Research News

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.
Mon
Feb
29
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently announced the selection of 22 scholars as 2016 AERA Fellows. And among those earning this prestigious honor is the UW-Madison School of Education’s Maisha T. Winn. She holds the Susan J. Cellmer Endowed Chair in English Education. Winn is a professor of language and literacies with the No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements. The 2016 Fellows were nominated by their peers, selected by the AERA Fellows Committee, and approved by the AERA Council, the association’s elected governing body.
Thu
Feb
25
UW-Madison's Julie Mead is the co-author of a review that examines a recent report from the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII) that investigates the enrollment and achievement of students with special needs and English language learners (ELLs) in oversubscribed charter schools in Boston. Mead is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She co-authored the review with Mark Weber, a Ph.D. student in Education Theory, Organization and Policy at Rutgers University’s School of Education.
Wed
Feb
24
So, you think you can teach science to children? According to new research from UW-Madison’s Haley Vlach and Nigel Noll, it might be more difficult than you think. The two co-authored a report published Feb. 22 by the journal Metacognition and Learning. One of the key takeaways, explains Vlach, is that parents and teachers should think carefully about the types of information they include in their science explanations. 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
Fri
Feb
19
UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is a co-author of a recent article published by the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education that explains how white faculty members who mentor graduate students of color using race-neutral, colorblind language can actually reinforce racial inequalities. This case study is titled, “Colorblind Mentoring? Exploring White Faculty Mentoring of Students of Color.” The paper’s lead author is Dorian L. McCoy, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. UW-Madison alumna Courtney Luedke, who received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014, also is a co-author of the study.
Fri
Feb
19
Mark Connolly, an associate research scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in UW-Madison’s School of Education, has been invited to serve on a National Academies of Sciences committee charged with developing indicators of quality in undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Connolly will join 13 other national experts in education, workforce and industry, and data analytics over the next two and a half years to study the issue and create a framework for indicators to gauge the national status and quality of postsecondary STEM education.