From the Caltech Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach
Center for Teaching, Learning & Outreach Faculty Newsletter Spring 2017
Spring into Learning

In this Issue:

Upcoming Events                             Welcome to the Team

Research in a Nutshell                     CTLO News

Outreach                                           Broader Impacts
Upcoming Events

On April 10th, Dr. David Asai will be presenting his talk entitled "Race Matters: Diversity and Inclusion in Science". A Caltech alum, Dr. Asai is the Senior Director of Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Asai serves on several advisory committees including the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology, the steering committee of Understanding Interventions, the AAAS Committee on Opportunities in Science (COOS), and the NIH Advisory Committee of the Director's Working Group on Diversity.

Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard, author of the book Successful STEM mentoring initiatives for underrepresented students, will be the keynote speaker at the Caltech Mentoring Conference at 12:15 pm in BI Auditorium, and will host a roundtable discussion for faculty and PIs at 3:00 pm at CTLO. Find out more and RSVP.

CTLO Faculty Summer Short Course
Do you teach a class that you’re considering redesigning, re-engineering, or rethinking? Maybe you’ve taught it before and it needs a little sprucing up, or maybe it’s new and you’re starting from the ground up. The CTLO will again be offering a 4-session short course for faculty this summer on Wednesdays, beginning August 23rd. We’ll walk you through the renowned process of “backwards design” from start to finish, including clarifying learning outcomes, designing assignments and exams, building the overall class structure, and fostering an inclusive classroom. By the end of the four sessions, you will have a solid plan for your class, with constructive feedback from the CTLO and colleagues. To express interest or for more information, please contact the instructor, Dr. Jennifer Weaver.

Teaching & Learning Research in a Nutshell

In From HHMI: Doubling Down on Diversity (2016), Dr. Asai and Dr. Bauerle examine the underrepresentation of minorities in postsecondary STEM classes and the leaky STEM pipeline, particularly for underrepresented minorities (URMs). To double the persistence of URMs in STEM by 2025, they make 3 main suggestions: 1) insist institutions take responsibility for creating inclusive campuses, 2) leverage successful models through adaptation and adoption, 3) align strategies across the STEM ecosystem.  

Science and Stargazing Nights
Caltech is having a robust presence at local elementary and middle school science and stargazing nights this winter and spring. By the end of the school year, groups and individuals representing LIGO, Chem Club, GPS, IPAC, Interaxon, Engineering, and Astronomy will have shared their passion for science with parents, teachers and students at 11 schools across Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.

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Welcome to the Team!

CTLO welcomes Dr. Kitty Cahalan as our new Outreach Program Coordinator. Kitty brings deep experience connecting K-12 students and teachers with STEM educational resources and volunteers. A parent of two public school students, Kitty has served in a number of leadership roles for local public school advocacy and governance groups, including Pasadena Unified School District PTA Council and California First District PTA.  She has also served as a volunteer to bring hands-on STEM activities and learning to classrooms and served as the chair for the Longfellow Elementary School Science Night for six years.

Kitty earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry at Caltech.
Association of American Universities (AAU)

Caltech is one of twelve universities to be awarded a mini-grant from the Association of American Universities for undergraduate STEM education!
At Caltech, the grant will support a pilot, two-year effort to bring first-year advisors, faculty, and teaching assistants (TAs) from the courses with the most impact on first-year learning—Core and “pseudo-core”—together to explore and implement inclusive teaching practices.

CTLO Director, Cassandra Horii, was recently elected as President of the POD Network in Higher Education—the premier organization for teaching and learning centers in North America!
Broader Impacts
FYI - NSF Career Program Webinar

On May 22nd, NSF will host a Career Program Webinar in preparation for the next round of NSF Career  applications due in July.

CTLO Can Help!

Whether you are at the proposal or implementation stage, CTLO can help you develop and implement effective educational outreach and "broader impacts" models. We have collaborated on a number of successful grant applications recently. If your plans involve hosting or working with minors on campus, please review Caltech's Guidelines for Programs with Minors. You may also contact Mitch Aiken for assistance in developing and implementing your plan.  
Save The Date: Coming Up!
Monday, April 10, 2017
4:00-5:00 PM
Race Matters: Diversity and Inclusion in Science
Talk by David Asai, PhD (Bi'80)
Beckman Institute Auditorium

5:30-7:00 PM, Discussion
Caltech Center for Diversity
RSVP Required

Thursday, May 11, 2017
12:15 PM-2:00 PM
Inclusive Mentoring: Why It Matters and How You Can Make A Difference
Talk by Becky Wai-Ling Packard, PhD
Beckman Institute Auditorium

3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Faculty/PI Roundtable: Building a Mentoring Culture in Your Lab or Department Discussion
RSVP Required

Thursday, May 25, 2017
1:00-2:00 PM
Is the Classroom Lecture Becoming Extinct or Simply Evolving?
Talk by Catherine L. Drennan, PhD
Noyes 153

Monday, June 5, 2017
11:00AM-12:00 PM
CPET Spring Seminar
Talk by Amanda Holton, PhD
Location TBA

Thursday, June 15, 2017
11:00AM-12:00 PM
CPET Spring Seminar
Talk by Erin Sanders, PhD
Location TBA

Wednesdays, Aug. 23 - Sept. 13, 2017
12:00PM - 1:30PM
2nd Faculty Summer Short Course on Course Design
To express interest or for more information, contact the instructor, Dr. Jennifer Weaver

Please Note:
If you require any special accommodations for the events listed above due to a disability, please contact Barbara Green, Disability Services Coordinator, well in advance and she will help make arrangements for you.
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