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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:
Cooper, KM and SE Brownell.  (2016) Coming Out in Class: Challenges and Benefits of Active Learning in a Biology Classroom for LGBTQIA Students.  CBE Life Sci Educ 15:ar37 1-19. http://www.lifescied.org/content/15/3/ar37.full.pdf+html

For Friday’s 1pm session, please read:

pages 95-125 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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Spring 2017 Scholars

We are now recruiting undergraduate SLP scholars. Applications will be reviewed on Friday, February 10. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application and the CAS 409 Practicum information.

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UO Science Policy Initiative Event

The UO Science Policy Initiative is a student-led group that aims to enable students to become actively engaged in the discourse and advocacy of issues relating to scientific policies, laws, and funding. This term we are working to expand our discussions into local advocacy, and we would love interested students to join us. We meet every Tuesday at 4pm in Willamette 350, and this week’s meeting will have a special theme, “How to Talk to a Politician,” in which we will discuss how to foster effective communication of science to public policymakers.  After the discussion, we will plan activities and actions our group can take to connect with local legislators.  Light snacks will be provided.

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UOWGS Presents: Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi

Dr. Bertozzi is a Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and editor-in-chief of ACS Central Science. She is part of the Chemistry, Engineering, & Medicine for Human Health Center (ChEM-H), where the goal is to bring together chemists, engineers, biologists, and clinicians to understand life at a chemical level and apply that knowledge to improving human health. Join Dr. Bertozzi and WGS for a group discussion of the challenges facing women and LGBTQ individuals in science. Please come with your questions!  This event will be held on Thursday, February 9th, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the EMU Cedar and Spruce Rooms. Lunch will be provided.

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Center for the Study of Women in Society & Science Literacy Program Open House

The Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and Science Literacy Program will host a late afternoon “happy hour” open house 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.  Please RSVP to csws@uoregon.edu by Wednesday, February 15th so we can make sure to have plenty of bites and beverages on hand.

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Eugene Youth Math Festival

We invite all young students who like math and share a passion for games, problem solving, and hands-on math activities, to come to our first math festival. This year we are able to offer free admission without prior registration.  Feel free to come and explore, and please note, parents are required to accompany our youngest participants (grades 1 – 3). All other parents are encouraged to stay.  This event is geared towards kids ages 5-14, and it will be held on February 18th from 10 am – 1 pm.  The event will be in the Crater Lakes Room in the EMU at the University of Oregon.  For more information, please visit the website. 

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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/ Please direct questions to ellyvan@uoregon.edu.

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Comedy for Climate Change Video Competition

Humor is a tool under-utilized in the area of climate change; yet comedy has the power to effectively connect people, information, ideas, and new ways of thinking/acting. In this call, we seek to harness the powers of climate comedy through compelling, resonant and meaningful videos – up to 3 minutes in length – to meet people where they are, and open them up to new and creative engagement.  We are especially interested in pieces that deal with issues related to the American West. The winning entry will receive a cash prize, and be shown during the upcoming ‘Stand Up for Climate: An Experiment with Creative Climate Comedy’ night on March 17 on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, Colorado.  For more information, please visit the website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Spring 2017 Scholars
UO Science Policy Initiative Event
UO WGS Presents: Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi
Center for the Study of Women in Society & Science Literacy Program Open House
Eugene Youth Math Festival
2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
Comedy for Climate Change Video Competition
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Girls’ Science Adventure Days Volunteers Needed

UO Women in Graduate Sciences (WGS) are looking for volunteers to help with Girls’ Science Adventure Days on February 18th and/or March 4th. These are Saturday events and the time commitment would be from 8:30 am – 12 pm.  The February 18th event will be about DNA (no experience necessary). The March 4th event will be about Optics (no experience necessary). There will be a informational meeting about the topic will be held the Friday prior to each event. Girls Science Adventure Days is a series of events that WGS runs in conjunction with the Science Factory where girls grades 4-6 learn about different science topics each Saturday from Feb 11 – March 18. If you would like to volunteer for one or both of the days, please fill out the google form. https://goo.gl/forms/n6e3pPHyJuVOQEoD2  If you have any additional questions please contact Lisa Eytel (leytel@uoregon.edu) or Loni Kringle (kringle@uoregon.edu).

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Science Fair Workshop Volunteers Needed

Do you love science? Working with K-8 kids? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you should volunteer to be an instructor with the UO Science and Invention Fair! There is still time to guide a classroom of kids who are new to science fairs through the process of developing and testing their own research questions. The SPICE program will provide all the materials and training necessary! We make it super easy to step into science teaching and have a blast while doing it. You can find out more and sign up to be a volunteer using these links:http://spicescience.uoregon.edu/node/438

http://spicescience.uoregon.edu/science-fair-training

For more information, contact Brandy Todd at spicescience@uoregon.edu

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Online Course Design: Where Do I Begin?

Week 5: Wed, Feb. 8
1:00-2:30pm, 72 PLC

What does it mean to teach online? Are you planning to teach a fully online course, or redesign a current course to include online units? In this session you will be introduced to various methods for articulating and achieving your class goals in an online environment. We will explore actual online course designs, and you will be able to hear from current faculty teaching online about their experiences. This will be the first of an ongoing series of TEP sessions focused on online course design. You’re welcome to join us if you’re exploring the option of online teaching and want to find out more.

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CoDaC Winter Quarter Luncheon on Teaching Evaluations

Week 5: Thurs, Feb. 9
11:30am-1:00pm, EMU 145: Crater Lake South
Register here

Student, peer and self-evaluations are influential components in gauging faculty teaching effectiveness. In this workshop, participants will consider the role of each teaching evaluation component in faculty reviews, discuss potential sources of bias in teaching evaluations, and learn how to assess contributions to equity and inclusion in faculty teaching.  This workshop is led by the Center on Diversity and Community and co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, the Teaching Engagement Program, and the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence. For questions, contact Rafael Lopez at lopezr@uoregon.edu.

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