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Peabody Pulse

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brown Bag Lunch dates set for 2011-12

Mark your calendars! Dates have been selected for this year’s Brown Bag Lunch series of talks. The series begins Sept. 14 with a presentation by new faculty member Kathleen Lane, professor of special education, entitled “Developing comprehensive, integrated, three-tiered models of prevention: Strategic, collaborative external relationships.” That will be followed by another presentation by a new faculty member, Marta Civil, the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education. Her talk, scheduled for Oct. 5, is entitled “Building on lessons learned from my work in Latino/a communities: Implications for next steps in research and outreach in mathematics education with non-dominant, marginalized communities.”

Make a note that the Nov. 2 Brown Bag Lunch will feature Chancellor Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, the University Entrepreneur in Residence. They will talk about their book, Engines of Innovation – The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century, and lessons from the book may be applied to our School of Education.

The Brown Bag Lunches are held in Peabody 02. Each event will begin at noon. A light lunch is provided for approximately 25 people, made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc. Please plan to attend!

The dates for the coming year:

Sept. 14:          Kathleen Lane
Oct. 5:               Marta Civil
Nov. 2:              Holden Thorp
Dec. 7:              Lora Cohen-Vogel
Jan. 11:             TBA
Feb. 8:              TBA
March 14:        TBA
April 11:           TBA
May 2:              TBA

Parsons awarded AAAS fellowship

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, has been awarded a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to work at the National Science Foundation during this academic year. The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship allows Parsons to work at the NSF in Arlington, Va., assisting the agency in addressing presidential and Congressional mandates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.


Book edited by Rong published

A book edited by Xue Lan Rong, professor of social studies education, has just been published. “Asian American Education: Identities, Racial Issues, and Languages” intended to be helpful for researchers, teachers, students, and other practitioners and policymakers concerned with the education of Asian Americans as well as other peoples of color. It was published by Information Age Publishing Inc., is a leading publisher of books and journals in Asian studies. More information about the book is available here.


Meece, Horner project wins grant

The Community-Campus Partnership at UNC-Chapel Hill, a campus-wide initiative to forge effective partnerships with economically-distressed communities in North Carolina, has awarded a $9,400 grant to UNC School of Education faculty members Judith Meece and Martinette Horner to conduct an analysis of school drop-out events in Caswell County and to work with Caswell County Schools Superintendent Douglas Barker to design a retention program.


Faculty/staff picnic on Sept. 7

Save the date! The School of Education will hold a picnic for faculty and staff and their family members on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The event will be held at The Farm on Barbee Chapel Road, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Food is being provided. Musical guests include George Noblit and his band! Please RSVP by emailing Laurie Norman before the Labor Day weekend at


SCALE seeking proposals for presentations at November conference

SCALE is seeking proposals for presentations during its annual Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference in November. The deadline for submission is Sept. 16. You may submit a proposal here. SCALE is asking that presentations during this year's conference fall under one or more of the following strands: Research & Theory, Resources, Program Practice & Models. For more information about each of these strands and to see a complete list of suggested topics as well as descriptions of past presentations, please visit the SCALE website.