Research News

Tue
Oct
21
UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson has been invited to the White House to discuss President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The meeting takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the White House. Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative earlier this year to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.
Fri
Oct
17
In recent weeks, a sense of celebration has mounted within WCER as it readies to turn 50. In recognition of its 50th anniversary, making it one of the first centers established on this campus, WCER invites its researchers and staff, as well as campus and community members, to a daylong celebratory symposium and evening keynote lecture on Monday, October 20. For more information visit 50years.wceruw.org.
Fri
Oct
17
The second annual Cellmer Morgridge Literacy Research Symposium will take place Thursday, Oct. 23 on the UW-Madison campus. Maisha Winn, the Susan J. Cellmer Professor of English Education, and Gay Ivey, the Tashia F. Morgridge Professor of Reading Education, host the event, which begins at noon in room 220 of the Teacher Education building. This year’s symposium will feature a presentation from Stanford's Shirley Brice Heath.
Wed
Oct
15
UW-Madison’s Mindi Thompson is the lead author of a recently published paper that appears in the most recent edition of the Journal of Career Assessment. The article is titled, “Personal and Contextual Variables Related to Work Hope Among Undergraduate Students From Underrepresented Backgrounds.”
Wed
Oct
15
UW-Madison’s Sara Goldrick-Rab is the principal investigator for a research award from the United States Department of Treasury. The award is for project called, “Borrow$mart: A Field Study of an Online Financial Capability Tool’s Effects on the Schooling and Financing Decisions of Private-Sector College Students.” This project will examine the role of online financial counseling for college students who are at high risk of problems in the student loan market.
Tue
Oct
14
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates has committed $7.2 million to assist two UW-Madison initiatives in helping disadvantaged students complete degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and pursue careers in these in-demand fields. The Madison-based Great Lakes announced it will grant $3.2 million to the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and $4 million to hundreds of Wisconsin college students who will take part in an experimental study conducted by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.
Fri
Oct
03
UW-Madison’s Erica Halverson and Rebekah Willett teamed with the Madison Public Library to land a two-year, $456,627 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will focus on “makerspaces,” which are workshop environments where groups of people come together to produce new arts and engineering-based artifacts.
Thu
Oct
02
UW-Madison’s Francisco J. Sánchez is the co-author of three papers that have recently been published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Sánchez is an assistant professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology. He arrived on the UW-Madison campus in the fall of 2012 after spending eight years with the Department of Human Genetics and the Center for Gender-Based Biology at the UCLA School of Medicine. For nearly a decade now, he has collaborated on research investigating the biological basis for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Wed
Oct
01
UW-Madison’s Constance Steinkuehler recently received a grant worth $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop new methodologies for capturing and including discourse in big data sets. This research project will examine the learning of a large number of students playing the video game “Virulent,” which is designed to help students learn about viruses. Steinkuehler and her colleagues have been focused on building engaging game-based learning environments, and are now examining ways to better assess the relation between game-play and learning.
Tue
Sep
30
Professor john powell, one of the nation’s leading experts on race, structural racialization and opportunity structures, will be facilitating a conversation with UW-Madison School of Education faculty, students and administrators from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Powell will talk about structural racialization and the opportunity gap in education and how we can move towards a more equitable, shared future in our city and state.
Tue
Sep
30
The 2014 International Colloquium on Black Males in Education, a research gathering set to explore the global dynamics of black males in the educational pipeline, runs Oct. 1-4 at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The event’s lead organizer is Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), an education research laboratory based out of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison’s School of Education. The Wei LAB is directed by Jerlando F.L. Jackson, who is UW-Madison’s Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education.
Tue
Sep
30
UW-Madison’s Maisha T. Winn will be presenting a paper on Wednesday, Oct. 1, during the Fourth Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR) in Sydney, Australia. Winn will discuss, “Toward a Restorative English Education Pedagogy in the Third Space.”
Sat
Sep
27
UW-Madison’s Bruce King and the leadership team from the Pike County (Ga.) School District will be presenting at the EdLeader21 Annual Conference in Atlanta on Oct. 3-4. King, a faculty associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, is in the second year of work with Pike County teachers, schools and district leaders to implement the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) framework to improve teaching and learning.
Fri
Sep
26
UW-Madison’s Catherine Compton-Lilly will receive the Jeanne S. Chall Visiting Research Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Thursday, Oct. 2. Compton-Lilly is an associate professor with the nation’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research will focus on how young children’s understanding of text changes and develops as they move from being emergent to competent readers.
Thu
Sep
25
UW-Madison’s Robert Enright has been pioneering the study of forgiveness in locations across the globe for nearly three decades. And in each instance, forgiveness has proven consistently successful in improving themes such as anger, anxiety and depression. It’s this track record of favorable outcomes that is garnering Enright the unique opportunity to help assemble a plan backed by the United Nations to address gender-based violence that is traumatizing girls and women across the world.
Tue
Sep
23
The Wisconsin Ideas in Education Series (WIES) kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a talk from Winslow Burleson titled, “Motivational Environments: Strategies for Advanced Personalized Learning and Intelligent Creativity Support.” Burleson, an assistant professor of Human Computer Interaction and director of the Motivational Environments Research Group at Arizona State University, will deliver his presentation from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea Room.
Mon
Sep
22
UW-Madison’s Francois Tochon earlier this summer received two prestigious honors. In June he received the 2013-14 Medal of the Council Chairperson of the Lions Club international of Taiwan, and in August was awarded the 2013-14 Medal of Lions Club International Foundation, seated in Chicago.
Sun
Sep
21
UW-Madison’s Bruce Wampold delivered the "Lectio Magistralis" to the Italian Society of Psychotherapy Research congress in Padua, Italy, on Sept. 12. The lecture was titled, “Cosa rende efficace una psicoterapia? Gli elementi umanistici!" -– or “What makes psychotherapy work: The humanistic elements.”
Thu
Sep
18
A group of prominent international scholars -- from philosophy, history, sociology, cultural studies and curriculum -- contributed to a book that acknowledges the contributions of UW-Madison’s Thomas Popkewitz in providing a particular intellectual approach to educational studies. The book is titled, “Systems of Reason and the Politics of Schooling: School Reform and Sciences of Education in the Tradition of Thomas S. Popkewitz.” Popkewitz is a professor with UW-Madison’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Thu
Sep
18
UW-Madison’s David Williamson Shaffer and the Epistemic Games Group have received $1 million from the National Science Foundation to develop and test engineering virtual internships for middle school students. The project, led by the University of California, Berkeley, will address the shortage of authentic, work-based learning experiences for young people.