessions!

Stories from Africa: Peace Corps Information Session
January 26, 2017
Fenton Hall 110

Application/Interview Workshop
January 20, 2017 and/or February 24, 2017
Career Center, Hendricks Hall

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Science Fair Workshop Volunteers Needed

We can still use more instructors for the science fair workshops in local schools. If you love science and/or working with kids, this is the volunteer opportunity for you!  SPICE provides all the training and coordination. You can find out more about the workshops, sign up, and access the online training here:

We will be holding informational/training meetings at the following days/times. All meetings are in 240D Willamette hall.
Tuesday, January 10th -11am
Friday, January 13th – 10am
Tuesday, January 17th, 12pm
Wednesday, January 18th, 11am
Thursday, January 19th, 2pm

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