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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:
Goeden, T. J., Kurtz, M. J., Quitadamo, I. J., & Thomas, C. (2015). Community-based inquiry in allied health biochemistry promotes equity by improving critical thinking for women and showing promise for increasing content gains for ethnic minority students. Journal of Chemical Education92(5), 788-796. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed400893f

For Friday’s 1pm session, please read:

pages 176-184: Intro Section IV and chapter 11
For those who are interested, here is a TED talk from Randy Olson, mostly summarizing what we’ve covered this quarter. We will use this week to review and reflect on what we’ve learned so far, and watching this may be a good way to refresh. Please be aware that there is a swear word.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERB7ITvabA4
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 are in the process of being reviewed. Here’s the link to the undergraduate application and the CAS 409 Practicum information.

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Making the Invisible Visible: Diversity in the Future of Public History

In 1997, Miguel Juárez published the article The Invisible Careers for Latinos: Public History and Museum Studies for CultureWork. Twenty years later, Juarez finds that progress still needs to be made. Preservation of cultural history requires cultural competency from programmers, arts educators, archivists, librarians, museum curators, and historians that can be passed on to future generations. As culture workers, how do we create tools, repositories, and programs that recognize the historical and cultural representations of communities of color? Juárez will address these issues and offer solutions. Join us for a reception before the event at 12:00pm. This event is free and open to the public!  The talk will begin at 1:00pm on Friday, March 3, in Lawrence 249.

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2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

The Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching 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.

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

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CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is seeking PhD scientists and engineers for a year of public service and government leadership training in Sacramento.  As CCST Science Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff in the State Senate or State Assembly, they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the state of California — a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.  Applications are due on February 28 for the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found at fellows.ccst.us/apply.php.

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CWOSE Judges Needed

Judges are needed for the Central Western Oregon Science Expo (CWOSE), scheduled for Saturday, March 11th 2017, on the UO campus.  This is one of the Intel-sponsored fairs that feed into the state and international fairs, and it attracts 150-200 of the best science students and their teachers from the Willamette Valley.  The science projects are from both middle school and high school students and CWOSE winners will go on to compete in the state science fair in Portland and some will receive substantial scholarships to UO or OSU. Judging (including training for new judges and selection of award recipients) takes place between 7:30 AM and 3 PM on March 11.  Projects are organized by subject within two groups:  middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). For more information about judging and the fair itself, please visit the website.

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Spring 2017 Scholars
Making the Invisible Visible: Diversity in the Future of Public History
2017 Northwest Regional Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship
CWOSE Judges Needed
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Faculty of Color and Allies Happy Hour

On Thursday, March 9, from 4-5pm at the EMU Falling Sky Brewery, join your colleagues for a time to network and to learn more about upcoming faculty events hosted by the DEI and CSWS. Bring business cards to share with your colleagues.  Snacks and soft-drinks will be provided.  RSVP using this link by 5:00 PM Friday, March 3, 2017.

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UO Science Policy Initiative MeetingOur meeting this Tuesday will be a special one, in which we have a specific discussion on “Science in the Trump Administration.” We will break down the who’s who of Trump’s advisers and cabinet picks to understand the biggest challenges science faces in the coming years. In addition, there will be a debrief about last weekend’s American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, which focused heavily on science policy, to expand our perspectives on how scientists are preparing to face these challenges. If you feel passionately about the way science is used in policymaking, or about any science policy issues, please come and join our discussion. The meeting will be held on Tuesday at 4pm in Willamette 350.

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Teaching for the First Time as the Sole InstructorWeek 8: Thur, Mar. 2
1:00-5:00pm, 72 PLC

As you prepare to be fully at the helm of your own course, we’ll discuss how to articulate and achieve your class goals, design and sequence assignments, facilitate discussion, build classroom community, and respond to student work. We’ll consider developing and remaining in tune with a teaching philosophy, melding your research and teaching identities, and gaining satisfaction from your teaching.

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‘Transparent’ Assignment Design: A Luncheon and Feedback SessionWeek 8: Fri, Mar 3
12:00-2:00pm, Knight Library Proctor 41

Making minor revisions to class assignments that clarify their purpose, process of completion, and criteria for evaluation “demonstrably enhances students’ success, especially that of first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented college students” (Winkelmes et al. 2016)

Join us as we share research on transparent assignment design, a catered lunch, and fun chance to workshop one of your assignments with colleagues across the disciplines. The assignment template we’ll discuss is simple to integrate into any class and shown to make a positive difference for students. This session will be held at the monthly meeting time of the Working Group on Active Teaching and Learning, a cohort of about 45 UO faculty who have revised courses together and continue to experiment with their teaching in conversation with one another. If you’ve ever thought of applying for the group, this would be a great introduction!

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