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SLP Opportunities and Journal Club
AAU STEM Initiative Emily Miller, associate vice president for policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), will be at the university January 10-11 to discuss the AAU’s commitment to teaching excellence. Dr. Miller will hold a public presentation on January 10 from 8:30 – 9:50 a.m. in the EMU’s Redwood Auditorium, titled Aligning Practice to Policy: Teaching Excellence at AAU Institutions. The talk is open to the public and pre-registration is not required.

Discussion topics will include the AAU’s findings about key institutional elements that support teaching excellence, the responsibility of AAU universities to use evidence-based teaching methods to promote student success, and how misalignment of practice and policy can get in the way of that success.

Journal Club

Winter term we will read Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning.

Lang, J. M. (2016). Small teaching: Everyday lessons from the science of learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

You can purchase a copy of the book or an electronic copy is available free to download from the UO Library for 21 days http://library.uoregon.edu/.

For Week 1, read Introduction: Small Teaching & Part 1: Knowledge (pages 1-18).

Thursdays 9am, LISB 217

We look forward to having you join us for the conversation,
Elly, Julie, & Austin

Lab Lit Book Club

For Winter Term the Lab Lit Book Club will read The Periodic Table by Primo Levi, a memoir by an Italian Chemist and Auschwitz survivor.

Conferences and Events
See a conference you might like to attend? Contact the Science Literacy Program to see if travel funds may be available!

OMSI Youth Engineering Careers

Do you work with youth? Are you interested in learning hands-on engineering activities to incorporate into your programs? Discover how to cultivate communities of engineering thinkers in a FREE two-day seminar for educators! Experience engaging activities designed to showcase real careers in engineering and leave with materials you can begin to use right away! This multifaceted workshop illuminates the social, relevant, and altruistic nature of engineering by introducing a variety of engineering activities with a strong focus on equity. Other topics include: community partnerships, gender equity, family and adult engagement, working with role models, strategies for facilitation, evaluation resources, and much more! Breakfast and lunch provided both days.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by January 4th by filling out the interest form here.

ASCN Webinar: Faculty Adoption of STEM Education Reforms

Please join us Wednesday, January 17 at 12:30 ET, for a free webinar ” Faculty Adoption of STEM Education Reforms: From Constraint to Possibility” presented by Dr. Cassandra Volpe Horii. This webinar will explore key ideas from the literature on faculty work/life, identity, and adoption in an approachable way. Participants will interactively explore tools for identifying and resolving tensions, guiding faculty toward sustainable adoption of evidence-based teaching practices, and engaging or changing institutional structures to address these tensions. More information can be found on the ASCN webinar page, or you can go directly to register here.


Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist? Have you ever been frustrated at the way science is covered in the media and used in policy? Have you wondered just what they’re teaching about science these days? Join us at our annual conferenceMarch 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland and find out!  SCIENCE TALK ’18​​ will unite scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others for two exciting days of learning how to talk science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more. Come network with other like-minded individuals and learn new ways to tackle some of the impediments scientists face every day. Register here.

Applications for the 2018 Standford Research Conference Now Open

Stanford Undergraduate Research Association’s annual research conference that serves as a forum for undergraduates from all over the country to present their work, connect with other researchers, and hear from distinguished leaders in the research community. The fifth annual SRC will be held on April 13-15 2018. Applications for our conference are due January 28, 2018. More details can be found on our website.

Alan Alda Calls for Scientists to Enter The Flame Challenge

“What is a flame? What is time, color, sleep, sound or energy?” These questions were asked by students around 11 years old and answered by real scientists in past years of The Flame Challenge™. Written, graphic and video entries were then judged by some of the same students based on how well they understood and enjoyed the entries. Thousands of scientists have participated to practice their science communication skills in a fun and interesting way. Enter the contest for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to New York City* to meet acclaimed actor, writer and contest founder Alan Alda and to be honored at a special presentation during the World Science Festival in June 2018. Register here.

Active Learning Short Course 

Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other more recent developments are (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs), and (4) distance learning and in class labs using the self-contained, wireless IOLab (or other wireless data acquisition devices). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed. The course will be held on June 19-21, 2018. Click here for more information.

UO and Local Events and Announcements
Teaching and Engagement Events:

Strategies for Discussion Leaders:

Learn strategies for creating lively and fruitful conversations that help students build critical thinking skills, understand the fundamental questions of the course, and enjoy class time. We will identify the thinking and argumentation skills your students should be practicing, learn common questions and prompts that build these skills, review various discussion activities, and discuss strategies for addressing common problems that arise in class discussions. Join us : Wednesday, Jan 10 from 2:00-4:00 pm, PLC 72. Click here to register.

Teaching in Turbulent Times

Hosted by the Office of the Provost and Academic Affair, United Academics, Teaching Engagement Program, and the Center of Diversity and Community. In climate of heightened political tensions, increased complaints about faculty and student classroom behaviors, and real vulnerabilities for some members of our community, this session will address classroom management issues, setting and reinforcing expectations for how class will be conducted, and how a network of university officers from, for example, Student Life, AAEO, and the UO Police Department, can support teaching and learning. Join us Wednesday January 17 from 10:00-11:30 am in the Knight Library Browsing Room. For more information and to register, click here.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Center
Do your students need some help learning about effective study methods and how to implement them? Try referring them to this collection of five short videos by Sanford University cognitive psychology professor Stephen Chew: https://www.samford.edu/departments/academic-success-center/how-to-study

Job and Graduate School Opportunities
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