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

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

For Thursday’s 9am session, please read:
Miyake, A., Kost-Smith, L. E., Finkelstein, N. D., Pollock, S. J., Cohen, G. L., & Ito, T. A. (2010, November 26). Reducing the gender achievement gap in college science: A classroom study of values affirmation. Science, 330, 1234 –1237. doi:10.1126/science.1195996 http://science.sciencemag.org/content/330/6008/1234.full

For Friday’s 1pm session, please read:

pages 42-65 of Olson, R. (2015). Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs a story. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Please note that in the reading the author uses some insensitive language. We will discuss our reaction to this writing in the journal club meeting.

Both sessions will be held in LISB 217.  Hope to see you there.

Elly, Julie, and Phil

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Spring 2017 Scholars and Fellows

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars and graduate fellows. Review of applications is ongoing, and graduate fellow applications must be submitted by February 1. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application, CAS 409 Practicum information, and the graduate application.

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SCORE Mentorship Program

Alex de Verteuil is a Biology PhD candidate in the Patrick Phillips lab.  Patrick and Alex created a mentorship program for undergraduate students of color in the sciences. Students of Color Opportunities for Research Enrichment — or SCORE — is now in its second year as an academically based, hands-on research opportunity that aims to enrich the learning environment for underrepresented minorities in the sciences and provide a foot in the laboratory door for those interested in performing basic research.  A two-minute video featuring Alex and more information about SCORE can be found on the UO website at  https://around.uoregon.edu/score.

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2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Save the date to attend the Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching at the University of Oregon,June 20-23, 2017. 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 Summer Institute Education Fellows at the end of the institute. Application and more information available on the Summer Institutes: http://www.summerinstitutes.org/ Questions or nominations: ellyvan@uoregon.edu

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POGIL Summer 2017 Workshops

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is hosting several regional workshops in summer 2017, and registration is now open.  If you are a high school teacher or college/university instructor and want to enhance your professional development, these POGIL 3-day workshops are for you!  You will learn about POGIL’s philosophy and methodology and benefit from additional focus on activity writing, classroom facilitation, and/or lab implementation.  Informative poster and plenary sessions will provide you with opportunities to meet and network with other POGIL users.  Please visit the website for more information about these workshops.

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Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series

The Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series will extend the learning and dialogue that occurs at the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching into a year-round community that supports and inspires evidence-based teaching. Each month, the SI community will be invited to attend an interactive webinar related to the practice and/or dissemination of scientific teaching. The webinar will be facilitated by someone experienced in that area, integrating significant time for questions and open discussion. The inaugural webinar will take place this coming Friday, January 27, from 12 to 1 PM PST. “First Steps in Implementing Scientific Teaching” will be facilitated by Beth Luoma and Tracie Addy, both Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching Program Directors at Yale University. See the website for a full description of the webinar.  The webinar is open to all Summer Institutes alumni, facilitators, leaders, and friends.
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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Spring 2017 Scholars and Fellows
SCORE Mentorship Program
2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
POGIL Summer 2017 Workshops
Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Center for the Study of Women in Society & Science Literacy Program Open House

As part of our community building efforts this year, we will be hosting monthly Open Houses at the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) – think like a late afternoon “happy hour” type get together where people can eat, sip beverages, network, and support each other through community.  This event will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM in the Jane Grant Room (Room 330) in Hendricks Hall.

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LGBT in STEMWant to meet other queer grad students, faculty, and staff?  Meet us for an informal social hour at Sam Bond’s Brewing Co. (540 E 8th Avenue in Eugene).  This event will be held on Tuesday, January 24, at 7 pm.  If you have questions, please contact Kenyon Plummer or Lisa Eytel.

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Developing an Online Teaching Portfolio

Week 3: Wed, Jan. 25
1:00-3:00pm, 72 PLCA teaching portfolio presents evidence of your teaching activities and accomplishments and links them to your overarching teaching philosophy. It is an opportunity to document, share, and reflect on your teaching and to prepare materials that may be useful for job applications, promotion and tenure review, and TEP’s Graduate Teaching Initiative. This workshop will provide an overview of how to develop and maintain an online teaching portfolio using the UO Blogs platform.

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Finding Optimal Discomfort for Maximal Learning: Teaching about Race and Other Difficult TopicsWeek 3: Thur, Jan. 26
3:00-4:30pm
EMU Lease Crutcher Lewis Room (Room 23)
Register here

Inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ visit to UO in February and the adoption of his Between the World and Me as the UO Common Reading, this panel will address teaching about race and other topics related to identity and power that some students and faculty find challenging. This interactive session will include short presentations from panelists and plenty of time for your questions.  Speakers include: Kathryn Oleson, Reed College, professor of psychology and former director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; Celena Simpson, PathwayOregon advisor, PhD student in philosophy; and Jessica Vasquez Tokos, UO associate professor of sociology.

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