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August 10, 2011

Gophers quarterback says Youth Studies class honed leadership skills

Marqueis GrayIn an interview in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Gophers football quarterback MarQueis Gray credits an internship program that was part of a Youth Studies class with helping to make him a better leader. Gray and teammates Brandon Green, Johnny Johnson, Eric Lair, Christyn Lewis, Da'Jon McKnight and Troy Stoudermire, all Youth Studies majors, took the Youthwork Internship class this summer.

The students spent three days a week in a supervised field learning experience working with the DeLaSalle High School football team. Youth Studies is part of the School of Social Work, and the class was instructed by Assistant Professsor Katie Johnston-Goodstar. Read the story in the Pioneer Press.

Professor McConnell appointed to governor's Early Learning Council

Scott McConnellScott McConnell, professor of Educational Psychology and director of community engagement in the Center for Early Education and Development, is one of 22 appointees who will serve on Governor Dayton's Early Learning Council. The council "will be responsible for advising the Governor, the Children's Cabinet, and the legislature on how to increase access to high quality state and federal early childhood care and education programs for all Minnesota learners -- including those who are part of underrepresented and special programs," according to an August 10 press release from the governor's office,

"Minnesota's future success depends upon building an education system that gives every child a chance to succeed," said Governor Dayton. "By starting early we can lay a strong foundation to ensure every learner has the tools to excel in the classroom, in our communities, and in life."

Read the full press release.

August 1, 2011

David W. Johnson receives National Register Award for Excellence

David JohnsonEducational Psychology emeritus professor David W. Johnson has been awarded the 2011 Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

The Wellner Award is the National Register's highest honor bestowed on a psychologist to commemorate numerous and significant contributions to psychology during a distinguished career. Dr. Johnson's nomination emphasized his contribution to the development and design of a series of psychology-based programs aimed at preventive mental health implemented in the schools (preschool through graduate school).

Hewitt new director of Research and Training Center on Community Living

Thumbnail image for Hewitt_Amy_140pixels_w.jpgAmy Hewitt, Ph.D., has been selected as the new director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) in the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration (ICI). She will assume the new role effective August 15, 2011, succeeding Charlie Lakin, Ph.D., who has been appointed director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the U.S. Department of Education.

Hewitt has worked at the RTC for the past 20 years and has an extensive background of research, publishing, and training in the areas of services, supports, and policies impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has served as coordinator of the College of Education and Human Development's Certificate in Disability Policy and Services, jointly offered through ICI and the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and is also co-director of the Minnesota LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Disabilities), a joint program of the Department of Pediatrics and ICI. She and her many colleagues within the RTC look forward to continuing to build upon the strong foundation for the center's internationally-respected work developed under Lakin's decades of leadership.

Kane takes on media portrayal of female athletes in The Nation

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Kinesiology professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is a featured columnist in a special issue of The Nation magazine devoted to the role and impact of sports in U.S. culture.

In this month's issue, titled "Views from Left Field," Kane's column presents a compelling critique of sport media related to the portrayal of female athletes and the notion of "sex sells," complete with a slide show illustrating her arguments. Kane's analysis is based on a research study she conducted with her advisee, Heather Maxwell (Ph.D. '09), and published in the Journal of Sport Management in May 2011.

Additional historical background and a slide show of media portrayals is available on the website of the Tucker Center.

July 29, 2011

Study on corporal punishment shows damage to kids' cognitive functions

CarlsonS-Pref.jpgA new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, University of Toronto, and McGill University in Montreal indicates that children in schools that use corporal punishment perform worse in tasks involving executive functioning than those in schools relying on milder forms of discipline. Associate Professor Stephanie Carlson, one of the study's authors, followed 63 children in kindergarten or first grade at two West African private schools.

In one school, discipline in the form of beating with a stick, slapping of the head, and pinching was administered publicly and routinely for offenses ranging from forgetting a pencil to being disruptive in class. In the other school, children were disciplined for similar offenses with the use of time-outs and verbal reprimands. While overall performance on executive-functioning tasks--planning, abstract thinking, delayed gratification--was similar in the younger children from both schools, the 1st grade children in the non-punitive school scored significantly higher that those in the punitive school.

Carlson, from the Institute of Child Development, believes the research suggests that a harshly punitive environment may have long-term detrimental effects on kids' verbal intelligence and their executive functioning ability. She also thinks the findings have widespread relevance for education in the United States.

"In the U.S., 19 states still allow corporal punishment in schools, although more of them are now asking for parent permission to use it," she said. "With this new evidence that the practice might actually undermine children's cognitive skills needed for self-control and learning, parents and policymakers can be better informed."

The study is published in the journal Social Development. For more information, see the University news release.

July 25, 2011

Social work dual degree student receives fellowship for Uganda project

kaela picture.jpgKaela Glass, who is pursuing dual master's degrees in social work and public policy, has received a Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship for a project in Uganda. She will intern with WellShare International in Uganda, focusing on a monitoring and evaluation project with a community initiative that serves orphans and adults living with HIV/AIDS. She also will undertake community organizing activities to increase education and communication around sexual and reproductive health. In addition, she will work with local partners to draft a child protection policy to allow WellShare to better protect children with HIV from economic and sexual exploitation.

The Judd fellowships are aimed at increasing opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. They are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs. Glass will receive her master's in social work from the School of Social Work and her public policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

July 22, 2011

Transparency International appoints Chapman to expert panel for Global Corruption Report on Education

David ChapmanTransparency International has appointed David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, to its Expert Advisory Panel for the Global Corruption Report on Education. Best known for its annual Corruption Perception Index, Transparency International is a highly acclaimed international organization devoted to promoting transparency in elections, public administration, procurement, and business. Working through its global network of more than 90 national chapters, it undertakes advocacy campaigns to lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.

July 21, 2011

Cedar Creek artist in residence explores nature with a human touch

LindaButurian1.jpgSenior teaching specialist Linda Buturian, in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, is currently an artist in residence at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her essay, "Secret Knowledge," which is the first of three narratives with images recently published on the Cedar Creek website, captures the essence of Cedar Bog Lake and its relationship to people and the surrounding ecosystem.

Buturian's essay collection, World Gone Beautiful: Life Along the Rum River, was published by Cathedral Hill Press. As a writer and teacher, Buturian develops curriculum and teaches humanities courses for CEHD. To learn more about the interdisciplinary water seminar she designed, and to view her students' digital stories, visit the course website.

July 18, 2011

Ph.D candidate earns dissertation fellowship to study in Samoa

Christina Kwauk.jpgChristina Kwauk, Ph.D. student in educational policy and administration-comparative and international development education, from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been awarded a 2011-12 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. Her topic is Navigating Development Futures: Sport and the Production of Healthy Bodies in Samoa and American Samoa.

The purpose of the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship program is to give outstanding final-year Ph.D. candidates who are making timely progress toward the degree--typically those who will be entering their final one year or two years of graduate study--an opportunity to complete the dissertation within the upcoming academic year by devoting full-time effort to the research and writing of the dissertation.

July 13, 2011

Social Work student is first Mdewakanton scholar to graduate

barry-korina-180x120.jpgKorina Barry received her master's degree in social work in May, becoming the first Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Scholar to earn a degree under the scholarship program established three years ago. She is now a senior social worker in the Indian Child Welfare long-term foster care unit in Hennepin County. In a University feature story, she talks about the people and programs that supported her on the way to earning her degree.

Rise in stubbornness seen from governments to relationships

Steven HarrisInstant gratification through technology, isolation from other people due to being plugged in, and the rise of personalized and customized experiences have all contributed to a rise in "my way or the highway" stubbornness, according to family social science researchers. It can be seen on many relationship levels -- from couples in the home, to elected officials who butt heads as Minnesota's state government shutdown heads into its second week, with no clear end in sight.

This heels-dug-in attitude is us saying "I don't like how this is affecting me," says Dr. Steven Harris, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. In speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Harris cites a waning amount of interpersonal interaction as breaking down not only relationship skills, but conflict resolution.

Tai MendenhallDr. Tai Mendenhall, professor of family medicine and adjunct in family social science, says that the brain is wired to look for black or white, us-or-them solutions, and it can take outside perspective to bring in other ideas.

Harris says ultimately seeing the other side as "just being out to get you" won't lead to any kind of progress or solution. His advice to couples -- to try to see not only the other side, but also its integrity -- could be a good tip for governments as well.

July 7, 2011

Wade receives award for scholarship on motor development, ergonomics

WadeM-2009.jpgProfessor Michael Wade, School of Kinesiology, was recognized with the prestigious President's Award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) at its recent annual conference in Burlington, VT. NASPSPA is a renowned international society dedicated to the scientific study of motor behavior and sport/exercise psychology. The President's Award is given to scholars who have made a significant impact on the field of kinesiology and especially the NASPSPA organization.

"Mike has been a cornerstone of NASPSPA's longevity and stability, said Jody Jensen, president of NASPSPA. "Mike served the society as president in 1987-1988. He was the senior lecturer in 2002 for Motor Development. Mike worked alongside Rainer Martens, Jack Keogh, and Dick Schmidt in creating NASPSPA's first independent conference held in 1973, and regularly served as program area chair for Motor Development (1984, 1989, 1997). He has been a great mentor to many of us in NASPSPA."

Wade is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of motor development and ergonomics and has been the keynote speaker at conferences from Turkey to Australia, from Taiwan to Egypt. He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and other professional organizations.

Alumnus honored with international leadership award

Imho BaeImho Bae has been named a 2011 recipient of the University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. Bae received his doctorate from the School of Social Work in 1991. He is a leader in the field of conflict resolution, an international scholar, and dean of the College of Social Sciences at Soongsil University. He is considered a pioneer in the field of social welfare, and is South Korea's best known scholar in the field of correctional welfare. In addition, he is known for his devotion to working for peace throughout the Korean Peninsula.

In naming Bae a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, the selection committee cited his ongoing efforts as a teacher, scholar, and peacemaker. His continued behind-the-scenes efforts to push for additional reconciliation efforts between North and South Korea are a valuable contribution to global peacemaking efforts.

Read more about Bae's work.

July 1, 2011

Recent sport management graduate one of eight Fulbright winners

Kristin Garland.jpgThe University of Minnesota announced its Fulbright recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year, which include four undergraduate and four graduate students. In an award announced earlier this spring, Kristin Garland, who recently received a master's degree in sport management, was named 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Garland is advised by Eric Brownlee, lecturer in sport management.

Working directly with the Olympiatoppen, an organization responsible for training elite Norwegian athletes, Garland will examine the differences between the school-sponsored model of athletics and club cross-country ski teams. She will focus on the experiences of elite skiers by evaluating the relationship between achievement and the integration of sport into the academic model. In addition, Garland will explore how collegiate athletic teams can provide greater support to international student-athletes, which would ensure a more meaningful experience and will hopefully encourage more international student-athletes to study abroad.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 300,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, and cultural institutions; exchange ideas; and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as on demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

June 30, 2011

Researcher explains why it's so hard to lose the last 10 pounds

IngrahamS-2011.jpgKinesiology lecturer Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., was interviewed recently on the Good Question segment of WCCO-TV news. Answering the question "Why Are the Last 10 Pounds So Hard to Lose?", Ingraham described the difficulty in losing weight as we grow older and strategies for compensating for our slowing metabolism.

Watch the segment below.

June 29, 2011

Social Work professor recognized worldwide for peacemaking efforts

Mark UmbreitSchool of Social Work Professor Mark Umbreit is profiled in a University feature story on his life's work and commitment to teaching peace. Umbreit, the founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, is an internationally recognized scholar with more than 40 years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and researcher who has spread his knowledge and training to address conflict in more than 25 countries. He has also written eight books and hundreds of articles on restorative justice, mediation, and peacemaking.

See the feature story for an in-depth look at the teaching, research, and professional collaborations of Umbreit locally, nationally, and abroad.

June 27, 2011

Lakin to lead National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Charlie Lakin web quality photo.jpgCharlie Lakin joins the U.S. Department of Education as director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research on August 29, 2011. Currently the director of the University of Minnesota's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living, in the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), Lakin will bring to his new position more than 40 years of experience as a teacher, researcher, consultant, and advocate in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Throughout his career, Lakin's expertise has been widely sought after by federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as disability advocacy organizations, in their efforts to provide quality services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in community settings. He has directed dozens of research and training projects and has authored or co-authored 300 publications that have contributed to the shift in the United States from providing services for persons with developmental disabilities in institutions to supporting community living.

"This is an incredible honor that speaks to Dr. Lakin's outstanding professional career and commitment to individuals with disabilities," said David Johnson, professor and director of ICI.

Among recognitions that Lakin has received for his work are appointment by President Clinton to the President's Committee on Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' Dybwad Humanitarian Award, the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Community Service Award, and, most recently, the 2010 Research Matters! award from The Arc of the United States.

Lakin holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, M.A. and M.Ed. degrees in special education from the Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa.

June 22, 2011

Literacy researchers create innovative program for Mpls. Public Schools

Jennifer McComasSix Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) have been selected as locations for Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites (PRESS), a comprehensive approach to early literacy developed by Minnesota Center for Reading Research co-directors Lori Helman and Matthew Burns and educational psychology professor Jennifer McComas. The Target Foundation is donating $6 million to fund PRESS and other district literacy programs over the next three years. The selected schools are Marcy Open School, Anishinabe Academy, Anne Sullivan Communication Center, Pillsbury Elementary, Harvest Preparatory School and Best Academy.

Aimed at preparing all Minneapolis students to read by the third grade, PRESS expands upon research-based strategies developed via the Minnesota Reading First model, which improved student vocabulary, comprehension, word recognition, and fluency. Helman, Burns, and McComas, in partnership with The Minnesota Reading Corps, helped develop instructional strategies for students of all skill levels in kindergarten through third grade, including expanded support for English Language Learners.

Lori Helman"PRESS integrates the research on what is essential for student success in reading, the instructional practices that help learners advance, and the school-wide structures that ensure a continuous focus on data," said Helman, associate professor in curriculum and instruction. "There is evidence that each of these areas is critical to improved outcomes in student performance."

Through PRESS, the selected schools will benefit from four key elements:
• A focus on quality core instruction with a schedule that allows a literacy block of 90 minutes for instruction plus 30 additional minutes for supplemental intervention or enrichment in literacy;
• Professional development that allows teachers to continuously improve and share their learning as well as monitor the progress of each student;
• A systematic process for data collection and prescriptive data analyses; and
• Tiered interventions and support for students who are not making adequate progress toward reading proficiency.
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"What makes PRESS unique is: A, the melding of different research-based components, the likes of which has not been done before, and B, the addressing of core principles and practices, rather than implementing of programs," said Burns, professor in educational psychology.

Through an ongoing partnership that includes the Minnesota Reading Corps, University faculty and graduate students will provide coaching and support over the next three years.

Helman explains that the long-term goals of the project extend far beyond the initial six sites. "We will learn a lot in our collaboration with the individual school sites, the MPS district and the charter school leadership teams. PRESS project leaders will document our challenges and solutions as we engage together to meet our goals. Based on the work in Minneapolis, we hope to extend the model to other schools across the country in years to come."

June 21, 2011

Institute on Community Integration featured on the Discovery Channel

A profile of the college's Institute on Community Integration aired on the Discovery Channel on Monday, June 27, 2011. It provides a brief overview of the positive societal changes in attitudes toward, and life options for, people with disabilities in recent decades, and how the work of the institute supports those changes. Included are interview excerpts with institute director David R. Johnson; Martha Thurlow, director of the institute's National Center on Educational Outcomes; and the institute's founder and current University President Bob Bruininks.

The profile is part of a television program called "The Profiles Series," which is hosted by Lou Gossett Jr., and focuses on stories about people and organizations that are making a positive impact in the world. See the series website for more information.

Literacy education Ph.D. candidate awarded dissertation fellowship

Candance Doerr-StevensCandance Doerr-Stevens, Ph.D. candidate in the literacy education program (Curriculum and Instruction), was awarded a 2011-12 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by the University of Minnesota Graduate School. These prestigious fellowships are given to select graduate students to allow them to devote full-time effort to their dissertations during their final year of study.

Doerr-Stevens's research examines the use of multiple modes of communication, such as image, sound, music, and motion, as students collaboratively create radio and film documentaries.

June 16, 2011

U invests in Multi-Sensory Perception research facility

Juergen Konczak and Thomas Stoffregen, professors in the School of Kinesiology, are among the recipients of an award from the Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) Infrastructure Investment Initiative.

Working in collaboration with the University's academic leadership, OVPR identified 11 key infrastructure projects in support of research and scholarship at the University. "This funding will help support high-end research and scholarly needs that will benefit the entire University community [and] will provide fiscally stable infrastructure that will have a long-term impact," said Vice President for Research Tim Mulcahy.

The award supports the creation of a new Multi-Sensory Perception research facility "to allow researchers to present visual, auditory and haptic stimuli to human subjects in an acoustically and electrically shielded environment, and to measure responses via behavioral (body and eye movement tracking), physiological (heart rate, skin conductance, ECG), and neural responses (EEG techniques).This facility extends the uni-modal capabilities of individual investigators to permit multi-modal experiments, support existing collaborations, and lead to new initiatives."

The award includes the Principal Investigator, Andrew Oxenham, College of Liberal Arts, and 25 co-investigators including Yuhong Jiang, Psychology; Hubert Lim, Biomedical Engineering; Peggy Nelson, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences; and Stergios Roumeliotis, Computer Science and Engineering.

Weiss recognized with The First Tee Founders Award

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was chosen as the 2011 recipient of The First Tee Founders Award for her "extraordinary contributions that have allowed The First Tee initiative to grow and flourish into one of America's premier youth development organizations." The First Tee is a physical activity-based youth development program, wherein golf is used as a vehicle for teaching children and adolescents life skills and core values. Over 250 Chapters of The First Tee exist in the United States and many others are established in Asia, Canada, and Europe.

Weiss and her graduate students conducted a four-year evaluation study of The First Tee that demonstrated how the life skills curriculum and coach training program were making a positive impact on youth development. Findings from the study were also translated to strengthen curricular lessons and their delivery in order to further "impact the lives of young people in a meaningful way."

June 15, 2011

Social Work Ph.D. candidate awarded dissertation fellowship

Simmelink-J-2011.jpgJennifer Simmelink, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work, has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2011-12 from the University of Minnesota Graduate School. The $22,500 fellowship is intended to enable outstanding Ph.D. candidates to devote full-time effort to the research and writing of the dissertation. Simmelink's study is titled "An Exploration of the Social Construction of Drug and Alcohol Use in Displaced Karen Refugee Communities." The fellowship funds will help support her travel to Thailand for research.

Leon shares exercise science expertise around the world

Arthur LeonArthur Leon, M.D., professor of exercise science in the School of Kinesiology, will be presenting at the International 21st Puijo Symposium to be held in Kuopio, Finland, June 29 to July 2. His invited paper is titled "Interaction of exercise and natural aging on the cardiovascular system of healthy adults." Leon has also had an article accepted for publication by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine on the same topic. The article will be the centerpiece for a themed issue on Lifestyle Medicine and the Physiology of Aging. The journal representative said, "This is the best review that I have read on the physiology of exercise in aging individuals."

Last year Leon presented at the National Annual Meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago, at the EPS Global International Cardiovascular Forum in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and at the 6th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences in Athens, Greece.

June 13, 2011

How (not) to say 'I'm sorry'

William DohertyFamily social science professor William Doherty shared some thoughts recently on how high-profile figures like Anthony Weiner should (or should not) apologize for their behavior. "A mistake is turning the wrong way down a one-way street or forgetting to get an anniversary present," Doherty said in "Better safe than sorry" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "A pattern of online relationships with multiple women requires more than 'I regret my mistakes, and I know I've hurt you.'"

The article captures the opinions of Doherty and two other local experts on the recent stories of celebrity missteps and subsequent mea culpas, including Weiner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gilbert Gottfried, Charlie Sheen, and Lindsay Lohan.

June 10, 2011

Reynolds leads long-term study supporting importance of early childhood programs

Arthur ReynoldsHigh-quality early education has a strong, positive impact well into adulthood, according to research led by Institute of Child Development professor Arthur Reynolds. The study is the longest follow-up ever of an established large-scale early childhood program.

In "School-based Early Childhood Education and Age 28 Well-Being: Effects by Timing, Dosage, and Subgroups," published in the journal Science, Reynolds and his colleagues report on more than 1,400 individuals whose well-being has been tracked for as much as 25 years. Those who had participated in an early childhood program beginning at age 3 showed higher levels of educational attainment, socioeconomic status, job skills, and health insurance coverage as well as lower rates of substance abuse, felony arrest, and incarceration than those who received the usual early childhood services.

The research focused on participants in the Child-Parent Center Education Program, a publicly funded early childhood development program that begins in preschool and provides up to six years of service in the Chicago public schools. Through the Chicago Longitudinal Study, Reynolds and colleagues have studied the educational and social development of a same-age cohort of low-income, minority children (93 percent African American) who participated in this program.

It is one of the most extensive and comprehensive studies ever undertaken of young children's learning. Reynolds and colleagues have reported on the Chicago individuals starting in preschool, then annually through the school-age years, and periodically through early adulthood.

Reynolds, who is co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative, led the study with Judy Temple, a professor in the University's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

See the University's home page feature story and the UMNews press release for more information. Also see the story in the National Institutes of Health Research Matters.

June 7, 2011

Bigelow collaborates with English educators in Vietnam

BigelowM_180_2011.jpgMartha Bigelow, associate professor in the second languages and cultures program (Department of Curriculum and Instruction), was invited to Hanoi, Vietnam recently by the U.S. State Department and Hanoi University to work with six teams of English teacher educators on developing new courses for their undergraduate teacher education program.

For more information and photos, see the University of Languages and International Studies' blog story.

May 27, 2011

Tucker Center announces winner of Edith Mueller Grad Fellowship Award

emily-h1.jpgEmily Houghton, School of Kinesiology doctoral student, has been awarded a fellowship for 2011-12 from the Edith Mueller Endowed Fund for Graduate Education in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. The award was established in the Tucker Center to honor Edie Mueller, daughter of Drs. Van and Mildred "Mike" Mueller. Dr. Van Mueller is professor emeritus in the former Department of Educational Policy and Administration; Dr. Mike Mueller is a CEHD alumna and a retired faculty member from Augsburg College. The Muellers have been major supporters of the Tucker Center since the early 1990s in large measure because they are deeply committed to research, education, and outreach that make a difference in people's lives.

Houghton will use the award to support her collaborative research project, "(In)visible Pioneers: Exploring the Experiences of African American Female Athletes during the Civil Rights Era." Her research examines the sporting experiences of six pioneering African American female athletes who participated in either high school or collegiate sports in the Twin Cities during the latter part of the civil rights movement. The critical question which guides her study is: What role did sports play in the lives of African American female athletes who grew up during the 1960s and 1970s? As part of this question, the investigation will identify the benefits of and barriers to sports participation for African American females, as well as the social processes that contributed to their relationships which have lasted over 40 years.

"Emily's commitment to social justice and giving voice to those who have typically been silenced is commendable. We are pleased to support her important work," says Tucker Center Associate Director Dr. Nicole LaVoi.

May 20, 2011

M.A. student earns State Department scholarship to study in Turkey

allison_link2.jpgAlison Link, a student in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning's Multicultural College Teaching and Learning M.A. program, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Turkish in Turkey. She will spend seven to ten weeks in an intensive language institute this summer. The CLS program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences.

May 18, 2011

Galda receives Arbuthnot Award

Lee GaldaLee Galda, professor of literacy education, received the Arbuthnot Award for outstanding university teaching of children's and young adults' literature from the International Reading Association (IRA).

The IRA is a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy since 1956. More than 70,000 members strong, the association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Members promote high levels of literacy for all by:

  • Improving the quality of reading instruction
  • Disseminating research and information about reading
  • Encouraging the lifetime reading habit

Galda has written 11 books and many book chapters, including the first chapter on children's literature in the Handbook of Reading Research (3rd edition), as well as articles in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, and The New Advocate. She was children's books department editor for The Reading Teacher, coauthored the Professional Resources column for The New Advocate, was a contributing editor for The Riverbank Review, and a member of the 2003 Newbery Award Selection Committee. She also has served on selection committees for the Minnesota Book Awards. Her textbook, Literature and the Child, is now in its 7th edition.

May 17, 2011

McKnight Foundation funds literacy plan for CEHD partner school district

The McKnight Foundation has announced funding for a preK-3 reading initiative in collaboration with CEHD and the Brooklyn Center Independent School District #286. Part of a larger effort to improve early literacy, the McKnight funding will include an initial $150,000 grant to develop comprehensive strategies, with additional funding possible after the first year for implementation.

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The college's strong relationship with the district's Earle Brown Elementary School has become a model for success and shows the positive effects of support from literacy faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's elementary education program. "For six years, the district has partnered with the University of Minnesota to introduce the concept of a continuum that includes reading strategies, skills, and assessment tools within an elementary literacy framework," according to the McKnight announcement. Initial licensure candidates from the college have taken literacy education courses at Earle Brown.

More recently, CEHD's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) has strengthened the bond with Earle Brown even more, said partnership coordinator Stacy Ernst. "The deepening relationship is an example of how the redesign of the way we 'do' partnerships helps all involved--districts, centers, programs--deepen, focus, and fund the work," she said. "The college's Educator Development and Research Center (EDRC) is working across college departments and centers to advocate for our school partners and university faculty, match interests/research needs, and coordinate new connections within the TERI Partner Network."

The McKnight early literacy planning grant involves several college centers: the Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR), the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), and EDRC. Through the TERI partnership, Earle Brown will benefit from CEHD's co-teaching teacher candidates from elementary education for year-long clinical experiences beginning in August 2011. The McKnight funding will enhance the college/district partnership, according to Brooklyn Center superintendent Keith Lester. "Reading is a gateway to lifelong learning, and all students deserve to be guided through it," he said. "The McKnight partnership will allow Earle Brown to fully coordinate the efforts of our dedicated teachers toward closing the achievement gap and moving each of our children toward this goal." MCRR and CEED will collaborate to help Brooklyn Center staff as they develop a plan for expanding their literacy framework to encompass a comprehensive Pre-K through third grade literacy continuum.

The McKnight funding is also being extended to Minneapolis Public Schools, which is another TERI partner and recently announced a Target corporation grant to support a research-based literacy initiative with MCRR aimed at preparing all Minneapolis students to read by the third grade.

May 13, 2011

Social Work's Fisher honored by graduate students

Colleen FisherSchool of Social Work Assistant Professor Colleen Fisher received a 2011 Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award this spring. The award was created by graduate students to recognize faculty members for their exceptional contributions to graduate education. The nominating letter cited Fisher's ability to bring "to every student and to every class a special combination of drive, passion, and humor, and the willingness to make that special personal commitment to help each student succeed." The nominators also noted her "deeply held commitment to student success both in school and beyond" and called her "the very best of the best."

Family social science experts featured in the Star Tribune

William DohertyPaul RosenblattProfessors Paul Rosenblatt and William Doherty, both renowned researchers on family issues, were noted for their expertise in the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently. Rosenblatt, who is retiring after more than 42 years of teaching and research in the Department of Family Social Science, is the subject of a column by Gail Rosenblum titled "'Retired' hardly describes U prof who's charting his next chapter." Doherty is quoted extensively in a front-page story on the decline in number of married couples in the Twin Cities area.

For more than 50 years, Rosenblatt has studied all sorts of challenges facing families, including loss and grief, rural family issues, multi-racial and cultural diversity barriers, and how government and corporate policies affect families. Most recently, his book Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing created world-wide interest, including more than 170 media requests.

Doherty and Rosenblatt share interests in family issues related to the growing number of multi-generational households, increased pressures on marriages, and the declines in marriage and family size. In the Star Tribune story on marriage decline, Doherty says, "People do value marriage, but it's more like an ideal, not a necessity....You don't have to be married to be seen as an adult now. Before, a 30-something unmarried guy was passed over for a management position, and a 30-something unmarried woman was a spinster who was seen as living a depleted life."

May 11, 2011

Yussen awarded grant to study alternative teacher licensure

Steve YussenSteve Yussen, professor in the Institute of Child Development, has received a Faculty Interactive Research Program grant to assess the impact of alternative teacher licensure in Minnesota. The grant, from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), will allow Yussen and his colleagues to study the new Minnesota alternative teacher licensure provision during the first 18 months it is implemented in relation to several key intended outcomes.

Through the grant program, CURA encourages University faculty members to conduct research that involves a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities and that includes active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

Ngo receives William T. Grant Foundation award

Bic NgoBic Ngo, assistant professor of culture and teaching in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is one of five exceptional early-career researchers recently selected as a William T. Grant Scholar. The Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Ngo will receive $350,000 distributed over a five-year period for her new research study, "Innovating Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Insights from Arts Programs Serving Immigrant Youth."

May 10, 2011

Professor, president tell how research can inform legislative reforms

Scott McConnellPresident Robert Bruininks and Scott McConnell, professor of educational psychology and Fesler-Lampert Chair of Urban and Regional Affairs, describe how "Research provides good answers to legislators' early-education questions" in a recent MinnPost article. Arguing that some of the best research on early education is produced in Minnesota, Bruininks and McConnell, director of community engagement in the Center for Early Education and Development, state that "early experiences can and do matter for children with special needs and developmental disabilities, as well as children who are 'just a little behind' in learning important language, motor, and cognitive skills." Noting a wealth of Minnesota research to support their opinions, they point out that children who receive high-quality early care and education enter kindergarten with better skills and preparation.

Bruininks and McConnell appeal to legislators and people across the state to recognize the important research findings available and to work with educators to use this information in support of investments in early care and education programs that work.

May 6, 2011

Two from college earn President's Award for Outstanding Service

1Martha L Thurlow web quality photo.jpgJean BauerJean Bauer, professor in the Department of Family Social Science, and Martha Thurlow, director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) in the Institute on Community Integration, have been awarded the 2011 President's Award for Outstanding Service to the University community.

The award is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Bauer, at the University since 1983, has had an extraordinary career as a professor and extension specialist, earning numerous awards and accolades, including commendations from the governor of Minnesota. An exceptional advocate for graduate students, she earned the University of Minnesota Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies award in 2004. Her extensive leadership roles over the years in governance and service at the University, in CEHD and Extension, and in diverse communities throughout Minnesota have been a hallmark of her professional life.

"Jean Bauer has spent her entire career as a 'citizen' of the higher education world," said one nominator. "[She is] concerned about the world beyond her office door, including those we teach and mentor, in a way that recognizes there is something bigger than an individual professional career at play here."

An alumna, Thurlow has worked at the University for more than four decades and was part of the team that founded NCEO in 1992. Her efforts have been focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities in the context of a strong public education system. As NCEO director since 1999, she "has positioned the University as the foremost research institution in the country for inclusive assessment and accountability systems for K-12 public education," according to her nominating letter. "Dr. Thurlow leads research to practice efforts in fluid and challenging federal and state policy environments, not simply by reacting to changing conditions but by shaping policy choices using research-based data and conceptual frames."

One of Thurlow's nominators summed up: "The quiet Angel of the U, Martha has impacted the lives of so many in her years of leadership at this institution."

May 2, 2011

Faculty research undergirds new Minneapolis/Target literacy program

Matthew BurnsUniversity of Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR) Co-Directors Lori Helman and Matthew Burns and Educational Psychology Professor Jennifer McComas have developed the comprehensive Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites (PRESS) that will be implemented in Minneapolis Public Schools. Aimed at preparing all Minneapolis students to read by the third grade, PRESS is based on a research-based approach to literacy. The district announced its partnership with Target Foundation, which is donating $6 million to district literacy programs over the next three years, in a press conference May 2.

Lori Helman Helman, Burns, and McComas, in partnership with The Minnesota Reading Corps, helped develop data-driven instructional strategies and interventions for students of all skill levels in grades K through 3 to assure each student receives needed teaching and interventions. This includes expanded support for English Language Learners. The partners have also established a professional development program to support literacy teachers as they make this systemic change.

Jennifer McComasThrough the ongoing partnership with The Minnesota Reading Corps, MCRR faculty and graduate students will provide ongoing coaching and support over the next three years of PRESS. University researchers will also investigate the effectiveness of these strategies to influence literacy objectives nationwide.

Target will fund the expansion of one to three additional tutors in all Minneapolis K-3 schools. Through a competitive application process, other select schools will receive intensive PRESS intervention strategies. These schools will be announced at a later date.

Read the Minneapolis Public Schools' official announcement.

April 29, 2011

Innovative program builds parenting skills of returning soldiers' families

GewirtzA-2007.jpgFamily social science professor Abi Gewirtz is leading a first of its kind parenting study with Minnesota National Guard families to strengthen parenting skills of returning soldiers and their families. Funded by a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the five-year study is designed to help people parent effectively despite the difficulties of deployment.

ADAPT (After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools) will recruit 400 families with kids between the ages of 5 and 12 to test the program's effectiveness over time. ADAPT is based on the Oregon Parent Management Training program. "It's a parenting intervention that has been shown to be very, very effective at supporting parenting in other contexts, so our test is to see whether it works at promoting children's resilience in this context," said Gewirtz in a recent Minnesota Public Radio story.

Research has shown that the period when soldiers return from combat is often the most stressful for military families, which is when families will be enrolled in the study. "The effects of deployment on kids are not ... just about combat stress symptoms that the soldier might be experiencing, but they are about the fact that the parent was gone for a year in the child's life," said Gewirtz on MPR.

Gewirtz and college researchers will be recruiting the first 100 families for the program beginning this spring.

Listen to the MPR story:

Alum wins Presidential Award for excellence in teaching

Saatzer1.jpgPolly Saatzer, M.Ed. '95 in early childhood education, will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Saatzer, a kindergarten teacher at Susan Powell of Garlough Environmental Magnet School in West St. Paul, is one of 85 K-6 teachers nationwide to receive the award and the only one from Minnesota. A teacher for 32 years, Saatzer will be honored with the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

See more in the Minneapolis Star Tribune story.

April 27, 2011

Chase Lecture given by world-renowned children's book illustrator

Pinkney1.gifJerry Pinkney will deliver the 2011 Naomi C. Chase Lecture, "A Sense of Place, Real and Imagined," on May 4. Pinkney has illustrated over 100 children's books since 1964 and has been honored with the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and Caldecott Honor Medals for Noah's Ark, John Henry, The Ugly Duckling, The Talking Eggs, and Mirandy and Brother Wind.

Pinkney has received five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. His books have been translated into 16 languages and published in 14 countries. He was the American nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award and is the 2011 American nominee for the international Astrid Lindgren Award, as well as numerous other awards and prizes. His lushly beautiful watercolor illustrations have delighted millions of children and adults alike, while also educating their eyes to the beauty and intricacy of fine art.

The lecture, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library, will be followed by a reception and autographing.

This annual event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Children's Literature Research Collections/Kerlan Collection, University of Minnesota.

April 18, 2011

School psychology program ranked number 1 in the U.S.

A study conducted at the University of Florida has rated CEHD's school psychology program, in the Department of Educational Psychology, first in the country, both in productivity (i.e., number of articles published over the past five years) and influence (i.e., number of times cited over the past five years). The study examined the research productivity and influence of school psychology programs approved by the American Psychological Association.

For more information, contact professor and program coordinator Matthew Burns.

April 6, 2011

Cicchetti receives major award for scientific work in child development

Dante CicchettiDante Cicchetti, McKnight Presidential Chair and William Harris Professor of Child Development and Psychiatry in the Institute of Child Development, has received the Society for Research in Child Development award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development in recognition of his major lifetime contributions to the field of child development. He received his award officially at the SRCD Biennial Meeting on March 31, in Montreal, Canada.

Professor publishes book on raising student achievement

Stuart YehStuart Yeh, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has had his book, The Cost-Effectiveness of 22 Approaches for Raising Student Achievement, published by Information Age Publishing.

In his book, Yeh suggests that student achievement may be increased in a way that is not only cost-effective in dollar terms, but efficient in the sense that it does not rely on unusual investments of time. He draws on a wealth of cost-effectiveness data to dispel common notions about "what works" in addressing the achievement gap: increased expenditure per pupil, charter schools, voucher programs, increased educational accountability, class size reduction, comprehensive school reform, increased teacher salaries, more selective teacher recruitment, the use of "value-added" methods to measure and reward teacher performance, the use of National Board teacher certification to identify high-performing teachers, and a host of other approaches.

Everson wins national statistical association education award

Michelle EversonMichelle Everson, lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology, has received the 2011 American Statistical Association Waller Education Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to and innovation in the teaching of elementary statistics. Nominees for the Waller must be early in their career, with 10 or fewer years of full-time teaching and responsibility for teaching the first course in statistics in a two- or four-year college, or research university. The award will be presented to Everson at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami Beach this summer.

April 5, 2011

Kinesiology student earns Fulbright Scholarship to study in Norway

Kristin Garland.jpgKristin Garland, master's degree student in sport management, has been named a prestigious Fulbright Scholar and is the 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Garland is advised by Eric Brownlee, lecturer in sport management.

Frode Moen, leader of the Olympic Training Center in Trondheim, has invited Garland to travel to Norway to examine the differences between the school-sponsored model of athletics and club cross-country ski teams, focusing on the experiences of elite skiers by evaluating the relationship between achievement and the integration of sport into the academic model. In addition, Garland will explore how collegiate athletic teams can provide greater support to international student-athletes, which would ensure a more meaningful experience and will hopefully encourage more international student-athletes to study abroad.

April 2, 2011

Covington Clarkson receives Josie R. Johnson Award

Lesa ClarksonLesa Covington Clarkson (associate professor of mathematics education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) is the faculty/staff recipient of the 2011 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award. The award recognizes individuals who are passionately engaged in social justice, human rights, equity, and diversity, and through their principles and practices, exemplify Dr. Johnson's standard of excellence in creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments.

March 31, 2011

Higbee receives Horace T. Morse Award for undergraduate education

Jeanne HigbeeJeanne Higbee, professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has been awarded the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She will be honored for her exemplary teaching, research, and service as an undergraduate educator at the Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony on campus April 25.

"Dr. H is the Michael Jordan of teaching," said one student in Higbee's nomination materials. She also received enthusiastic support from many others inside and outside the University, including James Banks, director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, and John N. Gardner, executive director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College.

This statement from her nomination letter sums up the respect Higbee has earned: "Jeanne's legacy, evident in her teaching, research, and educational leadership, is to demonstrate to faculty that their obligation extends beyond access to success, to ensuring that the environments students enter enable them to achieve their full potential. She provides leadership and a vision for equity and access in higher education."

Congratulations, Jeanne!

March 29, 2011

Literacy professors Dillon, O'Brien recognized for influential research

David O'BrienDeborah DillonReading researchers Deborah Dillon and David O'Brien (professors of literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction) were noted for their "highly influential research in the field of literacy" by David Reinking (Eugene T. Moore Professor of Teacher Education, Clemson University) in his recent presidential address to members of the Literacy Research Association (LRA). Reinking stated in his address that an article by Dillon, O'Brien, and Elizabeth Heilman (Michigan State University) in the millennial issue of RRQ (Reading Research Quarterly) "should be required reading for all literacy researchers or those who wish to become one."

Reinking's address, along with the article, was included on a flash drive provided to the members of the association. Also included was a copy of Dillon's paper, delivered when she served as president of the organization (published in 2003). View Reinking's presidential address.

The Literacy Research Association is a community of scholars dedicated to promoting research that enriches the knowledge, understanding, and development of lifespan literacies in a multicultural and multilingual world. LRA is committed to ethical research that is rigorous, methodologically diverse, and socially responsible. LRA is dedicated to disseminating such research broadly so as to promote generative theories, informed practices and sound policies. Central to its mission, LRA mentors and supports future generations of literacy scholars.

March 28, 2011

Social work student given University leadership award

Megan AlamaMegan Alama, a second-year master's of social work student, was awarded the 2011 President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The University-wide award recognizes students for exceptional leadership and service to the campus and the surrounding community.

Some of the activities Alama has been involved with include volunteering at and serving on the board of the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, volunteering at the Minnesota American Indian Center, and co-coordinating the Sexual Assault Fundamentals Experience, an interdisciplinary event to educate health-professional students about best-practices in working with survivors of sexual assault. When a robbery and sexual assault and a murder occurred in her own south Minneapolis neighborhood last year, she provided resources, referrals, and crisis counseling for residents.

Each year, the leadership and service award is presented to approximately one-half of 1 percent of the student body. Alama will be honored with other recipients at a banquet on May 2.

March 26, 2011

Weiss publishes in National Academy of Kinesiology Papers

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, published in the National Academy of Kinesiology Papers on Bridging Kinesiology and Society. In Weiss's paper, "Teach the Children Well: A Holistic Approach to Developing Psychosocial and Behavioral Competencies through Physical Education," she argues that school physical education is an important context for promoting both motor skill development and health and fitness outcomes, rather than having to adopt an either/or approach. To accomplish both objectives, Weiss contends that a positive youth development approach, featuring supportive teacher behaviors, a positive classroom climate, and skill-building activities, is optimal to helping students acquire psychosocial and behavioral competencies that can transfer to other life domains currently and with increasing age.

The full reference is: Weiss, M.R. (2011). Teach the children well: A holistic approach to developing psychosocial and behavioral competencies through physical education. Quest, 63, 55-65.

March 23, 2011

Uganda soccer coaches to visit campus, give public presentation

Uganda soccer picture.JPGFour soccer coaches from Uganda, including the current Women's National Team coach, Majidah Nantanda, will visit the University of Minnesota March 30-April 5 as part of the International Sport Connection (ISC) Coach Training/Cultural Exchange Program, which is funded by the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, and former advisee Jens Omli, assistant professor at Texas Tech University, are two of the partners in ISC. Last spring they hosted several Ugandan coaches in a training program in the Twin Cities designed to develop coaching curriculum for children and youth. Last May, Omli, Wiese-Bjornstal, lecturer Stacy Ingraham, and others traveled to Kampala, Uganda to provide training to 181 youth coaches in the area.

Coach Nantanda, along with Elsie Namagambe, Martin Mugabi, and Daniel Kiwanuka, will tour U of M athletic facilities, meet with kinesiology students and faculty members, and share their experiences with the community. All are invited to their public presentation on Friday, April 1, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in 206 Cooke Hall, to hear the coaches discuss sport in Uganda and their unique approaches to coaching youth soccer players.

In the photo above, taken in Kampala, are (l to r) Northern Illinois University coach Carrie Barker, Lisa Berg (former Gopher), Nantanda, Ingraham, and Wiese-Bjornstal.

March 21, 2011

Davison and Davenport's article listed as one of top 10 articles on regression

Ernest DavenportMark DavisonAn article published by Mark Davison and Ernest Davenport, faculty in the Quantitative Methods of Education track in the Department of Educational Psychology, has been listed by BioMedLib as one of the top 10 articles in its domain since its publication. The article, "Identifying criterion-related patterns of predictor scores using multiple regression," appeared in the American Psychological Association journal Psychological Methods in 2002. It describes a regression method for identifying a pattern of scores in a battery of tests such that the pattern is associated with high scores on a criterion variable. It also proposes a measure of the pattern's validity, the proportion of variation in the criterion variable that can be accounted for by the identified pattern.

March 14, 2011

Ngo recognized for early career contributions in education research

Bic NgoThe American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Committee on Scholars of Color in Education (CSCE) has named Bic Ngo, assistant professor of culture and teaching (Department of Curriculum and Instruction), as a recipient of the 2011 Early Career Contribution Award. This award recognizes early career scholars who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect ethnic and social minority populations through rigorous scholarship and research. The award will be presented during AERA's annual meeting in New Orleans, April 8-10, 2011.

March 9, 2011

New study shows importance of parenting in homeless families

Janette-headshot.gifJanette Herbers, doctoral candidate in the Institute of Child Development, and her colleagues have published a study in the current issue of Early Education and Development on the importance of parent-child relationships for young children in homeless families. Results of the study demonstrate how positive parenting supports the development of cognitive and self-regulation skills, which enable children to succeed in kindergarten and first grade. Furthermore, positive parenting protects children against the negative impacts of poverty-related risk.

Children in the study who experienced higher risk and positive parenting showed academic functioning levels similar to those of children in the study with lower risk. However, children at higher levels of risk who experienced poor quality parenting showed less academic success. The study underscores the importance of incorporating parents and families into intervention efforts to improve the academic achievement of young homeless children.

Copies of the manuscript can be obtained by contacting Janette Herbers ( or accessed online.

Herbers, J. E., Cutuli, J. J., Lafavor, T. L., Vrieze, D., Leibel, C., Obradovic, J., & Masten, A.S. (2011). Direct and indirect effects of parenting on academic functioning of young homeless children. Early Education and Development, 22(1), 77-104. doi: 10.1080/10409280903507261

Yussen honored as AERA Fellow

Steve YussenSteve Yussen, professor in the Institute of Child Development and former dean of the college, has been named as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The 2011 fellows will be inducted on Saturday, April 9, 2011, during AERA's 92nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The AERA Fellows Program was established by the AERA Council in 2007 to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the association's commitment to excellence in research, and to emphasize to new scholars the importance of sustained research of excellence in the field. The Class of 2011 Fellows is the third group to be inducted based on nomination by peers, selection by the Fellows Program Committee, and approval by council. It is the Association's expectation that Fellows will be visibly engaged in important AERA programs and activities and that they will serve as models and mentors to the next generation of scholars long into the future for the field.

March 4, 2011

Hyland and African American Read-In honored by Timberwolves

Ezra HylandOn February 23 Ezra Hyland, Teaching Specialist in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, and the African American Read-In were honored as a community hero by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The African American Read-In is a literacy initiative addressing the attainment of reading and writing skills in African American students and encouraging reading and writing across the curriculum. Dean Quam and Ezra Hyland were escorted to half court during half time where they were recognized before the packed house.

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March 3, 2011

Wonder Years exhibit opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota

The permanent exhibit Wonder Years, the result of a grant from the National Science Foundation to the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Public Agenda (a nonprofit group), invites you to see the world through the eyes of a child.

Why are experiences an important part of development? What do children learn before kindergarten? Explore how young children learn from the world around them and how scientists learn about children's development. Bring your family and friends--Wonder Years is included with museum admission.

Check out the Science Museum's Wonder Years website for more information and to learn about community events you can attend.

March 2, 2011

Educational psychology profs receive multicultural research awards

Michael GohLeah McGuireEducational psychology professors Leah McGuire and Michael Goh have been awarded 2011 Multicultural Research Awards by the University's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA). The grants encourage and support research by faculty of color, and promote research on issues related to communities of color in the United States.

McGuire's proposal, "Investigating Differential Context Effects in Statistics Assessments," aims to discover features of contexts that can predict differential difficulty in assessment items. Specifically, her project takes an Explanatory Item Response Modeling approach to model group differences related to item context. The results will then be used to discuss the impact of certain contexts on student scores as well as to suggest guidelines for writing fair contexts.

Goh's proposal, "Decoding and Encoding Culturally Competent Mental Health Practices: A Community-based Participatory Action Research Project," involves multiple agencies, including the Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health, Minnesota Cultural Providers Network, Minnesota Department of Human Services, as well as clinicians from various disciplines -- counseling and clinical psychology, school psychology, school counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy.

March 1, 2011

Edleson interviewed on MPR about domestic violence

Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday Show on March 2. The topic of the show was examining the impact of domestic violence. Edleson, who is director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, was interviewed about recent news stories on domestic violence and answered questions from callers. Listen to the broadcast:

February 28, 2011

AERA honors Regents Professor

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, Regents Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been selected to become a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Fellows will be officially honored and inducted by the association during a special ceremony at the AERA annual meeting on April 9, 2011.

The AERA Fellows Program was established by the AERA Council in 2007 to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the association's commitment to excellence in research, and to emphasize to new scholars the importance of sustained research of excellence in the field. The Class of 2011 Fellows is the third group to be inducted based on nomination by peers, selection by the Fellows Program Committee, and approval by council.

February 25, 2011

Ph.D candidate's research on relationships attracts international media attention

Jessica SalvatoreJessica Salvatore, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development, and her ICD co-authors Sally Kuo and Andrew Collins recently published findings in Psychological Science that suggest how well couples move on after an argument is closely tied to how securely attached one or both partners were to their caregivers as an infant. The study has attracted media attention around the world, including stories in Time, U.S. News & World Report, WebMD, and the United Kingdom's Daily Mail. Salvatore has also been interviewed about the research by media outlets in Ireland, South Korea, and Chile.

In their longitudinal study, the ICD researchers discovered that having a romantic partner who is especially good at recovering (or rebounding) from conflict predicts increased relationship stability for those who were insecurely attached in infancy. "This research," says Salvatore, "provides some of the first prospective evidence suggesting that individuals may be able to compensate for the vulnerabilities that their romantic partners carry with them from earlier in their development."

See the article in Psychological Science online.

Read the story on UMNews and listen to more about the study on this U of M Moment podcast:

February 24, 2011

Faculty share expertise globally

Michael GohDavid ChapmanDavid Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was a guest of the Japanese Ministry of Education to present a paper (with Jouko Sarvi, head of education work at the Asian Development Bank) at the International Symposium on Regional and Interregional Cooperation of Universities held at the University of Tokyo, February 17-18. Michael Goh, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, was a visiting professor at the Center for Innovation Research in Cultural Intelligence and Leadership (CIRCQL), Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, February 13-20.

Chapman presented preliminary results of the Asian Development Bank's two-year study of higher education issues in Southeast and East Asia, for which he serves as team leader. Attending the conference was recent OLPD graduate Yuki Watabe, an assistant professor at Kyoto University in Japan.

Goh was invited to participate as an assessor and consultant for a cross-cultural situational role-play assessment center for MBA students who are future leaders in their respective countries. CIRCQL was founded by a U of M distinguished alumnus, professor Soon Ang (Carlson School of Management '93). Participants were from Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Kazakhstan. Goh, Ang, and associates are cultivating an interdisciplinary research agenda to develop cultural intelligence situational role play assessment centers to train culturally competent global leaders, counselors, psychologists, and teachers.

February 23, 2011

Human and Sport Performance Laboratory provides exercise testing, training services

The Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL) has officially launched its new Web site with details on how the lab provides sports performance testing to enhance outcome measures for athletes. Since its launch last summer, HSPL has tested athletes from the NHL as well as professional athletes in endurance sports.

HSPL, a lab within the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science in the School of Kinesiology, is also working on potential projects with elite speed skaters, University athletes, public schools, and club sport teams around the Twin Cities.

One goal of HSPL is to provide coaches who work with athletes in training the opportunity to evaluate performance outcomes as well as nutritional effects on their athletes. In addition, the lab will provide outreach opportunities to bridge the gap between experts studying the ever-changing scientific basis of performance and the public, including parents, coaches, athletic trainers, sports medicine practitioners, and the weekend warrior.

February 18, 2011

Bruininks receives 'Champion for Children' award from Minnesota elementary school principals

Bruininks.jpgPresident Robert Bruininks, professor of educational psychology and former CEHD dean, was honored last week by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) with their "Champion for Children" award. Bruininks, who will be leaving the presidency in June 2011, has had a long academic career focused on child and adolescent development and policy research, and strategic improvement in the fields of pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and higher education. He has authored or coauthored nearly 90 journal articles and more than 70 books chapters, as well as training materials and several standardized tests.

Past recipients of the award include U.S. Senators Paul Wellstone and Mark Dayton, U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, and Elmer Koch. MESPA has a statewide membership of over 950 elementary and middle-level principals.

See the full story at UMNews.

February 17, 2011

Faculty present at Focusing on the First Year Conference

Multiple faculty from the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, along with research assistants and colleagues, presented at the Focusing on the First Year conference held on campus Wednesday, February 16. The presentations included "Mapping the Academic and Social Engagement of First-Year Undergraduate Students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities," "Engaging Students in the First Year: A Multidisciplinary Approach," and "Excellence for All: Student Learning and Development." The Focusing on the First Year conference is a bi-annual event that brings faculty, staff, and administrators together to discuss academic and development issues relating to first-year students.

Multicultural instruction for undergrad mathematical thinking courses

Irene DuranczykIrene Duranczyk, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, gave a poster presentation at the CERME7 (Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education) recently held in Rzezow, Poland. Her presentation, "Critical multicultural instruction for undergraduate mathematical thinking courses," gives the theoretical foundation and preliminary results of her research in teaching mathematical thinking through an introductory statistics course. Duranczyk also participated in the workgroup on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, along with Bill Barton, the president of the International Congress for Mathematics Education (ICEM), and Barbara Jaworski, co-director of the University's Centre for Mathematics Education Research (CMER) at the University of Oxford.

February 11, 2011

Schools honored for reading achievements by Minnesota Center for Reading Research

Sixty-two Minnesota elementary schools were honored recently for their achievement in reading by the Minnesota Center for Reading Research with a presentation and ceremony at the University of Minnesota. Schools chosen for the honor are those elementary schools that made adequate yearly progress in reading during school years 2008-09 and 2009-10 after failing to make adequate yearly progress in the previous year. See the list of schools honored.

February 7, 2011

Ysseldyke gives distinguished lecture at University of Texas

Jim YsseldykeEducational psychology professor Jim Ysseldyke presented a distinguished lecture at the Meadows Center for Prevention of Educational Risk at the University of Texas, Austin last month. The lecture was titled "Politics Trumps Science: Generalizations from a Career of Research on Assessment, Decision Making, and Public Policy."

February 4, 2011

Research shows that good romantic partners may compensate for attachment insecurity

Jessica SalvatoreJessica Salvatore, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development, and her ICD co-authors Sally Kuo and Andrew Collins recently published findings in Psychological Science that show that having a romantic partner who is especially good at recovering (or rebounding) from conflict predicts increased relationship stability for those who were insecurely attached in infancy. This research provides some of the first prospective evidence that romantic partners may act as turning points for development. See the article online.

Read the story on UMNews and listen to more about the study on this U of M Moment podcast:

Ground-breaking research shows high economic returns from school-based early childhood education program

Arthur ReynoldsResearch by Arthur Reynolds, professor in the Institute of Child Development, indicates that for every $1 invested in a Chicago early childhood education program, nearly $11 is projected to return to society over the children's lifetimes -- equivalent to an 18 percent annual return on program investment.

For the analysis, Reynolds and other researchers evaluated the effectiveness of the Chicago Public Schools' federally funded Child Parent Centers established in 1967. Their work represents the first long-term economic analysis of an existing, large-scale early education program. Researchers surveyed study participants and their parents, and analyzed education, employment, public aid, criminal justice, substance use and child welfare records for the participants through to age 26.

Read the full story on the University News Service website. Also see the stories in USA Today and MinnPost.

February 3, 2011

Arendale receives outstanding research/publication award

David ArendaleCongratulations to David Arendale, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, who received the Hunter R. Boylan Outstanding Research/Publication Award for 2011 from the National Association for Developmental Education. The award from NADE was for his recent book, Access at the Crossroads: Learning Assistance in Higher Education, published by Jossey-Bass. The award will be received at the NADE national conference in Washington, DC, later in February.

January 28, 2011

Kinesiology researchers make waves

Michael Wade Stoffregen1T-2007.jpgProfessor Tom Stoffregen has been researching motion sickness and body sway in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory for many years, and on location on ships in various oceans and waterways most recently. His latest article, published with Professor Michael Wade and Ph.D. student Tony Mayo, which appeared in the journal Psychological Science this month, has been attracting a lot of attention around the world.

A recent article in Science Daily, "Centuries of Sailors Weren't Wrong: Looking at the Horizon Stabilizes Posture," notes that "Everybody who has been aboard a ship has heard the advice: if you feel unsteady, look at the horizon ... Thomas A. Stoffregen of the University of Minnesota has been studying how much people rock back and forth in different situations, and what this has to do with motion sickness." More stories on their research have appeared recently in Daily News & Analysis, Science News, and India Talkies.

January 27, 2011

Research shows link between better sleep in infancy, later increases in executive function

Stephanie CarlsonA new study published in Child Development by Stephanie Carlson, associate professor in the Institute of Child Development, and her colleagues suggests that infant sleep is related to later increases in executive function. Children who got a greater proportion of their sleep during the night at 12 and 18 months of age performed better on concurrent and later executive function tasks, particularly those involving impulse control. These relations held over and above relations with socioeconomic status, general cognitive ability, and prior executive function.

This research provides new insights about the role of sleep in brain and cognitive development in infancy, suggesting that adequate nighttime sleep in infancy may be essential to fostering the brain development necessary for growth in executive functioning. The research was highlighted in the NY Times Year in Ideas 2009. Visit the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience (DSCN) lab website to learn more about professor Carlson's research.

January 14, 2011

Moore receives award to present at Gatlinburg conference

Moore_Tim_140pixels_w.jpgTim Moore, a Research and LEND Post-doctoral Fellow at the college's Institute on Community Integration, has received the Theodore Tjossem Post-doctoral Award from the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The award covers travel and expenses associated with his March 3 presentation, "Adherence to Treatment in a Behavioral Intervention Curriculum: The Effects of Parent Perception," at the conference in San Antonio, Texas.

January 11, 2011

Research shows toddlers consider the source when learning words

Melissa KoenigMelissa Koenig, assistant professor at the Institute of Child Development, recently found that 24-month-olds are sensitive to a source's history of inaccuracy when learning new words. Infants treat prior inaccuracy as a feature of the source, as evidenced by their unsystematic responses to a second speaker who used words previously taught by the inaccurate speaker. The new word-object links also proved to be relatively fragile. This research contributes to an exciting and rapidly growing literature on children's selective learning in early childhood, and sheds new light on the social mechanisms supporting young children's language acquisition. These experiments were conducted in collaboration with Amanda Woodward at the University of Chicago and published in a recent issue of Developmental Psychology. Visit the Koenig Lab website to learn more about the research they are currently conducting.

January 6, 2011

Learning technologies' team sets out for African expedition

earthducation.jpgOn January 7, Earthducation team members, consisting of learning technologies' faculty, staff, and graduate students, embark on their next expedition to Burkina Faso, in west Africa. The team, led by professors Aaron Doering and Charles Miller (Curriculum and Instruction), will visit schools, explore cultural and physical geography, and interview local people on their thoughts on education and sustainability.

The Earthducation research project is funded in part by a Discovery Grant from the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota. The grant will help support the learning technologies faculty in their research pursuits.

The mission behind Earthducation is to collaborate with cultures from around the globe to develop an ecological narrative based on two fundamental questions:

1. What is education to you?

2. Can education advance sustainability?

For more information on the Earthducation expedition, please read the recent UMNews article. See also the KARE11 story and the video below.

Follow the Earthducation expedition on Twitter and for updates.

January 3, 2011

Social work Ph.D. graduate named distinguished teaching professor

Armour-Marilyn.jpgMarilyn Armour, who received her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in 2000, has been named to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin. Armour is an associate professor in that university's School of Social Work. New members of the prestigious academy are chosen each year through a rigorous evaluation process. As a member, Armour will receive a permanent salary increase and be designated as a distinguished teaching professor.

December 23, 2010

Seashore discusses new research on the influence of principals

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, Regents Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was interviewed about her current research on school leadership in the article "In Schools, Change Starts at the Top" published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Principals have a very strong effect on student learning," says Seashore, "but it's primarily indirect and it's primarily because of the way their behaviors encourage teachers to work together on improving their professional practice."

December 17, 2010

Jeanne Higbee presents on instructional design

Jeanne HigbeeJeanne Higbee, professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, presented a workshop on "Promoting Inclusion and Retention through Integrated Multicultural Instructional Design (PIRIMID)" at the annual conference of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) in Salt Lake City in November. On December 10 Higbee was also interviewed by Nancy Shapiro of the Maryland Legislative Task Force on Universal Design for Learning. The task force was appointed by the governor and is making recommendations for teacher preparation related to Universal Design.

December 15, 2010

Vavrus presents paper at Copenhagen University's Center for Health & Society

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), recently spent several days in Denmark presenting a paper at Copenhagen University's Center for Health and Society and serving as an external examiner at Roskilde University's Graduate School of Lifelong Learning. The paper, entitled Partnership, poverty, and power: What can critical discourse analysis teach us about health and development in Tanzania?, is based on research she has been conducting on global poverty reduction strategies and their impact on Tanzania's education and health policies. As external examiner, Vavrus provided critical commentary on a dissertation examining the gendered dimensions of micro-credit programs in urban Tanzania.

Furco presents at National Public Engagement Conference in London

Andrew FurcoAndrew Furco, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and associate vice president for public engagement in the Office for Public Engagement, gave a presentation at the United Kingdom's National Public Engagement Conference in London (Dec. 7-8, 2010). Engage 2010 is the NCCPE's first national conference focusing on the broad theme of why and how universities should engage with the public. The title of Furco's presentation was Community Engaged Learning: Institutional Development from a UK and USA Perspective, which he gave with Professor John Annette, pro vice master at the University of London.

McMaster receives Early Career Research Award

Kristen McMasterDepartment of Educational Psychology associate professor Kristen McMaster is a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in basic or applied research in special education within the first 10 years after receiving the doctoral degree. The award, cosponsored by the Donald D. Hammill Foundation, includes $1,000 to be presented at the Division for Research reception at the 2011 CEC Annual Convention and an invited presentation at the CEC convention the following year.

McMaster has contributed to the field with her research focusing on reading and writing difficulties of children with special needs. She has over 35 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. Her work in the areas of peer-assisted learning and progress monitoring is particularly noteworthy. She has been awarded federal funding to support this important work.

"It is the nature of Kristen's research -- the systematic progression from 'laboratory' to applied settings -- that sets her work apart," said Professor Chris Espin, University of Leiden (formerly of the University of Minnesota).

McMaster is active in professional organizations, collaborates with numerous colleagues, and has mentored and advised numerous doctoral students. Professor Rollanda O'Connor, University of California-Riverside, noted, "For this stage in her career, she has been extraordinarily productive."

December 14, 2010

CEHD students win Scholarly Excellence in Equity & Diversity awards

Vue.jpgHynes.jpgDiggles.jpgThree CEHD students were among the 2010 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award winners announced in November. Kimberly Diggles, Ph.D. student in marriage and family therapy (family social science); Kevin Hynes, senior in family social science; and Bai Vue, senior in human resource development were honored at a University ceremony for their outstanding work on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice in the classroom and in the community.

Diggles is a recipient of an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fellowship. She is a former McNair Scholar and has research interests in racial and cultural socialization in minority families.

Hynes is majoring in psychology as well as family social science. He has worked on adoption research and cites his own adopted person status and Korean birth culture as contributors to his deep interest and understanding of cultural diversity.

Vue, in addition to his human resource development major, has minors in leadership and human resource industrial relations. He is the education co-chair for the Hmong Minnesota Student Association and has been a McNair Scholar and Multicultural Kickoff Ambassador.

For more details on the awards and a video of the 2010 SEED award winners, see the Equity and Diversity website.

December 13, 2010

Research suggests factors for preventing child abuse

Arthur ReynoldsProfessor Arthur Reynolds's research is having a significant impact on the development of programs for preventing child abuse, according to a recent story in Miller-McCune, a national online magazine that focuses on current academic research applied to pressing social concerns. The story, "A Cure for Child Abuse," describes how the Center for Study of Social Policy is using the work of Reynolds and others to investigate the roots of child abuse and help families build "protective factors" for prevention.

The ground-breaking research by Reynolds, from the Institute of Child Development, involves his longitudinal study for 30 years of children enrolled in the Chicago Child-Parent Centers, an innovative public school program for low-income children and their parents. In tracking the long-term effects of the program on the children's later academic success and adult outcomes, Reynolds has discovered that for every dollar invested in the program, more than seven dollars of economic return for society has resulted from reduced dropout rates, fewer special education needs, less strain on the juvenile justice system, and increased earnings capacity. But his study also discovered a 51 percent reduction in the rate of substantiated child abuse among participants, compared to a similar group not in the program.

"We weren't expecting originally that there would be big effects on the reduction of child maltreatment, but I guess it's not that surprising," says Reynolds in the article. He goes on to suggest that heavy parent involvement and the program's emphasis on developing a support network likely contributed to this positive outcome.

December 10, 2010

MPR explores learning technologies' 'app class'

Aaron DoeringCharles MillerCharles Miller and Aaron Doering (professors in learning technologies, Curriculum & Instruction, and co-directors of the new LT Media Lab) were featured on Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered for their iPhone/iPad "app" design and development course. This is the first University app development course focused specifically on designing, developing, and integrating apps for education. The course, as well as an advanced app development course, will be offered again in fall 2011 - stay tuned!

Read the MPR story here or listen to the podcast below.

December 9, 2010

International law permits abusive fathers custody of children, study finds

Jeffrey EdlesonSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson is co-author of a newly released study about battered women who become involved in legal disputes under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

The study shows that when women living abroad left their abusive partners and returned with their children to the United States, in half of the cases, U.S. courts sent the children back, usually to their fathers. The authors of the study, the Hague Domestic Violence Survey, want to help to establish domestic violence as a factor in whether courts send children back to their fathers.

"The social science literature is clear that child exposure to domestic violence against a parent represents a potentially grave risk to that child's physical and psychological well-being," said Edleson, who is also director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. "Judges and attorneys need to recognize this in Hague Convention proceedings. And social service professionals need to understand these dynamics and the international treaty to better serve battered women and children with whom they work." Read the full UMNews release or the story in TIME online.

On Dec. 10, the day of the study's release, the findings were presented in a unique continuing education event at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Approximately 500 people attended the live program at the Guthrie, and another 822 joined via webcast from all over the world. Thomson Reuters Web site will have a recording of the webcast available for free viewing for the next three months.

Yonas Lab's 'face blindness' research featured on UMNews

Albert YonasUMNews is highlighting the work of Professor Al Yonas, Institute of Child Development, and the Yonas Lab in a story on prosopagnosia, or "face blindness". Titled "Facing a difficult condition," the story describes the lab's research on identifying children with the condition, which is a neurological disorder that inhibits the ability to remember faces. It occurs in 1 to 2 percent of the population.

Yonas and his research assistants have been developing a number of tests for face blindness since 2008, with the goal of making more people aware of face blindness. "A lot of people don't know they have this condition," Yonas says in the story. "They go through their life with the disability and they don't know anything is wrong." And often children are misdiagnosed with other cognitive disabilities.

"Children with developmental prosopagnosia really are facing a gigantic obstacle," says Sherryse Corrow, a doctoral student working in the lab. "You don't know your father from a different man, your mother from a different woman. So everyone is essentially a stranger."

See a video below, which features Yonas, Corrow, and research work in the lab:

December 6, 2010

Rodriguez contributes to GRE Revised General Test

Michael RodriguezMichael Rodriguez, educational psychology associate professor, has contributed to a recently released video, as part of the information campaign for the GRE Revised General Test to be launched by ETS in August 2011.

Rodriguez has served as the chair of the GRE Technical Advisory Committee since 2006. To view other informational videos and to get more information about the planned revisions to the GRE General Test, visit the ETS Information Center at

November 30, 2010

Seashore keynote speaker for National Education Directorate in Oslo

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, Ph.D., Regent's Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was the keynote speaker in Oslo, Norway for the School Development in Theory and Practice Conference of the Norwegian National Education Directorate on October 16, 2010. Seashore's talk was titled "School Culture and School Improvement." She also conducted a workshop for staff of the Ministry and the Directorate on October 17 titled "Policy Leadership for Educational Reform."

Fry, Magnusson conduct seminar for Thai educators

Deanne MagnussonGerald FryGerald Fry, Ph.D. and Deanne Magnusson, Ph.D., co-directors of the international Ed.D. programs in the Department of Organizational, Leadership, Policy, and Development, conducted a two day seminar, Re-Imagining Leadership in an Era of Globalization, for Thai educators. Participants in the seminar were Ph.D. students in education leadership and administration attending Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand, visiting the University of Minnesota as a component of their doctorate program.

November 29, 2010

Wattenberg interviewed about child mortality panel

Esther WattenbergSchool of Social Work Professor Esther Wattenberg is featured on the Minnesota Public Radio website talking about her work on the Minnesota Child Mortality Review Panel. The panel is a state-mandated group that looks at child deaths that are attributed to maltreatment. The interview was part of a report about an apparent drop in child abuse cases in the state. Wattenberg said her role on the panel is to raise questions about the community's responsibilities in these cases. Wattenberg is also special projects coordinator for the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and policy and program coordinator in family and child welfare for the University's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

Huffington Post adds Doherty as contributor to new divorce section

William DohertyProfessor Bill Doherty, Department of Family Social Science, is now a regular contributor to The Huffington Post's new divorce section. The Huffington Post is a news website and content aggregating blog that hosts more than 3,000 bloggers writing on topics ranging from politics to entertainment to lifestyle.

Doherty, an expert on family issues, marriage, and divorce, was also recently featured in a USA Today article on Thanksgiving dinner and the family meal time. He also appeared recently on WCCO TV's "Good Question" segment answering the question: Who initiates divorce, men or women? See his interview below:

November 18, 2010

Jehangir publishes book on first-generation students in college

Rashne JehangirRashne Jehangir, assistant professor in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, has had her book Higher Education and First-Generation Students: Cultivating Community, Voice, and Place for the New Majority published by Palgrave Macmillan Press. The book offers a rich understanding of the experience of students who are first in their family to attend college. It contends that first-generation students are isolated and marginalized on many large college campuses and considers learning communities and critical multicultural pedagogies as vehicles to cultivate community, voice, and place for this new majority of students.

The book is a theoretically informed study of the lived experience of first generation students and draws on their voices to demonstrate how their insights interface with what educators think they know about them. What can they learn from these students? How might students' insights inform and shape the learning spaces educators create for them?

November 17, 2010

Alumna wins the Oscar of teaching

Jennifer Mitchell2.jpgCurriculum and Instruction alumna Jennifer Mitchell (B.S. '00, M.Ed. '03) has received the prestigious 2010 Milken Educator Award. Mitchell, a K-3 English and language teacher at Sojourner Truth Academy in north Minneapolis, received the honor at a school ceremony on Nov. 16. The award, which includes $25,000, goes to only 55 teachers nationwide each year.

Mitchell is director of curriculum and instruction at the charter school. "I wanted to be a teacher my whole life," she said in a Minneapolis Star Tribune story. "I didn't have the passion for it until I came here." She also plans to earn her principal's license and an educational leadership degree.

Watch Jennifer Mitchell receive the Milken award on YouTube.

For more information on Jennifer Mitchell and the Milken award, see the Minnesota Department of Education press release.

J.B. Mayo receives social justice award

J B MayoJ.B. Mayo, Jr., assistant professor in social studies education (Curriculum and Instruction), was recently awarded the Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland Social Justice Award at the annual meeting of the College University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Mayo was recognized for his conference paper entitled "Native Americans' Acceptance of Diversity: Lessons Learned from the Two Spirit Tradition." In this paper, Mayo calls upon social studies educators and K-12 teachers to encourage more inclusive perspectives/conversations on gender expression, and greater understanding of gender variance among their students. This more nuanced form of social learning may impact a variety of present-day social ills, including the incidence of teen suicide caused by homophobia.

The award is named after the late Dr. Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland, an educator, researcher, and spoken word artist. Dr. Kirkland was an inspiration and role model who strove to meet the needs of underserved and marginalized populations, especially through his work and activism.

Who initiates divorce, men or women? Doherty speaks to WCCO News

William DohertyAs part of WCCO news' "Good Question" series, reporter Jason DeRusha asked "Who initiates more divorces, men or women?" In addition to gathering comments and answers from the public on his blog, DeRusha spoke to family social science professor Bill Doherty, a national expert on marriage.

"Women are twice as likely to initiate a divorce as men," said Doherty, and women ask for two out of every three divorces. Women are more likely to analyze the state of their relationships; "for women, it's not about just being married, it's about the quality of the marriage."

Watch the video of the Good Question segment and read more of Professor Doherty's thoughts at WCCO's website.

November 15, 2010

Goh presents keynote and workshop in Beijing

Michael GohMichael Goh, educational psychology associate professor, was the invited keynote speaker at the 2010 International Forum of College Student Career Planning, October 29 - November 2, in Beijing, China. The forum was organized by the China Ministry of Education. His keynote was titled "Developing Career Services For University Students in China." Goh also conducted a one-day workshop for 350 Chinese college student affairs counselors on career development skills for China in the 21st century.

Goh's interpreter for the forum was Gulan Zhong, a CEHD alum and a counseling and student personnel psychology graduate, who is a career development master trainer, mental health counselor, and author in China. Minnesota's presence at the forum was further pronounced by another workshop presenter, John Krumboltz, who is a CSPP alum, University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and currently a professor at Stanford University.

November 12, 2010

Digital and media literacy white paper lauds DigMe program

The white paper-Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action [.pdf] by The Aspen Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, highlights the DigMe program in its report, which outlines a 10-point action plan with specific steps that policymakers, education officials, media professionals, and community advocates can take to develop a community education movement for digital and media literacy. A partnership between the University of Minnesota and Roosevelt High School (students pictured above) in Minneapolis, the DigMe program is designed to empower students to think critically, build meaning, and demonstrate their understanding across subjects through the use of digital media and technologies.

The DigMe program partners with University of Minnesota faculty and students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Cynthia Lewis, professor of literacy eduction; Cassie Scharber, assistant professor of learning technologies; and doctoral students Jessica Dockter, literacy education; Lauren Causey, literacy eduction; Bjorn Pederson, learning technologies; Brian Lozenski, culture and teaching).

November 11, 2010

Partnership publishes new book on impact of early childhood interventions

Arthur ReynoldsProfessor Arthur Reynolds, Institute of Child Development, is co-editor of a new publication on the cost-effectiveness and impact of early childhood interventions. The publication, released by the Human Capital Research Collaborative (HCRC), offers a multidisciplinary approach to improving interventions, practices, and policies to optimize success from childhood into adulthood. "Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration" is based on research presented at the 2007 conference of HCRC, a partnership of the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

"Our focus on human capital highlights the identification of effective and cost-effective programs for public policy as well as key elements of their benefits," said Reynolds, HCRC co-director.

During the October 2010 HCRC conference, experts focused more specifically on the impact of health on school readiness and later educational success. They explored the impact of nutrition, health disparities, parental mental health, interventions, and public policy on child development. Topics included preventing obesity in early childhood, how poverty in early childhood affects later health and well-being, the influence of nutrition on cognitive development, and the impact of the new health care law on children's health.

See the University news release and the HCRC website for more information on the 2010 conference and publications.

November 8, 2010

Ph.D. student receives Tekne award for innovations in K-12 teaching

scot hovan class.jpgThe Tekne: Innovation in Teaching Award recognizes innovative classroom use of technology in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and expands opportunities for students to be successful in technology-related careers.

Scot Hovan, Ph.D. student in science education (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) and engineering coordinator for the Mahtomedi school district, has been instrumental in the creation of the Mahtomedi Engineering Leadership Program (MELP). It currently consists of three facets: engineering curriculum, engineering integration, and community engagement. Through Hovan's relationship with the University of Minnesota's STEM Education Center, he has helped incorporate the use of Model Eliciting Activities (MEAs) in several non-engineering classes. Hovan also has led evening engineering events to promote awareness and excitement around engineering, regularly attracting over 500 community members. The community engagement activities of MELP also include engineering summer camps for kids and extracurricular engineering activities.

In addition to the integration of science and engineering into the ninth grade curriculum, Mahtomedi middle school students are now required to take engineering courses. This widespread implementation of engineering is pioneering the future of STEM education in Minnesota.

Congratulations to Scot for this well deserved reward!

November 5, 2010

Stoffregen explains how movies can make you sick

<a href=ABC News/ has bestowed Dr. Tom Stoffregen, movement science professor in the School of Kinesiology, an additional 15 minutes of fame.

Stoffregen was contacted by ABC to comment on "movies that make you ill." He was interviewed as part of an article on the upcoming movie "127 Hours," a true story about a hiker in Utah whose arm became trapped by a boulder, forcing him to amputate it to free himself. The scene was so difficult to watch that six film goers collapsed during the screening. Stoffregen, who was cited for his expertise in motion sickness, discussed the effects on audiences of movies such as "The Blair Witch Project," "Cloverfield," and "2001: A Space Odyssey."

November 4, 2010

Doherty talks in Psychology Today about unhappiness in marriage

William Doherty
Family social science professor Bill Doherty spoke to Psychology Today about how couples' expectations of marriage -- and what they feel they "should" be getting -- can affect the health of the relationship and often lead to divorce.

Doherty speaks to the idea of entitlement in American consumer culture, and how that can translate to marital problems. "We believe in our inalienable right to the intimate relationships of our choice," says Doherty. "[People] badger their partners to change, convince themselves nothing will budge, and so work their way out of really good relationships."

November 3, 2010

Gewirtz receives $3.2 million grant from National Institute on Drug Abuse

Abigail Gewirtz
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA received a $3.2 million grant award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and test a web-enhanced parenting program for families with parents returning from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.

The program, "After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT" is based on Oregon Parent Management Training, a well-validated parenting intervention. Over the 5-year grant period, researchers will work closely with MN Army National Guard (MNARNG) personnel, to develop and test the parenting program among 400 MNARNG families in which at least one parent has been deployed. Earlier research led by one of the project's co-investigators, Dr. Melissa Polusny, showed that worries about family were an important predictor of soldier wellbeing during deployment, and that effective parenting during the period of reintegration was diminished among soldiers suffering from symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, assistant professor of Family Social Science and the project's Principal Investigator notes that, "This program builds on the considerable strengths of military families, the success of prior research among our investigative team, and our strong collaboration with the MN ARNG and its nationally recognized Beyond the Yellow Ribbon reintegration campaign. This is the first National Institutes of Health-funded study that we know of to specifically address deployment-related parenting challenges and child resilience among National Guard families. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work to support the families of our nation's military."

Avery addressed international audience in China

Pat AveryPat Avery (professor, social studies education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction), gave a keynote speech at the 2010 Beijing International Forum on Citizenship Education for Children and Youths in China on October 22. The title of the presentation was "Deliberating About Controversial Public Issues as Part of Civic Education."

Researchers, educators, and practitioners attending the conference exchanged perspectives, views, innovations, and best practices nationally and globally in addressing school-based Interventions for the promotion of citizenship education for children and youths of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Intergenerational Engagement in the Child Welfare System

Registration closes November 4 for the Katherine and Arthur Sehlin Lecture on "Intergenerational Engagement in the Child Welfare System: Implications and Opportunities for Policy and System Reform." Dr. David Hopping, research associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and executive managing director of Generations of Hope Development Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the November 9 event.

After Dr. Hopping's presentation, local experts in the fields of aging and child welfare—Susan Ault, senior consultant, Casey Family Programs; Senator John Marty, chair of the Minnesota Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee, and Professor Rosalie Kane, of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Division of Health Policy & Management—will take part in a panel discussion.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Hubert Humphrey Center on the University of Minnesota's West Bank campus. It will also be available via live web stream. There is no charge for this lecture, but please register.

For details, see the brochure on the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) Web site. The center, which is in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, is sponsoring the lecture.

November 2, 2010

Sato comments in national news story on new Teacher Performance Assessment program

Mistilina SatoMisty Sato, assistant professor in curriculum and instruction, discusses Minnesota's leadership in adopting a new Teacher Performance Assessment program in a story that appeared in The Washington Post and several news sites across the country. Under the new program, teacher candidates will be required to meet more demanding standards, including video evaluation as student teachers in the classroom and assessment by teams of evaluators outside the college. Minnesota will be the first state to implement the new program in 2012.

"It's a big shift that the whole country is going through," said Sato in the Associated Press story. "It's going from 'What has your candidate experienced?' to what your candidate can do."

Sato, director of the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative, has been instrumental in adapting the new assessment program in Minnesota. The program is a joint project by a consortium that includes the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Stanford University.

November 1, 2010

Williams quoted in Star Tribune about north Minneapolis violence study

Oliver WilliamsOliver Williams, School of Social Work professor and director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a report he coauthored on violence in north Minneapolis. NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center enlisted the help of IDVAAC to write the report. The goal was to analyze the impact of crime and violence in the community and to provide prevention and intervention recommendations. The report's findings were presented at a public meeting on October 30.

October 25, 2010

Weiss publishes in American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with former doctoral student Cheryl Stuntz, St. Lawrence University, published a state-of-the-art review that highlights the psychological and social predictors of physical activity among youth. The pathways to enhancing physical activity motivation and positive health outcomes include four ingredients: perceptions of competence, sense of choice or autonomy, supportive relationships, and enjoyment of participation. The full reference of the article is: Stuntz, C.P., & Weiss, M.R. (2010). Motivating children and adolescents to sustain a physically active lifestyle. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 4(5), 433-444.

October 14, 2010

Earthducation receives University Discovery Grant

Aaron DoeringEarthducation, a research project started by Aaron Doering, Charles Miller, and Cassie Scharber (learning technologies faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction), received a Discovery Grant from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. The grant will help support the learning technologies faculty in their research pursuits.

The mission behind Earthducation is to collaborate with cultures from around the globe to develop an ecological narrative based on two fundamental questions:

  1. What is education to you?

  2. Can education advance sustainability?

The new Discovery Grants cut across numerous campus units and involve many different departments, colleges and outside partners. The projects were selected through a rigorous review process involving outside national experts as well as internal strategic reviews

October 12, 2010

Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture will address obesity and physical activity

The annual Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium in the Hubert H. Humphrey Center on the West Bank. The lecture, sponsored each year by the Tucker Center for Research in Girls & Women in Sport, will address the topic, "Reducing Obesity among Minority Females: The Critical Role of Physical Activity." Three U of M scholars will present: Beth Lewis, Ph.D., Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. The lecture is free and open to the public. To learn more about the Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture, go to

See the press release.

October 11, 2010

Maureen Weiss inducted as president of the National Academy of Kinesiology

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, was inducted as president of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK; formerly American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE)) on October 9 at its annual meeting held in Williamsburg, VA. The National Academy of Kinesiology is an honorary organization composed of Fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of kinesiology through scholarship and professional service.

The dual purpose of the National Academy of Kinesiology is to encourage and promote the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity and to honor by election to Fellow those individuals who have contributed significantly to this purpose.

October 8, 2010

Social work prof, student present at refugees/immigrants conference

hollisternguyen.jpgSchool of Social Work Professor David Hollister and Ph.D. student Hoa T. Nguyen were presenters at the 2010 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference in Chicago on October 8. They held a session about their findings from a study on the involvement of immigrant children in child welfare and special education in Minnesota

The results of this unique, cross-sectional study have implications for improving the understanding of the experiences of immigrant and refugee children in special education and for creating better policies and practices to support them.

October 7, 2010

College's National Center on Educational Outcomes receives grant of $45 million

Quenemoen_Rachel_140w_s.jpgThe U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has awarded $45 million to the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) at the college's Institute on Community Integration to form a partnership that will develop innovative approaches to alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-12. The new National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the USDOE, is a network of national centers and 19 states and is directed by NCEO senior research fellow Rachel Quenemoen and NCEO director Martha Thurlow.

Thurlow_2.jpgOver the next four years, NCSC will build a comprehensive assessment system based on the Common Core State Standards that includes project-developed tools and processes to support educators as they plan and provide appropriate instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. These supports will help Individualized Education Program teams accurately identify the learner characteristics and make appropriate decisions about how each student participates in the overall system of assessments.

In today's schools, all students with disabilities must be participating and making progress in a curriculum based on the academic content standards defined for all students, content that is age-appropriate, engaging, and challenging. Some educators have been concerned about instruction and assessments for such a highly varied group of students, since students with the most significant cognitive disabilities may learn and show what they know in different ways from their classmates. Quenemoen responds to these concerns saying, "Very early on in this work, we found startling evidence that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities were able to master and apply in meaningful ways the academic skills and knowledge that we never before had tried to teach them. We also know that development of new academic assessments cannot ensure improved outcomes for students without other high quality educational practices in place. That is why our project will develop not only a system of assessments to accurately reflect what the students have learned, but we will also build an integrated system of curriculum and instructional materials along with intensive professional development and support to build capacity in our schools to teach these students well."

The NCSC partners include NCEO as the host and fiscal agent, along with the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, the University of Kentucky's Human Development Institute, the College of Education at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, and edCount. The 19 state partners are Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wyoming, and six U.S. entities in the Pacific Rim. Together they have 90,000 students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-12.

For more information contact Rachel Quenemoen at

See the USDOE announcement.

October 6, 2010

CEHD to provide iPads to all freshmen in largest research-based iPad pilot project in the nation

iPad students all.jpgThe College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), in partnership with the University's Office of Information Technology, will provide its entire freshman class of about 450 students with iPads, in the largest pilot of its kind at a major research university. The cost of less than $216,000 is being funded entirely by private donations and will have no bearing on tuition.

CEHD faculty, who are world leaders in academic technologies and postsecondary education, will research how iPad use relates to student retention, engagement, and learning outcomes. A broad spectrum of first-year undergraduate courses in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning will incorporate the devices.

The iPads will allow CEHD freshmen to access digital textbooks, which should offer them significant cost savings. At the University of Minnesota, textbooks average about $1,000 per year for undergraduates--equal to eight percent of the cost of tuition/fees. Digital books often cost less than half of print equivalents. Providing iPads to the entire freshman class also expands access to those students who may not otherwise be able to afford the learning technologies that the device supports.

"Mobile technology plays an increasing role in student life and student learning," says CEHD Dean Jean Quam. "CEHD faculty and students are eager to lead the way in exploring the potential of new technologies, like the iPad, in and outside of their classrooms. It's the kind of innovative research that is at the core of what we do in CEHD."

The iPad is known for its reading functionality. Display and touch-screen usability increase the potential for accessing additional information to enrich readings and curricula. Nearly 200,000 downloadable applications are also available for the iPad, with more coming online every day. This offers a great deal of flexibility to instructors as they determine how best to use the devices to support student learning.

Students will receive their iPads in late October, giving them an opportunity to become familiar with the technology before using the devices regularly in spring semester classes.

See the Minneapolis Star Tribune story.

October 5, 2010

Demerath presented invited paper at University of Cambridge

Peter DemerathPeter Demerath, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented his paper, Decoding Success: The Culture of Personal Advancement in U.S. High Schools, at the Social Life of Achievement Workshop in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge on September 29, 2010.

Ph.D. student receives innovation award for dissertation

Im, Hyojin.jpgHyojin Im, a School of Social Work Ph.D. student has been awarded a $25,000 Annie E. Casey Foundation Innovations Award for her dissertation project, "A socio-ecological model of refugee mental health and housing insecurity: With a focus on roles of social capital and acculturation."

Im, with support from refugee resettlement agencies and refugee communities, will conduct individual and focus-group interviews with homeless refugee families and refugee community leaders in Minnesota. Her goal is to identify cultural barriers to housing stability and to proper health and social services, and to explore the interplay between mental health and housing experiences. The project also received a $4,000 grant from the Minnesota Family Housing Fund.

In another honor, Im received the Best Student Abstract Award from Hong Kong University at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development. Her paper is titled, "Role of social capital and help-seeking in refugee resettlement: Toward housing stability." The conference was held in Hong Kong in June.

September 30, 2010

Goh presents keynote address and workshop in Japan

Michael GohMichael Goh, educational psychology associate professor, was the invited keynote speaker for the 29th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Humanistic Psychology (JAHP) in Kumamoto, Japan, last month. JAHP is the largest association of clinical psychologists in Japan. His presentation was titled: "In Search of Mastery and Cultural Competence in Psychological Practice. Goh also presented a one-day workshop titled: "Cultural Intelligence and Intercultural Sensitivity: Skills for Psychotherapy and Education". The Japanese interpreter for the keynote and the workshop was Tatsuya Hirai (Educational Psychology/CSPP alum), who is currently a professor at Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka, Japan.

September 29, 2010

Doering showcases principles of online learning at Academic Health Center presentation

Aaron DoeringAaron Doering, associate professor of learning technologies (curriculum and instruction), will share principles of online learning in an October 14 interactive presentation and webinar session titled "Designing for Learning: Engaging Students and Teachers from the Arctic to Australia." The presentation, which will be held at Coffman Memorial Union Theater and broadcast as a webinar, is part of the Academic Health Center Teaching and Learning Series. The session is free and open to all, but requires registration. Doering holds the Bonnie Westby-Huebner Endowed Chair of Education and Technology.

September 28, 2010

Alum and women's sports pioneer Linda Wells honored

Over 100 friends, admiring fans, and dignitaries gathered Sept. 27 on a brilliant autumn afternoon to watch Linda Wells, kinesiology master's graduate, receive the University's Outstanding Achievement Award.
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The highest non-academic honor presented to a University of Minnesota graduate, the award acknowledged Wells' groundbreaking accomplishments in women's intercollegiate sports. In 1974, at the age of 21, she became the University's first full-time head coach in three women's sports: basketball, softball, and volleyball. From the start, she was a passionate advocate who challenged athletic directors and school presidents to get what she needed for her teams. She coached 15 years at the U before taking over the women's softball program at Arizona State University. She has coached at the international level, overseeing Olympic softball teams in the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympics, played professional softball, and founded her own business, Wells Sports Corporation, which specializes in coaching clinics, speaking engagements, and products and services for youth sports.

Wells retired in 2005 with a collegiate coaching overall winning record of 884-653, numerous conference championships, All-American awards, and an array of medals and national tournament berths. Over the course of her career, Wells empowered countless girls and women through her willingness to challenge the status quo.

Speakers at the ceremony included Regina Sullivan, senior associate athletics director, Kathryn F. Brown, vice president and chief of staff in the President's Office, Jean K. Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Mary Jo Kane, director of the School of Kinesiology, and Deborah Wilson, Ramsey County judge. Rayla Allison, lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and Wells's teammate when both played for the women's professional softball team, the Chicago Ravens, told the crowd, "Lots of people talk about injustice. The difference is that Linda time and again worked courageously--even when it took a personal and professional toll--to correct it."

Linda Wells's name will be engraved on the Alumni Wall of Honor adjacent to the McNamara Alumni Center.

September 24, 2010

Math education professor receives NSF Career Award

Tamara Moore

Tamara J. Moore (assistant professor of mathematics education, curriculum and instruction, and co-director of the STEM Education Center) has received a $400,109 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), to research implementing K-12 engineering standards through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) integration.

The award is one of NSF's highest honors for early-career faculty whose research builds a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. The grant will begin October 1, 2010, and will continue for five years.

September 22, 2010

STEM Center helps students 'Reach for the Sky'

STEM students.jpgThe STEM Education Center's Reach for the Sky program, which works with students on the White Earth Reservation, is featured on the University's home page. The story, "Helping students reach higher," describes this innovative program, targeted at students in grades 4-8, that engages them in hands-on, culturally relevant activities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines.

The center's co-director and associate professor Gillian Roehrig is quoted extensively in the story, which also features a video clip of students launching weather balloons, the highlight of this year's student projects (see video below).

September 17, 2010

Leon to be published in Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health

Art LeonDr. Arthur Leon, professor in kinesiology, has had his article, "Dyslipedmia and Risk of CHD: Role of Lifestyle Approaches for Management," selected for publication in the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health, which will be published by Sage Publications in 2011. Leon's article was recently published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. The editor of the encyclopedia says, "We went through a rigorous process to choose the best and most relevant articles to share with this wider audience and have only selected a handful of articles from AJLM to serve this dual purpose. Your article is one of the most important ones that we have published in AJLM and for this reason we have selected it to also be included in the Encyclopedia."

Williams to attend commemoration of Violence Against Women Act

Oliver WilliamsSchool of Social Work Professor Oliver Williams
will attend a reception at Vice President Joe Biden's home in Washington, D.C., on September 22, 2010. Williams is director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, and the event is to honor the 16th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Violence Against Women Act is the first federal legislation to comprehensively address violence uniquely targeted at women and their children. It was drafted by then-U.S. Senator Biden's office and signed into law in September 1994.

September 16, 2010

Edleson appointed to national Institute of Medicine committee

Edleson2010.jpgSchool of Social Work Professor Jeffrey Edleson has been appointed to the planning committee for the Forum on Global Violence Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children. The forum is being developed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

The forum will hold six two-day workshops in Washington, D.C., and publish a similar number of reports over the next three years on strategies and policies for preventing violence. The first workshop will be held in late January 2011 and will focus on incidence and prevalence of violence against women and children worldwide. The second, held in spring 2011, will focus on the social and economic costs of global violence against women and children. Edleson is helping develop a focus on child exposure to violence that includes family, school, community, political and war exposures.

The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. It is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

September 15, 2010

Barr-Anderson is named a 2010 BIRCWH scholar

Daheia Barr-Anderson
The University's Deborah E. Powell Center for Women's Health has announced that Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in kinesiology, has been chosen as a 2010 BIRCWH scholar.

BIRCWH, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health, is a grant program from the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health designed to foster the career development of junior faculty members. The grant supports four junior faculty members in developing their research in women's health for up to three years or until they have received further federal funding. BIRCWH scholars must engage in basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, or health services research in an area relevant to women's health, with an emphasis on sex and gender factors.

"I am really excited to have been selected as a BIRCWH scholar," says Barr-Anderson. "My proposed BIRCWH research plan builds on the research agenda I have started developing as a Powell Center Scholar and from foundation grants I have received. This BIRCWH award will provide necessary mentoring, training, and research funds to support my research agenda and academic career and prepare me to develop and submit a competitive NIH R-series grant within the next 12-18 months."

Congratulations, Dr. Barr-Anderson!

September 14, 2010

Visitors from India study educational program evaluation methods

Jean KingThe Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), headed by Professor Jean King, is hosting 19 visitors from India this week as part of an evaluation study tour. The visitors are high ranking government researchers charged with studying large educational programs across India. They are receiving training here at the University all week and will also meet with representatives from several college centers and visit schools in both the St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin districts. The focus of study is practical program evaluation, particularly in school settings.

MESI is a collaboration of units across the University of Minnesota offering high quality training and professional development, and creating a professional community for evaluators across the world. The delegates from India--representing the states of Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu--are faculty with The National Council of Educational Research and Training, a resource organization set up by the government of India with headquarters in New Delhi.

September 7, 2010

Madyun is guest editor for special issue of Urban Education

Naim MadyunNa'im Madyun, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learing (PsTL), was a guest editor for a special issue of Urban Education, "Bringing the Neighborhood into the Classroom". Included in the issue is an article by Rashné Jehangir, assistant professor in PsTL, on the lived experiences of first generation college students and a free podcast with three of the authors (Brian Barrett, SUNY Cortland, Sheneka Williams, University of Georgia and Rashné Jehangir) discussing the role of cultural capital in American public schools.

September 3, 2010

Miksch speaks at University's New Student Convocation

Karen MikschKaren Miksch, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, was the faculty speaker at the University's New Student Convocation on September 2. Miksch spoke to the University's incoming freshman class, including the 450 new CEHD undergraduates.

Miksch's research focuses on access to higher education and legal gatekeepers impeding college access and success. During her convocation speech, she talked to the students about the transformative power of a university education, stating, "I firmly believe the most important civil rights work takes place in a classroom." Miksch also noted that CEHD's First Year Inquiry question (How can one person make a difference?) resonates with her because she believes education should be an empowering experience in which all participants "discover new solutions to inequity and injustice."

August 31, 2010

Duranczyk receives Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowship

Irene DuranczykIrene Duranczyk, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, is a recipient of the University's Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowship, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. The title of Duranczyk's project is "SocioCultural Mathematics Literacy through Statistics: The story behind the numbers, the numbers behind the story."

The Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowships aim to support a wide range of multicultural teaching and learning projects -- from those in incubation stages (thinking, researching, talking, reflecting) to those with ideas, materials, and analyses nearly ready to be shared with a range of academic and community groups.

This project will explore ways to increase mathematical literacy through statistics by using student reflections, class assignments, group projects, and focus groups for statistical power. The purpose of this classroom-based research work will be to expand understanding and practice of teaching and learning in a multicultural context. Students will not have to leave prior knowledge or their cultural identity at the classroom door but will build on their experience and knowledge.

August 29, 2010

Reading researchers speak at World Congress on Reading

Deborah DillonDavid O'BrienProfessors David O'Brien and Deborah Dillon (Curriculum and Instruction) traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to present at the World Congress Meeting of the International Reading Association, July 13, 2010. "Building Infrastructures to Foster Literacy Leadership and Change," featured the research of Dillon, O'Brien, Houck, and Boehm on the creation of Minnesota Board of Teaching Reading Standards and policy issues impacting reading initiatives in the state of Minnesota. Their research will be used by members of the New Zealand Ministry of Education in their efforts to implement student and teacher reading standards in New Zealand. View image of O'Brien and Dillon with their daughter in NZ.

Professors Dillon and O'Brien were each awarded University of Minnesota International Travel Grants to offset a portion of the conference expenses. Deborah Dillon holds the Guy Bond Chair in Reading.

August 26, 2010

Romano discusses peace psychology at award-winning symposium

John RomanoJohn Romano, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology (Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology) presented at the 2010 American Psychological Association Convention in San Diego at a symposium that received the Best Interdivisional Symposium Award sponsored by Division 48 (Peace Psychology) and at least one other APA division. The award is given to increase and apply psychological knowledge to advance theory, research, and/or applications in peace psychology. The symposium was titled "Peace Work--A Road Less Traveled by Counseling Psychologists." Romano reported on the impact of his Peace Corps experience and the internationalization of counseling psychology.

August 23, 2010

Johnson brothers featured in Boston Globe story on healthy competition

JohnsonBros-2004.jpgThe Boston Globe Magazine cited the work of professors Roger and David W. Johnson, leaders of the Cooperative Learning Center, in an article titled "What happened to losing?" Teaching children about healthy competition is the challenge presented by parent/writer Neil Swidey in the article, which notes that the Johnsons' research has shown that "people working cooperatively, in the classroom or on the playing field, reach a higher level of achievement than people pitted against one another or working alone." Swidey quotes David W. Johnson extensively in the article.

LA Times interviews Wahlstrom on benefits of later school start times

Wahlstrom.jpgProfessor Kyla Wahlstrom is featured in a Los Angeles Times story titled "Later school start times and Zzzs to A's," which focuses on the increasing body of research indicating that delaying school start times -- even by just 30 minutes -- makes a significant difference in how well students feel and perform in school. One of the first and most influential studies was conducted in the mid-1990s by Wahlstrom and her research team at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI). It led the way for continuing study of later start times and their relationship to educational achievement for high school students.

August 20, 2010

C&I alumna Boeser wins another national award

Elizabeth BoeserBloomington Jefferson High School teacher Elizabeth Boeser (Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. '08) has won the annual Media Literacy Award, the second consecutive year she has earned a national award for outstanding teaching by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Boeser was awarded the NCTE's 2009 High School Teacher of Excellence honor for excellent classroom teaching in high school English. The latest national award showcases teachers who have developed innovative approaches for integrating media and media literacy into their instruction.

See the story.

August 19, 2010

U.S. Department of Education renews TRiO grant

The U.S. Department of Education has renewed funding through 2016 for TRiO Student Support Services, housed in the College of Education and Human Development on the Twin Cities campus. The University of Minnesota grant for the program has been funded continuously since 1976.

TRiO Student Support Services supports academic development for traditionally underserved students, encouraging retention and ultimately, graduation. Financial aid counseling, leadership development, supplemental study skill development, and learning communities are all part of the services for first year TRiO students. Returning students are also counseled in career and major choices.

Of the 150 incoming TRiO students at the University each year, two thirds come from low- to moderate-income households or are the first generation in their family to attend college. The vast majority of this group--85 percent--meets both requirements. The remaining 50 students are accepted through the College English Transitions program for immigrant and non-native speakers of English. Disabilities that require some form of academic accommodation are found among 10 to 15 percent of the students. The average annual household income of the students served by TRiO is roughly equivalent to the official University cost of attendance for a single academic year.

Federal TRiO programs at the University also include the McNair Scholars Graduate Preparation Program, which identifies promising underserved students, supports their undergraduate research, and guides them through the graduate admission process. A third program, Upward Bound, provides college preparation for high school students from low income or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

TRiO plays an important role in the college's ongoing commitment to supporting academic success and equity for a diverse student body.

July 28, 2010

Tucker Center director's new role with ESPN featured on MinnPost

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, professor and director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is profiled on her appointment to the espnW advisory panel in a story by MinnPost's Jay Weiner. The story, "Media critic and women's sports advocate Mary Jo Kane is about to step into the belly of the ESPN beast," discusses Kane's expertise on sports, media, and gender issues and her opportunity to make a difference as ESPN launches its new business and digital platform for women, espnW.

Dateline July 30: This story has now been picked up by the online magazine's Broadsheet with the provocative title "The woman who could save ESPN."

July 27, 2010

Romano leads University's Global Spotlight initiative

RomanoJ-2008.jpgJohn Romano, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, will spearhead the University's Global Spotlight initiative for 2010-12 in the Office of International Programs (OIP). Appointed as the assistant vice president for international scholarship, a two-year rotating position, Romano will lead the University's international scholarly and academic agenda beginning Sept. 1, 2010.

The 2010-12 Global Spotlight focus will be on Latin America and the Caribbean and the pressing global issue of the impact of urbanization. OIP will sponsor symposia, conferences, lectures, films, and cultural events to address this topic and engage the entire University community in a variety of ways.

July 19, 2010

Lee, Eaton receive award for gerontology article

Hee LeeHee Yun Lee, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, and co-author Charissa Eaton, Ph.D. candidate in social work, received an honorable mention in the Rose Dobrof competition for the best article published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. The article is entitled "Financial abuse in elderly Korean immigrants: Mixed Analysis of the role of culture on perception and help-seeking behavior."

The Rose Dobrof award is designed to recognize authors of articles that are methodologically rigorous, demonstrate strong innovation, and show a great impact on gerontological social work practice. It will be presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in November.

July 15, 2010

Anderson co-edits publication on international research collaboration

Melissa AndersonMelissa S. Anderson, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and Nicholas H. Steneck, director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, are the editors of a 2010 Routledge publication titled International Research Collaborations: Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble.

International Research Collaborations provides valuable insights to researchers who are collaborating or who intend to collaborate, as well as to administrators, funders, regulators, editors, and policy-makers involved in cross-national research.

Encouraged by their institutions and governments and aided by advances in technology and communication, researchers increasingly pursue international collaborations with high hopes for scientific breakthroughs, intellectual stimulation, access to research equipment and populations, and the satisfaction of global engagement. International Research Collaborations considers what can and does go wrong in cross-national research collaborations, and how scientists can avoid these problems in order to create and sustain productive, mutually-enriching partnerships.

Unfamiliar approaches to training, legal and regulatory complications, and differences in funding and administration pose challenges for collaboration that are then compounded by the need to satisfy the requirements of different research systems. To help today's international researchers create the best possible partnerships, chapters by funding officers, diplomats, attorneys, publishers, regulators, graduate students and postdocs, industry researchers, administrators, and scholars of responsible research address the following key trouble spots:

* How research is organized and funded
* The legal and normative environments of research
* Differences in regulation and oversight
* Variation in graduate education and postdoctoral training

July 12, 2010

College researchers launch 'Parenting 2.0' project

WalkerS-pref1.jpgJodi DworkinCEHD researchers have launched a new online research project to help understand how and why parents use technology. Called "Parenting 2.0," the project findings will be used to develop University of Minnesota Extension and other outreach programs for parents and families.

Parents who use the Internet and are willing to share their experiences are encouraged to visit the survey website. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Jodi Dworkin, associate professor in the Department of Family Social Science is co-directing the research with Susan Walker, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

"We hope to determine some of the processes and outcomes around parent technology use, such as how parents use the Internet for seeking advice and information about parenting," said Dworkin. "Additionally, we'd like to know how parents use the Internet for family-oriented communications, such as monitoring children's online behavior and participating in social networking themselves."

Listen to the University podcast in which Dworkin discusses the research and project goals.

July 9, 2010

Alumni Association CEO and CEHD alumnus Phil Esten develops playbook for building organization

As the University of Minnesota’'s associate athletics director, Phil Esten helped the University raise funds for and complete one of its most ambitious building projects in years, the $288.5 million TCF Bank Stadium.

Now, he's tackling a different type of building project: growing the University's 60,000-member alumni association. For Esten, who was named CEO of the association in April, the word "growth" isn't simply about increasing membership numbers.

Read more about his ideas and background in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

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Photographer: Nancy Kuehn | Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

July 6, 2010

Christ, Heistad author most-sited Journal of School Psychology articles

Theodore J. ChristArticles by educational psychology associate professor Theodore Christ and alumnus David Heistad are among the top five most cited articles for the Journal of School Psychology in the last five years. Both publications emanate from Professor Emeritus Stan Deno's ground breaking development of curriculum-based measurement. The articles cited are:

Christ, T.J., Ardoin, S.P, (2009). Curriculum-based measurement of oral reading: Passage equivalence and probe-set development. Journal of School Psychology (47)1.

Betts, J., Pickart, M., Heistad, D. (2009). An investigation of the psychometric evidence of CBM-R passage equivalence: Utility of readability statistics and equating for alternate forms. Journal of School Psychology (47)1.

David Heistad is currently Executive Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for Minneapolis Public Schools.

Seashore quoted in article about St. Paul 'Promise Neighborhood'

Karen SeashoreKaren Seashore, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development was quoted in the Pioneer Press article "City leaders apply for federal grant to create a 'Promise Neighborhood' in St. Paul."

"St. Paul civic, community, educational and political leaders have embarked on a long-term plan to turn around hard-knocks portions of the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods...Approaches like Promise Neighborhood run counter to an educational approach in recent decades that views schools as safe havens and the community as something to keep at a distance," said Karen Seashore, a professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

June 30, 2010

School of Social Work students, faculty give presentations in Namibia

Elizabeth Lightfoot On the final day of the School of Social Work study tour to Namibia, 18 students and Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot gave presentations at the Namibia Social Workers Association Annual Meeting. The conference was held June 1 in the Windhoek Central Hospital, and was attended by social workers from diverse regions of Namibia.
The presentations included:
Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot: Keynote presentation: New trends in social work and technology: Possibilities for Namibia?
Sara Lien, Anna Vangsness & Annie Wells: Social development interventions: Micro loans and micro enterprise development
Christi Birkholz, Gina Kubits & KaoLee Thao: Volunteerism: Marketing, recruitment and training
Emma Rosenthal, Rebekah Pulju, & Angela Lewis-Dmello: Domestic violence and community based programming in the United States: Creating change through group therapy
Megan Fatheree & Laura Svoboda: Leadership
Kristina VanDyke, Justin Adamek & Lindsey Rice: Social Marketing
Rachel Rohlfing, Eric Thibodeau & Naomi Ward: Social Entrepreneurship
For more information about the study tour of Namibia, visit the trip blog.

Ph.D. candidate Bernadeia Johnson leads Minneapolis public schools

bjohnson_supt.jpgBernadeia Johnson, who is completing her dissertation for a doctorate in educational policy and administration at the University, begins her position as superintendent of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) on July 1. Johnson, who received her superintendent's licensure in 2007 from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, served as deputy superintendent of MPS since August 2005.

After a selection process that began in July 2009, the Minneapolis Board of Education selected Johnson as the single candidate for the position in February 2010 and hosted community meetings to introduce her. During those meetings, Johnson emphasized the importance of community involvement to promote continuous learning for all students. One of the key architects of the development of the Minneapolis Public Schools Strategic Plan 2007-2012, Johnson plans to focus on accelerating academic progress for all students in her new role.

"I am extremely hopeful for the future and excited to lead this work," said Johnson. "I am eager to focus on the academic work of the district and I know we can do great things for the children of Minneapolis."

Johnson was deputy superintendent of Memphis City Schools, the largest school system in the state of Tennessee, from 2004 to 2005. She was principal at Elizabeth Hall Community School in Minneapolis from 1999 to 2004, and she taught and served as an assistant principal in the Saint Paul Public School district from 1991 to 1999.

June 15, 2010

Kinesiology M.Ed. student shares time, talent with aspiring athletes

In addition to his full-time career and his graduate studies,Tony Yazbeck, an M.Ed. student in applied kinesiology, is committed to helping and mentoring young people in education and athletics. WCCO-TV features him in a "Life to the Max" segment. Watch his inspiring story.

June 8, 2010

Kinesiology doctoral student featured on Driven to Discover: The Research Series

Kinesiology Ph.D. student Austin Stair Calhoun, sport sociology, is a featured researcher in the University's latest Driven to Discover: The Research Series. She describes her dissertation research on "Examining Homophobia in Sports and New Media," explaining how she became interested in the topic and her methods of research. Professor Mary Jo Kane, her adviser, is also interviewed in the video feature.

June 7, 2010

Herting Wahl receives Counselor Educator of the Year award

The American School Counselor Association has named Kay WahlEducational Psychology associate professor Kay Herting Wahl its 2010 Counselor Educator of the Year. The national award recognizes a counselor educator for outstanding service and achievement that has had an impact on the school counseling profession. This is a tremendous honor from the world's largest school counseling association.

June 3, 2010

Kane comments in LA Times article on Supreme Court nominee photo

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, director of the School of Kinesiology and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times article "Photo raises issue of sexual orientation in softball" regarding Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. In the article Kane discusses the misconceptions associated with sexual orientation for women in sports in relation to a highly publicized photo of Kagan playing softball.

May 26, 2010

School of Social Work's Lee named Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies

Hee LeeHee Yun Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Work, has been named the 2010-2011 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies at the University of Minnesota Center on Aging.

The endowed chair funds researchers and scholars who want to pursue projects that will further knowledge and understanding about aging and its effects on people. Dr. Lee has been studying aging for more than 20 years, focusing on the quality of life and care among elderly immigrants and refugees. Holding the chair will give her the opportunity to pursue a community-based participatory research project that will examine health literacy—specifically cancer literacy and pertinent screening behaviors—among elders in the Hmong community in the Twin Cities area.

The long-term goal of the project is to create effective, culturally competent, and community-based interventions that increase cancer screening and ultimately improve the health and well-being of elder Hmong refugees. The chair was created in 1999 by the Center on Aging with support from the University of Minnesota Graduate School and the generosity of David and Elizabeth Fesler.

May 20, 2010

STEM Center featured on KARE 11

MooreT-t06.jpgTamara Moore, co-director of the STEM Education Center, and the center's project with a local school are the subject of a KARE 11 Sunrise segment, "What's Cool in Our School." The STEM Center has partnered with Central Middle School in Columbia Heights to create a pilot program integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts in a new engineering class at the school.

Students in the class are learning to combine these concepts through the hands-on tasks of designing and making a cardboard chair that can support 200 pounds. Moore, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, discusses the real-world applications of STEM with the students and describes how important it is to integrate STEM in teacher training and student learning.

May 19, 2010

Kinesiology faculty blog from Uganda soccer coach training program

Jens OmliDiane M. Wiese-BjornstalStacy IngrahamJens Omli, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, and Stacy Ingraham of the School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota; former Gopher soccer player and Arkansas State assistant soccer coach Lisa Berg, Macalester College soccer coach Ian Barker; University of Northern Illinois soccer coach Carrie Barker; and Wheaton College soccer coach Michael Guiliano are blogging from Africa as they deliver a youth soccer coaching education program to over 160 men and women coaches from across Uganda. Check out their blog.

May 18, 2010

Graduate students study social development in Namibia

Elizabeth LightfootLiz Lightfoot, associate professor in the School of Social Work, is leading a study tour in Namibia from May 17 to June 2. The group members, who include 18 graduate students, will post their activities on this blog .

The group will visit with Namibian social workers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations working in the area of social development, and will visit social development projects run by local people in rural areas. The trip also will include viewing Namibia's famed wildlife at Etosha National Park, visiting Swakopmund—the Adventure Capital of Africa—and camping in a Bushman camp.

ICI's Check & Connect in The Huffington Post

Check & Connect, a school-engagement program of the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), was highlighted in "Solving the Mental Health Crisis for Our Children," a May 6 article in The Huffington Post written by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

Read more about Check & Connect in the spring 2009 issue of Connect.

May 15, 2010

Kinesiology Ph.D. student's research featured on Chicago Public Radio

Chelsey ThulDoctoral student Chelsey Thul, research assistant in the Tucker Center and graduate assistant in the physical activity social and behavioral science area of the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed this week by Chicago Public Radio for the Worldview segment about her work with East African girls and physical inactivity.

The work of Thul and many others in the college to promote the physical activity and well-being of youth was featured in the fall 2009 issue of Connect.

May 14, 2010

Discover newly published books for young readers

NBFYR2010Thumb.jpgThe 2010 edition of New Books for Young Readers is now available. Read reviews of the best books published in 2009 for readers from preschool through high school ages. Looking for books to use in the classroom? A just-right selection for a child? Detailed descriptions of books for every reader and every purpose are included.

Use the online search engine to find books from the last decade by a favorite author or illustrator, such as Jane Yolen or Ed Young; books in a particular genre, such as informational science or historical fiction; books by reading level from preschool to adolescent readers; books by culture or area in the world, such as Korean-American or Eastern Africa; or books by key word, such as slavery or elephants.

Download the 2010 edition of New Books for Young Readers [PDF]

New Books for Young Readers is supported by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; the Julie M. Jensen Endowment for Language Arts Education, honoring Professors Naomi C. Chase and Robert Dykstra; and by all the trade book publishers who send their books for our consideration; Rebecca Rapport, editor.

May 13, 2010

Teaching and learning in emerging learning environments

Amy Garrett DikkersAmy Garrett Dikkers, coordinator and lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was the invited keynote speaker at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict's Faculty Technology Day on May 11. The title of her presentation was Teaching and Learning in Emerging Learning Environments and the focus of her remarks was her course redesign of EDHD 5005: School and Society for the Active Learning Classrooms on Campus. View presentation.

May 10, 2010

Barr-Anderson discusses research on obesity in African American children

Daheia Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in kinesiology, and her research study on how factors in the home environment contribute to obesity in African American children, adolescents, and their families, were featured last week in an article in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Weiss publishes in American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Maureen WeissMaureen Weiss, professor in the School of Kinesiology and co-director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, along with her co-author Cheryl Stuntz, St. Lawrence University, published an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine titled "Motivating Children and Adolescents to Sustain a Physically Active Lifestyle." In this review, the authors contend that knowing children's and adolescents' physical activity should be increased is not enough to enhance activity frequency, intensity, and duration. An understanding of psychological and social predictors of physical activity behaviors is essential to contributing to active lifestyles. Adults in children's lives can structure everyday environments in ways that enhance motivation for physical activity. The pathways to enhancing youths' physical activity motivation and behaviors, and positive health outcomes, include four common ingredients: feelings of competence, perceptions of choice or autonomy, supportive relationships, and enjoyment of activity participation.

May 6, 2010

Doctoral student receives AERA award for research proposal

HansenS.jpgAt the recent annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Sarah Hansen received the 1st Place Proposal Award at the Division D (Measurement and Research Methodology) In-Progress Research Gala. Sarah's award-winning proposal featured ethnographic research that illuminated the discourse models informing Indian immigrant parents' school engagement experiences. As a recipient of the award, she will give an invited paper at the 2011 AERA Annual Meeting. Sarah is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's culture and teaching track (Bic Ngo and Thom Swiss, co-advisers).

May 4, 2010

Skovholt awarded MPA's Distinguished Elder Award

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Educational psychology professor Thomas Skovholt received the Minnesota Psychological Association's Distinguished Elder Award. This award is given to a psychologist who has made significant contributions to mental health in Minnesota through a role as scholar, teacher, mentor, practitioner, and/or advocate for rights and just causes. Tom is shown here with Tabitha Grier-Reed, assistant professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, at the April MPA convention.

May 3, 2010

Doherty to parents of teens: tough love required

DohertyB2002.jpgProfessor Bill Doherty, of the Department of Family Social Science, offered advice to parents of teens, following a deadly weekend on Minnesota roads that claimed six young lives. Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Doherty cautions against "wishy-washy" parenting, stating that parents must establish firm expectations of teens, putting parenting duties ahead of friendship with their children.

"Many parents want to be buddies with their kids and don't want to come down too hard on them," Doherty said. "And many parents have this idea, 'Well, the kids are going to use alcohol anyway so why be the heavy, why talk about it that much?' What we know from the research is that teens who believe their parents are firmly against them drinking are less apt to drink. Our kids carry us in their brain and that's why [you need] a firm hand, that you're too young to drink and it's not acceptable to me as your parent that you drink at all, let alone drink and drive."

April 30, 2010

Graduate Garrett Brown is free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs

garrett brown.jpgGarrett Brown, sport management B.S. student who graduated last fall, was signed recently as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs to play in the NFL. Garrett was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and captain for the Golden Gophers with 99 tackles during his four-years on the team.

April 29, 2010

Ropers-Huilman named department chair of OLPD

RopersHuilmanB-2007.jpgProfessor Rebecca Ropers-Huilman has been appointed chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) effective August this year. Ropers-Huilman follows Darwin Hendel, who is stepping down after chairing the department since April 2007.

Ropers-Huilman has been a professor of higher education in the department since August 2007. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in educational administration with a concentration in higher education. Her research interests relate primarily to race and gender in higher education, and change agents in postsecondary contexts. She is also editor of Feminist Formations. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, she was a faculty member at Louisiana State University and held positions there as director of women's and gender studies, director of the Women's Center, and coordinator of the higher education program.

"We appreciate Darwin Hendel's service during the transition of OLPD," said Dean Jean Quam. "And I am very pleased that Professor Ropers-Huilman has agreed to serve as the next chair. I am excited by her vision for the department in general and higher education in particular. She is an inclusive leader who has thoughtfully approached her decision to accept this position by conducting listening sessions with faculty, staff, and students."

April 27, 2010

Roosevelt High School's DigMe students tour campus

Students from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School's DigMe program visited the Twin Cities campus last week. The DigMe program partners with University of Minnesota faculty and students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Cynthia Lewis, professor of literacy eduction; Cassie Scharber, assistant professor of learning technologies; and doctoral students Jessica Dockter, literacy education; Lauren Causey, literacy eduction; Bjorn Pederson, learning technologies; Brian Lozenski, culture and teaching).

Scott Redd (African and African-American Studies) and Anise McDowell (K-12 Outreach, CLA) collaborated on the planning of the campus visit and created many opportunities for the Roosevelt students to "see themselves" on campus as future Gophers. Led by two CLA Future Scholars, students toured the Black Student Union and LaRaza in Coffman Memorial Union, as well as the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. Lunch was sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity. Highlights of the visit included attending classes in African history and theatre, learning about digital media practices in one of the University's active learning classrooms, and shaking hands with President Bruininks.

The DigMe Digital Media Program mission is to empower students to think critically, build meaning, and demonstrate their understanding across all subjects by applying college preparatory, project based learning using digital technologies.

Bart and Langley receive outstanding research award

William BartEducational psychology professor William Bart and his former graduate advisee, Seth Langley, Ph.D., are the recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Research Award from the New York College Learning Skills Association. This award recognizes the excellence of their article "Examining Self-Regulatory Factors that influence the Academic Achievement of Underprepared Students," which appeared in the fall 2008 issue of Research and Teaching in Developmental Education. Langley is currently assistant director of research development at the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center.

According to Amy Crouse-Powers, the president of the New York College Learning Skills Association, the research article "positively contributes to the field of developmental education and ultimately benefits students. We thank you for your work in this important area."

April 26, 2010

Are there differences in coaching boy and girl athletes?

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center associate director and lecturer in the School of Kinesiology discusses research on coaching boys versus coaching girls in a recent Post Crescent News article.

GoNorth! Greenland trek begins

The GoNorth! 2010 team has arrived in Greenland, and they are heading out on the trail. Join Aaron Doering, associate professor in learning technologies; Brant Miller, doctoral candidate in science education; and the rest of the GoNorth! team as they travel via dogsled across Greenland. K-12 classrooms around the world are participating in this latest educational adventure. Check out the latest update from the trail.

April 23, 2010

Albrecht receives engagement award

Albrecht-Lisa.jpgLisa Albrecht, associate professor in the School of Social Work, received the "Outstanding Partners in Engagement" award on April 22. The award is given in recognition of her work as a highly engaged faculty member partnering with the community through the social justice minor. The Campus Community Coordinators Alliance, a network of staff who direct and coordinate publicly engaged programs across the Twin Cities campus, created these awards four years ago to call attention to the members of the University and broader communities who are doing exemplary collaborative work that promotes the public good.

delMas honored by American Statistical Association

Robert delMasEducational psychology associate professor Robert delMas has been selected as a 2010 Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Nominated by their peers, ASA Fellows are members of established reputation who have made outstanding contributions in some aspect of statistical work. Given annually, this prestigious honor is limited to no more than one-third of one percent of the ASA membership. Fellows will be honored during the Joint Statistical Meetings awards ceremony in Vancouver in August.

Kinesiology's Rayla Allison talks about recent athlete behavior on Fox 9 News

<a href=Rayla Allison, J.D., sport management lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Sport Business Institute, was interviewed in a Fox 9 news video "Digging Deeper: NFL Player Personal Conduct Policy" on the issue of player conduct off the field.

April 21, 2010

The role of social media in professional and leadership development

melissa.gifMelissa Martyr-Wagner, assistant director for academic technology, was interviewed recently by Educause on the role of social networking technologies in helping universities reach their organizational goals, particularly in professional and leadership development. In the interview, Martyr-Wagner talks about the need for higher education to develop more mature, effective social media tools for faculty and students.

Educause is a nonprofit association of more than 17,000 members whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

April 20, 2010

Misty Sato featured on Fox 9 News

Assistant professor Misty Sato (curriculum and instruction), an expert in teacher development, provided context regarding Gov. Tim Pawlenty's new education proposal. The live interview aired on Fox 9's 5 p.m. newscast April 19.

Pawlenty's proposal includes changes in the way teachers are licensed, paid, and given tenure. It was driven by the state's failure to secure the first round of Race to the Top funding and debate over whether Minnesota will apply for a possible second round.

April 19, 2010

Polar Huskies check in from Greenland

Professor Aaron Doering and the GoNorth! team are holed up at Thule Air Base, Greenland, pinned down by a blizzard. No one is even allowed outside of buildings, as winds gust upwards of 80 miles per hour. Read the complete blog post and follow them on their two-month journey.

The Thule base is GoNorth's point of disembarkation for Greenland 2010. The Polar Huskies plan to celebrate Earth Day on the trail climbing 10,000 feet to the top of Greenland's Ice Sheet. Follow their route to Siorapaluk, Greenland--the northernmost community in the world--and learn about climate change along the way.
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April 16, 2010

Recipients of Global Spotlight grants include four from OLPD

VavrusF2008W.jpgFour recipients of the new Global Spotlight grants from the Office of International Programs (OIP) are members of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. These grants will support research and other scholarly initiatives related to the spotlight area of "Africa and Water in the World" and continue development of a global network of engagement and scholarship across the University.

International Collaborative Seed Grants

The Cultural Politics of Pedagogy and Development in Tanzania
Principal Investigator: Frances Vavrus, associate professor

Doctoral Fellowships for International Research

Factors Associated with Partnership Experiences, Attitudes, and Perceptions: A Comparative Case Study of Two African Universities
Chiteng Kot, Ph.D. student in higher education

OIP International Pre-Dissertation and Small Grants Awards for Doctoral Students

Navigating Pacific Identities through Sport: A Comparison of Water-Based and Land-Based Physical Activity Approaches to Health and International Development in Samoa and American Somoa
Christina Kwauk, Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education

Teachers as Political Tools in Tanzania
Matthew Thomas, Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education

Dengel quoted in Star Tribune article on aging and exercise

Donald DengelDon Dengel, professor of exercise science in the School of Kinesiology and director, Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, is quoted in an April 15 Minneapolis Star Tribune article, "Grace and Maturity: Athletes in their 50s and 60s are still working up a sweat on the ice," by Megan Hanson.

CEHD ranks among top 25 schools of education

U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools U.S. News and World Report has released its annual rankings of graduate schools, ranking the University of MInnesota College of Education and Human Development No. 23 overall and No. 14 among all public professional schools of education. Four academic programs ranked among the top 10 in the country.

"I am proud of the research, teaching, and learning that we offer at the College of Education and Human Development, and we will be building on our strengths in the coming year," said Dean Jean K. Quam. "We are re-envisioning our teacher preparation programs for today's classroom through our Teacher Education Redesign Initiative. Through a planning process we call Vision 2020, we are also focusing on diversity, technology and innovation, and excellence in research as we strengthen our areas of excellence."

U.S. News calculates its rankings based on quality assessments from peer institutions and school superintendents nationwide; student selectivity; and faculty resources, which include student-faculty ratio and faculty awards; as well as support for research.

The programs that ranked in the top 10 within their discipline were: developmental psychology, No. 1; special education, No. 7; educational psychology, No. 9; counseling and student personnel psychology, No. 10.

April 14, 2010

Professor champions bill to support couples considering divorce alternatives

DohertyB2002.jpgProfessor Bill Doherty, Department of Family Social Science, is championing a legislative bill that would provide better counseling support to couples considering divorce. Minnesota Public Radio interviewed Doherty about his support for the Couples on the Brink bill.

The bill would add a $5 tax to marriage licenses in Minnesota, and use the money to provide better training to marriage counselors and clergy who assist couples, especially those wavering between divorce and reconciliation.

Doherty's research, which surveyed over 2,400 divorcing parents in 2008 and 2009, is cited, showing that in about one third of the cases, one party was unsure about proceeding with the divorce.

April 13, 2010

Bordeleau receives 2010 Best DGS Assistant award

Danielle Bordeleau, associate director of graduate studies in the Institute of Child Development, has been named a recipient of the 2010 Best DGS Assistant award by the Graduate School. Each graduate program has a director of graduate studies (DGS), and each of their offices are staffed by a DGS assistant who is the center of activity and often the first line of contact for most communication between the graduate program and prospective and currently enrolled students, and the Graduate School. The day-to-day smooth functioning of the graduate program office depends greatly on the DGS assistant. The Graduate School established the Best DGS Assistant award program to recognize and reward the University's most outstanding DGS assistants. The award will be presented at a reception on Monday, April 19. Congratulations, Danielle!

O'Brien, Scharber co-edit digital literacy column

Cassie ScharberDavid O'BrienDavid O'Brien (professor of literacy education) and Cassie Scharber (assistant professor of learning technologies) in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are the current editors of the Digital Literacies Department for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL). They were invited to continue their tenure as the column's co-editors for 2010-2011. JAAL is a publication of the International Reading Association with 70,000 members worldwide. The latest column features an article written by O'Brien and Scharber entitled, "Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: The Luxury of Digital Abundance."

Literacy Research Association chooses Beach as vice president-elect

Richard Beech

Richard Beach, professor of literacy education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been elected vice president-elect (to become president in Dec. 2012) by the Literacy Research Association (formerly National Reading Conference). The LRA is the premier research organization for literacy educators and has over 1,000 members internationally. Deborah Dillon, also a professor of literacy education and the Guy Bond Chair in Reading, was president of the National Reading Conference in 2002.

The value of early childhood education

ReynoldsA-2005.jpgProfessor Arthur Reynolds, Institute of Child Development, is quoted in a Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial on the importance of early childhood education programs in reducing the achievement gap between middle-class, majority-race children and poor, minority-race children. Reynolds was a featured presenter at a University-hosted forum on April 6 addressing Minnesota's future titled "A Workforce Prepared for the Global Economy."

April 12, 2010

Alumni Society celebrates 2010 honorees

The College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society hosted its 43rd annual Alumni Society Awards Celebration on Friday, April 9, at the McNamara Alumni Center. Congratulations to the following alumni and faculty who were honored at this year's celebration.

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Distinguished International Alumni Award
Sung-Kyung Yoo (Educational Psychology)

Larry Wilson Award
Donna Tilsner (School of Kinesiology and General College)

William E. Gardner PreK-12 Outstanding Educator Award
Natalie Rasmussen (Curriculum & Instruction)

UCEA 2010 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
Barry Kamrath (Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development)

Robert H. Beck Faculty Teaching Award
Tai Mendenhall (Family Social Science)

Gordon M. A. Mork Outstanding Educator Award
Lynn Jermal (Curriculum & Instruction)

Emerging Leader Award
Amelia Franck Meyer (School of Social Work)

April 9, 2010

Exploring unresolved identities of urban immigrant youth

Bic NgoUnresolved Identities: Discourse, Ambivalence, and Urban Immigrant Students, by Bic Ngo, assistant professor of culture and teaching in curriculum and instruction, was recently published by SUNY Press. In her ethnographic study of Lao American students at an urban, public high school, Ngo shows how simplistic accounts of these students smooth over unfinished, precarious identities and contested social relations. Exploring the ways that immigrant youth identities are shaped by dominant discourses that simplify and confine their experiences within binary categories of good/bad, traditional/modern, and success/failure, she unmasks and examines the stories we tell about them, and unsettles the hegemony of discourses that frame identities within discrete dualisms.

Rather than being cohesive, the identity negotiations of Lao American students are responses that modify, resist, or echo these discourses. Ngo argues that while Lao American students are changing what it means to be "urban" and "immigrant" youth, most people are unable to read them as doing so, and instead see the youth as confused, backward, and problematic. By illuminating the discursive practices of identity, this study underscores the need to conceptualize urban, immigrant identities as contradictory, fractured, and unresolved.

April 8, 2010

Roehrig honored as outstanding faculty member by the Council of Graduate Students

Gillian Roehrig, associate professor of science education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is one of 12 faculty members across the University selected by the Council of Graduate Students as outstanding faculty who go above and beyond expectations to ensure the success of graduate students, both as students and as the next generation of scholars and researchers. Roehrig and the other 11 faculty selected to receive this award were chosen from among 60 faculty nominated by graduate students for consideration for this award.

Each faculty nominee was nominated by a minimum of two graduate students. This is the first year that the Council of Graduate Students has provided this award. Recipients of the award will be recognized at a reception on April 19.

April 7, 2010

Social work student receives university leadership award

Teresa ObreroTeresa Michelle Mamanche Obrero, a social work dual degree student, has won a University of Minnesota President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The award is given to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Obrero is a master's degree candidate in social work and public policy. The award will be presented at the President's Award Banquet on May 3 in the Great Hall of Coffman Union.

April 6, 2010

Alumnus Mark Vagle recognized for excellence in teaching

Alumnus Mark D. Vagle (Ph.D., curriculum and instruction, 2006), now assistant professor of elementary and social studies education at the University of Georgia, will be recognized at the University of Georgia's Honors Day program on Wednesday, April 7 for his excellence in teaching. Read the full story.

Vagle was a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction from 2002 to 2006 and held positions as middle school coordinator and research associate.

April 4, 2010

Art education student receives 2010 Bush Leadership Fellowship

Judi Petkau Judi Petkau, Ph.D. student in art education (Curriculum and Instruction), and educator at the Weisman Art Museum, has been awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship to support her research in art museum-based learning for the upcoming academic year. The fellowship includes an opportunity to work with leading museum education researchers at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, focusing on the recently opened Sackler Centre for Education and the institution's creativity and diversity initiatives. Petkau plans to complete her thesis research during the fellowship year and return to help reopen the expanded Weisman Art Museum in the fall of 2011.

April 1, 2010

LaVoi comments on new women-focused ESPN initiative

Nicole LaVoiAs Laura Gentile and fellow ESPN executives batted around ideas for pockets of expansion inside the sprawling company, there appeared to be an opportunity to target female athletes more extensively. High school sports would be an important part... "Nobody's done this right yet, and they have a real opportunity," said Nicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology. Female sports receiving focus on the revamped include basketball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Read more at Media Post News ...

March 30, 2010

Harwell, LeBeau publish in Educational Researcher

Michael HarwellEducational Psychology professor Michael Harwell and Brandon LeBeau, doctoral student in Educational Psychology, published a paper entitled "Student Eligibility for a Free Lunch as an SES Measure in Educational Research" that appears in the March 2010 issue of Educational Researcher.

Roger T. Johnson honored as 2010 AERA Fellow

Professor Roger T. Johnson (Curriculum and Instruction) has been named a 2010 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. His nomination was advanced to the Fellows Committee by his peers and colleagues in the field in recognition of his exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings. He is one of 67 Fellows who will be inducted on Saturday, May 1, 2010, during AERA's 91st Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Fellows serve as models and mentors to the next generation of scholars of educational research. Johnson's research has focused on the development and dissemination of cooperative learning techniques for the classroom.

March 26, 2010

Vavrus receives McKnight Presidential Fellow Award

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, associate professor of comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has been selected to receive the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award. This program is supported through the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chairs Fund that was established in 2000 through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

The McKnight programs, taken as a whole, allow the University of Minnesota to offer support to its most promising faculty at critical stages in their careers. This is the eighth cohort to be awarded the McKnight Presidential Fellow Award, which is targeted specifically to the most promising faculty granted tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. Selection of fellows was made by a committee of vice provosts and vice presidents, chaired by Vice Provost Carney. Funding was available to make five faculty selections based on the promotion and tenure dossiers evaluated in 2008-2009. The McKnight Presidential Fellow Award recognizes accomplishments and supports ongoing research and scholarship. Selection criteria include an identification by internal and external reviewers as leaders in their field; potential to build programs that will be in the top tier internationally; ability to advance University priorities; and growing national or international reputation as evidenced by record of scholarship, publications, external funding, invited presentations and symposia addresses, significant awards, or other evidence of recognition for research and scholarship. The annual $15,000 financial award that is attached to this honor provides research-related support for three continuous fiscal years.

March 25, 2010

Alumnus James Bauck picked as superintendent of Eastern Carver County schools

bauck.jpgJames Bauck (M.A., '82, Ph.D., '84) has been selected by the Eastern Carver County School Board as the district's next superintendent. He takes over July 1, serving the greater Chaska area and bringing with him 17 years of experience as a superintendent in other Minnesota school districts. He is currently superintendent in the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District, and his experience includes administrative positions in the Mounds View, Owatonna, and Lakeville districts.

Read the story on the Star Tribune Web site.

Sports business expert talks to media about Target Field opening, Mauer signing

<aEric Brownlee, sport management lecturer in kinesiology, was courted extensively by local media recently after catcher Joe Mauer signed an eight-year contract with the Twins. Brownlee talked about the economics of Mauer's signing and the new Twins stadium in interviews with KSTP-TV, KARE-11, and the Minnesota News Network.

See Brownlee's KSPT interview at The U of M News Service also interviewed him recently about Target Field:

March 11, 2010

Graduate student Brant Miller joins GoNorth! Greenland 2010

MillerB-10.jpgBrant Miller, Ph.D. candidate in science education (Curriculm and Instruction), will be joining the GoNorth! Greenland 2010 team in April. Along with learning technologies associate professor Aaron Doering and the GoNorth! Adventure Learning team, Brant is preparing to explore Greenland with K-12 classrooms around the world. Brant will be responsible for scientific and traditional ecological knowledge research duties, along with supporting the education and expedition activities throughout the adventure. For more information visit and learn more about team member Brant Miller.

March 10, 2010

Chapman co-edits book on East Asian higher education

David ChapmanDavid W. Chapman, Ph.D. professor of comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, along with William K. Cummings and Gerald A. Postiglione, are the editors of Crossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education. Published in 2010 by Springer, this book is 27th in a series of CERC Studies in Comparative Education by the Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

ICD undergraduate Hughes receives 2010 President's Student Leadership & Service Award

ICD undergraduate child psychology major Laura Hughes was selected as one of the recipients of the 2010 President's Student Leadership & Service Award. This annual award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. On behalf of the president, it is presented annually to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Laura and the other President's Student Leadership & Service Award winners will be honored at a banquet on Monday, May 3rd, in Coffman Memorial Union. Congratulations, Laura!

Graduate receives AERA Dissertation of the Year award

Krista Ottino, Ed.D. graduate in educational administration from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Research on the Superintendency special interest group for her dissertation titled Diminished Aspiration: Women Central Office Administrators and the Superintendency. Krista will receive her award at the Spring 2010 meeting of AERA in Denver, Colorado. Professor Cryss Brunner served as her adviser.

March 8, 2010

Albrecht contributes to 'A Peace of My Mind' project

School of Social Work Associate Professor Lisa Albrecht was asked to give her thoughts on peace as part of an ongoing project by free-lance photographer John Noltner. The project, called A Peace of my Mind, was started by Noltner in early 2009 as a way to spark discussions on the topic of peace.

Noltner asks people from all walks of life what they think peace is. "I like the idea of tapping a cross-section of society for a rich, human history," Noltner said in a Star Tribune article about the project. Noltner then records their answers and posts the audio on his Web site ( along with a black and white photo of the subject.

"For me, peace is about justice. I believe in peace work for justice. And justice, for me, is a notion called distributive justice, meaning no one gets seconds until everyone gets firsts," Albrecht says in her interview with Noltner. Click here to hear Albrecht's interview and see her photo.

March 5, 2010

Study on physical activity in the classroom draws NY Times attention

Beth LewisBeth Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, continues to attract attention for her study on the relationship between students' physical activity in the classroom and their academic performance. Elementary students in a Minnesota classroom who stand at their specially designed desks instead of sitting in traditional ones are being monitored for their physical activity and academic performance. Dr. Lewis's study, and the standing desks designed by elementary school teacher Abby Brown, wife of Tony Brown, associate director of Recreational Sports, were discussed recently in the New York Times and the GreatSchools newsletter.

Go North! Greenland adventure featured on Kare 11

Aaron DoeringKare 11 Sunrise highlighted Aaron Doering and the Go North! Adventure Learning program as they prepare to explore Greenland with K-12 classrooms around the world. From now through May, students and their teachers will have the opportunity to follow Doering, Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, and his team via the Go North! Web site with a prepared curriculum as they experience the climate, culture, and terrain of Greenland.

View the KARE 11 video below.

March 2, 2010

'Inspiring teacher' shines on NASA Web site

Dee McLellan (B.S., '81) is a featured "Inspiring Teacher" on a NASA educational Web site. McLellan, who is currently lead trainer for National Geographic's JASON Project, writes about her many experiences with students exploring science, including visits to NASA facilities and observation of the first sample of comet dust from the return of the Stardust NExT spacecraft. Merging her love of science and teaching in a hands-on approach, McLellan has taught for many years in Minnesota.

March 1, 2010

Ph.D. student to participate in UCEA's Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Mohammed Elmeski, a Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been selected to participate in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) at AERA in April 2010. Mohammed's dissertation topic focuses on a policy analysis of an education reform initiative in Morocco to create stronger teacher and parent partnerships through a decentralized school governance process. He is co-advised by David Chapman and Deanne Magnusson.

LaVoi to present at University of Nevada Soccer Coaching Symposium

Nicole LaVoiNicole LaVoi, Tucker Center Associate Director and Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, will give two presentations at the inaugural University of Nevada Soccer Coaching Symposium on March 6: "Fact vs. Fiction: Differences in Coaching Males & Females," and "Evidence-based Tips for Parents and Coaches in Creating the Optimal Youth Soccer Experience."

February 24, 2010

Professor emeritus receives elementary principals' award

Neal Nickerson, professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (educational administration), received the Champions of MESPA Award of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association at the MESPA Institute 2010, held on February 15, 2010.

February 22, 2010

Gunnar discusses the effects of stress on infant brain development on "Good Enough Moms" show

Megan GunnarMegan Gunnar, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development (ICD), was the featured guest on Good Enough MomsTM, a weekly talk show hosted by Marti Erickson, PhD, a former Adjunct Professor in ICD who retired from the U of M in 2008, and her daughter, Erin Erickson, MPH. Megan discussed the effects of stress on the brain development of infants and young children and the importance of sensitive, responsive relationships with parents and other caregivers as a buffer against stress. A podcast of the show will be available beginning February 22 at Good Enough MomsTM is distributed through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education and the nonprofit Working Family Resource Center.

February 18, 2010

Alum teaches marathon training course featured in Minnesota Daily

The Minnesota Daily published a feature on a popular PE course taught by CEHD alumni and adjunct instructor, Chris Lundstrom (M.Ed., '07). The course is offered through the School of Kinesiology.

PE 1262 Marathon Training, offered each Spring Semester, prepares students for running a marathon by the end of the semester. What's unusual about this course is that students are logging data as they are training which may contribute to the research on the physical effects of long-distance running. Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Kinesiology lecturer and exercise physiologist, is heading up the research component of the class. Read the complete article here.

February 17, 2010

Faculty, staff featured at Denver first-year experience event

Postsecondary teaching and learning instructors and Student Services staff were presenters at the 29th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience in Denver Feb. 13-14. Associate professors Amy Lee and Irene Duranczyk, and Rhiannon Williams, graduate research project assistant, presented on "Excellence for All: Integrating Student Learning and Development." Associate Professor Murray Jensen, Assistant Professor Michael Stebleton, and Senior Teaching Specialist Gary Peter discussed "Food for Thought and Action: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the First-Year Inquiry." Associate Professor Catherine Wambach, Senior Teaching Specialist Jill Trites, and Students Services staff Ann Mraz, Anthony Albecker, and Carole Ann Broad addressed "Making the Connection: Improving Collaboration between Academic and Student Affairs."

Leon named a top cardiologist in Minneapolis by the International Association of Cardiologists

LeonA-2005[2].jpgDr. Arthur Leon, exercise physiology professor in kinesiology, this month was named a "Top Cardiologist in Minneapolis, MN" by the International Association of Cardiologists (IAC). The IAC highlights and profiles the world's top cardiologists who have demonstrated success and leadership in their profession. Dr. Leon will be spotlighted in The Leading Physicians of the World. This publication is considered a prime resource for potential patients who are looking for a top cardiologist in their area.

Congratulations, Dr. Leon!

February 11, 2010

Doctoral student publishes on attachment in children of incarcerated parents

ICD doctoral student Rebecca Shlafer is first author on a paper examining children's close relationships in the context of a mentoring program targeting children with incarcerated parents. She and her co-author examined children's relationships with caregivers and mentors, and their behavioral outcomes in the context of the program.

Shlafer, R. & Poehlmann, J. Children of incarcerated parents: Attachment relationships and behavioral outcomes. Special issue on children with incarcerated parents in. In press, Attachment and Human Development.

February 10, 2010

Child development alumna selected as Zero to Three 21st Century Fellow

Maria KroupinaMaria Kroupina, Institute of Child Development Ph.D. and currently clinical research coordinator for the International Adoption Clinic in pediatrics at the U, was selected to participate in the prestigious Leaders for the 21st Century Fellowship Program of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. During the two-year fellowship, Kroupina will work to design a mental health program for adopted infants and toddlers, taking advantage of the multidisciplinary clinic theme already in place. Kroupina's aim is to put in place additional mechanisms for early identification of high-risk children at the time of their initial medical evaluation and to pilot a research-based intervention program in a clinical setting.

Buysse to visit Dominican Republic, develop new course on globalization of sport

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist and Tucker Center affiliate, recently received a travel grant to go to the Dominican Republic in March. She will be meeting with sport professionals and arranging site visits for a new learning abroad course on sport, globalization, and human capital. The Minnesota Twins Baseball Academy in Boca Chica and the Dominican Sports and Education Association in Santo Domingo are two of the locations Buysse will visit as part of her grant.

February 8, 2010

Book by professor, grad drives professional development of Minnesota school administrators

Karen Seashore LouisThe three school administrator associations in Minnesota are collaborating on a year-long professional development activity that is based on a recent book by Sharon Kruse (Ph.D. in EdPA; professor, University of Akron) and Karen Seashore Louis (Robert H. Beck Professor of Ideas in Education; professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development).

The book, Building Strong School Cultures: A Guide To Leading Change, is designed to help educators sharpen their ability to accelerate school improvement by focusing on building a shared leadership base in the school, with the district, and within the local community. The associations are offering book study options, blogs, and continuing education credits for participation. Kruse and Seashore Louis have presented at the fall and winter conferences of the three associations to kick off this work.

Additional information available at

Alumnus Phil Esten named new Alumni Association CEO


The University of Minnesota Alumni Association announced Saturday that Phil Esten has been named chief executive officer. Esten, who is an associate athletics director at the University, succeeds Margaret Sughrue Carlson, who will retire after 25 years of service.

Esten, who has a Ph.D. in kinesiology (2003) with an emphasis in sport management and has taught graduate level courses as an adjunct professor in the college, was chosen through a national search process that began last August.

As an associate athletics director, Esten manages the overall strategic plan for intercollegiate athletics, which includes 25 sports and 225 employees. He was the department's point person for the University's new on-campus football stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, serving as the intercollegiate athletics liaison for all design, construction, operations and management of the $288.5 million project. Esten also was instrumental in stadium fundraising, an effort that included more than $45 million in funds for academic programming for the University.

"Now more than ever, major universities around the country are realizing the immense importance of building strong relationships with their alumni," said Bob Bruininks, University of Minnesota president. "Phil is a proven leader who brings out the best in people in pursuit of a common goal. I'm looking forward to working with him in support of this great institution."

Esten will be the seventh CEO in the Alumni Association's 106-year history. His first official day with the organization is March 15. "Margaret Carlson set a high bar for Big Ten alumni association leadership, and Phil is uniquely qualified to carry that leadership forward," said Bruce Mooty, immediate past president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and co-chair of the search committee with former Board of Regents Chair Maureen Reed. "Our 60,000 members will benefit from Phil's extensive knowledge of the University, his proven ability to turn alumni into ambassadors for important University causes, and his passion for the role that school spirit plays in connecting today's and tomorrow's graduates to their alma mater."

Retiring CEO Margaret Sughrue Carlson expressed her enthusiastic support of Esten's appointment. "I'm delighted to pass the maroon and gold baton to Phil, who has been a superb ally of the Alumni Association for years. I'll be cheering for him, as will 400,000 alumni around the country who cheered me along for the past 25 years." Carlson will be embarking on a part-time consulting career, providing guidance to higher-education institutions and non-profit organizations throughout the country.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a 60,000-member organization whose members are ambassadors for the outstanding teaching and discovery that happens at the University every day.

February 6, 2010

Study shows that early abuse is tied to higher rates of depression in children

Megan GunnarDante CicchettiDante Cicchetti, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development and the department of psychiatry, and Megan Gunnar, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development, have published findings in the January/February issue of Child Development from a new study conducted in conjunction with the University of Rochester and Mt. Hope Family Center. The study examined 500 low-income children ages 7 to 13, about half of whom had been abused and/or neglected. High levels of depression were found in children who were abused in the first five years of their lives, and more importantly, it was found that the body's biological systems for adapting to stress had been compromised. The research suggests that early abuse is more damaging as the brain and body are rapidly developing and children are more dependent on caregivers for protection. The results of this study strongly underscore the need for early interventions for children who have been abused.

Cicchetti, D., Rogosch, F.A., Gunnar, M.R., and Toth, S.L. (2010). The differential impacts of early physical and sexual abuse and internalizing problems on daytime cortisol rhythm in school-aged children. Child Development, 81, (1).

February 4, 2010

Mistilina Sato named to Campbell Endowed Chair in Education

Mistilina SatoMistilina Sato has been named the inaugural holder of the Carmen Starkson Campbell Endowed Chair in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. One of few such chairs in the country, the Campbell Chair focuses on scholarly activities that prepare and support new teachers and improve effectiveness and retention of teachers, especially as advocates for at-risk students. The chair also encourages partnerships with schools and districts, with emphasis on those facing significant challenges in achieving student success.

Carmen and Jim Campbell established the Campbell Chair and an accompanying graduate fellowship in honor of Carmen's own experiences as a teacher for 11 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools and her concern and caring for K-12 teachers and the profession. Carmen earned a B.S. degree from the college in 1964, and Jim holds a B.S. degree from the Carlson School of Management. Jim retired as chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota after a 38-year banking career.

Sato, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is co-principal investigator and director of the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI). "As the Campbell Chair holder, Sato will continue her outstanding leadership in reaching TERI's goal of transforming teacher education," said the college's dean Jean Quam. "As a former teacher and an expert on teacher quality and development, she is uniquely qualified to carry forward the vision of the Campbell Chair."

Sato holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in curriculum and teacher education, with a specialty in science education, and a B.A. degree from Princeton University in geological sciences. While at Stanford, she developed and directed a regional professional development program for practicing teachers pursuing National Board Certification in the San Francisco Bay area. She began her teaching career as a middle school teacher in Plainsboro, N.J., and as an instructional team leader with the Merck Institute for Science Education in Rahway, N.J., in the earth and space sciences.

Sato's research focuses on teacher development and the use of formative assessment in science classrooms. She is completing a study of cultural relevance in science pedagogy (CRISP) through a Minnesota teacher action research network and the Science Museum of Minnesota. As a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Research Fellow, she is working with a Twin Cities high school science teacher action research group on enacting formative assessment in their everyday practice.

Sato has been awarded the 2008 Young Scholars Research Fellowship, the Women's Philanthropic Leadership Rising Star Award, and the 2007 Kappa Delta Pi Early Research Award.

DigMe digital media program featured on Kare 11's "Cool in School"

Cynthia LewisThe DigMe program, a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, was featured in the February 4th news on Kare 11, "Cool in School: Roosevelt High School's Digital Media studies." Reporter Kim Insley visited the media studies classroom of English teacher Molly McCarthy, a 2009 graduate of the CEHD initial licensure program in English Education, to film students receiving peer feedback on digital projects that culminated a unit on food and globalization. McCarthy and Cynthia Lewis, (professor, literacy and English education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) were interviewed for the video segment below.

DigMe is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the innovative use of emerging technologies to enhance student learning. Cynthia Lewis and Cassie Scharber (assistant professor, learning technologies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) lead the partnership with Roosevelt High School and are conducting research on engagement in learning as shaped by a Web 2.0 project-based curriculum.

February 2, 2010

Masten discusses happiness and resilience in PBS series "This Emotional Life"

Ann MastenAnn Masten, PhD, professor in the Institute of Child Development, was recently involved in part three of the PBS series "This Emotional Life" where she discussed happiness and resilience. She has also posted two blog articles on the PBS website as part of this project: Ordinary Magic and Resilience in Late Bloomers.

VideoAnt showcased by Tech Trends

Brad HosackBrad Hosack (student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's learning technologies Ph.D. track, and an interaction designer in CEHD's Academic Technology Services) will be featured in the "ID Portfolio" of Tech Trends (volume 54 issue 3) for his design and research work on VideoAnt, a tool that allows users to provide text annotation at precise points in video. Brad's work was featured in the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Instructional Design Showcase at the AECT conference in Orlando, Florida. Tech Trends is the leading journal of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

January 30, 2010

Miller featured on KARE 11 news for new "app" class

Charles MillerAssistant professor Charles Miller (Department of Curriculum and Instruction, learning technologies) was interviewed by reporter Jana Shortal and featured January 28 on the 5:00 P.M. KARE 11 news [video]. The news story focused on a new course to be offered by Miller in the fall that will teach students to design new programs called "apps" for smart electronic devices. Students will be able to design apps as "education tools, games, or any other void the app world has yet to see filled."

January 29, 2010

Child development research featured on University site

attachment.jpgSince 1975, professors Byron Egeland and Alan Sroufe have traced the importance of childhood attachment. Their field-defining research, conducted along with professor Andrew Collins, is featured on the University of Minnesota home page.

Sroufe and Egeland have followed the same group of subjects for 35 years, from childhood through their adult family relationships. Now, Collins is researching how early attachments affect adult social relationships.

The article includes insights on how a responsive caregiver can influence confidence, social relationships--even IQ--for a lifetime.

January 26, 2010

Norris co-authors book chapter

Alyssa Norris, Program Associate in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and a first-year M.A. student in the School of Kinesiology, co-authored a chapter in the recently published Handbook of Prejudice, titled, "Sexism and heterosexism." The book provides a comprehensive review of current conceptions of prejudice within a variety of academic disciplines and institutions.

December 3, 2009

Bush Foundation commits $4.5M for TERI

The Bush Foundation has committed up to $4.5 million to support the University of Minnesota as it restructures teacher preparation programs in the College of Education and Human Development. The Bush Foundation today announced a total of seven partnerships, which include 14 higher-education institutions, focused on transforming teacher-preparation programs in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Through ongoing collaboration with K-12 schools, the college's Teacher Education Redesign Initiative (TERI) will have a long-lasting, positive impact on the children of Minnesota, new teachers and programs within the college. Improved partnerships with K-12 districts are designed to benefit the university, district and prospective teachers.

Teachers prepared through TERI will strongly focus on student learning and have the ability to adapt to the needs of all learners. The university will diversify its teaching candidate pool and provide pathways into its teacher preparation programs for both exceptionally qualified undergraduate students and for career changers.

The first group of prospective teachers will enter the redesigned program during summer 2011.

Read the press release

July 13, 2007

$60K for Wells from Casey Family Programs

Professor Susan Wells in the School of Social Work was recently awarded $60,000 by the Casey Family Programs, a nonprofit committed to providing and improving foster care. Wells' project is entitled "Evidence-Based Pratice in Child Welfare in the Context of Culture." The project began in May 2007 and is scheduled to end in August.

July 10, 2007

Funds for women/girls pursuing justice

The Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization which funds projects that are led by and benefit women and girls.

It offers grants up to $2,000 to projects that are: designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; and encourage racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.

Groups that have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding are also eligible. Organizational budgets should not exceed $150,000. Small and start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals not previously funded have priority.

Deadline: August 15

Grants for at-risk youth assistance

The Janus Foundation funds programs focusing on helping at-risk youth through education aiding underserved communities to reach greater levels of self-sufficiency.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations. Any funding requests above $10,000 may be subject to a site visit. Grants will be made to organizations and programs considered innovative and visionary, and that have a long lasting impact, ultimately leading their constituents to self-sufficiency.

Please note: All applications are first screened for basic eligibility by foundation staff and then reviewed by the foundation's grant-selection committee.

Deadline: August 31

For more information call 303-333-3863 or email

June 25, 2007

Doherty comments on supersize grad parties

DohertyW.jpgBill Doherty, professor of family social science, comments on the rise in lavish graduation parties in this Star Tribune article.

May 24, 2007

Doering keynotes at AERA

Assistant Professor Aaron Doering (Curriculum and Instruction) gave the keynote speech at the meeting of the Computer and Internet Applications in Education Special Interest Group at the 2007 American Educational Research Association conference. The presentation, entitled "GoNorth! An American adventure goes global!" focused on his adventure learning programs.

Mr. Turner goes to Washington

William Turner, professor of family social science, has been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, to begin September 1. The fellowship allows Turner to work in Washington, D.C. for a year with federal agencies and legislators on health policy matters, and then return to the University to pursue his own work in health policy.