March - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
(All events will be held in CB1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Tuesday, March 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

REQUEST FOR FACULTY JUDGES: SHOWCASE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
The Office of Undergraduate Research is still in need of faculty judges for the 2014 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). This year's event will take place on Thursday, April 3 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom, Student Union. Judges need to be available from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information about the event, please visit www.showcase.ucf.edu. Judges will receive 20-30 abstracts to review 7-10 days prior to the event. The judges will then meet in teams of four at 11:30 a.m. to eat lunch and discuss the projects. Judges have the entire ballroom to review the presentations without the students from 12- 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. the event will start and judges will have three hours to talk to the students before meeting at 4 p.m. to make decisions. We will be awarding close to $15,000 in scholarships this year. At this time, we faculty are needed from all disciplines except health sciences (all disciplines), writing and rhetoric, and chemistry. Please contact Kimberly Schneider (KRS@ucf.edu) if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

UPCOMING PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM: A RESEARCH VALIDATED APPROACH TO TRANSFORMING UPPER-DIVISION PHYSICS COURSES
On March 14 at 4:30 PM in PS161, Steve Pollock will be giving a colloquium on transferring the curricular innovations that have gained popularity at the introductory level to upper-level classes. ABSTRACT: At most universities, including the University of Colorado, upper-division physics courses are taught using a traditional lecture approach that does not make use of many of the instructional techniques that have been found to improve student learning at the introductory level. We are transforming upper-division courses (E&M, quantum, and Classical Mechanics) using principles of active engagement and learning theory, guided by the results of observations, interviews, and analysis of student work at CU and elsewhere. I will outline these reforms including consensus learning goals, clicker questions, tutorials, modified homeworks, and more, as an example of what a transformed upper-division course might look like, and as a tool to offer insights into student difficulties in advanced undergraduate topics. We have examined the effectiveness of these reforms relative to traditional courses, based on grades, interviews, and attitudinal and conceptual surveys. Our results suggest that many of the tools that have been effective in introductory courses are effective for our majors, and that further research is warranted.Link to Website: http://spot.colorado.edu/~pollocks/

UCF’S S.A.F.E. (STUDENT-VETERAN ALLIED FACULTY EDUCATION) TRAINING
UCF’s (VARC) and the Orlando VA’s VITAL program are excited to continue the S.A.F.E. training program for UCF’s staff and faculty. As Veterans return from foreign conflicts and leave the military, they are returning to school and their transitions from the military to life at UCF can come with unique hurdles and challenges. S.A.F.E. training was created to help educate UCF faculty and staff about specific Student Veteran challenges. Spring 2014 training sessions will be held on March 21 and April 18. Please see attached flyer for more info.

ERIC MAZUR, DISTINGUISHED HARVARD OPTICAL SCIENTIST AND EDUCATIONAL INNOVATOR TO VISIT UCF ON MARCH 18TH
On March 18, 2014, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, will be visited by Dr. Eric Mazur, a distinguished optical scientist and an internationally recognized educational innovator from Harvard University. Faculty across campus are invited to attend a session called “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer,” which will describe Dr. Mazur’s work on interactive teaching and peer instruction. After the talk, which will be held in the Harris Engineering Center (HEC) room 101 at 2:00 p.m., Dr. Mazur will address questions about his new book on this topic until 3:45 pm.

CFE OFFERS FREE TAX RETURN FILING ASSISTANCE

  • To help make the tax return filing process easy as possible, CFE is offering complimentary Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for anyone with a household income of less than $52,000. Services are being offered at UCF CFE Arena branch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (for information about other locations and times, contact CFE)
  • You must bring your current photo ID, Social Security card (for each person on the tax return), all income/tax documents (W-2, 1099, etc.), and any tax information regarding your education payments.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2014
Join a faculty writing club to focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

IF YOU TWEET…
If you tweet about teaching and learning issues, please follow me on Twitter @MelodyBowdon; I’ll follow you too!

 

 

 

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