Please join us in congratulating
2016 My Last Lecture Award Recipient:

Professor Will Conley
UCLA Department of Mathematics

More than 50 years ago, the "My Last Lecture"  award was established to honor a UCLA professor who is an inspiration to students. Every year, the Alumni Scholars Club asks students from all over campus to vote for their favorite professor, the one whose teaching has inspired them the most. These notable UCLA  professors were given the chance to put all of their life lessons and advice for students into one “last lecture.”

The Alumni Scholars Club (ASC) hosted this year's ceremony on Tuesday May 17th at the De Neve Auditorium. On this day Professor Conley not only received his award, but also gave an inspiring lecture on the question posed to the original lecturers more than 50 years ago:  What would you tell your audience if you had but one lecture to give - your last lecture on this earth?

Congrats, Will, and thank you for your inspirational teaching!

To see past recipients of this award and watch their lectures, please see the UCLA Alumni website here .
Upcoming Events
CEILS Journal Club for STEM Education Research 
Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM   Location:  1100 TSLB 
About Journal Club: CEILS members explore relevant education literature in more depth and develop greater understanding of assessment techniques and data analysis. Presenters select a paper and lead a discussion about how education researchers have documented the relationship between effective teaching practices and their impact on student learning, knowledge retention, and persistence in STEM majors. Faculty, graduate students, and post-docs are welcome to participate!    

Journal Club will resume in Fall 2016. If you would like to present an educational research paper or relevant personal educational research for journal club next Fall, please contact

13th Annual Teaching Professor Conference
June 3-5, 2016 , Renaissance Washington Hotel - Washington, DC

Learn more and register online.

First Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference
June 8-10, 2016 , University of Northern Colorado

Learn more and register online.

2016 SMTI/NSEC National Conference - Center Roles in Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
June 8-9, 2016 , Hotel Contessa in San Antonio
Learn more and register online.

Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA (HERI): Summer Institutes 2016
Institutes take place here at UCLA with presentations by faculty and researchers.

Details and registration available at under "Institutes".

June 2016 Engineering Community Engagement Workshop  
An exciting opportunity to learn about integrating community-inspired design and community engagement experiences into your engineering curriculum.  
June 22 (evening reception) then 23-25, 2016 in Baton Rouge in Louisiana  (just before the ASEE Conference in New Orleans. Learn more and register online.

Center for Undergraduate Research Biennial Conference 2016
Advancing Undergraduate Research: Collaboration and Innovation in a Global Society
June 26-28, 2016 , University of South Florida
Learn more and register online.

Coming Soon (Register Now, Save the Dates)...
Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research National Meeting 
July 14-17, 2016University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
SABER fosters Biology Education Research (BER) and its dissemination by defining the standards for BER practice, supporting the BER community through training and faculty development programs, and fostering collaborations among BER investigators
International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research (BEERS)
College of Charleston,  Oct. 14-16, 2016
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) 2016 International Conference
September 8-10, 2016, Sao Paulo, Brazil

AAAS News: Connect with members via Trellis, AAAS's new communication and collaboration platform  

In an effort to become a multimedia, multiplatform science communication enterprise, rather than a print-centric publisher, AAAS recently invested in the creation of a new science communication tool known as Trellis.  The goal is to better enable the scientific community to connect across disciplines, affiliations, and geographies in order to communicate and work together more effectively. Continue to full article...

 NSF 2016 STEM 2016 Video Showcase: Advancing STEM Learning for All

View the 156 videos that showcase innovative work taking place across the country and read the discussions that complement each video. This event runs from Tuesday, May 17 through Monday, May 23. Videos recognized as “facilitators’ choice”, “public choice” and “presenters’ choice” will be announced on this site on Tuesday, May 24.

Toward Better National Data on Postsecondary Education  

The Institute for Higher Education Policy is today releasing a series of papers that, taken together, are designed to point the way toward a more vibrant set of national data on student outcomes.

The papers, which come from a wide range of policy experts, cover an array of topics, such as the possibility of creating a federal student-level data system, how to link existing federal data systems, strategies for protecting privacy of students and the possible role of the National Student Clearinghouse. 

New CIRTL Course: Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning is launching the second online course for STEM teaching starting June 1. You can enroll to participate in discussions and activities, or view the fantastic collection of organized resources including videos by esteemed faculty and educational researchers without needing to enroll.

**If you plan to enroll and would like to connect with others at UCLA interested in discussing the course together please email and we will facilitate introductions and can  help you find a meeting space if needed.**

View course, the previous course which is also running this summer, and resources:

Professional Development
Post-Docs & Graduate Students
Two Great Resources for Learning About Opportunities in Science has recently created a new pair of web-based portals to help undergraduates and graduate students alike search for Federally-sponsored opportunities in STEM. If you are interested, please see the links below.
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database provides the basis for the Career Exploration Tools, a set of assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Biomedical & Life Science Graduate Student Professional Development Workshops – Spring 2016   
RSVP for any of these events at

  • Monday, May 23, 2016 (today!) - Nailing the First Impression: How to Succeed in The Interview 12:00pm, Career Center Room 200
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - Exploring Careers in... Social Entrepreneurship
    8:30-10:30am, CNSI Auditorium
Job Opportunities

STEM Manager, Graduate Student Career Services (SAO IV)
UCLA Career Center (UCLA Position)
[Application Deadline: May 26, 2016]
► UCLA Campus Human Resources (, Requisition No. 23806

UCLA Extension MIMG 6 (Microbiology for Non-Majors) Instructor Needed
Downtown Los Angeles(UCLA Extension)
[Application Deadline: ASAP]
Full job description can be viewed here at UCLA Extension jobs

Instructional Consultant for Diversity and Inclusive Teaching
University of Michigan
[Application Deadline: June 17, 2016]
Full job description can be viewed here at UM Jobs Portal. Submit CV &Cover Letter as a single  .PDF (, Requisition No. 125905

Education Specialist Positions at the Center for Education Effectiveness
UC Davis
[Application Deadline: June 3, 2016]
Full job description can be viewed here. Please apply at UC Davis Career Opportunities (, Requisition No. 03016310

Director of Integrated Academic Support Programs
Rutgers Learning Centers
[Apply soon! They are looking for a start date of July 1, 2016]
Full job description can be viewed here. Please apply at the Rutgers University Website (

Assistant Professor in Chemical Education Research
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
[Application Deadline: June 20, 2016]

Assistant Director for Teaching Assistant (TA) Development and Recognition
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia
[Application Deadline: May 27, 2016]

Helmsley Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in Physics
Yale University
[Application Deadline: Open Until Filled]

Assistant Director of Biology Teaching and Learning
The Division of Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
[Application Deadline: May 23, 2016]

Associate/Professor in STEM Education
The College of Education, College of Natural Science, College of Engineering, and the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University
[Application Review begins August 1st, 2016] 

Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences | UCLA

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