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  • April 10, 2017 8:34 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Earn graduate credit this summer with Seminars on Science, the American Museum of Natural History’s online professional learning program. The 6-week online courses are co-taught by Museum scientists and classroom educators and are accessible anytime on your schedule. Get access to cutting-edge research, rich content, and powerful classroom resources. Graduate credit is available from our university partners.


    The next session starts May 22. Save $50 when you use code SCIENCEMATTERS. Plus, register by April 24 to save another $50 for a total $100 savings!


    Courses in the life, Earth, and physical sciences include Climate ChangeThe Diversity of FishesEarth: Inside & OutEvolutionGenetics, Genomics, Genethics;The Link Between Dinosaurs and BirdsThe Ocean SystemSharks and RaysThe Solar SystemSpace, Time and Motion and more.


    For more information about the program, check out Seminars on Science at amnh.org/learn. If you have any questions, send us an email at learn@amnh.org or call (800) 649-6715.

  • April 10, 2017 8:31 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Become proficient at implementing the Next Generation Science Standards* when you register for UO Real Solutions for NGSS Science Teaching

    Learn about NGSS in clear, bite-size pieces while gaining guidance and tools you can apply today. Easily adapt your existing lesson plans to meet the new standards through instruction from science education expert Bryan Rebar, PhD.

    Earn PDUs/CEUs/clock hours and take the course on your own schedule. 

    Modules include:

    • Introduction to the Three Dimensions of Science Learning
    • Students as Scientists
    • Strategies and Solutions for NGSS for All Audiences
    • NGSS Across the Curriculum 

    $69 per module (5 hours of engagement) 

    $199 per subscription (includes all modules; 20 hours of engagement) 

    To register or sample the program through a free trial, visit our website or contact the UO Real Solutions support team at realsolutions@uoregon.edu or 844-944-2223.

    If you would like information about group discounts, please contact: 

    Wendy Morgan 

    Program Development Manager, UO Real Solutions 




  • April 09, 2017 3:27 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning—July 29-31, 2017, Portland, Oregon

    Designed for those who teach introductory physics at universities, colleges and high schools. Graduate credit will be available through the University of Oregon.*

    Instructors: Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College, David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, Ronald Thornton, Tufts University 

    Participants will be introduced to research-validated, classroom-tested strategies for each component of the introductory course that have been demonstrated to improve learning. These include Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), RealTime Physics (RTP) labs, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Workshop Physics (WP), Physics with Video Analysis (PVA), and related online video analysis exercises. The course will also include the use of video analysis to identify analytic functions describing real data. Among other recent developments are (1) 3rd ed. RTP E & M labs using video analysis, (2) ILDs using clickers, and (3) online homework using Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs). Topics will be chosen from both semesters of introductory physics. Research on the effectiveness of these strategies will also be discussed.

    The tools and software used in these active learning curricula are compatible with Macintosh and Windows OS, and with the popular interfaces and sensors. Participants will receive complimentary printed copies of the curricula (published by Wiley and Vernier, and also available for high school use as the ABP High School E-dition). Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, a comprehensive book by E.F. Redish (University of Maryland) on strategies for implementing physics education research-based curricula, will also be distributed.

    The course fee is $200. (Early bird registration until April 15 is $180.)

    * Up to three graduate credits from the University of Oregon will be available for an additional $90/credit.

    For more information and to register: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm

  • February 19, 2017 2:29 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Educators this summer will work with the Maijuna indigenous group on field research and sustainable development projects in the newly formed Maijuna-Kichwa Conservation Area in Peru.  Colleen McDaniel from Vernier Software will join us for some data collection projects using LabQuest II.

    Please share this information with any Environmental Science Educators you know who might be interested.

    Information Links: 



    Download a copy of the grant application that is due March 7.

    Questions? Contact Phil Kahler at philk@tvja.org 

  • February 14, 2017 12:46 PM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    High School and Junior College Biology Teachers

    July 10-12, 2017

    Join Mary Zelinski, Ph.D., a Research Associate Professor at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, to learn about how she is working to provide options to patients who face infertility due to cancer treatments.

    • Experience hands-on lab activities that you can bring back to your classroom!
    • Meet other scientists and learn about their work addressing polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis ─ conditions that also lead to infertility.    

     Space is Limited. Contact Lynda Jones at jonesly@ohsu.edu for more information.  

  • January 26, 2017 10:35 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Summer courses at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology are listed below. The summer application deadline is May 30th.

    For more information and an application please visit our website http://oimb.uoregon.edu/academics/summer/

    We offer four 8-week courses (June 26-August 18, 2017):
    Invertebrate Zoology
    Marine Birds and Mammals
    Biology of Fishes
    Seaweed Ecology

    Short courses:
    Biological Illustrations (June 24-25July 1-2)
    Ocean Acidification (July 15-16, 22-23)
    Introduction to Experimental Design and Statistics (Aug. 21-25, Aug. 28-Sept.1)

    Two week course in September (Sept.2-16):
    Tropical Marine Biology in Panama

    For more information please see our website

  • January 10, 2017 11:34 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    The National WWII Museum is looking for 28 5th-8th grade science teachers from across the country who want to spend a week in New Orleans learning how to teach hands-on minds-on science connected to WWII history. The cohort will spend a week in July in New Orleans, with workshops at the Museum, and a day and a half at the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Materials Research Institute for. Travel, room, and most meals are paid.

    For more information:


  • January 10, 2017 11:32 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Oregon science teachers now have the opportunity to advance STEM teaching skills, learn effective new strategies for teaching physics, and receive graduate credits with new online courses: https://njctl.org/teacher-education/online-courses/  

    The courses are taught by The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) - a nonprofit run by teachers to advance student achievement in math and science, and provide a simple, scalable solution to our country’s immense STEM teacher shortage. 

    CTL is the leading U.S. provider of free, editable course materials for K-12 math and science instruction; and has become the #1 producer of physics teachers in the country. 

    Now, a partnership with Colorado State University -Global Campus is enabling teachers around the country to fully benefit from CTL’s offerings with online courses. 

    You can choose your level of study to improve your students’ outcomes and advance your career:

    • Learn a highly effective student-centered teaching methodology for STEM that is applicable from kindergarten through early college that reduces the stress of lesson planning with free, editable course materials.

    • Achieve a strong grounding in the core principles of algebra-based physics – Teachers with backgrounds in a full range of academic fields can not only learn physics themselves, but also how to engage and inspire all high school students to master physics.

    • Learn proven methods for teaching AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2, and how to boost student outcomes.

    All courses can be pursued on your own schedule, provide graduate credit and are applicable to a Master’s Degree at CSU–Global.


    Now you have an opportunity to take your skills to the next level and give your students access to the life-changing empowerment of high quality STEM education.

  • January 10, 2017 10:04 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce Washington University’s 2nd annual chemistry tournament on April 8, 2017. 

    The Washington University Chemistry Tournament (WUCT) is an annual chemistry competition held on Washington University’s campus in St. Louis, MO. The competition invites high school students across the nation to participate in a series of individual and team-based chemistry exams, engage with college students and faculty, and earn recognition at an awards ceremony. WUCT emphasizes real world applications of science and promotes fundamental problem-solving and teamwork skills. The first tournament was held in April 2016 and had 180 high school students across the nation travel to the Washington University campus. We are planning to host over 300 participants in our upcoming competition.

    Registration is open NOW! For more information, read our FAQ or email us at wuct@su.wustl.edu.

  • December 15, 2016 8:54 AM | Lori Lancaster (Administrator)

    Oregon AWARE partners with educators and childcare providers to help students and their families have a better understanding of basic disease prevention, appropriate antibiotic use and how they can avoid antibiotic resistan

    We provide education on the appropriate use of antibiotics and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  One of the resources that we have been developing over the years is a high school curriculum intended for 9th-10th grade biology or health students. It consists of two 45-60 minute modules. The modules cover such topics as:

    • What are bacteria?
    • How do they cause disease?
    • What are our natural host defenses?
    • What are antibiotics and how do they work?
    • What is antibiotic resistance?
    • What has led to the problem of antibiotic resistance?
    • How do we combat antibiotic resistance?

    Additional information is available on the AWARE website:


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