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Jeff Greene wins Richard E. Snow Award

Jeff Greene, associate professor of learning science and psychological studies, has won the Richard E. Snow Award for Early Contributions from the American Psychological Association. The award is given annually to an individual who has made what the committee judges consider to be a significant career contribution and completed his/her doctoral dissertation within the previous 10 years. Greene will receive the award at the annual meeting of the APA in Denver in August. Winners of the Richard E. Snow Award also present an invited address at an upcoming meeting of the APA.

Team including Harriet Able wins $1.2 million grant

A team of researchers including Harriet Able, associate professor of early childhood intervention and family support, has won a $1.2 million leadership grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant – entitled “Bridging the Research to Practice Gap” – is focused on preparing interdisciplinary doctoral students in Applied Developmental Sciences and Special Education and Allied Health in translational research and implementation science related to children and youth with disabilities and their families. The investigators are Elizabeth Crais, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences; Able; Grace Baranek, Department of Occupational Sciences; and Linda Watson, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Doctoral student Summer Pennell wins award

Summer Pennell, a doctoral student in the Culture, Curriculum and Change program, has been named as a National Center for Institutional Diversity Emerging Diversity Scholar. The honor is given to individuals who are considered to have outstanding potential to contribute to diversity-related research, practice, and/or teaching. Those considered for the award usually are nearing the completion of their doctorates, or are in the earlier stages of engaging in diversity issues. Pennell will be listed on the NCID’s website as a member of its Diversity Scholar Network.

Event on Thursday explores strategies for employing people with autism

An event co-sponsored by the School of Education on Thursday will examine issues around employing people with autism. A panel of representatives from the local business community, including Extraordinary Ventures, Persever8 and Shoeboxed Inc., will share successful strategies, and the benefits and challenges of employing individuals with autism. The panel will include employers, job coaches and employees who have autism. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, 9201 Seawell School Road. For more information, call the TEACCH Training Office at 919-966-8191 or email

‘Change Project’ reception on April 26 to recognize ECIFS graduates

A reception will be held April 26 to celebrate 2016 graduates of the Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support program and to recognize their “Change Project” efforts. The students completed a range of projects from creating mobile pre-K classrooms for homeless families in Raleigh to setting up parent coaching and support programs for rural families in Head Start programs. The event is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence. Students will have poster presentations about their projects, with light refreshments.

Publications, presentations, etc.

Fen English presented a paper entitled "Educational Leaders as Connoisseurs of Social Justice" with Australian colleague Lisa Catherine Ehrich of the Queensland University of Technology at the Second Asian Conference on Education and International Development in Kobe, Japan, April 3-6.

Michelle D. Repice, R. Keith Sawyer, Mark C. Hogrebe, Patrick L. Brown, Sarah B. Luesse, Daniel J. Gealy and Regina F. Frey. “Talking through the problems: A study of discourse in peer-led small groups,” published in the journal Chemistry Education Research and Practice. February 2016.

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Thursday, Apr. 21

Exploring Successful Opportunities and Strategies for Employing Individuals with Autism
4 p.m. to 5:30p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 26

ECIF "Change Project" reception
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.