BUILD PODER at CSUN: Transforming undergraduate research training leading to health equity @ ASB 210
    Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


    Transforming undergraduate research training leading to health equity

    Gilberto Flores, California State University, Northridge

    • Thursday, October 3
    • 2-3pm in ASB 210
    • Reception from 3-3:45 in ASB lobby


    In 2014, the NIH initiated a grand experiment called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD). The goal of this program is to study innovative approaches to engage and retain students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research. As one of ten BUILD sites nationally, California State University, Northridge, termed their program PODER, both as an acronym for Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research, and for the Spanish meaning of ‘power’ or ‘to be able to’. As we begin year 6 of the experiment, co-director of student training, Gilberto Flores, PhD, will provide an overview of BUILD PODER with emphasis on the student-training program and outcomes to date.


    This presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Science & Mathematics Education and the School of Biological Sciences.





    Faculty Application Deadline for Spring 2020 LAs
    Oct 10 all-day

    College of Science faculty members who wish to have student Learning Assistants (LAs) in their Spring 2020 courses must submit a Faculty Application no later than October 10, 2019.









    CSME Exchange @ INSCC 345
    Oct 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    How Do We Get There From Here? Change Management and Evidence-Based Instruction

    This Exchange includes:

    1. Overview of faculty-supporting programs at the CSME (Jordan Gerton)
    2. Faculty panel discussion about approaches to improving instructional practice (facilitated by Jessica Cleeves, CSME)


    • Matt Cecil (Math)
    • Rebecca Noonan-Heale (Math)
    • Sushma Saraf (Chemistry)
    • Adam Beehler (Physics & Astronomy)


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    LA Tea Time @ CSC 206
    Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    All current Learning Assistants are invited to check in and support each other in semi-facilitated problem solving discussions – with treats!








    Renee Cole – Hugo Rossi Lecture @ TBBC 4630
    Nov 8 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

    “Enhancing learning by promoting and assessing more than content knowledge”

    Renee Cole
    University of Iowa

    • Friday, November 8
    • 10:45am-12pm in TBBC 4630

    Skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving are frequently cited as intended learning outcomes for STEM degree programs. While these skills, sometimes referred to as workplace or process skills, are highly valued, they are rarely explicitly assessed in the classroom. Assessment serves two purposes: (1) it provides a measure of achievement, and (2) it facilitates learning. The types of assessment used by an instructor also telegraphs to students what is valued in a course. However, in many instances, the lack of alignment between instructional methods and assessment detracts from the added value of engaged student learning environments. This NSF IUSE project focuses on the development and implementation of rubrics that facilitate providing feedback to students and informing the instructor as to the effectiveness of their instructional strategies in supporting process skill development. Implementation of the rubrics provides a means to better align intended outcomes with instructional activities and supports adoption of evidence-based active learning strategies that foster skill development in addition to content knowledge.


    This presentation is co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Science & Mathematics Education.

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    MSSST Student Final Project Presentations @ Gauss Haus 1462
    Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    On Monday, November 11, two students in the Master of Science for Secondary School Teachers (MSSST) program will give their final project presentations. Presentations are open to the public and will take place in Gauss Haus 1462:

    • 5:00-6:00pm – Michael Martin: “Isotopic Analysis of Lead in Tree Rings”
    • 6:00-7:00pm – Austin Gillespie: “Predicting Ionization Pathways in Water Clusters, (H2O)+n=2-6+, Through Computational Dynamics Simulations”


    CSME Exchange @ INSCC 345
    Nov 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    The November CSME Exchange will feature faculty from both the U and Salt Lake Community College as they discuss their experiences in the UPSTEM Faculty Fellows program and how it has impacted their teaching and perspectives on creating inclusive environments for STEM students.  Come learn about what this faculty learning community is doing to catalyze change at the U and how you can become a part of next year’s cohort.

    • Thursday, 11/14
    • 12:30-1:30pm in INSCC 345
    • Lunch will be provided!

    The CSME Exchange provides an informal opportunity to discuss current issues in undergraduate education. Exchange discussions explore best practices, current challenges, and cross-departmental coordination and collaboration. Faculty, instructors, staff, post-docs and graduate students from all departments are welcome to participate. For information about other CSME Exchanges, click here.







    LA Student Application Deadline
    Nov 15 all-day

    Student applications for the Spring 2020 Learning Assistant (LA) program are due November 15. Applications will be available starting October 15.








    LA Tea Time @ CSC 206
    Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    All current Learning Assistants are invited to check in and support each other in semi-facilitated problem solving discussions – with treats!








    CSME Exchange @ INSCC 345
    Dec 5 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

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