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Congratulations Faculty (compiled May 2011)

An acknowledgment of College of Education faculty for their accomplishments

baker_sml.jpgA poster co-authored by Juan Leon Jara Almonte, Daniel Salinas, Adrienne Henck (graduate students), and David P. Baker (professor of educational theory & policy and sociology) won first prize for research at the Population Association of America annual meeting, held in March in Washington, D.C. The poster, titled “Is Education a Social Vaccine against HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa? The Effect of Schooling across Age Cohorts,” represents research from a project on understanding the ways education influences positive health outcomes in developing nations. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation. The poster can be viewed online.

Oseguera_sml_cpLeticia Oseguera, assistant professor of higher education and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, has been named recipient of a 2011 Postdoctoral Ford Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship is administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


rankin.jpgSue Rankin, associate professor of college student affairs and senior research associate, was invited to present at the U.S. Department of Education LGBT Youth Summit, held June 6-7 in Washington, D.C. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius were expected to be in attendance.




vanMeter_sml.jpgIn the March 2011 issue of Connections, we reported that a paper co-authored by Peggy N. Van Meter, associate professor of educational psychology, and her Penn State colleague, Stephen R. Turns, professor of mechanical engineering, won the Best Paper Award of the Mechanical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). That paper now has won at the next higher level: It has been named the Best Paper of all 12 divisions of the ASEE’s Professional Interest Council I (PIC I). The paper is titled “Applying Knowledge from Educational Psychology and Cognitive Science to a First Course in Thermodynamics.” ASEE's 2011 Conference will be held in June in Vancouver, Canada.


James T. Herbert, professor of counselor education and rehabilitation & human services, has received the President's Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. The award recognizes Herbert for his exemplary service as editor of Rehabilitation Education.