OUR MISSION IS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF EXCELLENT SCIENCE TEACHERS.
Journal ClubWe hope you’ve had a wonderful summer, and welcome back to campus! Fall term journal club will be held on Thursdays at 9 am in 217 LISB.  The theme for fall will be exploring science teaching practices that are inclusive, engaged, and research-led. We invite anyone across all ranks and disciplines to join the whole series or stop by for a specific conversation. For Week 3, please read Cooper, K. M., Haney, B., Krieg, A., & Brownell, S. E. (2017). What’s in a Name? The Importance of Students Perceiving That an Instructor Knows Their Names in a High-Enrollment Biology Classroom. CBE-Life Sciences Education16(1), ar8.  http://www.lifescied.org/content/16/1/ar8.abstract

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OMSI Science Communication SeminarOMSI is excited to announce an upcoming Science Communication Seminar.  These half-day or full day workshops are designed as professional development opportunities for STEM-based professionals and will highlight various aspects of communicating science in each seminar.  They are a great opportunity to build your science communication skills while networking with other scientists, engineers, and professionals in the field. Our next two seminars, Developing Your Message and Data Visualization & Presentation will take place Saturday, November 18th. You may sign up for either seminar individually, or take both for a full-day experience.  Tuition is $125 for each seminar, or $200 for the full day.  Lunch will be provided for all full-day participants. For more information and to fill out the registration for, click here.

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“Reacting to the Past” Conference at George Fox UniversityReacting to the Past is a system of role-immersion games designed for undergraduate college classrooms in a range of fields including history, classics, philosophy, the natural sciences, and first-year seminars, to name several. Reacting scenarios are elaborate role-playing games in which students take on historical characters, engage deeply in historical texts and ideas, and debate issues as those characters would in game sessions lasting a few weeks. For a quick introduction, watch this video.

At the Portland Center location, George Fox University, in coordination with the Reacting Consortium, is hosting a hands-on conference where faculty participants will learn the Reacting pedagogy through actual game play. Elly Vandegrift will be leading the game  The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the “New Cosmology,” and the Catholic Church, 1616-33.  Some travel and registration funds are available for UO scientists who would like to participate.  Contact Elly for more information. The conference will be held on October 28-29.  To register, please visit the website.

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Higher Education Innovation Summit 2018Proposals are now being accepted for the Higher Education Innovation Summit being held at the University of Minnesota Rochester June 6-8, 2018. The summit is designed to connect creative researchers and educators seeking to transform higher education through innovations that enhance student learning. Proposals will be accepted in four session types: Learning Innovation Scholarship, Speed Scholarship, Innovation Inspiration, and Campus Innovation Cases.  Applications are due January 1. For more information about the Higher Education Innovation Summit, please visit their website.

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4th Gender & STEM Network ConferenceThis conference aims to present empirical research and instructional practice, exploring how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) educators, practitioners, and students form STEM identities, how those identities are formed or constrained by existing structures, and the ways that instruction and educational policy can broaden conceptions of who can and could do STEM research and practice. Complementary perspectives will address how such pathways can be facilitated at various points along students’ and young adults’ educational and occupational development. The conference runs from July 31-August 2, 2018. For more information, visit our website.

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CURE Launch PartyPlease join us to celebrate the launch of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE)! CURE’s mission is to support UO’s undergraduate culture of inquiry and deep engagement, with a focus on faculty-mentored projects—whether laboratory research in the sciences, scholarship in the humanities, or creative works in art, design, innovation, or performance. In addition, CURE will foster the inclusion of research in the curriculum and work to showcase undergraduate research across campus, the Eugene/Springfield community, and the state.

The event will kick off at 4 pm on Tuesday, October 17 in GSH 123 (The Great Room) with brief remarks from President Schill and Provost Banavar, followed by comments by CURE Director Josh Snodgrass, CURE Advisory Board Member and Physics Professor Stephanie Majewski, doctoral student and Students of Color Opportunities for Research Enrichment (SCORE) Director Alex de Verteuil, and undergraduate and Associated Students for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (ASURE) Director Allison Dona.

For more information on the CURE program and launch party details, visit our website.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

In This Issue:Journal Club
OMSI Science Communication Seminar
“Reacting to the Past” Conference at George Fox University
Higher Education Innovation Summit 2018
4th Gender & Stem Network Conference
CURE Launch Party
Job Opportunities
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 3 Spotlight:How do your students actually study? What can you do to help them move away from ineffective strategies like cramming and rereading and start using research-proven tactics instead? To get some ideas, have a look at this paper by Matt Hora and Amanda Oleson.Hora, M.T. & Oleson, A.K. (2017). Examining study habits in undergraduate STEM courses from a situative perspective. International Journal of STEM Education, 4 (1), 1-19.  https://stemeducationjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40594-017-0055-6Back to top


Upcoming UO and Local Events:
“Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History” with Walidah ImarishaWalidah Imarisha describes herself as an historian at heart, reporter by right, and rebel by reason. Winner of a 2017 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction for Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption, she also has edited two anthologies, authored a poetry collection, and is currently working on an Oregon Black history book, forthcoming from AK Press. The lecture will be held October 12 from 3:30- 5:00pm. For more information, please visit the website.

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Common Reading EventsLouise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) has long been hailed as one of the most important writers in contemporary Native fiction, and The Round House is perhaps her most brilliantly realized narrative. Told from the perspective of a young adult narrator, the book deals directly with questions of tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, sexual violence, social justice and individual accountability. Please check out these related events:

  • Oct. 10, 10:00-3:00: University of Oregon’s Annual Indigenous Solidarity Day
  • Oct. 13, 5:30pm MNCH research

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STEM Core MeetingSTEM CORE’s mission is to produce a broader and deeper pool of STEM talent in Oregon and nationally through the development of efficient and effective models for student learning and engagement, and by forging new collaborations between education faculty, K-12 educator, science researcher, mathematician, STEM industry and government partnerships. Mark you calendar for Wednesday, October 25th 12:00 – 1:30 PM for our next STEM CORE meeting. Details will be provided for locations and list of presenters. Please email Bryan Rebar at brebar@uoregon.edu if you have any announcements to share or presenters to nominate. For more information on the STEM program, visit our website.

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Registration for 2017 International Learning Assistant ConferenceThe Learning Assistant (LA) model is a highly-supported peer teaching experience that has been shown to improve students’ learning and attitudes towards science in undergraduate courses. It is also an effective tool for recruiting talented science and math students into teaching careers. The conference includes workshop sessions who want to expand and sustain their current programs It’s a great place to network with other faculty and staff across disciplines and types of institutions. The conference will be held in Boulder, Colorado, on November 4-6, 2017. For more information, please visit our website.

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Empower UOEmpower UO is a student lead group for students affected by sexual assault. EUO focuses on the path of sexual assault recovery through self-care, open discussions, and group activities. The group meets every Tuesday from 4:00-6:00pm in the Ramey Room of Carson Hall. Snacks and tea are provided.

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Volunteers Needed for Annual Undergraduate Career and Research ForumThe UO Women in Graduate Science is committed to nurturing a love of science in women of all ages. We achieve this goal by providing a network of support for members and non members at the graduate level and through a variety of outreach activities geared toward women in the community. We are looking for volunteers to help with the 5th Annual Undergraduate Career and Research Forum. The forum will be on October 18 from 4-6 in the EMU, and we will need help both before the event and the day of. To fill out a volunteer form, and for more information on the program, please visit our website.

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