Around the College: June 8, 2016

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Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education and demography, spoke with The New York Times about a recent report she co-authored that discusses the state of segregation in schools 62 years after Brown v. Board of Education.

Liliana Garces, associate professor of higher education, has published “Lessons From Social Science for Kennedy’s Doctrinal Inquiry in Fisher v. University of Texas II,” with the UCLA Law Review. The essay discusses Justice Kennedy’s critical vote and the role of social science research in the controversial Supreme Court case.

— Muhammed Karal, a second-year doctoral student in special education, has published research comparing special and general education teachers’ perceptions of students with autism in Turkey in the International Journal of Special Education.

— Shannon Lee, a doctoral candidate in workforce education and development, was awarded a Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The fellowship aims to introduce students to the Austrian, Virginian and Bloomington schools of political economy as academic foundations for pursuing contemporary policy analysis. Frédéric Bastiat Fellows explore during a series of colloquia how these foundations are used for analyzing the policy implications of a variety of topics, such as the role of free markets, innovation, fiscal issues and regulation. Lee also will present her paper, “Best Practices: A Perspective from the Data Analyst of a Community College and Career Training Grant,” at the 2016 Maryland Department of Education Data Summit in Ellicott City, Maryland, this month.

— Research conducted by Paul Morgan, professor of education policy studies, was cited in a recent article published by Education Week discussing minority students’ access to special education services in K-12 schools.

Ruth Love-Schooley, a research technologist in the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy’s Career Pathways program in Lycoming County, helped establish and develop an innovative workforce partnership among local employer PMF Industries, CareerLink and the College of Education’s Career Pathways program. The partnership members presented Career Pathways as a workforce development strategy for employers session to an overflow crowd at the recent Pennsylvania Workforce Development Conference held May 18-20 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where they also accepted the Governor’s Job Creation Award.

Jeanine Staples, associate professor of literacy and language, and African-American studies, has been selected as a 2016-17 CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow. The Fellows will be participating in three seminars during the 2016-17 academic year: Contemporary Issues and Ideas, which will be hosted by Indiana University; Internal and External Relationships at Rutgers University; and Money, Management and Strategies hosted by Penn State.

Staples also has published a new book, “The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self.” The book critically and creatively explores black women's terror in love. With poetry, prose and analytic memos, Staples shows how a group of black women's talk and writings about relationships revealed epistemological and ontological revelations, after 9/11. These revelations are presented in the context of a third wave new literacies framework, voiced and storied dynamically by the women's seven fragmented selves.

Rose Mary Zbiek, professor and head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been named a CIC Department Executive Officer Fellow for the 2016-17 program. The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated leadership ability through University administrative assignments or through other significant leadership positions in public, private or professional organizations, are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills. DEO fellows will participate in a three-day seminar Oct. 6-8 in Chicago.

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