Research News

Fri
May
26
The National Academy of Education (NAEd) announced the recipients of the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs on May 25. And no institution is home to more recipients this year than UW-Madison’s School of Education and its seven awardees. Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellowship winners Erika Bullock, Nicole Louie, Kathryn Moeller and Erica Turner, and Dissertation Fellowship winners, Kathryn Boonstra, Upenyu Majee and Rachel Silver.
Wed
May
24
UW-Madison's Julie Underwood published her latest "Under the Law" column for Kappan magazine examining how the federal education law FERPA "has not kept pace with changing times." Underwood is a professor of law and educational leadership and policy analysis at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Mon
May
22
UW-Madison's Jerlando F. L. Jackson and LaVar J. Charleston ​are co-editors of a new book, "Advancing Equity and Diversity in Student Affairs: A Festschrift in Honor of Melvin C. Terrell," with Northern Illinois University’s Cornelius Gilbert.
Thu
May
18
UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy were recognized in April as co-winners of the 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education, a prestigious honor that includes a $100,000 prize. The Grawemeyer Awards program pays tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact a single idea can have on the world. Hess and McAvoy visited Louisville last month to take part in an Awards Dinner on April 20. While in Louisville, the two also presented free lectures about their award-winning ideas and discussed controversial political issues with students during a visit to Central High School.
Tue
May
16
UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes was selected to serve as program chair of the 2017 American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain. The World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain will be held May 31 and June 1 in Denver, and will focus on basic science related to the effects of exercise in all its forms on the physiological function and cognitive abilities of the brain. UW-Madison's Kristen Pickett will also be delivering a presentation at the event.
Mon
May
08
UW-Madison’s John Diamond was recently awarded a Spencer Foundation Midcareer Grant, a prestigious award that will allow him to further examine how educational leadership, policies and practices shape students’ opportunities and outcomes. The Midcareer Grant is designed to enrich the work of academic mid-career scholars who are interested in advancing their understanding of a compelling problem of education. Diamond will use the grant to embed with leaders in racially diverse districts to gain a deeper understanding of how they work to create more equity in their schools.
Tue
Apr
25
UW-Madison's Gail Prasad helped secure a new grant for Thoreau Elementary School to design and implement Multilingual Project Based Learning for the 2017-18 school year. The grant supporting the Multilingual Project Based Learning is worth $15,104 for the 2017-18 school year, and will support multilingual projects across all grade levels. The grant is funded by the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools in partnership with the Evjue Foundation. Prasad applied for the grant with Kathy Costello, the principal at Thoreau Elementary School, and Amanda Clarahan, a teacher.
Tue
Apr
25
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is receiving the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Exemplary Scholarship from the American Educational Research Association’s Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Special Interest Group. Winkle-Wagner’s research focuses on how students of color survive and thrive in college. She is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Thu
Apr
20
Funding for research projects that range from advancing wireless communications to developing a virtual dairy farm brain that will simulate actual farm management are among the 21 proposals recently selected for UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative awards. The awards include eight infrastructure projects and 13 research projects that cross multiple divisions on the UW-Madison campus. And two of the projects include faculty members with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology -- Andrea Mason and Brittany Travers.
Wed
Apr
19
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the winners of its 2017 awards for excellence in education research, and among those earning recognition is UW-Madison’s Aydin Bal, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Bal is receiving the Review of Research Award along with Alfredo Artiles and Sherman Dorn, both of Arizona State University. Together, the three authored the paper, "Objects of Protection, Enduring Nodes of Difference: Disability Intersections With 'Other' Differences, 1916-2016."
Mon
Apr
17
UW-Madison's Jill Barnes has received a three-year International Research Grant from the Alzheimer's Association. The 150,000 grant is to support research about "Brain blood flow in middle-aged adults at low and high risk of Alzheimer's Disease." The project is scheduled to start in July. Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, also with the Department of Kinesiology, is a consultant on the grant.
Mon
Apr
17
"Fair Play," a video game funded by a $1.6 million four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is earning accolades for raising awareness about implicit bias in academic settings. Recently, the game’s founder, Molly Carnes, director of UW–Madison’s Center for Women’s Health Research, and Christine Pribbenow and Percy Brown, Jr. of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, received the 2017 Adolphus Toliver Award for their collaborative work on “Fair Play.” WCER is housed within UW-Madison's School of Education.
Tue
Apr
11
A new partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to combine the expertise of district educators and university researchers to improve education. MMSD and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of the university’s School of Education, have worked together for many years on specific problems and focused research projects. Now the organizations are joining together in a more permanent structure to support ongoing research collaboration via the Madison Education Partnership (MEP).
Tue
Apr
11
UW-Madison's Jerlando Jackson is showcased in a new video speaking about the National Science Foundation's INCLUDES Initiative. The INCLUDES Initiative aims to develop STEM talents from all sectors and underrepresented groups in society. Jackson is a collaborating investigator on an INCLUDES initiative called, "The Consortium of Minority Doctoral Students." This project examined three doctoral scholars programs to identify proven, high-impact and scalable recruitment, retention and mentoring strategies for increasing the number of Hispanic and Black/African American doctoral students in engineering, computing and information sciences programs.
Thu
Apr
06
UW-Madison’s Daniel Corral was recently invited to attend the Education Policy Academy this summer in Washington, D.C. The academy is sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and it runs Aug. 9-11. Corral is a second-year doctoral student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In particular, he is interested in examining Latinx college student engagement.
Wed
Apr
05
UW-Madison’s Linn Posey-Maddox was recently awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation to study black families’ schooling experiences in suburban America. Posey-Maddox is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is a scholar of urban and suburban education -- with an emphasis on race, class and educational inequality –- and is the author of the 2014 book, “When Middle-Class Parents Choose Urban Schools: Class, Race, and the Challenge of Equity in Public Education (University of Chicago Press).”
Mon
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies is hosting its annual conference April 6 to 7, with the theme of this year’s event, “Global Inequality, Global Education.” “Inequality has increased globally,” says UW-Madison’s Lesley Bartlett, a professor of educational policy studies and one of the conference’s coordinators. “Schools easily reproduce inequality, but they also hold out the hope of interrupting inequality and producing social change.” This conference will examine different global efforts to address inequality through education, considering how social, political and economic forces influence those efforts and their outcomes.
Mon
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s Laura Hamman has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Hamman, a doctoral candidate with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is one of just 10 students from across the nation awarded this honor in 2017. She is specializing in English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education. Phi Kappa Phi promotes itself as the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Wed
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple is a co-editor of a newly released book titled, “Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education.” Says Apple: “I've devoted a good deal of time to critically analyzing the growing power of the corporate sector in education. This is now an increasingly international situation, one whose effects are quite worrisome." The book is co-edited by Helen M. Gunter and David Hall, both of whom are professors of educational policy at the University of Manchester.
Tue
Mar
28
UW-Madison’s Erika Bullock will be delivering a keynote speech at the International Mathematics Education and Society Conference taking place in Volos, Greece, April 7-12. Bullock, an assistant professor of mathematics education with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will be giving a presentation titled, “Beyond ‘Ism’ Groups and Figure Hiding: Intersectional Analysis and Critical Mathematics Education.”