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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.

Badger Bridge fosters connections among alumni

Badger Bridge, a networking site for UW-Madison alumni, is now live. Use it to build connections with classmates and other Badgers.

Video of Hess’ AERA Ed-Talk, ‘Political Education in Polarized Times,’ now available

As part of the American Educational Research Association’s centennial year programming, AERA invited 31 people to deliver six-minute Ed-Talks that conveyed key research findings crisply, quickly and in ways that were meant to be compelling to policy leaders about the value and relevance of education research. UW-Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess was among those who presented earlier this year in Washington, D.C. Hess’ Ed-Talk, “Political Education in Polarized Times,” is now available for viewing on this YouTube page.

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.

School of Education welcoming eight new faculty members

With the start of the fall semester quickly approaching, UW-Madison’s School of Education is in the process of welcoming a talented cohort of new faculty members to campus for the upcoming academic year. In 2016-17, eight faculty members are set to join the highly ranked School of Education for the start of the fall semester. Faculty and staff from across the School are invited to meet the new faculty members — and catch up with old friends — during the annual Welcome Back Bash on Thursday, Sept. 1. The event, which is held in the Education Building’s North Plaza and includes UW’s own Babcock ice cream, runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

UW researchers: Persistence makes the difference in minority participation in science

Several researchers with ties to UW-Madison’s School of Education have co-authored a new report that takes a closer look at the problem of persistence -– and why programs that are designed to guide promising students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into science careers often miss the mark. The report is titled, “New Measures Assessing Predictors of Academic Persistence for Historically Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Undergraduates in Science,” and it appears in the journal CBE-Life Sciences Education.

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.