Benjamin Bulletin - Winter 2015

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Transforming Cole Field House

Cole Field House, the home of Maryland basketball for 47 years, is about to begin a process of renovation and conversion that will make it an athletics training facility unmatched in Division I sports. The New Cole Field House will accommodate a state-of-the-art research facility to advance the discovery of innovative diagnostics and treatments in human motion, as well as to further research on concussions and traumatic brain injuries, muscle-brain physiology and biochemistry, human physiology and performance, exoskeleton-robotic treatments, and medical biomechanics.Link Arrow

How Much Do I Make? Confessions of a Proud Teacher Educator
Dr. Taharee Jackson, newly arrived Assistant Professor of Minority and Urban Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, reflects on her multiracial family background, which sparked her passion for social justice and led her to prize a meaningful professional life over financial security.

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MLDS Center Investigates the Creation of Synthetic Data
The Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center has embarked on a four-year project to develop viable synthetic data sets, which will help education researchers and policymakers answer crucial questions about Maryland’s schools and students. The project is designed to protect the confidentiality of Maryland students, a key aspect of the MLDS link arrow

MEP Examines Declining College Enrollment
Between 2009 and 2014, the number of full-time freshmen at Maryland’s colleges and universities decreased by nearly 14%. Maryland Equity Project fellow Joseph Popovich looks at the causes. Other recent MEP policy briefs address classroom technology and out-of-school suspensionLink Arrow

In a letter to the editors of Education Week written with Learning and Education Academic Research Network (LEARN) co-chairs, Dean Donna Wiseman urges Congress to reject a major cut to education research proposed by members of the House Appropriations Committee. “While the proposed cuts would have a devastating impact on the education research community – decreasing research funding to levels not seen in 20 years – the biggest losers would be students, especially those who already face barriers to academic achievement,” Dean Wiseman and her co-authors write.

In November, Dr. Sharon Fries-Britt, professor of higher education in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education, contributed to an NBC News story on the resurgence of student activism on college campuses. “Students are establishing a higher level of scrutiny as they evaluate the actions and commitments of institutional leaders to address racism and hostile campus climates,” Dr. Fries-Britt said.

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Alberto Cabrera Honored as ASHE Mentor of the YearLink Arrow

Jade Wexler Receives OSEP Grant for PACT+ Reading Intervention ProjectLink Arrow

MARC Hosts October Research Conference on Fairness in AssessmentsLink Arrow

Cixin Wang is Lead Author on Two Bullying Prevention StudiesLink Arrow

KerryAnn O’Meara Launches ADVANCE Study on Faculty InequitiessLink Arrow

Diane Ketelhut’s Application-Based Game Wins at International ConferenceLink Arrow


Teena Ruark Gorrow (Ed.D. ’96) Publishes Stunning Photo Book Studying Bald Eagle’s NestsLink Arrow

Renique Kersh (M.Ed. ’01) Appointed Associate Vice Provost for Engaged Learning at Northern Illinois UniversityLink Arrow

Joan Lombardi (Ph.D. ’82) Joins Center for American Progress as Senior FellowLink Arrow

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