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Journal Club

For journal club this week, please join us for a Teaching Showcase to hear about the new course: Bio 160 From Brains to Intelligent Machines developed by SLP affiliated faculty member Santiago Jaramillo and Graduate SLP Fellow Nick Ponvert.  We’ll have an opportunity to hear about the development and activities included in the course and ask questions about creating this course for non-science majors.
BI 160   Sp St Brain Intel Mach (From Brains to Intelligent Machines) Course Description:
A course designed for non-science majors to understand how the brain acquires information and drives behavior, and how scientists and engineers attempt to replicate these abilities in computers and artificial intelligence systems.  Students will be introduced to the process of scientific reasoning and use those skills to discuss the neural processes behind learning, memory, decision-making, and thinking.  Parallels will be made between the way the brain and computers process information and perform computations.  Students will grapple with questions such as:  What happens if our intelligent machines become too intelligent?  What are the implications to society of intelligent machines and technologies for interfacing brains and machines?

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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The Lab Lit Book ClubThe 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 discussFlight 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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OMSI Science Communication FellowshipApplications 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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Physics Education Research (PER) Virtual MeetingMembers of the PER community are invited to attend a virtual meeting through Zoom on November 1, at 2:30pm to discuss recently published article The Demographics of Physics Education Research. 
The link to join the meeting can be found here.

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Physics Education Research (PER) Virtual MeetingMembers of the PER community are invited to attend a virtual meeting through Zoom on November 1, at 2:30pm to discuss recently published article The Demographics of Physics Education Research. 
The link to join the meeting can be found here.

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Publishing Your Teachable Tidbit on CourseSourcePlease 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 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 ourwebsite.

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 Women in Science OMSI Mixer:Portland’s Women in Science group is hosting a networking mixer at OMSI for any interested science enthusiast. The event will take place on November 8 at 5:30pm in OMSI’s Turbine Hall. Admission is $10 ($5 for students), and appetizers will be provided. Please register by visiting our website.

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Catalyze Your CareerThe American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology invites Western Oregon and Washington-area postdocs and graduate students to 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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Alda Center Writing About Controversy: Featuring Claudia DreifusFind out the best ways to leverage current events to develop an angle for your science story and how to use controversy to draw readers to read about science within a familiar context. Learn the importance of journalism and advocacy in shaping public opinion. The live-stream hosted by the Alda Center for Communicating Science will be held on November 9 at 3:30pm. Information about the session can be found here.

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Registration for Science Communication Seminars:The deadline to register for OMSI’s upcoming Science Communication half-day seminars is November 13th.  For more information, including descriptions of each seminar, and to register, please go to our website.

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Science Talk 2018 Oregon Convention CenterEach year we organize a gathering of like-minded individuals who are passionate about science and science communication. Our members belong to some of the premiere science agencies, academic institutions, news outlets, and communication organizations in the country. Please join us at our next annual conference March 1-2, 2018, at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR. Registration for the event opens November 1. For more information, visit our website.

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Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research Conference The fourth Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research conference will be held next
June 16-19, 2018, at the North Cascades Institute. his conference provides a venue for rich dialogue among physics education researchers and practitioners in the Cascadia region and beyond. The 2018 conference will feature plenary speakers and workshop leaders engaged in a wide variety of exciting research and scholarship around the learning and teaching of physics. Registration will open in early winter 2018. Information about the conference can be found on 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 AND GRADUATE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

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In This Issue:Journal Club
The Lab Lit Book Club
OMSI Science Communication Fellowship
Physics Education Research Virtual Meeting
Publishing Your Teachable Tidbit on CourseSource
International Learning Assistant Conference
Women in Science OMSI Mixer
Catalyze Your Career
Alda Center Writing About Controversy
Registration for Science Communication Seminars
Science Talk 2018
Foundations and Frontiers of Physical Education Research Conference
Job Opportunities
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Upcoming UO and Local Events
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Corner
Week 6 Spotlight:By now you’ve probably heard a colleague or student talk about the Reacting to the Past historical role-playing games they’ve been playing in class. If you’d like to learn more about how they work and how incredibly engaging and effective they can be, try reading:Carnes, M. C. (2014). Minds on fire: How role-immersion games transform college. Harvard University Press.Back to top


Upcoming UO and Local Events:
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:

  • November 7, 2017, 4-5:30pm, 123 Global Scholars Hall. Naynaabeak¹s Fishing Net:  Illuminating the History of American Indian Women. A public talk by Red Lake Ojibwe scholar Brenda J. Child.

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TLC WorkshopsThe Teaching and Learning Center is offering a series of workshops to help UO students boost their academic success. Topics include speed reading, test-taking, note-taking, procrastination, writing, money management, and more. The sessions are free, drop-in, and available to all students. Times includeNovember 1-2, from 1-5:00pm, and November 6-7 from 1-7:00pm. The workshops will be held in the Lease Crutcher Lewis Room in the EMU. For a list of workshop descriptions, visit our website.

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Quack Chats: Run with a ResearcherThe University of Oregon will host “Run with a Researcher” runs and walks, the first on November 4 from 9:00-10:00am. Meet at the “O” desk at the new Erb Memorial Union and tour campus at a good clip. No sign-up required. For more information, please visit our website.

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CSWS Grant Info Session:Want to apply for a research grant? UO faculty, staff and graduate students from any academic discipline are eligible to apply for CSWS research grants—so long as your research is related to women and/or gender. Find out about our competitive application process by attending this Q & A session led by Michelle McKinley, CSWS director, and Dena Frazier, CSWS operations manager. The info session will be held on the UO campus on  Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM in 330 Hendricks Hall.

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Get Involved with UO Human/Animal RIGThe UO Human/Animal Research Interest Group is inviting graduate students and faculty members from across campus to join our listserv and participate in upcoming events. Members of the listserv are invited to share announcements about conferences, calls for papers, and animal-related news and events on campus and beyond. To join, simply send a message indicating your interest to humanimal@uoregon.edu.

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