Research News

Fri
Jan
08
UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson received word earlier this month that she had been appointed as a new associate editor of the Journal of the Learning Sciences. This publication is the official journal of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Halverson is an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Wed
Jan
06
UW-Madison’s Percival Matthews and Edward Hubbard have co-authored a research article that sheds new light on the question of whether there are basic abilities that lay the foundation for people to better understand math concepts such as fractions and algebra. The article, “Individual Differences in Nonsymbolic Ratio Processing Predict Symbolic Math Performance,” was recently made available online by the journal Psychological Science.
Tue
Jan
05
UW-Madison’s Kreg Gruben will be the featured speaker at this week's Wednesday Nite @ the Lab ​event on Jan. 6. Gruben, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, will be delivering a presentation titled, “Walking and Strokes: A Delicate Balance.” Wednesday Nite @ the Lab is a weekly event that runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and is open to the public. The talks, which are free, are held in Room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building.
Tue
Dec
29
UW-Madison’s Fred Newmann and Bruce King are co-authors of a new book titled, “Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning.” Newmann is an emeritus professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, while King is a faculty associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Thu
Dec
24
UW-Madison’s Hsun-yu Chan and Xueli Wang are the co-authors of a report that was recently published by the journal Community College Review. The article is titled, “Interact for What? The Relationship Between Interpersonal Interaction Based on Motivation and Educational Outcomes Among Students in Manufacturing Programs at Two-Year Technical Colleges.” Chan is a postdoctoral research associate at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) who recently completed his Ph.D. with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Wang is faculty member with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Fri
Dec
18
How does your brain form memories? UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach sheds light on this interesting topic in the Dec. 14 installment of the Blue Sky Science series. Vlach is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and director of the Learning, Cognition & Development Lab. Blue Sky Science is a collaborative project between the Wisconsin State Journal and the Morgridge Institute for Research. The questions are posed by visitors to the Discovery Building. The Blue Sky Science team then sets out to find an expert to answer the questions.
Thu
Dec
17
Li-Ching Ho, an assistant professor with the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is part of a team of researchers that received funding to study an international baseline of students’ understanding of climate change. The funding is being made available through the International Network of Educational Institutions. Prior studies have found that although people were aware of climate change, they were unable to identify its causes and consequences.
Tue
Dec
15
The latest edition of Learning Connections, a news magazine from the UW-Madison School of Education, is now available online. This Fall 2015 issue is filled with exciting news about School of Education faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Fri
Dec
11
UW-Madison’s Xueli Wang will be participating in a national meeting examining “hard-to-measure” skills on Dec. 16 in Washington, D.C. With support from the National Science Foundation, the Board on Science Education of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is convening a Symposium on Assessing Hard-to-Measure Cognitive, Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies. Wang will take part in a panel discussion titled, “Key Intrapersonal Competencies (e.g. motivation, mindsets).”
Thu
Dec
10
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $223,397 to eight doctoral students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison –- including two studying with the School of Education -- through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) program. Congratulations to Alexandra Allweiss (Educational Policy Studies, and Curriculum and Instruction) and Teresa Speciale (Educational Policy Studies).
Thu
Dec
10
The Department of Kinesiology's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards is part of a newly funded pilot project that looks at the efficacy of brain-computer interface neurological feedback device to drive robotic stroke rehabilitation. The project, funded by the School of Medicine and Public Health's Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, is a collaboration that also includes faculty from the College of Engineering and faculty from UW-Milwaukee. Through the expertise of the UW-Milwaukee robotic system and motion analysis labs and UW-Madison’s expertise in neuroimaging in MRI and its neural biomedical engineering BCI system, the project will test the efficacy of the next generation stroke rehabilitation device.
Thu
Dec
10
UW-Madison’s Robert H. Meyer is one of 33 non-profit leaders appointed to the national Moneyball for Government all-star team on Nov. 17. Moneyball for Government recognizes CEOs, presidents, executives and founders of non-profit organizations that are committed to improving lives through data-driven and evidence-based solutions. Meyer is a research professor with the La Follette School of Public affairs and currently directs the Value-Added Research Center (VARC) housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), part of the School of Education.
Wed
Dec
09
UW-Madison’s Dane Cook has been elected as a fellow to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR). He will be honored at the annual ABMR meeting held June 22-25, 2016 in British Columbia. Cook is a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology, where he directs an Exercise Psychology Lab.
Tue
Dec
08
The UW-Madison School of Education’s Maisha T Winn is the co-author of a chapter in Pedro Noguera’s new book, ”Race, Equity, and Education: Sixty Years from Brown.” Winn holds UW-Madison’s Susan J. Cellmer Distinguished Chair in English Education and is a professor of languages and literacy with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Winn co-authored the chapter with her partner, Lawrence T. Winn, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Society and Community Research with UW-Madison’s School of Human Ecology.
Mon
Dec
07
UW-Madison’s Gay Ivey was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame in November. The Reading Hall of Fame was established in 1973 in an effort to contribute, from the collective experiences of its members, to the improvement of reading instruction. Ivey has spent the past 25 years trying to better understand students’ motivations for reading –- and what happens when their reading is feeding their interests and curiosities.
Mon
Dec
07
UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab is the lead author of a new report titled, “Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food & Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates.” The paper begins by noting: “According to a new survey of more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the nation, half of all community college students are struggling with food and/or housing insecurity.” The paper has received significant media attention from outlets across the country since its release by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.
Fri
Dec
04
UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award at the Literacy Research Association’s 65th annual conference this week in Carlsbad, Calif. The theme for this year’s LRA conference was, "Literacy, Equity and Imagination." Ladson-Billings delivered a Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Presentation on Thursday, Dec. 3, titled, “#LiterateLivesMatter: Black Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in the 21st Century.”
Thu
Dec
03
A new WISCAPE policy brief examines the nature of the "skills gap" in Wisconsin, often cited as a principal reason for a sluggish economic recovery​, and stresses that students need more than technical skills to succeed.
Mon
Nov
30
UW-Madison's David Bell is the recipient of a 2015-16 New Investigator Grant, which he will use to further his research on ACL knee injuries and improving rehabilitation following injury. “Our goal is to create information that can be utilized by rehabilitation professionals on patients of all ages,” says Bell, an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL). “We are trying to create ways to identify patients that are not responding to rehabilitation early in the process, so appropriate interventions can be applied in order to improve outcomes and enhance quality of life.”
Fri
Nov
27
UW-Madison’s Andrew Winterstein will be speaking Nov. 28-29 at the first ASEAN Sports Medicine Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He will provide a plenary session on the efficacy of injury prevention programs, present a poster on patient reported outcomes following injury and lead hands-on workshops on various injury taping techniques. Winterstein is a clinical professor and director of UW-Madison’s Athletic Training program, which is housed within the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.