Drs. Mary Jo Kane and Nicole M. LaVoi, School of Kinesiology, and director and associate director, respectively, of the Tucker Center, are featured in a Star Tribune article, Rosenblum: 'Here's Proof' female athletes also can deliver high TV ratings. Highlighting the TC's new video, Media Coverage and Female Athletes and the #HERESPROOF Project where people are encouraged to post #heresproof-tagged images and comments about women's sports, the article highlights the TC's research on the disconnect between the great interest in and attendance at women's sports and the dearth of media coverage.
Professor Michael Wade, Ph.D., recently visited the American Cultural Center for Sport at Tianjin University of Sport (TUS) and gave a lecture, "Life time motor development: Movement by design and movement that informs," to over one hundred graduate students and faculty members.
TUS President Yao Jiaxin was Wade's translator when he visited China in 1989. The visit served as a reunion and reflected a long history of academic exchange between the two countries. During the visit, Yao showed the old photos and letters of their previous meeting over two decades ago.
U of M associate vice president for research and professor in the Department of Educational Psychology Frances P. Lawrenz, Ph.D., received word this week that she was selected as the recipient of the 2014 National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award. The award is given to 'recognize an individual who, through research over an extended period of time, has made outstanding and continuing contributions, provided notable leadership, and made a substantial impact in the area of science education'.
When word of the award came to Professor Lawrenz, she stated, "I truly appreciate (my colleagues) faith in my accomplishments and persistence in helping me receive this."
Professor Lawrenz's research focuses on science and mathematics program evaluation. Her evaluations utilize a variety of techniques to best fit the needs of a given situation and usually involve mixing methods in a variety of ways. Along with her teaching duties, she is currently involved in the evaluation of several national science and mathematics programs.
The award will be presented to Professor Lawrenz at the NARST Awards Luncheon on April 1, 2014 during the NARST Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
To learn more about NARST, please visit their website at https://www.narst.org/
Dr. Frances Lawrenz, affiliated faculty member to the STEM Educaton Center, has been awarded the 2014 NARST Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award. This award is presented to recognize an individual who, through research over an extended period of time, has made outstanding and continuing contributions, provided notable leadership, and made a substantial impact in the area of science education. Dr. Lawrenz will be presented with a plaque at the NARST Awards Luncheon on April 1st, 2014 at the NARST Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
Last week, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty and graduate students visited Dallas, TX to attend and participate in the Literacy Research Association's (LRA) 2013 Annual Conference. The theme of the 2013 Conference, "Transformative Literacy: Theory Research, and Reform" considered how researchers are examining and critiquing the ways in which culture, knowledge, language, and power intersect literacy access, equity, and social justice in an age of reform.
Richard Beach, C&I professor emeritus, serves as the current president of the LRA, and Professor Cynthia Lewis is on the LRA Board of Directors. Associate Professor Mark Vagle and Professor Lori Helman are Area Chairs for the research conference paper selection process.
C&I faculty and graduate students gave a combined 23 presentations and served as proposal reviewers and discussants for many other presentations and round table sessions.
Presentations covered a range of topics including:
• Are Two Heads Better Than One? A Case Study of First Grade Team's Collaborative Planning for English Learners in Literacy Instruction
• Preparing Preservice Teachers in the Use of Technology to Support the Teaching of Literacy
• Transformation in the Literacy Transaction: Relationships between "Trauma Texts and Traumatic Histories"
• Animating Critical Literacy with the Body: Creating Countertexts through Scene-Making and Dramatic Play
• Reading the World through Story: An Argument for the Inclusion of Culturally Diverse Literature in Critical Literacy Curricula
For a full list of presentations, please see the Literacy Program page on the C&I website.
The Minnesota Alumni magazine profiles the research of several ICD faculty on resilience science in Bouncing Back, in its Winter 2014 issue.
Much of that research, although coming from different research vantage points such as the study of early brain development of children in Romanian orphanages, executive function skills of homeless or highly mobile children, or the effect of PSTD on military families, intersects in its relationship to the study of resilience. The article also details programs that have been developed for use in the community, such as the Early Childhood Development Program preschool at People Serving People (PSP), a homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis. You may read the article here.
The article is titled, "The Relative Contributions of the Abdominal Visceral and Subcutaneous Fat Depots to Cardiometabolic Risk in Youth." The research examined the effects of abdominal fat in children on the development of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors.
Murray Jensen, associate professor in the department of Postsecondary Teaching & Learning, his College in the Schools teachers, and two mechanical engineering students are working together on an on-going project to develop a workable and inexpensive arm model for use in anatomy and physiology laboratories. The model will assist students in figuring out the physics of a Class 3 lever - which is how your knee and elbow joints operate. The key to this project is constructing a durable model at a reasonable price. Similar models are available for $500 which is too much for most high schools. This model is anticipated to cost under $50.
Rosemarie Park, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was quoted in the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News article "Adult English language learners struggle against program's policy" by Emma Nelson.
Joan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave an invited presentation at the Feminisms, Gender and Sexuality seminar series at the Institute of Education, University of London on November 22nd. Her presentation was titled "Negotiating Desire: Material Needs and Sexuality in a Girls' School in Tanzania" and is based on a research project she is conducting with Laura Willemsen (CIDE Ph.D. student) and Anna Kwayu, (University of Dar es Salaam).