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

SLP Opportunities and Journal Club
Journal ClubWinter 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 8 please read: Part III Inspiration & Chapter 7: Motivation (pages 161-193)
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!

2018 Summer Institute on Scientific TeachingRegional Summer Institutes June 18-22: California – University of California, San Diego
July 9-13: Northwest – The Evergreen State College
July 16-20: Gulf Coast – Louisiana State University
July 22-26: Northeast – University of Connecticut

Mobile Summer Institutes 

September 10-14, 2018: University of Oregon, Oregon

Nominate a Colleague:

The 2018 Summer Institutes are just around the corner and we are asking alumni to nominate colleagues who would benefit from—and contribute to—participation in a Summer Institute! Last year 20% of Summer Institute attendees came from our nomination program.Nominees should be professors, instructors, or graduate students in STEM; they do not need to be from your own institution. If there are any individuals you’d like to recommend, please fill out their contact information by clicking the button below. Individuals who are nominated will receive an email message that provides information about the Summer Institutes and invites them to apply. If preferred, your nomination can remain anonymous. Please note that a nomination is not a prerequisite for applying. You can fill out the nomination form on our website.Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching Overview Webinar

We will host an informational session for those interested in attending one of our 2018 regional Summer Institutes. This webinar will include an overview of the program as well as a Q&A session with regional SI site leaders and facilitators. Applications for the Summer Institutes will go live at the conclusion of this webinar. Please join us as we kick off the 2018 Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching! The webinar is This Friday, March 2, 2018 3-4 PM Eastern Time (12-1 PM Pacific Time). Zoom Link to Join:

Limitless Learning: STEM ExperienceJoin us for Limitless Learning: A Cengage STEM Experience Event in the exciting St. Augustine area on March 23, 2018. Change is certain. And now more than ever, the pace of innovation is accelerating. This one-day event is designed to keep you in-the-know. Learn from industry experts and each other, engage in sessions and network with your colleagues and learn best practices from your STEM peers. For more information, visit our website.

Applications are Open for the 2018 Systemic Change InstituteThis July, the Accelerating Systematic Change in STEM Higher Education will be kicking off its second annual Systemic Change Institute (SCI). The Institute is designed to support campus change agents in using institutional change strategies to advance STEM change projects to greater scale and sustainability. Campus teams will bring existing projects, envisioned or started, that they need help bringing to scale or longer-term sustainability. Campus teams may be struggling with leadership turnover, lack of resources or infrastructure, team dynamics, shifting project goals and priorities, or other challenges. Institute participants will learn about the national context and drivers for change, theories and frameworks of change and the logistics of managing change projects to advance them to scale and sustainability. The Systemic Change Institute is a year-long commitment from ASCN to support teams, and a commitment by teams to work with mentors toward achieving project goals. Institute participants will be mentored throughout the year by STEM leaders, researchers, and change agents who have experience with reform projects. The workshop is July 18-20, 2018Applications are due March 31, 2018. For more information, visit our website.

BCCE 2018 Promoting Argumentation Symposium Call for abstractsThe call for abstracts is now open for 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. This symposium aims to provide educators who have researched, implemented, or attempted to implement the practice of argumentation into their laboratory classrooms a place to discuss their findings and experiences. Presentations can be researcher or practitioner based. We are especially interested in those that recognize the connection between research and practice or address the successes and failures of their implementation. Discussion panels will take place at the end of each session, time permitting. Abstract instructions and submissions is found here.

UO and Local Events and Announcements
Multicultural Requirement Feedback SessionsPlease join Undergraduate Studies for a sharing and feedback session about proposed revisions to UO’s multicultural requirement. The changes, first articulated by members of a faculty working group formed by Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Council, are meant to foreground the teaching of difference and power in active, student-centered classrooms.

Tues, Feb 27, noon-1pm
EMU Diamond Lake Room (119)
Session specially for members of departmental diversity committees

Thurs, Mar 1, 4-5pm
EMU Miller Room (107)
All faculty are warmly welcome!

Volunteer Judges Needed for the CWOSE Science ExpoThe Central Western Oregon Science Expo (CWOSE) needs volunteers to Judge Science Projects on Saturday, March 3rd. This is a great event where Middle and High School students present their original research projects. The CWOSE fair is the advanced partner fair to the UO k-5 fair. This is are separate from the UO Fair, but very worth your attention! This is “CWOSE” (Central Western Oregon Science Expo ), the regional Intel-sponsored fair for both middle school and high school students.   Undergraduates are welcome to judge middle school projects and a number of UO students enjoy doing this every year.   Graduate students may judge high school or middle school projects – your choice.  I know that your Saturdays are precious, but we need your help and past experience suggests you’ll have a good time. If you’d like to judge, please do 2 things: let Karen Sprague (CWOSE Director) know and register to judge through the fair website. You’ll need to plan on arriving at Gerlinger Annex by 8 AM and staying til ~3 PM.   We’ll give you breakfast and lunch. If you’re interested but would like more information about CWOSE judging, send an email message to Karen Sprague ( or give her a call (541-228-5323).

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Need some quick background and tips about how you can use cognitive psychology in your courses to help your students learn better? This collection of short videos by Samford University’s Prof. Stephen Chew should help:

Job and Graduate School Opportunities
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