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Journal Club

The theme for fall is 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 4, please read:

Koffman, B. G., Kreutz, K. J., & Trenbath, K. (2017). Integrating Scientific Argumentation to Improve Undergraduate Writing and Learning in a Global Environmental Change Course. Journal of Geoscience Education65(3), 231-239. http://nagt-jge.org/doi/full/10.5408/16-232.1

Fall term journal club will be held on Thursdays at 9 am in 217 LISB.

Hope to see you there,
Elly and Julie

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Active Learning Week 2017

Take the pledge and join the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Project Kaleidoscope for Active Learning Week 2017- next week Monday, October 23rd through October 27th. Active Learning Week is an opportunity to join in a collective effort to raise STEM faculty awareness of active learning strategies, expand institutional capacity for STEM diversity and inclusion, and improve the undergraduate experience of all students in STEM. Active Learning Week will offer a program of free webinars and hosted discussions. We hope that you will take the pledge again this year to renew your commitment to culturally responsive active learning. To take the pledge: website.

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CURE Launch Party

Please 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.


Online Chemistry Conference

Please join us for an online discussion of ideas to improve student success in first-year, analytical, physical, and all other quantitative chemistry courses. On Monday, October 23, the ACS DivChEd Committee on Computers in Chemistry Education (CCCE) will begin our fall series of online conferences with the theme of Improving Student Skills in the Mathematics of Chemistry. In eight papers (2 per week for 4 weeks), instructors will describe their strategies, successes, and challenges in seeking to address student difficulties with the math that is central to chemistry problem-solving. To view the papers and find registration information, visit our website.

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Learn to Blog About Science on Facebook Live

With public health, the planet and the future of humanity on the line, it’s more important than ever that the knowledge science creates be as widely shared as possible. That’s why actor and science communicator Alan Alda is teaming up with Scientific American to kick off a series of five free episodes on Facebook Live about how to write blogs and op-eds for magazines, newspapers and other media outlets.  Presented in partnership with The Kavli Foundation, this live-streamed series will include speakers like Ben Lillie, Co-founder and Director of Special Projects at The Story Collider; Claudia Dreifus, columnist for The New York Times, and professor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Matthew Nesbit, PhD, Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.

The next seminar, hosted by Ben Lillie, will be held on October 25 from 3:30-4:30. For more information of the series and to see a schedule of upcoming seminars, please visit our website.

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NOAA opens November 1

We are pleased to announce NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program will accept applications for our 2018 season starting in November. Applications and references are accepted through our online application system from November 1 – 30, 2017. The application closes at 5:00 pm ET on November 30. The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide pre-kindergarten through college-level teachers a hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving teachers unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to our nation.

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Publishing Your Teachable Tidbit on CourseSource

Please join us on Friday November, 3, from 3:00-4:00pm for a webinar with Jess Blum, managing editor of CourseSource, an open-access journal of peer-reviewed, evidence-based teaching resources for undergraduate biology education. Jess will provide participants with an introduction to CourseSource as well as an overview of the submission and publication process. Ample time for questions and answers will be provided. To join the webinar and to find more information on upcoming sessions, please visit our website.

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 International Learning Assistant Conference

The 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 ourwebsite.

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OMSI Science Communication Seminar

OMSI is excited to announce an upcoming half-day or full-day Science Communication 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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Catalyze Your Career

Western Oregon and Washington-area postdocs and graduate students, please join join us on November 8-9 for workshop to learn about careers open to Ph.D.s, network and plan for your future career. The workshop also will enable you to improve your communication and interview skills and your application materials. Download a flyer to hang at your institution. For more information and to register, please visit our website.

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Teaching Professor Conference 2018

Since 2003, college faculty have found the Teaching Professor Conference to be one of the best investments they’ve ever made in their professional development. Come to the 2018 Teaching Professor Conference, which is happening from June 1–3, 2018, in Atlanta, and you’ll see why. The three days you’ll spend at the conference will provide you with knowledge and insights you’ll return to again and again throughout your teaching career. You’ll gain invaluable perspectives on current instructional best practices, hear about the latest research on pedagogy, discover the ways that technology is transforming the classroom, and so much more. To register and secure our early-bird prices, visit our website.

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


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Active Learning Week 2017
Cure Launch Party
Online Chemistry Conference
Learn to Blog About Science On Facebook Live
NOAA Opens November 1
Publishing Your Tidbit on CourseSource
International Learning Assistant Conference
OMSI Science Communication Seminar
Catalyze Your Career
Teaching Professor Conference 2018
Job Opportunities
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 4 Spotlight:

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that there is a positive correlation between final grades and the number of times a student attends office hours. So why don’t more students come to office hours? And what can you do to make them come more often? For some ideas (and a graph showing the correlation that you might want to show your students) check out this paper by Mario Guerrero and Alisa Beth Rod.Guerrero, M., & Rod, A. B. (2013). Engaging in Office Hours: A Study of Student-Faculty Interaction and Academic Performance. Journal of Political Science Education9(4), 403-416. http://marioguerrero.info/205/Assignments/GuerreroRod.pdfBack to top


Upcoming UO and Local Events:
Common Reading Events

Louise 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:

  • October 20: MNCH Featuring Deana Dartt, 5:30pm

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Eugene Natural History Presents: Exploring Positive Forest Pathways: An Update from the Field

Oregon’s once magnificent and productive forests and related communities continue to be diminished by intertwined economic, cultural, and political factors. How and why did this happen and why does it continue? Peter Hayes will share lessons learned from hands-on experimentation to develop and test new models of forestry and forest economics that regenerate forests and sustain people. The program will be held on Friday October, 20, at 7:30pm in 100 Willamette Hall on the UO campus. For more information, please visit our website.

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Wayne Morse Center Opportunity for UO Sophomores and Juniors

UO sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply to for the Wayne Morse Scholars program, an opportunity for students from across disciplines to tackle big questions of democracy and governance, and to explore various forms of political engagement. The program aims to build a community of students committed to service and justice, and to cultivate future leaders to take on complex realities. The application deadline is Monday, October 23. To find more information and to fill out the application, visit our website.

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The Importance of Science Communication and Engagement

The UO Women in Graduate Sciences (WGS) is hosting Dr. Boyana Konforti as a guest speaker from Thursday October 26 to Friday October 27. Dr. Boyana Konforti got her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University School of Medicine, and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University and Columbia University. She’s been a scientific journal editor for 15 years, most notably as the launch editor of Cell Reports. The event will be held on October 26th, from 1:30 – 2:30pm in the Crater Lake Room in the EMU. For more information, please visit our website.

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Volunteers Needed for Annual Undergraduate Career and Research Forum

The UO Women in Graduate Science is 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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The Lab Lit Book Club

The Science Literacy Program is sponsoring a new book club, devoted to works of fiction that feature scientists as main characters, performing plausible science in a real-world setting. At our first meeting, Nov. 29 at 7 PM in LISB 217, we’ll discuss Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. We will discuss literary fiction, science communication, and the narrative challenge of pairing accurate science with a compelling story.  We aim to attract a diverse group. So please feel free to invite your friends and family members, if they are book lovers, as well as colleagues in other departments. For more information please contact Rachel Rodman or Phil Lotshaw

Happy reading, and we’ll see you on Nov. 29th!

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