Promoting Student Success through Evidence-Based Science Education
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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:

For Week 5, please read: Part II Understanding & Chapter 4: Connecting (pages 85-111)
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.

UO and Local Events and Announcements
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
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
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

“Aligning Practice to Policy: Teaching Excellence at AAU Institutions” recording now available

Emily Miller, associate vice president for policy at the Association of American Universities, was on campus Jan. 10–11 2018 to meet with stakeholders about the AAU’s commitment to teaching excellence. Her public presentation titled “Aligning Practice to Policy: Teaching Excellence at AAU Institutions.” was Jan. 10 from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Erb Memorial Union’s Redwood Auditorium and is now available on the UO channel. Dr. Miller’s talk included the AAU’s findings of key institutional elements that support teaching excellence, the responsibility of AAU institutions 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. To watch the presentation, visit our website.

Quack Chats

Rethinking Human Waste: Creating Resources in Haiti and Beyond
Wednesday, February 7 at 
Sprout! Regional Food Hub 418 A Street, Springfield

Let’s talk about poop—the way it’s captured, transported, and treated—and explore some new avenues for improving environmental and water quality and recovering valuable resources. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History presents Ideas on Tap the first Wednesday of the month at Sprout! Regional Food Hub. Enjoy Claim 52 craft beers and thought-provoking discussions about science, culture, and more. Cosponsored by Claim 52 AbbeyLa Granada Latin KitchenPig & Turnip, and 100 Mile Bakery. For more information, visit out website.

University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences- Creatively Communicate Your Science

Join us for a night of science communication through art! We will provide supplies to convey your
research in a more creative outlet! In collaboration with the University Innovation Fellows, UO WGS is holding a winter workshop on February 15th. This workshop will focus on communicating science through art. Supplies will be provided for you to convey your research through a more creative outlet. The workshop will be held from 5 – 7 PM in the Visualization Lab in the Allen Price Science Library. For more information, visit our website.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Center
There are many different approaches to studying, from highlighting the textbook to taking practice tests. But which ones should you encourage your students to use?  And which ones could you build into your course design?  Check out this widely-cited meta-analysis to find out: Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K. A., Marsh, E. J., Nathan, M. J., & Willingham, D. T. (2013). Improving students’ learning with effective learning techniques: Promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest14(1), 4-58.

Job and Graduate School Opportunities
541.346.8982                                                                                             UO Science Literacy Program                                                                                             1210 University of Oregon
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