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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.

16th Annual SEAES Conference being held Saturday

The Graduate Student Association will host the 16th Annual Southeastern Association of Educational Studies Conference on Saturday at Peabody Hall. The theme of this year’s two-day conference is “Moving Education Forward: Connecting Research, Theory, Policy and Practice.” The conference was created as a regional forum for the support, promotion and dissemination of research in educational studies. For more information, visit this page.


New colloquium series launches Monday; McLendon to speak

On Monday, the School of Education launches the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series.  Coordinated by Dr. Lora Cohen-Vogel, the series is focused this year on methods of education policy research.  The first speaker in the series is Michael McLendon, professor and associate dean at Southern Methodist University. His talk is entitled “Politics, Public Policy and Postsecondary Education: Observations on the Methods of an Emerging Field.” While the series is designed with graduate students and emerging scholars in mind, the entire SOE community is welcome to bring a lunch and attend. The event will be held in Room 02, starting at noon.


New statistics textbook by Bill Ware published

A new statistics textbook by Bill Ware, professor of educational psychology, has been published.

The book – Introductory Statistics: A conceptual Approach Using R – is aimed at undergraduate and graduate-level statistics courses in education, psychology, and other social sciences. It uses a conceptual approach, built around common issues and problems rather than statistical techniques, allowing students to understand the conceptual nature of statistical procedures and to focus more on cases and examples of analysis. Presentations contain explanations of the underlying reasons behind a technique. The book is one of the first statistics texts in the social sciences using the statistical analysis software package called “R” as the principal statistical package. Ware’s co-authors are John M. Ferron of the University of South Florida and Barbara M. Miller of Elon University. More details are available here.


Eileen Parsons serves as journal guest co-editor

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, served as the lead guest co-editor for the current issue of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, a special issue on culture. Parsons was the lead author on the opening editorial, entitled "Culture and science education in the 21st century: Extending and making the cultural box more inclusive." George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, has written a commentary entitled “Culture Bound,” which critically discussed the special issue’s articles and will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal.


‘Bytes and Bagels’ event on Jan. 23 to showcase use of tech tools

The SOE Technology Advisory Council will host the first “Bytes and Bagels” on Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 10 am in Peabody Room 02. “Bytes and Bagels” is your opportunity to gather with other members of the School of Education community to engage in informal conversation about using technology in teaching and research. The Dean’s office will provide bagels and coffee for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates to share and discuss the work we are all doing around technology. Come have some breakfast, and join the conversation! And, mark your calendars for upcoming “Bytes and Bagels” events on Feb. 20, March 27 and April 24.


NC-MSEN alumna wins award

Camille McGirt, an alumna of the School of Education's North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network, has won a 2012 Community Impact Award. McGirt, now a senior at Carolina, is one of 17 college students from across the state to win one of the awards from the North Carolina Campus Compact. The Community Impact Award recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs. The N.C. Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-College Program enrolls nearly 1,000 middle and high school students each year. The program works to prepare students to attend college and for careers in education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


GSA hosting Back-to-School Social on Saturday

The SOE Graduate Student Association is hosting a Back-to-School on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Back Bar. For those attending the SEAES conference that day, a group will meet in the lobby at the end of the conference to walk to the social together. The Back Bar is located behind Top of the Hill, with the entrance just to the south of the entrance to Top of the Hill on Columbia Street. Appetizers will be provided by the GSA. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP on the SOE GSA Facebook event page or email


TIP: Technology in Peabody

Share your iPad screen with Air Server
A new app called Air Server makes it easier for people to share what’s on their iPad or iPhone. After loading Air Server on your iOS device you can wirelessly stream to a projector or laptop screen. Air Server is being marketed as a game-sharing app, but it can also be used by educators who want to display from their iOS device. More details about Air Server are available here.
--TIP submitted by Helen Crompton


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SEAES Conference
8 a.m.
Peabody Hall

GSA Back-to-School Social
5:30 p.m.
Back Bar (behind Top of the Hill)

Monday, Jan. 14
Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series: Michael McLendon
Peabody 02