Science for the rest of us: UO fights for science literacy
Dr. Scott Fisher has looked into other galaxies and worked for NASA, but he’s teaching a 100-level astronomy course at University of Oregon.
He describes himself as an absolute stereotype of a scientist: Bald with glasses, with facial hair reminiscent of Walter White. But his attitude about the way science courses should be taught is anything but stereotypical: He starts most classes with “What’s up, my fine peoples?”
But Fisher is serious about science. He’s a “planet hunter,” monitoring infant solar systems from a remote-controlled telescope in Bend, on UO’s Pine Mountain Observatory. He’s also looking for supernovas: If he spots one, he’ll alert the Gemini telescope at Mauna Kea, where he used to work.
“A major problem is not that people hate science, but that people had such a bad experience with science, that it turned them against it,” Fisher said. “And that’s what I’m trying to fight. Let’s have a positive experience that you can carry forward in life.”
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11th September 2015 at 11:29 am
Following a successful two-day workshop on Science Communication (May 2015), the University of Oregon has been invited to become an Affiliated University with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The Science Literacy Program will serve as the campus resource center to provide opportunities for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty to build science communication skills in collaboration with the Alda Center. The UO is one of ten institutions affiliated with the Center and the first West of the Mississippi River.
The goal of the Alda Center at Stony Brook University, New York is to enhance understanding of science by helping train the next generation of scientists and health professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, public officials, the media, and others outside their own discipline. Trainings include learning improvisation techniques and how to distill a scientific message for a general audience.
18th August 2015 at 12:07 pm
The Science Literacy Program is now accepting applications for Graduate SLP Fellows and Undergraduate SLP Scholars positions for Winter 2016.
- See the Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars pages for more information.
- Descriptions of our Course are now available.
- Why apply? See the Application section to see a list of activities in which previous fellows have participated.
28th July 2015 at 3:31 pm
Fifty-three science educators from 20 institutions were on the UO campus in July 2015 for five days of workshops in the annual West Coast National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education.
During the sessions, participants learned the latest approaches in how to use active learning tools to engage undergraduate students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Read the full story on Around the O.