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UW-Madison’s Shaffer to give ISTeC Distinguished Lectures at Colorado State

UW-Madison’s David Williamson Shaffer will give ISTeC Distinguished Lectures at Colorado State University on Dec. 5 and 6. Shaffer is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Science with the No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. He is also the director of the Epistemic Games Group within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the author of “How Computer Games Help Children Learn.” Shaffer’s research focuses on how new technologies change the way people think and learn.

Hubbard, Matthews receive NIH award to examine fractions learning processes

UW-Madison’s Edward Hubbard and Percival Matthews were recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant worth nearly $1.9 million that will allow the faculty members with the School of Education to examine mathematical learning processes. The project is called, “Perceptual and Cognitive Mechanisms of Developing Fractions Knowledge: A Cross-Sequential Approach.” The grant will allow the researchers leading this multifaceted project to collect brain imaging, behavioral and educational data in schoolchildren.

Rau awarded NSF grants to help STEM students learn with visual representations

UW-Madison’s Martina Rau is the principal investigator on two grants awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) this past summer, with funding for the projects topping $1.1 million. Each of these projects will focus on how to help students learn with visual representations. Learning in the sciences often relies on visual features that depict information. Visual representations, for example, could include a pie chart depicting a fraction or a ball-and-stick model portraying chemical molecules. Rau is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.

Inside UW-Madison puts spotlight on Garbacz in new faculty focus Q&A feature

On Tuesday, Inside UW-Madison launched a Q&A feature that will be highlighting the newest faculty members on campus. And first up is Andy Garbacz, an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.

UW-Madison’s Wollack speaks with Reuters about SAT security breach

Reuters recently published a series of special reports examining security concerns related to the SAT college entrance exam. And among the experts the news agency turned to in an effort to put this topic in perspective is UW-Madison’s James Wollack, a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. Wollack also is the director of UW-Madison’s Testing and Evaluation Services, and the UW System’s Center for Placement Testing.

Quintana speaks with Journal Sentinel about UW’s new ‘Our Wisconsin’ program

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a report examining a new UW-Madison cultural competency training program that’s going to be rolled out during the fall semester and delivered to up to 1,000 freshmen. Among the experts across campus who helped craft the new program, the Journal Sentinel notes in its in-depth report, is the School of Education’s Steve Quintana, a professor with the Department of Counseling Psychology, and an affiliate with the School’s Department of Educational Psychology.