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Reception for Barbara Wasik today

A reception for retiring Barbara Wasik will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Dean’s suite. Wasik, the School’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, joined the School in 1969. She is serving as acting director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute while director Samuel Odom is away on research leave.

Paul Cuadros to give Commencement address on Saturday

Paul Cuadros, a member of the faculty at Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will give the Commencement address at the School of Education’s graduation exercises on Saturday. Commencement will begin at 1 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center. Cuadros is an award-winning investigative journalist who wrote a book about his experience creating a soccer program at a Chatham County high school, and coaching the boys team to a state championship. Cuadros’s book – “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Soccer Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America” – was made into a Hulu and NuvoTV documentary series – “Los Jets” – that aired in 2014. It was also the summer reading selection for Carolina first-year students in 2009. At Carolina, Cuadros serves as the chair and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative. He is also the co-founder of the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative and is co-founder of the Latina/o Caucus, a university coalition of faculty and staff on campus that advocates for Latino interests at the university. More about Cuadros is here.

George Noblit featured in ‘Three Questions’ profile

George Noblit, the Joseph R. Neikirk Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education, has a new book out: “School Desegregation: Oral Histories toward Understanding the Effects of White Domination.” In a new installment of the “Three Questions” series, Noblit talks about the oral histories in the book, which describe the white resistance to desegregation and how that resistance continues to influence educational policies today. Read the feature here.

Juan Carrillo featured in USA Today

Juan Carrillo, a faculty member at the School of Education, is one of two professors at the center of a USA Today story about how well Latino/a professors feel they are accepted at U.S. universities. The story points out that nine of the top 10 states with the fastest growing Latino/a populations from 2000-2011 were in the South. North Carolina saw growth of 120 percent. At the same time, Latino/a faculty representation at Duke and Carolina remain under the 4 percent national average, the paper said. Carrillo told the paper that his experience at Carolina has been generally positive, noting his bonds with students.Read the USA Today story here.

Brooke Midkiff, Eric Houck paper at center of EdWeek story

When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana sales in 2012, advocates predicted $40 million in new revenue for schools each year. Has that worked out? No, say School of Education doctoral student Brooke Midkiff and associate professor Eric Houck. Midkiff and Houck presented their analysis in a presentation at the American Educational Research Association conference on Monday. Their research was picked up by EdWeek. Midkiff and Houck say that high taxes on recreational pot sales have blunted tax revenues. A year after the legalization of marijuana sales, voters passed a proposition to dramatically increase taxes on the sales. That move, and the fact that municipalities may add their own taxes on pot sales, pushed many buyers into the medical marijuana or black markets, Midkiff and Houck said. As a result, in 2014 sales of recreational marijuana generated just $13.3 million for school construction. The EdWeek article is available here.

Doctoral student Domonique Bulls selected for summer research institute

Doctoral student Domonique Bulls has been selected to participate in the 2015 Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students. The institute, held in Boulder, Colorado, in July will bring together science education researchers and 24 selected doctoral students from 18 universities. They’ll participate in a four-day residential experience on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder. The institute will focus on research-practice partnerships and give doctoral students the opportunity to build a community of science education scholars and to present research ideas, receive feedback on dissertation proposals, and dissertation projects.

Recent publications, presentations

Claudia Cervantes-Soon and Juan Carrillo (2015). Scholarship of Mind and Soul. In Hernandez, E. Murakami and G. Rodriguez (eds.), Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Claudia Cervantes-Soon has been awarded an American Association of University Women American Publication Grant.

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Barbara Wasik reception
3:30 p.m.
Dean's Suite

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