Research News

Tue
Apr
12
UW-Madison alumnus Raul Leon recently received the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award. This honor is the highest award given to a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University. It recognizes recipients for a distinguished contribution in one of three categories: teaching, research or service. Leon is receiving the 2015 Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Research. Leon received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2010, with a focus on higher education administration.
Thu
Apr
07
Researchers with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology received funding through a new UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative designed to jump-start innovative interdisciplinary projects across the UW-Madison campus. Led by principal investigator Gary Diffee, the project is titled, “Human Exercise Research Core Facility to Serve the Broader Campus.” It’s one of just 14 projects chosen from 134 submitted proposals.
Wed
Apr
06
UW-Madison’s Mindi Thompson was selected to deliver the “Best in Science Address” for the Society of Counseling Psychology at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, this summer. Thompson, an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology, will give a presentation on Aug. 6 titled, “Social Class: Interrogating its Meaning and Considering Future Directions.”
Tue
Apr
05
UW-Madison’s Linn Posey-Maddox will be receiving an Outstanding Reviewer award at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting that's running April 8–12 in Washington, D.C. Posey-Maddox is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. She is receiving this recognition as a top reviewer for the American Educational Research Journal’s Section on Social and Institutional Analysis.
Mon
Apr
04
UW-Madison’s School of Education has published its annual “2016 AERA Presentation Guide.” Faculty, staff and students from UW-Madison and across the University of Wisconsin System are participating in more than 200 events at this year's American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting April 8 to 12 in Washington, D.C.
Fri
Apr
01
UW-Madison’s Brittany Travers is receiving a 2015 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, the foundation announced in a news release on April 1. Travers will use her funding for a project titled, “Beyond the Cerebrum: Multimodal Imaging of the Brainstem in Autism Spectrum Disorder." Travers is a faculty member with the occupational therapy program in the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology. She also heads the Motor and Brain Development Lab at UW-Madison’s Waisman Center.
Tue
Mar
29
Li-Ching Ho, a faculty member with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is receiving a Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award from UW-Madison. This award provides flexible research funds in the amount of $100,000 over two academic years. Li-Ching will use this funding to conduct a qualitative study that aims to investigate Singapore and Philippine teachers’ and students’ conceptualizations of environmental citizenship, which is an under-researched area.
Tue
Mar
29
UW-Madison’s Maxwell Courtright has been invited to participate in an undergraduate student training workshop April 8-10 that’s part of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. This will be Courtright’s second time taking part in this AERA event. He is a communications disorders major through the School of Education and also is pursuing an educational policy studies certificate through the School. He has also worked with Kimber Wilkerson’s research group. Wilkerson is a professor of special education with the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.
Mon
Mar
28
An article earlier this month by UW-Madison's Kathy Cramer appeared in the Capital Times and was headlined, “Wisconsin's rural consciousness: Exploring a place-based sense of injustice.” Cramer is a political science professor and director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, which is administratively housed in the School of Education. The article is excerpted from the first three chapters of Cramer's, “The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker,” published by The University of Chicago Press in April.
Tue
Mar
22
UW-Madison’s Gail Lori Prasad will be receiving the Leithwood Award, which recognizes the Thesis of the Year at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Prasad is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Her work was recognized by OISE for its research excellence, significance, concept, design, and execution.
Mon
Mar
21
Research indicates that caregivers of autistic children, who often face a lack of support and a range of daily obstacles, are the most stressed among those who care for kids with disabilities. In an effort to help these caregivers improve their wellbeing, UW-Madison's Elizabeth Larson and her research teams have developed a program, “5Minutes4Myself (5M4M),” that includes interactive coaching and a smartphone-based app that provides mindfulness podcasts, goal tracking and other habit-building features.
Fri
Mar
18
The work of UW-Madison's Erica Halverson is highlighted in a recent article out of UW-Milwaukee that’s headlined, “Electrifying research encourages young scientists.” Halverson is an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The article is about an evaluation of a “maker experience” exhibit in partnership with the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, with a grant from the Herzfeld Foundation.
Tue
Mar
15
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announced in a news release Tuesday the winners of several of its top 2016 awards for excellence in education research. And among those being recognized are UW-Madison’s Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy, the recipients of the 2016 AERA Outstanding Book Award for their publication, “The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education.” Meanwhile, UW-Madison alumnus Kevin Kumashiro will receive AERA’s Social Justice in Education Award.
Tue
Mar
15
UW-Madison’s LaVar J. Charleston will be receiving the Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship from the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education special interest group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Charleston is the assistant director and senior research associate for Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. He has also taught in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an alumnus of that department, earning his master’s in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2010.
Fri
Mar
11
UW-Madison’s Valerie Crespin-Trujillo was recently selected to participate in a summer education policy academy sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Crespin-Trujillo is a second-year Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The highly selective Education Policy Academy will run Aug. 2 to 6 in Washington, D.C.
Thu
Mar
10
UW-Madison's Eric Knuth and Ana Stephens recently co-authored a report for the March issue of Kappan Magazine headlined, “Build an early foundation for algebra success.” The report explores early algebra as an important gatekeeper to success in the secondary grades and almost every avenue in the job market and schooling. Knuth is a professor of mathematics education with the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Stephens is an associate researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
Wed
Mar
09
UW-Madison’s Mitchell Nathan will be attending The 6th Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 13 to 18. Also known as LASchool, this event is a meeting that gathers students and faculty members from across the world. LASchool is designed to help build capacity among young cognitive scientists and neuroscientists to more closely examine pressing research and development problems facing education in Latin America and across the globe.
Mon
Mar
07
UW-Madison's David Bell and colleagues from across campus produced a groundbreaking study that was recently published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Titled, “Prevalence of Sport Specialization in High School Athletics,” this one-year observational study found that high school athletes from a smaller school were less likely to specialize in a sport than those attending a large school. They also found that highly specialized athletes were more likely to report a history of overuse knee or hip injuries.
Fri
Mar
04
UW-Madison’s Timothy Tansey will be receiving the Researcher of the Year award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. Tansey is an assistant professor of rehabilitation psychology with the School of Education’s Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. To date, he has published or has in press 44 refereed journal articles and seven scholarly book chapters. Since 2001, Tansey has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator or co-investigator on 10 federally funded projects with a total funding level of $58 million.
Tue
Mar
01
UW-Madison’s Gail Lori Prasad will be receiving the 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Second Language Research special interest group. Prasad is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her dissertation was titled, “The Prism of Children’s Plurilingualism: A multi-site inquiry with children as co-researchers across English and French schools.” Prasad completed her Ph.D. work in 2015 at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.