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Law professor Gene Nichol to speak today

Gene Nichol, the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, will give a brown bag talk entitled "Poverty, Civil Rights and Education. The talk will be held at 6 p.m. in Peabody 104, with a reception following. The event is sponsored by the School of Education's Graduate Student Association.

Juan Carrillo selected as Project MALES Faculty Affiliate

Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo has been invited to join the Project MALES Faculty Affiliate program, an initiative of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Project MALES works to cultivate and amplify the work of scholars who focus on the educational experiences of males of color. Organizers of the program are working to build a learning and research community and link members’ research with best practices.

Doctoral student Domonique Bulls wins NARST scholarship

Doctoral student Domonique Bulls has received the 2015 National Association for Research in Science Teaching Ph.D. school scholarship. The scholarship includes $2,500 toward participation at the Southern African Association of Research in Mathematics Science and Technology Education research school. The research school will take place in June in Johannesburg, South Africa. Graduate students and researchers from around the world will be in attendance at the school to share research ideas.

Alumnus Hank Samuels named ‘Rookie of Year’

Alumnus Hank Samuels (A.B.Ed. ’13) has been named “Rookie of the Year” by the school district where he teaches in St. Augustine, Florida. Samuels teaches fourth grade at W.D. Hartley Elementary School, the school he attended as a child. Samuels was among 12 finalists for the ‘Rookie’ honor. In making the award, St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Joe Joyner noted Samuels’ has become known in his school for doing cartwheels in class, despite his 6’3” frame. He said: “(Samuels) believes if you’re not leaving school exhausted then you’re not doing it right.” Read more here.

‘Three Questions’ with School Counseling student Simone Diggs

Simone Diggs, a student in the School Counseling master’s degree program, recently won a runner-up award in the American Counseling Association’s Student Ethics essay competition, a competition that was open to master’s and doctoral-level students from across the country. Diggs’ work, in which she explores the power of ethics in helping school counselors in their jobs, is the subject of a “Three Questions” profile on the SOE website. Read it here.

Doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law to give April 13 talk on resegregation of schools

Doctoral student Shelby Dawkins-Law will give a talk on April 13 at the Institute of African American Research about resegregation of public schools. The talk by Dawkins-Law is entitled “Student Perspectives of Resegregation in North Carolina Public Schools.” Dawkins-Law, who is getting her doctorate in the Policy, Leadership and School Improvement specialty area, is serving this year as president of the Graduate and Professional Students Association. Her talk will begin at noon at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Suite 309C. The talk is part of the Institute’s 2014-2015 Graduate Student Brown Bag Series.

Memory researcher Joel Levin to give talk April 15

Prominent memory researcher and methodologist Joel Levin of the University of Arizona will visit the School of Education to give a talk on single case design on April 15. The talk – entitled “Single-Case Intervention Research: Recent Efforts to Elevate Its Low Scientific Status” – will be held at 4 p.m. in Peabody 02.

Project Literacy hosts events this week

Project Literacy, a committee of the Campus Y, is holding an advocacy theme week called “One Week of Literacy” beginning today. The week will feature an event each day centered around the theme of literacy. By hosting these events, we hope to spread awareness about the problems of illiteracy in our community and address how to best combat them. Please contact with any questions.

Here is an updated list of O.W.L. events:

TODAY - Financial Literacy Seminar
What: Joe Polich of UNC Law will be giving a talk on financial literacy that will cover important topics such as credit scores, loans, and budgeting from a practical perspective.
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Murray G202

Tuesday, April 7 - Literacy Panel
What: Panelists Mr. Clay Thorp, Dr. Christy Stanley, and Dr. Willis Brooks will discuss questions related to the current status of literacy in Orange County and the best ways to help address illiteracy in a community.
When: 7-8 p.m.
Where: Peabody 204

Wednesday, April 8 - Harry Potter Trivia Night
What: Teams will compete to demonstrate their knowledge of the Harry Potter series and attempt to win the House Cup! Pre-register here to reserve your space:
When: 7:00-8:30 p.m. (check-in and snacks from 7:00-7:30; competition starts at 7:30)
Where: Wilson Library Grand Reading Room (check-in and snacks in the lobby)

Thursday, April 9 - Literacy on the Lawn
What: A variety of individuals of UNC’s campus will read selections from their favorite books, poems, plays, or speeches and explain the importance of literacy from a personal perspective.
When: 12-1 p.m.
Where: the steps of South Building

Friday - Benefit Night
What: Please have dinner at McAlister’s so that a portion of proceeds will go to Project Lit! (please present a copy of our flyer when you pay)
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: McAlister’s Deli

Recent publications, presentations

Eileen Parsons and Dana Thompson Dorsey will present a paper titled "Critical race theory and the Next Generation of Science Standards: Research and implementation to address “Racism as ordinary” and “counter storytelling" at the annual conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) held in Chicago, IL.

Eileen Parsons has also been invited to present on the NARST Presidential panel to discuss methodological directions to support a research and development agenda driven by the Next Generation of Science Standards, specifically related to the general and specific disciplinary norms and instructional practices that engage and support student learning.

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GSA Brown Bag: Gene Nichol on 'Povery, Civil Rights and Education"
6 p.m.
Peabody 104

Monday, April 13

Shelby Dawkins-Law on resegregation of public schools
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Suite 309C

Wednesday, Apr. 15

Joel Levin on Single-Case Intervention Research
4 p.m.
Peabody 02

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