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Getting Students to Think Critically

As part of my job here in the Teaching Effectiveness Program, I help facilitate the Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club in partnership with the University of Oregon’s Science Literacy Program (SLP).  The SLP’s goal is to improve the general population’s science literacy by specifically addressing the topic in a variety of 100-level science courses.  In […]

Thinking Beyond the ‘Two Cultures’

At a recent conference on student learning outcomes and assessment, I sat at a table with some professors of natural science who were lamenting the lack of appreciation for scientific knowledge in higher education and society at large.  As an example, one observed that at a cocktail party consisting of scholars, no one would be […]

Bad Science, Great Opportunity

What if every terribly mistaken pop-culture  representation of our discipline  was actually a terrific learning opportunity? Lots of folks I know who are locked in the ivory tower bemoan the glamorous and adventurous portrayal of their  work in popular culture. What archaeologist carries a whip? What theoretical physicist wears a lab coat? How do you […]