Around the College: May 12, 2021

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  • Christy Beck, assistant teaching professor of education (counseling education, rehabilitation and human services) in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE); and Dr. Edwin L. Herr Clinic supervisor, discussed how to be an ally to marginalized populations during a recent episode of Your Health Matters on ABC23. You can watch the interview here.
  • Gail Boldt, professor of education and women's studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was featured on a recent episode of the Jabbedu Education Podcast. Boldt spoke about Affect Theory, how her experience as a psychotherapist informs her teaching and research, and how teachers can begin to adjust questions and behaviors in a way that makes them feel like they matter.
  • Noah Fenstermacher, who is pursuing a master of education in higher education at Penn State, wrote a book, “College Admissions of Guilt: How the Underserved Student Can Still Succeed in Higher Ed,” which is about educational equity and underrepresented student representation. Fenstermacher is also featured in this news report by WNEP-16, “Shikellamy High School grad offers help to future college students in book form.”
  • Erica Frankenberg, professor of education (educational leadership) and demography, and director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) is part of a team that includes researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University that recently released reports that explore the contours of school segregation by race and poverty in Virginia over the past decade. The researchers’ efforts were highlighted in an article, “Black and low-income students are underrepresented in Virginia AP classes, report finds,” in the Virginia Mercury.
  • Kelly Rosinger, assistant professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS), is the lead author of a new article, “Leveraging insights from behavioral science and administrative burden in free college program design: A typology” in Journal of Behavioral Public Administration. Her co-authors are Katharine Meyer, a postdoctoral research associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and a research affiliate with the Nudge4Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia, and Jialing Wang, a doctoral candidate in EPS.

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Last Updated June 02, 2021