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Education Minor capstone presentations TODAY

Students participating in the Education Minor will present capstone projects today. The event begins at 3 p.m. in Peabody 206, and runs until 5 p.m. A few selected ten-minute presentations will be made. Posters will be presented in two one-hour shifts, one beginning at 3 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m. All students and faculty and staff are welcome to hear the presentations.

Student Mary Ward wins Best Poster award

Mary Ward, a student in the Education Minor program, won an afternoon session Best Poster award at UNC’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research last week. The title of Ward’s poster: “Exposing Students in Special Education to STEM Through Engineering.” More than 200 students took part in the 16th annual event, held at the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Ward, from Eden, N.C., is majoring in psychology. See a photo of Ward from the event on the SOE Facebook here. SOE faculty were involved in the event. Among them, Patrick Akos worked to prepare students for their presentations. Dana Thompson Dorsey served as a moderator at a panel discussion. Advisors to students participating in the event included Sandra Evarrs, Suzanne Gulledge and Cathy Scott.

Doctoral students win dissertation fellowships

Three School of Education doctoral students have won fellowships from the University to help them complete their dissertations. Charlotte Agger and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner won Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which carry stipends for support during the 2015-16 academic year. Megan McVea won an Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship for the fall semester to support her research project. The awards were determined after a cross-campus competition judged by faculty on the Fellowship Committee of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School and on the Society of Fellows Faculty Board.

Doctoral candidate Meredith Jones wins Navy internship

Meredith K. Jones, Applied Developmental Science and Special Education doctoral candidate, has been awarded a Child and Youth Program Training national internship with the Department of Navy, Fleet and Family Readiness Division at the Naval District Washington/Bethesda. During this internship Meredith will work with military families and their children and learn the policies, regulations, and procedures of the Child and Youth Programs.

Barbara Wasik profiled by FPG

Barbara Wasik, the School of Education's William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, is serving as acting director at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute while director Sam Odom is on research leave. This profile of Wasik published by FPG examines Wasik’s research and involvement with the Institute.

Student Alex Ford answers ‘Three Questions’

Middle Grades major Alex Ford is the subject of the latest installment of the “Three Questions” series. Ford, a rising senior from Eden, N.C., was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society. Ford has been active in civic groups, co-chairing this year Project Literacy and working in the past with Habitat For Humanity. In the profile, she talks about what she has learned about education, and about how she motivates others to take part in volunteer work. The profile is here.

Recent publications, presentations

Becky New and Cultural Studies and Literacies doctoral student Wenyang Sun presented a paper at the biennial meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology in Boston. The paper’s title: “What's in a Word? Immigrant Parents' Perspectives on Children's School Readiness.”

Becky New served as program co-chair of this year's AERA program for the "Critical Perspectives on Early Childhood Education" Special Interest Group. She became chair of the SIG at the conclusion of the group’s business meeting on Friday.

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Education Minor Capstone Courses
3p.m. to 5p.m.
Peabody 206

Thursday, Apr. 30

GSA Ice Cream Social
Noon to 2p.m.
Outside of Beach Cafe (between Brinkhous-Bullitt and Bondurant)

Saturday, May 9

Dean E. Smith Center

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