Research News

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People at risk for Alzheimer's disease who do more moderate-intensity physical activity, but not light-intensity physical activity, are more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brain, according to a new UW-Madison study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. First author Ryan Dougherty is a graduate student studying under the direction of Dane Cook, a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and a co-author of the study. Ozioma Okonkwo is the senior author.
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Jul
06
UW-Madison’s Bianca Baldridge is the lead author on a new paper that appears in the Review of Research in Education about community-based educational spaces. The paper explains how community-based educational spaces such as after-school programs and community-based youth organizations "have a long history of interrupting patterns of educational inequity and continue to do so under the current educational policy climate." Co-authors on the paper are Nathan Beck, who received a master's degree from the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and Juan Carlos Medina and Marlo A. Reeves, both of whom are current Ph.D. students with the department.
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Jul
05
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner and Loyola University Chicago’s Bridget Turner Kelly co-authored a paper for the most recent edition of the Teachers College Record that is headlined, “Finding a Voice in Predominantly White Institutions: A Longitudinal Study of Black Women Faculty Members’ Journeys Toward Tenure.” Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.
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03
Each year, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) presents awards to the most deserving members of the financial aid profession and higher education community. And among those recognized this year is UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman, who received the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill for his contributions to the body of research on student financial aid. Hillman was recognized for his research “focused on the relationship between financial aid and educational opportunity, particularly for underrepresented students. His work on performance-based funding has challenged conclusions among funders and policymakers that the policies are effective."
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Jul
03
UW-Madison’s Andrew Ruis is the author of a newly released book titled, “Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States.” Ruis is a researcher with the Epistemic Games Group housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is part of the School of Education. Ruis' book "explores the origins of American school meal initiatives to explain why it was (and, to some extent, has continued to be) so difficult to establish meal programs that satisfy the often competing interests of children, parents, schools, health authorities, politicians, and the food industry."
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Jun
30
UW-Madison’s Stephanie Budge co-authored four papers comprising a “Major Contribution” that was recently recognized by The Counseling Psychologist with an Outstanding Paper Award. Budge and co-authors received this prestigious honor for their research articles examining a range of topics related to transgender individuals and communities. Budge is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology.
Thu
Jun
29
UW-Madison’s David Bell on Tuesday received the 2017 New Investigator Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Research and Education Foundation. Bell was recognized at the NATA Clinical Symposia in Houston. The New Investigator Award, according to the foundation’s website, “recognizes a researcher who is likely to continue to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in athletic training and health care.” Bell is an assistant professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Athletic Training Program and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory (WISL).
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Jun
28
UW-Madison’s Regina Fuller was recently awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships are administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Fuller is a doctoral student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.
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Jun
22
Extraordinary members of the UW-Madison faculty were honored during this past academic year with awards supported by the estate of professor, senator and regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908). And among the 34 faculty members from across campus being recognized with a Vilas professorship is the School of Education’s Bernadette Baker. Baker, a professor with the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was one of 11 faculty members to receive a Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Award. These mid-career honors recognize research and teaching excellence, with the award providing flexible research funding for one year.
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Jun
22
UW-Madison’s Alexandra Carl is one of six students from across the country to be named a 2017 Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellow (UGREF) by the American Physiological Society (APS). Fellowship recipients spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member, with the UGREF program recruiting undergraduate students worldwide. Carl conducts research with UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.
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Jun
16
UW-Madison's Christine Pribbenow received a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea grant for the project titled, "Do You Play Fair? Addressing Bias in K-12 Educational Settings." Pribbenow works within the School of Education's Wisconsin Center for Education Research. She was awarded the grant along with Molly Carnes with the School of Medicine and Public Health. This project aims to close disparities between black and white students by lessening implicit bias.
Tue
Jun
13
UW-Madison’s David Williamson Shaffer is the author of a recently released book that puts forth a groundbreaking new science for understanding what people do and why they do it titled, “Quantitative Ethnography.” Shaffer explains that his latest publication is a methods book that gives investigators the tools they need to bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative research in the age of big data. Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences with the Department of Educational Psychology, and is director of the Epistemic Games Group in WCER.
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Jun
12
Educators from around the state will be on the UW-Madison campus Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon to take part in an annual teacher research symposium at the Discovery Building's DeLuca Forum. The event is free and open to the public, and provides the approximately 70 teacher-researchers involved with projects this year an opportunity to share their findings and connect with other passionate educators involved in research from across Wisconsin.
Fri
Jun
09
The Spring 2017 edition of 'The disAbility Advocate" -- an annual newsletter for alumni and friends of the School of Education's Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education -- is now available. This year's cover story looks at a collaborative project between UW-Madison, Virginia Commonwealth University and a range of business partners examining best practices for hiring and retaining workers with disabilities.
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Jun
08
UW-Madison's Rachelle Winkle-Wagner co-authored a recent peer-reviewed article examining racial discourse surrounding the “Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin” Supreme Court case, which challenged the consideration of race in the college admissions process at that university. The report is co-authored with V. Thandi Sulé, an associate professor at Oakland University, and Dina C. Maramba, an associate professor at Claremont Graduate University. The article, which appears in the journal Equity & Excellence in Education, is titled, “Who Deserves a Seat? Colorblind Public Opinion of College Admissions Policy.”
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Jun
08
UW-Madison's Julissa Ventura recently published an article in the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal about creating a community-based space in a Latina/o youth group. Ventura is a doctoral student in the School of Education's Department of Educational Policy Studies. The article explores the "construction of a youth-led, grassroots Latino youth group in a mid-sized, Midwestern city." In the group, Latino youth shared their experiences and knowledge alongside adult community allies while developing social awareness.
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May
31
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is launching a new initiative, the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), to study and help inform how college students can be better prepared to enter the competitive 21st-century job market. WCER researcher Matthew Hora is CCWT’s director and an assistant professor of adult and higher education in continuing studies at UW–Madison. Hora is a co-author of, “Beyond the Skills Gap,” which details a landmark NSF-funded study examining the cultural, political and economic issues underlying the skills-gap debate in Wisconsin.
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May
30
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.
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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.
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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.