Promoting Student Success through Evidence-Based Science Education
In This Edition

SLP Opportunities and Journal Club
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 at a time: http://library.uoregon.edu/.

For Week 4, read Chapter 3: Interleaving
Thursdays 9am, LISB 217

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


Lab Lit Book ClubJoin us at our next meeting, 7 PM Wednesday 2/28 in Room B042 of the Science Library, where we will discuss The Periodic Table by Primo Levi. The Periodic Table is a memoir of an Italian chemist and Auschwitz survivor, and was once voted “the best science book ever written” by a panel at London’s Royal Institution.

The format of the club is simple: just read the book and come prepared to discuss it. Our meetings are open to everyone, so feel free to invite friends and family, as well as colleagues in other departments.  For more information, please contact Rachel Rodman or Phil Lotshaw.


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


Applications Due: Growing up STEM: North Dakota State University

We are excited to announce the 6th year of our summer REU in discipline-based education at North Dakota State University. Our program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level. Students work in a cohort of undergraduate scholars over a 10-week period during the summer and are immersed in hands-on research experiences in discipline-based education research. Students are housed on-campus and earn a $5000 stipend. Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference with travel support from our REU. Additional travel funding is available for travel to and from Fargo for those in financial need.

Our program begins May 29, 2018 and runs through August 3, 2018. Applications due February 2, 2018. For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit our website.


ASCN Webinar on Effective Partnerships to Advance Change in STEM Higher Education

Using a partnership development model, this session will help participants identify challenges to partnership development and strategies to address them. Lessons learned will be shared from experiences connecting with colleagues across campus and suggestions offered on how to utilize a wide-range of team expertise in campus partnerships/teams. Participants interactively will explore practical steps that can help overcome challenges working in interdisciplinary teams. This session also will offer a look at research findings and insights from two multi-institutional collaborations, the CIRTL, a network of 41 universities focused on preparing future faculty, and CIRTL’s NSF INCLUDES launch pilot. Participants will learn what are the key activities and characteristics of individuals who can successfully span the boundary between their organization and a larger partnership collective in service to local and national reform goals. The webinar is on February 21, 12:30 ET.  Register here.


Applications Now Open for ComSciCon 2018

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2018, the 6th annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Boston, MA on June 14-16th 2018. Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1 2018.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants. Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as Creative Storytelling, Science Journalism, Diversity/Inclusivity, and a Case Study on Scicomm in Medicine), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.  You can follow the link below to submit an application or learn more about our workshop programs and participants. You can also follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram and use #comscicon18! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at comscicon18@comscicon.org .


Call for Proposals: NABT2018 in San Diego

The NABT Professional Development Committee is looking for sessions that cover a full range of topics relevant to biology and life science education. In addition to content-specific sessions, presentations highlighting instructional strategies and science practices are encouraged. Formats in this call for proposals include 30 and 75-minute options in a variety of formats. All sessions will be reviewed and acceptance notifications will be emailed to primary presenters by May 1, 2018. Submit your session proposal online at NABT2018 Session ProposalsNABT will accept sessions until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, March 15, 2018 (that’s 10:59 PM Central, 9:59 PMMountain, and 8:59 PM Pacific). Please send questions to conference@nabt.org or call (888) 501-NABT.


Summer Workshop 2018: Wicked Problems

BioQUEST has been offering the summer workshop experience for over 30 years.  The experience is simultaneously invigorating and exhausting and creates a strong, supportive community of innovative educators. We invite you to participate in this transformative experience and get new and exciting ideas about teaching! The conference is June 18 – 23, 2018 in Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA. Visit our website for more information.


HHMI BioInteractive Faculty Mentoring Network

HHMI BioInteractive and QUBES are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from June 2017-January 2018 for faculty interested in improving student quantitative skills in biology. Faculty participants focus on providing students with a more comprehensive quantitative skillset by implementing selected HHMI BioInteractive materials in their introductory biology courses and will draft a supplementary activity. For more information on the selected modules, visit our website.


UO and Local Events and Announcements
UO African American Workshop and Lecture Series

The Science of a Diverse Community- Professor Claude Steele
Friday February 2
Lunch served at 12:00; Lecture at 12:15 Law School Room 175

Steele will speak on “The Science of Diverse Community.” He will take on the challenges that students face and encourage us to create a diverse community where students feel comfortable, where they are able to take advantage of opportunities without concern for their identity and without their identity being a burden of their experience as students. Steele will also address his groundbreaking social psychology research on stereotype threats. He will focus on defining the challenges, and offer general but practical principles of solutions, as well as specific tactics that people can use both as individuals and through institutions to make our diverse communities work. “I’ll be making the argument that we know a lot in science that can be of use to us…It’s uplifting, actually. There are real, concrete ways to address the challenge, many may have not have heard of before.” Steele will also speak and do workshops with small groups across campus during his visit.
Building Diverse Community in the Classroom: Professor Claude Steele
Friday, Feb, 2
2:30-4:00pm, Price Science Commons Visualization Lab, Room B006
Register here.

During this open-format workshop and classroom strategy session, Professor Steele will help us think about how his research can inform teaching choices. How can we develop more inclusive classes across the curriculum? What new pressures does he see impacting the classroom during a time of national political division and turbulence, and how can we prepare students to engage each other both openly and respectfully? How can courses that meet UO’s multicultural requirement play a role for developing the skill set of the campus community?


You’re Invited To Noah Finkelstein’s Guest Lectures

On Monday, February 5th  Noah Finkelstein of University of Colorado, Boulder will be visiting U of O, sponsored by SLP and Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs.  At CU-Boulder Dr. Finkelstein serves as Director of the Center for STEM Learning and Professor in the Department of Physics with focus on physics education research.

Please RSVP for any of the following discussions that interest you:

10:00- 10:50 am
CU’s Center for STEM Learning Programs https://www.colorado.edu/csl/
What programs are found under this umbrella, and what can we learn about this model that is applicable to UO?
147 Willamette 

3:00 – 3:45 pm
CU’s Teaching Quality Framework Initiative https://www.colorado.edu/teaching-quality-framework/
How is CU looking at the Evaluation of Teaching, and what can we learn from this model to inform our Senate Task Force currently working on this topic.
Price Science Commons – Viz Lab

4:00 – 4:50 pm
Colloquium: Physics Educational Transformation at a Critical Time: the promises of disciplinary engagement:
Significant, perhaps unprecedented, attention is being paid to the needs for transformation of STEM education at the undergraduate level.  This talk examines how higher education STEM disciplines, and physics departments in particular, are positioned to contribute to these discussions. Topics will include:

  •  Growth of the physics education research (PER) program at CU-Boulder
  •  Understanding of student reasoning to study and transform our introductory through upper division courses
  • How our environments do and do not support women in physics,
  •  Examination of the data regarding teaching physics through a massively open online course (MOOC).

125 McKenzie


A Lens on Contemporary Indigenous Art and Culture, with Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath-Modoc)

Join us in welcoming artist Ka’ila Farrell-Smith shares her art practice and teaching philosophy. Ka’ila is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. She works as a professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University and is Co-director for Signal Fire artist residency program. The talk is Jan 31, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Visit our websitefor more information.


Quack ChatsChasing Big Ice: Icebergs, Ice Melt, and the Global Climate 

Skyscraper-sized icebergs break off Greenland’s glaciers, falling into fjords then making their way out to the North Atlantic Ocean. Some of these icebergs make it down the coast of Canada and into shipping lanes—a phenomenon made famous by the Titanic disaster—but a majority of the ice melts close to Greenland. Join University of Oregon oceanographer Dave Sutherland for a discussion of why the location and timing of iceberg melt matters—not just to locals and ship captains, but to the entire globe. Included with regular admission; free for members and UO ID card holders. The talk is  Thursday, February 1 at 3:00pm at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.


Teaching Award Nomination Deadlines Approaching

Williams Fellows – The council seeks nominations for excellent teachers who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to undergraduate education by challenging their students academically, creating an engaged and inclusive learning environment, striving to improve the learning process, and fostering interdepartmental collaboration. Nominations due February 1.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards – The university’s highest teaching honors, this suite of six awards recognizes early-career and senior faculty members who demonstrate excellence in the classroom. Special awards are given for exceptional online instruction and pedagogical innovation. Nominations due February 9.


Eugene Public Library Native Studies Programming throughout February in Support of the “Big Read” Initiative! Feb 1 – Feb 28

In February 2018, Eugene Public Library hosts the NEA Big Read celebration of Joy Harjo’s How We Became Human: New and Selected PoemsHow We Became Human is filled with the power of nature, spirituality, memory, violence, and the splintered history of America’s indigenous peoples, and infused with the rhythms, sounds, and stories of the poet’s Creek heritage. Harjo has been honored with the Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets and the William Carlos Williams Award by the Poetry Society of America. Her memoir, Crazy Brave, won the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award.

Find more information online about the book and the author, plus discussion questions (also available combined as a printable PDF booklet). Enjoy additional written and musical works by Harjo available at the library.


Working Group on Classroom Dialogue: Applications Open for Faculty-Grad Student Pairs 

As part of the University’s upcoming Freedom of Expression series, the Teaching Engagement Program in partnership with the Graduate School and UO’s award-winning interactive theater troupe Rehearsals for Life will form a small teaching development cohort dedicated to classroom dialogue, seeking synthesis between openness and rigor, inclusion and respectfulness. To incentivize participation and signal the importance of this working group, each participant of will receive $300 (professional development funds for faculty and stipends for students). Applications due Friday, February 2. Brief online application form is here.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Center
Do you touch on social justice issues in your class? For some general tips on how to help students engage fruitfully in such topics, plus links to useful resources, check out: Gonzalez, Jennifer. (2016, February 14). A collection of resources for teaching social justice. Cult of Pedagogyhttps://www.cultofpedagogy.com/social-justice-resources/.


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