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Kelly Ryoo article selected for ‘Research Worth Reading’ list

An article by Kelly Ryoo, assistant professor of learning sciences, has been selected for inclusion in the National Science Teachers Association’s annual list of Research Worth Reading. The article, Designing guidance for interpreting dynamic visualizations: Generating versus reading explanations, was published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. It explores how different types of guidance can support middle school students while interacting with dynamic visualizations of complex scientific phenomena in inquiry instruction. NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. Each year, NSTA selects a short list of articles most useful for K-12 classroom teachers. Ryoo's article will appear on the NSTA website and be available to more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, and scientists with memberships to NSTA.

Visiting German professor to give talks this week

Andreas Bonnet, professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany, will be in Chapel Hill this week, visiting his student teachers and will give two talks. Bonnet will present a workshop on Tuesday for graduate students on Qualitative Data Interpretation. The talk will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and be held in Peabody 204. Anyone interested in attending should email Sharon Shofer at On Wednesday, Bonnet will give a brown bag talk on recent developments and challenges in the German school system. The brown bag talk will begin at noon and be held in Peabody 02.

Doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law serving on search committee

Shelby Dawkins-Law, a Ph.D. student in policy, leadership and school improvement and president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, has been named to the committee searching for a new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The 15-member committee will search for a replacement for Karen Gil, who has led the College since 2009.

Doctoral student Robert Carr awarded travel fellowship

Doctoral student Robert Carr has been awarded a fellowship and $200 honorarium by AERA’s Division E: Counseling & Human Development to attend a Graduate Student Pre-conference Seminar in Chicago. The seminar provides opportunities for students to interact with Division E faculty members on topics related to research and pursuing a career in academia.

Doctoral students to give talk on queering a math class on March 26

The talk by doctoral students Summer Pennell and Bryan Fede -- "Math for a cause: Queering a middle school math class" – has been rescheduled for March 26. The talk – which has been rescheduled twice due to weather – will describe how they collaborated with a classroom teacher on a social justice math class in a local middle school last fall. The curriculum was developed using frameworks of queer pedagogy, critical literacy, and critical math which all value questioning, dialogue, and critical consciousness. A location will be announced.

REMINDER: Rud and Ann Turnbull to give William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture on March 25

Rud Turnbull and Ann Turnbull – professors, researchers and advocates in the field of disabilities – will give the School of Education’s William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture on March 25. The Turnbulls, who started their careers at UNC-Chapel Hill, have worked in the field for more than four decades. Their talk is entitled “Families’ Contributions to Special Education: From Civil Rights to Ethical Communities.” Between the two of them, the Turnbulls have authored more than 40 books – including two leading textbooks – and more than 500 articles and chapters. The lecture – at The Carolina Inn – begins at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Laurie Norman and or 919-843-6979 by March 20.

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FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Melissa Van Dyke, Laura Louison, Ellen Nacik and Oscar Fleming
“Our Magic Bean:” Enabling Community-Level Early Childhood Successes”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Tuesday, Mar. 3

Andreas Bonnet: Qualitative Data Interpretation
4 p.m.
Peabody 204

Wednesday, Mar. 4

Andreas Bonnet: Brown Bag talk on German schools
Peabody 02

Monday, Mar. 16

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Laura Kuhn
“The Role of Language in the Development of Preschoolers’ Executive Functions”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Wednesday, Mar. 18

SOE Brown Bag: Bill McDiarmid and Katie Caprino
Peabody 02

Monday, Mar. 23

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Genna Durante
“Family-Centered Care as a Predictor of Early Intervention Outcomes for Ethnically Diverse Families”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Wednesday, Mar. 25

William C. Friday Distinguished Lecture: Rud and Ann Turnbull
4 p.m.
The Carolina Inn

Thursday, Mar. 26

Summer Pennell and Bryan Fede: “Math for a Cause: Queering a middle school math class”
Time and location to be announced

Monday, Apr. 27

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Ximena Franco
“Classroom Quality, Teacher-Child Interactions, and Child Outcomes in the Nuestros Ninos School Readiness Project”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, May 11

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Kara Hume, Lauren Turner Brown and Brian Boyd
“Training Community Providers to Support Families and Their Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B

Monday, May 18

FPG Bag Lunch Seminar: Meghan Swanson
“The Neural Circuitry of Early Language Development in Human Infants”
Sheryl-Mar South, 255 A/B