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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 5, please read:

Jordt, H., Eddy, S. L., Brazil, R., Lau, I., Mann, C., Brownell, S. E., … & Freeman, S. (2017). Values Affirmation Intervention Reduces Achievement Gap between Underrepresented Minority and White Students in Introductory Biology Classes. CBE-Life Sciences Education16(3), ar41. http://www.lifescied.org/content/16/3/ar41

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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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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Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative

During Active Learning Week, AAU will host a webinar onThursday October 26 from 9:00-10:00am. The webinar will focus on the Initiative’s five-year status report and what AAU has learned about the path to achieving systemic change in undergraduate STEM education.  Please use this link to register for the webinar.  Contact Tara King, Higher Education Project Coordinator at tara.king@aau.edu with any questions, or if you have difficulty registering for the webinar.

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OMSI Science Communication Fellowship

Applications for the OMSI Science Communication Fellowshipare due November 1. OMSI Fellows participate in a series of professional development workshops that cover science communication best practices and provide opportunities for participants to practice new skills and techniques. An online application and further information about the Fellowship program can be found on our website.

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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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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

Educational Technology at Missouri University of Science and Technology is now accepting presentation proposals for the 11th Annual Teaching and Learning Technology Conference, scheduled for March 15, 2018. Interested presenters can download a copy of the Call for Presentation formhere. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, December 1, 2017.

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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 AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

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In This Issue:

Journal Club
Active Learning Week 2017
Online Chemistry Conference
Learn to Blog About Science On Facebook Live
Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative
OMSI Science Communication Fellowship
Publishing Your Tidbit on CourseSource
International Learning Assistant Conference
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 5 Spotlight:

Which journals do you turn to when you want to get some fresh ideas about teaching and learning within your discipline, or more generally? Jennifer Friberg of Illinois State University has compiled an extensive annotated, discipline-specific list of many of the journals on Teaching and Learning:
Multidisciplinary Publications
Arts and Humanities
Health Related Disciplines
Business Related Disciplines
Math and Science-Related Disciplines

The American Library Association also has a list that includes journals in some fields Friberg’s does not. Check them out to see what you might be missing!http://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-tools-resources-2/pedagogy/a-selected-list-of-journals-on-teaching-learning/Back to top


Feedback from Students

This is Week 5 of the quarter, a great time to get some student feedback about how things are going in your course! TEP recommends asking a few simple questions. Consider using an online survey (e.g. through Canvas) to ask: What’s working well in the course and helping you learn? What constructive suggestions do you have for improving the course? What should I (the student) do to improve my learning in the course?For more ideas and details on how to implement the survey, visit the TEP website.

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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:

  • Week of November 6: UGS Research Week

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A Social Justice Framework for Anti-Racist Writing Assessment with Dr. Asou Inoue 

Dr. Inoue will address issues faculty face when working with racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students, particularly around the judgment of languages. He will lead participants in redesigning learning environments and assignments that encourage anti-racist work with students and student writing.
Hosted by the UO Composition Program
Week 5: Fri, Oct. 27
9:30-11:30am
, Knight Library Browsing Room
Seating is limited. Contact event organizer Emily Simnitt (esimnitt@uoregon.edu) with registration inquiries.

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Re-Imagining the Undergraduate Experience: Part of the UO Innovation Summit

Please join us on Oct. 27 from 1:00-3:30pm, in the EMU Redwood Auditorium (#217) for an interactive session using human-centered design principles to explore how we can help reshape the undergraduate experience. Faculty and students are especially encouraged to attend and engage with each other in collaboratively imagining a future UO education.

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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. 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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UO Innovation Summit Panel

As part of the UO Innovation Summit, Innovation Partnership Services will host: Successful Science Start-Ups. The panel will feature UO researchers/start-up founders who took their research and started, managed, and sold their own companies. The panel is on Friday, October 27th in the Red Room of Falling Sky Pizzeria at the EMU. Free food and drinks will be available starting at 4pm with the panel starting at 4:15pm. Please see the attached flyer or visit our website for more information.

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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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