Around the College: May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

—   Katerina Bodovski, associate professor of education (educational theory and policy) in the Department Education Policy Studies (EPS) and EPS-affiliated co-authors Ismael Munoz, a joint-degree doctoral student in educational theory and policy, and comparative and international education; Soo-yong Byun, associate professor of education (educational theory and policy); and Volha Chykina, a postdoctoral fellow with the Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan; have an article, "Do Education System Characteristics Moderate the Socioeconomic, Gender and Immigrant Gaps in Math and Science Achievement?” in International Journal of Sociology of Education. In addition, Byun has an article, “Principal support, professional learning community, and group-level teacher expectations” in School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

—   Kathleen Hill, assistant professor of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and director of the Center for Science and the Schools, and her co-investigators Ira Ropson, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Amie Boal, associate professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology; Hemant Yennawar, associate research professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Neela Yennawar, director of X-ray Crystallography and Automated Biological Calorimetry Core Facilities at Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, recently received a $1,321,091 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year grant will support their project, “Shaping of Authentic Practices by Engaging in Modeling of a Topic with Teachers to Explore Research in Science (SHAPE MATTERS).”

—   David Passmore, distinguished professor of education (workforce education and development) in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems, spoke on “Risk of minimizing risks: Balancing safety and the economy” as part of an invited presentation at “Doing business with medical mask on: The lessons of COVID-19,” an online conference sponsored by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, All-Russian Public Organization of Small and Medium Enterprises, and Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

—   Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the William T. Grant Officer's research award. The award, which supports career development for promising early-career researchers, will fund Rosinger's research on performance-based funding for higher education. Additionally, Rosinger and Dominique Baker, assistant professor of Education Policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University, teamed up to write a piece in Education Next, “Should State Universities Downplay the SAT?” on what test-optional admissions policies can and cannot do at public universities.

—   LaWanda Ward, assistant professor of education and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has a new article, "Radical affirmative action: a call to address hegemonic racialized themes in U.S. higher education race-conscious admissions legal discourse" in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 

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Last Updated June 03, 2020