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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.

Alumni Awards Luncheon being held Saturday; RSVP deadline today

The School of Education’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday. Today is the deadline for sending in an RSVP.  Five people will be honored by the School, with former Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Bill McNeal receiving the Peabody Award. Receiving  alumni awards will be Matt Sears (MAT ’04), one of the Durham school system’s most decorated teachers; Gus Martin (MED ’73, PhD ’83), a retired high school principal and owner of Martin Education Associates consulting firm; Karen Erickson (PhD ’95), Yoder Distinguished Professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine’s Department of Allied Health Sciences; and, Clarence York (AB ’49), a former adjunct professor in the School and president of an international consulting firm that assists agencies that serve children and adults with disabilities.

In recognition of their recently won honors or leadership positions, we will also recognize faculty members Rune Simeonsson, Fen English, Judith Meece, Greg Cizek, Eileen Parsons, Jennifer Wooten, Lynne Vernon-Feagans, Jill Fitzgerald, Melissa Miller, Dana Griffin, Leigh Hall, Harriet Able, Bobbie Lubker, former Dean Don Stedman and doctoral student Eric Sparks.

The event will be held at the Carolina Inn, starting at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to Laurie Norman today.


Dean McDiarmid makes panel presentation

Bill McDiarmid traveled to Talkeetna, Alaska to participate in the 2011 Alaska Dialogue in the shadow of Mt. McKinley. He appeared on a panel discussing the research contributions to state policy of the Institute of Social & Economic Research that McDiarmid directed from 1997 to 2001. ISER is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. McDiarmid will also participate in a panel in Anchorage that will address the next 50 years of ISER and the state.


Video profile of Lane available online

As a means of introducing our new faculty members, we’re posting short video profiles onto the School of Education’s YouTube channel. Our latest profile is of Kathleen Lane, professor of special education. You may view Lane’s video profile here.


Cohen-Vogel appointed to state advisory board

Lora Cohen-Vogel has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the North Carolina Higher Education Research Consortium. NC-HERC is a two-year project funded by the College Access Challenge Grant, a partnership between the UNC system, the North Carolina Community College System, and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. NC-HERC has three broad goals: 1) to conduct sound research that informs policies and practices aimed at improving college student success in North Carolina; 2) to begin connecting researchers across the state who have an interest in college student success; and 3) to develop a long-term research agenda that serves the state of North Carolina and is sustained through external funding.


Faculty invited to apply for RTSP seed grants

School of Education faculty members are invited to apply for a Research Triangle Schools Partnership seed grant for the 2011-2012 year. The RTSP initiative seeks to engage the School with local schools and districts in collaborative work on identified priorities with the goal of improving student and family experiences in public schools. The seed grants are intended to support faculty efforts to engage in collaborative projects with a strong research emphasis in our partner districts. Applications are due to Martinette Horner on October 14 at 5 p.m. Contact Horner for more information.


Rochelle Gutierrez to talk about mathematics education

Rochelle GutiƩrrez, professor of curriculum and instruction and Latina/Latino studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will deliver a talk entitled "Desarrollando Nepantler@s: Rethinking the Knowledge Needed to Teach Mathematics." The talk will be held on Oct. 3 in the University Room in Hyde Hall, starting at 6 p.m.


Marta Civil to give Brown Bag Lunch talk Oct. 5

Marta Civil, the Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education, will give the Brown Bag Lunch talk on Oct. 5. Her talk 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.” Light lunches will be provided for approximately 25 people. The lunches are made possible through the generous support of Malbert Smith (M.Ed. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) and Metametrics, Inc. Bring a drink, and plan to attend!



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