J Term 2021



– Recordings: please ask Rachel.
– Synopsis without watching the recordings: For those who prefer reading a short story instead of viewing the recording or slides, Dana Foundation’s interviewed me, and it covers a lot of what I said in the workshop https://dana.org/article/fumiko-hoeft-receives-2018-sfn-science-educator-award/

The J-Term Committee is excited to announce our schedule of activities for next week (January 11-13). Here is a link to the full, interactive program. We encourage you to peruse the interactive program for relevant background/details on each session. In the interactive program, clicking on a session title will bring you to session details:

All training sessions will take place in Zoom; here’s a link to the Zoom room (which is also shown below). To promote networking during J-Term, we’ve created a space in Gather.town called the “beerpeer-garden.” Gather is a video-calling space that lets multiple people hold separate conversations in parallel, walking in and out of those conversations just as one would if we were all having lunch in Oak Hall. All are encouraged to drop in and have lunch in the beerpeer-garden anytime between 11:30 AM and 1 PM every day of J-Term to promote networking and a sense of community.

A narrative of the schedule is presented below. We’ve got two action items for you:
  1. Complete this brief survey to help our science communication speakers better tailor their presentation to our group.
  2. Send Kirsten Renya (kirsten.reyna@uconn.edu) an e-mail letting her know that you’d like to participate in the research blitz session (if you’re interested, and we really hope that you are!).

Feel free to reach out with any questions; we’re really looking forward to seeing you next week,

J-Term Committee

(Dave Saltzman, Kirsten Renya, Joselyn Perez, Jason Crutcher, and Rachel Theodore)


Linked resources
Schedule narrative

Panel debate (Myers, Luthra, Altmann, Davis) on the pros vs. cons of using fMRI to study cognitive processes. The afternoon session is led by the SLAC Diversity committee and will involve discussion of the ideas generated in small groups earlier this semester, with the goal of creating groups to put some of these ideas into action.

Tuesday A session on outreach during a pandemic (Hoeft, Giovannone) in the morning and a research blitz in the afternoon. All are strongly encouraged to participate in the afternoon research blitz! Everyone can take 2-3 minutes to share an exciting finding, tell us about a new idea being workshopped, describe a problem you’ve recently encountered, or anything else related to your research this past year. If you’re keen to participate, and we really hope you are, simply send an e-mail to Kirsten Renya (kirsten.reyna@uconn.edu) letting her know that you’ll be presenting!
Wednesday A presentation/discussion on science communication led by Dr. Julia Strand (Carleton College) and Dr. Jonathan Peelle (Washington University in St. Louis). Drs. Strand and Peelle have extensive experience in science communication through various media including Twitter, blog, podcast, and publicly available courses. You’re invited to complete this brief survey to help them customize their talk to our group. In the afternoon, we have a presentation from Dr. Julia Drouin (CalState-Fullerton) and Dr. Christina Tzeng (San Jose State University) regarding preparing for careers at teaching-focused institutions.