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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: http://library.uoregon.edu/.

For Week 2, read: Chapter 1: Retrieving
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!


Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching Webinars

Working with Underprepared Students (Featuring Karin Gosselink)

In this kickoff to the 2018 Scientific Teaching in Practice webinar series, Karin Gosselink, Director of the Academic Strategies Program and Associate Director of Writing & Tutoring at the Yale University Center for Teaching and Learning, will present strategies and facilitate discussion on working with underprepared students in first year courses and increasing student success in more advanced courses. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences, resources and ideas for working with underprepared students. Please join us for this interactive and engaging discussion. The webinar is Friday, January 26, 2018 3:00-4-:00 pm Eastern Time (12:00-1:00 pm Pacific Time). Zoom link to join: https://yale.zoom.us/j/39964693


The 2018 Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop 

AAAS, APLU, AAU, and AIP are hosting a workshop for graduate and undergraduate students on science policy and advocacy. The CASE Workshop program is open to universities that would like to provide an opportunity for their students to come to Washington, DC to learn about science policy. Sponsoring institutions may send up to four students and are responsible for a $175 registration fee per student, as well as all associated travel and lodging costs. The workshop is March 18 – 21, 2018, in the AAAS Headquarters, Washington, DC. The deadline to enroll is January 19, 2018. Register here.


Summer Quantitative Methods Series at Portland State University

Data Visualization with R

This course provides the basics to generate graphics with the R system of data analysis. Two visualization systems are explored. One system is the instructor’s lessR system, which requires minimal investment to obtain a wide range of presentation ready visualizations accompanied by the corresponding statistical analyses, what most analysts want most of the time. The other system is ggplot2, which has become the standard R visualization system, essentially an extensible tool-kit that can produce both standard and customized visualizations. The seminar will apply both systems to generate visualizations for univariate distributions of categorical variables and for continuous variables, for the joint distribution of two variables for combinations of categorical and continuous variables such as scatterplots, and for distributions of continuous variables over time. The ggplot2 system will also be used to generate some geographic maps. All code presented in the seminar will be available to participants in the form or R markdown files for straightforward reproduction of all the presented visualizations. The course begins June 18, 2018. More details can be found here.

UO and Local Events and Announcements
Association for Women in Mathematics Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Carla Cederbaum

Mathematical General Relativity: some questions involving elliptic PDEs. 

After a brief introduction into General Relativity, in particular introducing the Einstein equations, we will concentrate on so-called initial data sets. These are special Riemannian manifolds arising as “hypersurfaces of constant time” in relativistic spacetimes and solving a system of geometric elliptic PDEs. We will discuss a selection of questions one can ask about initial data sets such as “How do you define their mass and center of mass?” The talk is  Wednesday January 17 at 3:00pm in Deady 208.


The Eugene Natural History Society presents a free program: Mountain Goats Return to Lawetlat’la (Mt. St Helens)

The eruption in May 1980 killed many wild animals that were native to the area. The dwindling herd of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) was apparently wiped out. Nature abhors a vacuum, though, and in the intervening decades a surprising thing has happened, and is continuing: mountain goats are repopulating their ancestral range, with no human intervention. Reynolds will be telling us about this remarkable occurrence. He’ll talk about their population trends, how the eruption actually improved the ecosystem from the goats’ perspective, and how their return is bringing about the rebirth of an ancient endeavor. The program is Friday,  January 19,  2018, 7:30 p.m., Room 100 Willamette Hall. For more information, click here.


Williams & Distinguished Teaching Awards

Williams Fellow nominations are now open. The nomination process involves submitting responses to an online survey, and emailing two additional letters of support and the nominee’s CV to academicaffairs@uoregon.edu. The council seeks recipients who are excellent teachers and 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.The fellows program enhances our campus’s awareness of the importance of balancing effective teaching and significant research. A $5,000 award to the recipient acknowledges their outstanding contribution to undergraduate learning at the University of Oregon. In accordance with the goals of the Williams Council, a separate $5,000 award to the recipient’s department, supervised by the recipient, shall be used to affect tangibly the teaching and learning experience of undergraduates in the department. Click here to nominate a Fellow.


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Center
Are you considering co-teaching a course? Before you step into the classroom, read this advice from the UO’s own Claudia Holguín Mendoza (Romance Languages) and Julie Weise (History), which appeared in Inside Higher Education: Holguín Mendoza, C. and Weise, J. (2017, September 5). How to effectively co-teach with another academic.  Inside Higher Educationhttps://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/09/05/how-effectively-co-teach-another-academic-essay


Job and Graduate School Opportunities
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