Summer Term 2018 Newsletters

September Scientific Teaching in Practice (STiP) Webinar

Course Reform Focusing on Non-Science Majors General Education Experiences
Friday, September 21, 12-1 PM Pacific Time

Featuring Eleanor (Elly) Vandegrift, Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program at the University of Oregon.

Elly Vandegrift will share experiences from the University of Oregon Science Literacy Program (SLP) launched in 2010. The SLP was designed to reform courses for non-science majors and is specifically focused on improving science literacy. The SLP supports course transformations through teaching professional development with a weekly science education journal club, Summer Institutes, and other workshops. Teaching teams including faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students have now begun to adapt lessons learned in the non-science majors courses to courses for science majors. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their experiences teaching non-science majors and identify elements of the SLP experience that are applicable to their home institutions. 

Quack Chats Pub Talk The Paradox of Wildfire
Wednesday, August 8 at 6:00pm

Ax Billy Grill, Downtown Athletic Club 999 Willamette St, Third Floor, Eugene, 97401

Why wildfire is so challenging in the West and what we can do about it. Cassandra Moseley, a research professor in the University of Oregon Institute for a Sustainable Environment, will examine what’s behind the spiraling costs of fighting wildfires. She will explain why fire suppression efforts delay the inevitable and how a new fire funding fix enacted by Congress will change the way we pay to fight fire. Moseley will discuss how changing the ways in which we as a society view wildfires, and summoning the political courage to reallocate fire suppression resources can potentially ensure future ecological, financial, and safety benefits. Free. Food and drink available for purchase.

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Week Three Unpack the Quack Announcement

Thursday September 20, 2018 at 6:30pm
Get all your details about Move-In Day on the Housing website. Be sure to follow the instructions emailed from Housing to your uoregon email address, because your move-in time is assigned specifically for you. So how exactly does the UO move you and a few thousand of your peers into your residence halls in a single day? Well, we hate to brag, but we’re kinda good at it. Already on campus and hoping to help with Unpack the Quack? All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate.

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Week Two

SABER West 2019 Save the Date 

The third annual SABER West conference will be held at the University of California Irvine on January 19th and 20th, 2019. The meeting goals are focused on increasing collaboration between 2-year and 4-year faculty as well as STEM and Education researchers. The meeting will build on the success of SABER West 2018 and follow a similar structure with plenary talks, short talks, workshops, and posters. More information regarding the meeting can be found in the coming months at the meeting website.

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Week One

UO All-Campus Advising Association Coffee Social Event

The UO All-Campus Advising Association invites you to a coffee social event Wednesday, June 27, 9:00-10:30am at the Collier House Living. Please feel free to drop by for coffee, breakfast pastry, and conversation in this lovely historical building located in the heart of campus.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Spring Term 2018 Newsletters

Week Ten

Quack Chats: Overcoming Implicit Bias and Getting Along With Others
Wednesday, June 13 6:00 pm
Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette St.

A key to achieving critical thinking and sound judgment is understanding biases, according to Erik Girvan of the UO School of Law. People need to understand how those biases affect them and some of the ways they counter them. Girvan will expand on a series of discussions and workshops that he’s been leading at the UO into a Quack Chats pub talk. Admission is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

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Week Nine

Margo Jefferson to give final lecture in ‘We the People’ series

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Margo Jefferson will discuss the role of individuals in communities and society as this year’s Kritikos Lecturer. Her talk, titled “From ‘I’ to ‘We’: The Role of the Citizen-Critic,” is the final lecture the “We the People” series staged by the Oregon Humanities Center. She will speak in Eugene on Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 182, Lillis Hall and at UO Portland on Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch St. Both lectures are free and open to the public. The Eugene lecture will be followed by a book sale and signing. For  For more information, call 541-346-3934.

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Week Eight

LGBT+ in STEM Spring Social Hour
Friday June 1, 5:30pm
Agate Alley, Eugene Oregon

Are you and ally to the queer community? Are you a queer scientist who wants to meet other people in a supportive environment? Join us for our Spring ally-inclusive social hour. Our informal social hours offer an opportunity to meet new people in different fields of science, while increasing the visibility of queer identifying people in the STEM fields. For more information, visit our website.

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Week Seven

Education Expert Wraps up this Year’s African-American Series

Shaun R. Harper, an expert on race, campus climates and student success in higher education will be the last visitor for this year’s African-American Workshop and Lecture Series. To reserve a seat or for ability-related or food accommodations, email or, call 541-346-1505. Harper will be on campus May 14. His free public lecture will be in the Ford Alumni Center’s Giustina Ballroom from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The teach-in will be in the Lease Crutcher Lewis Room, Erb Memorial Union, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Week Six

Quack Chats Pub Talk: Mountains, earthquakes, and landslides: Using Lasers to Peer Behind Cascadia’s Green Veil
Wednesday, May 9 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Downtown Athletic Club, Ax Billy Grill

University of Oregon earth sciences professor Josh Roering will describe how using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) has enabled scientists to bypass the typical obstacles of difficult terrain and dense closed-canopy forests to map the surface of the Cascadia landscapes in amazing detail. These new discoveries add to the dynamic geologic history of Northern California, Oregon and Washington, and have profound implications for geologic hazards, habitat conservation, and natural resource management.

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Week Five

Distinguished Scholarships Information Session
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 6-7 pm 
LLC 101, Performance Hall

Attend this presentation, that includes a Q & A, to learn more about scholarships that provide funding for graduate school. Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill. Join us to explore distinguished scholarships. We will provide you with information about each scholarship and valuable guidance on becoming a competitive applicant.

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Week Four

How to Speak your STEM Part II: A communications workshop
April 24. 2018: 

Want to learn how to communicate science to a broad audience? Need practice for the Graduate School’s 3 Minute Thesis? Join UO Women in Graduate Sciences for a science communication workshop with Zeina Salame, a 5th year PhD candidate in Theatre Arts and affiliate of the Alan Alda foundation. This workshop will include a variety of exercises from the Alda Method which coaches public presentation skills by employing improvisational theatre exercises to practice listening, connecting, clarity, and vivid storytelling. These exercises can help with stage-fright and communicating science to a broad audience. This workshop will be held Tuesday, April 24th in Onyxy 171 (note the room change!) from 4 – 6 PM.Wee

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Week Three

Mathematics Lecture for Undergraduates: The Chemistry of Primes
Monday (April 16, 2018), 5:00-6:00pm

Willamette Hall 100

We are familiar with the prime numbers as those integers which cannot be factored into smaller integers, but if we consider systems of numbers larger than the integers, the primes may indeed factor in those larger systems.  Professor Melanie Matchett Wood (University of Wisconsin) will lead the discussion on various questions mathematicians ask about how primes may factor in larger systems, talk about both classical results and current research on the topic, and give a sense of the kind of tools needed to tackle these questions. Following the talk, there will be pizza in the atrium outside the lecture room. This is part of the Mathematics Department’s Niven Lectures.

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Week Two

Spring TEP Events

Strategies for Discussion Leaders
Week 2: Tue, April 10
1:30-3:00pm, 72 PLC

Learn strategies for creating lively and fruitful conversations that help students build critical thinking skills, understand the fundamental questions of the course, and enjoy class time. We will identify the thinking and argumentation skills your students should be practicing, share common questions and prompts that build these skills, review various discussion activities, and discuss strategies for addressing common problems that arise in class discussions

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Week One

Ideas on Tap: The Microbiology of Bread

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History presents Ideas on Tap, Wednesday April 4 at Sprout! Regional Food Hub. Enjoy Claim 52 craft beers and thought-provoking discussions about science, culture, and more, starting at 6:00pm. Bread is a food staple across many cultures. It’s also a living entity teeming with microbial cultures. In this talk, UO ‘Bread 101’ instructor Karen Guillemin will explore how microbes shape the production—and consumption—of bread. Cosponsored by Claim 52 AbbeyLa Granada Latin KitchenPig & Turnip, and 100 Mile Bakery. Learn more at

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