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2018: 01-03 news

Students encouraged to apply for scholarships
The College of Education’s scholarship committee is accepting scholarship applications for College-specific scholarships available for the 2018-19 academic year.
Lee named department head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
David Lee has been named head of the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education (EPCSE) in the College of Education.
Humphrey Fellow to speak at local AAUW luncheon
Hoda El Mahdy, a 2017-18 Humphrey Fellow in Penn State's College of Education, will serve as the keynote speaker at the local American Association of University Women's (AAUW) annual luncheon on Monday, Jan. 22, where she will detail the experiences of women living in Egypt.
College seeks nominations for Alumni Society Awards
The College of Education's Alumni Society Board is seeking nominations for its annual awards. The awards recognize graduates and friends of the college who have distinguished themselves in their profession and have continued to support the college and University. The deadline for nominations in Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Diversity in Education conference scheduled for Feb. 10
The College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, in partnership with the Penn State Student Council for Exceptional Children, will hold its annual Diversity in Education conference on Feb. 10.
College of Education to host bias-based bullying workshop
The College of Education's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee will host a justice education workshop on Jan. 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn. "Bullying Among Diverse Populations" will discuss the prevalence and impact that bias-based bullying has on society and how individuals can begin to identify these acts.
Doctoral student earning joint degree looking forward to choosing from multiple career opportunities
Vanessa Miller's drive toward a joint doctoral degree from the College of Education and a juris doctorate from Penn State Law was the beginning of the final phase of an academic journey to find out who she was.
Kelly, Murphy named distinguished professors
Gregory J. Kelly and P. Karen Murphy have been awarded the title of distinguished professor in the College of Education.
Graduate student's goal of having benches installed at shuttle stops close to reality
Though her own health is less than satisfactory, Maria Aguilar Walls maintains a passion to improve the lives of many other Penn State students with disabilities.
German educator to deliver Waterbury Lecture
Andres Acher, an associate professor at the Institut für Schulpädagogik und Grundschuldidaktik, University of Halle, Germany, will deliver the annual Waterbury Lecture and panel discussion in the College of Education from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Krause Learning Space on the second floor of Chambers Building.
Kathy Hill new director of Center for Science and the Schools
CSATS serves to facilitate mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between K-12 schools and Penn State's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) researchers.
PDS alumni group seeks new members
The College of Education Professional Development School (PDS) is in the process of reinvigorating its Affiliate Program Group (APG) and is looking for new members.
Author tells parents, educators to speak openly with children about skin color
An author/activist implored parents to speak to their children about racism because silence about skin color, she said, implies that it must not be OK that people have different colors of skin.
College of Education's Professional Development School earns national award
Penn State and the State College Area School District have earned the Exemplary PDS Achievement award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools and will be honored March 17 at the NAPDS conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
New partnerships take Quality Talk to classrooms in Taiwan, South Africa
After seeing success in K-12 classrooms in the United States, Quality Talk, an empirically supported instructional approach, now will help students in international classrooms achieve academic success.
New scientific model to aid young students in understanding biology
Researcher presents "Transformation Boxes (TBs): A system-based guidance to support elementary student teachers to teach and learn scientific modeling" at Waterbury Lecture.
Faculty member appointed to State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation
Liza Conyers, associate professor of education (rehabilitation and human services), is one of four new members appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation.
C.A.R.E. Fair offers job opportunities that make a difference
Penn State students have the opportunity to find a career path that makes a difference at the Penn State C.A.R.E. Fair, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Alumni Hall at the HUB–Robeson Center.
CSATS liaison named a STEM ambassador
Amanda J. Smith, STEM outreach and engagement liaison of the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) in the Penn State College of Education, has been accepted as one of 36 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors Program.
Faculty, graduate students to present at CIES conference
More than three dozen faculty members and graduate students in the Penn State College of Education are presenting at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference, scheduled for March 25-29 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Individual education programs not being used as intended in special education
Laura Bray, assistant professor of education (special education) is examining the role of individualized education programs for students with specific learning disabilities in general education settings.
ADRI to showcase 'StoryWalks' research through dialogue and workshop
Kimberly Powell, associate professor of education (language, culture and society), art education, and Asian studies, and an affiliate faculty member with the Arts and Design Research Incubator, will discuss and demonstrate her research project, "StoryWalks," March 27 and 29.
Discussion considers score of video games, gaming cultural spaces for society
Gabriela Richard, assistant professor of education (earning, design and technology) will be leading a public discussion on the positive learning benefits, as well as the adverse effects of video games and gaming cultural spaces, at 7 p.m. on March 20 at the Liberty Craft House in downtown State College as part of the ongoing Science on Tap series. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.