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Judith Meece presenting webinar on rural youth transitions Thursday

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology, will discuss the challenges and successes that rural schools and communities have experience in helping students make the transition to college, careers and adult life in a webinar scheduled for Oct. 3. Meece will present findings from her Rural High School Aspirations Study. Also, two assistant superintendents from rural school districts in the Southwest will share their successes and challenges in helping rural youth transition to college and careers. The webinar is free and open to the public. It is being presented by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest at SEDL, an Austin, Texas-based organization that works to disseminate knowledge about educational research findings. More information and a registration link are available here.

Doctoral student Megan Kovac wins dissertation fellowship

Megan Kovac, a fifth year Ph.D. student in the school psychology program, has been awarded the Jessie Ball DuPont Dissertation Fellowship within the Royster Society of Fellows for her dissertation. Her dissertation - entitled "Affect-modulated Psychophysiology of Adolescents with Autism," examines the biological mechanisms that underlie the nonsocial repetitive interests and behaviors of children with autism. Kovac's advisers are Rune Simeonsson, professor of school psychology and early childhood education, and Gabriel Dichter from the Department of Psychiatry.

Eileen Parsons second author on new article

Eileen Parsons, associate professor of science education, is a co-author of a new paper published in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. The paper is entitled "Exploring the Alignment of Black Scientists with the American Scientific Community: Does Race Still Matter?" The study explores 110 black scientists' characterizations of the relationship between their race and their alignment with the science community. The study indicated that although progress has been made, a post-racial scientific community remains elusive. The article is available here.

Mink participates in American history conference

Andy Mink, executive director of LEARN NC, helped lead a discussion at the 1619: The Making of America conference at Norfolk State University over the weekend. The conference explored issues of race, gender, law and culture stemming from the date of the first arrival of African slaves in North America. Mink helped lead a special panel for teachers.

Jill Hamm work profiled by LEARN NC's 'The Well' blog

Work by Jill Hamm, associate professor of educational psychology, on the power of peers in helping close achievement gaps is explored in a post on LEARN NC's "The Well" blog. The article explores a study that looked at 103 fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade boys attending high-poverty rural schools. The study examined the importance of naturally occurring relationships among students and encourages schools to make opportunities for peer groups to take classes together. The blog post is available here.

Barbara Wasik presents at symposium in Munich

Barbara Wasik, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, was invited to participate in a symposium in Munich, Germany in August as part of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. She discussed the research of presenters from Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany related to reading and literacy skills.

In the media: TRI, LEARN NC get mentions in EdWeek; SCALE on local TV

The Targeted Reading Intervention, established by a team led by faculty member Lynne Vernon-Feagans, was described in a post on EdWeek. The post described recent findings that TRI is effective in helping struggling readers. The post is available here.

A project being led by LEARN NC to create teaching materials focused on the World War I cemetery at Verdun, France was described in another EdWeek post. LEARN NC is leading a group of teachers who will study the cemetery and create lesson plans that will be made available at LEARN NC's website. The EdWeek post is here.

A promotional campaign to encourage interest in literacy issues in the Triangle area was the subject of a story on WNCN, channel 17, on Friday. The story included on-camera comments from Megan McCurley, executive director of SCALE. The story is available here.

In UNC media: DTH editorial praises education minor; Megan McCurley profiled

The success of the Minor in Education was cited in an editorial in the Daily Tar Heel on Sept. 24 in making the case that the University should encourage the establishment of more minors. The editorial said, "Following the success and popularity of the recently added education minor, the University should consider creating minors in other prominent subjects such as economics, political science and psychology." The editorial is here.

Megan McCurley, executive director of the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, was profiled by the Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. The profile takes a look at McCurley's path to taking the lead of SCALE in 2009. The profile is here.

Oct. 7 talk by author Michael Wenger to explore bias issues

Michael Wenger, the author of "My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man's journey Through the Nation's Racial Minefield," will give a talk on Oct. 7. The visit is co-sponsored by the Cultural Studies and Literacies program and the Frank Porter Graham Race, Ethnicity and Culture (RACE) Committee. Wenger served as deputy director for outreach and program development for President Clinton's Initiative on Race. His personal story includes that he grew up in a working-class Jewish family from New York City and married an African-American woman from rural North Carolina. In his presentation, Wenger helps people explore the bias that people of color confront every day in the U.S. The talk will be held in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Culture and Black History, in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. The talk begins at 3 p.m. More information is available here.

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Judith Meece webinar: Aspirations of Rural Youth

2:15 p.m.

Oct. 7
Author talk: Michael Wenger

3 p.m.
Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room

Oct. 23
SOE Brown Bag: Sam Odom

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Nov. 13
SOE Brown Bag: Steve Knotek

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