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Nov
24
Brittany Travers, a faculty member with the School of Education and Department of Kinesiology's Occupational Therapy program, is the lead author on a new study showing how playing a video game can help some children and youth with autism spectrum disorder improve their balance. In this pilot study — the largest ever to look at the effects of balance training on individuals with ASD — 29 participants between the ages of 7 and 17 with ASD completed a six-week training program playing a video game developed by the researchers.
Fri
Nov
24
UW-Madison alumna Eva Nimmer is playing the role of Percy Talbott in the upcoming Four Seasons Theatre production of “The Spitfire Grill.” Percy is a feisty parolee who follows her dreams to a small town in rural Wisconsin, where she finds work at the Spitfire Grill and carves out a place in the struggling community. Nimmer received her BA in 2013 from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed in the School of Education. “The Spitfire Grill” is coming to the Overture Center’s Playhouse Dec. 1-10.
Wed
Nov
22
A community drawing jam with Lynda Barry and her Drawbridge students will be held Nov. 30 at the Eagle Heights Community Center gym. Drawbridge is an experimental, arts-based research methods course that facilitates multi-generational research teams in examining questions and problem solving through spontaneous drawing, collage and writing. Barry is an award-winning author and cartoonist with the School of Education's Art Department. The associate professor of interdisciplinary creativity holds the Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art.
Tue
Nov
21
Jacqueline A. DeWalt, a long-time community and education advocate and former director of the UW-Madison Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), passed away on Monday, Nov. 20. In 2015, DeWalt was promoted to a new and expanded role as Director of External Relations, Partnerships and Development for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. DeWalt joined the School of Education’s Board of Visitors in 2016 and she retired with emeritus status in 2017.
Tue
Nov
21
UW-Madison alumnus Simon Goldberg recently co-authored an article published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review about mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders. Says Goldberg, who received his Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Counseling Psychology: "Rather than viewing mindfulness as an 'alternative' therapy, our study suggests mindfulness on average shows similar effects to other frontline treatments, things like cognitive-behavior therapy and antidepressant medications."
Mon
Nov
20
The UW-Madison Dance Department presents its annual Kloepper Concert, a studio performance of new student work, Dec. 2-3. The concert takes place in the historic Louise Kloepper Studio, room 549 of Lathrop Hall. Ten student choreographers -- Nolan Elsbecker, Amanda Graziano, Julianna Hom, Kimi McKissic, Jessica Robling, Megan Schimke, Bailey Seymour, Jenny Smith, Alice Svetic and Kaitlin Verchimak -- will present a mix of solo and ensemble works Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., followed by a matinee performance on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 pm.
Mon
Nov
20
UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple delivered the keynote address at the Re-Imagining Education for Democracy Summit in Queensland, Australia, on Nov. 13. Apple’s address was titled, “Can Education Change Society?” Apple writes that while it is important to offer analyses and critiques of the way the terrain of educational reform has been dominated by neoliberal and neoconservative policies, it is equally important to build critically democratic alternatives.
Fri
Nov
17
UW-Madison’s Carolyn Kelley and Alexandra Pavlakis of Southern Methodist University co-authored a paper that received the 2017 Journal of Research on Leadership Education’s Best Article Award. The award-wining research article is titled, “Accreditation in the Professions Implications for Educational Leadership Preparation Programs.” Kelley is the School of Education’s senior associate dean for academic programs and is a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Pavlakis is an alumna of UW-Madison and an assistant professor at SMU.
Fri
Nov
17
The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) selected UW-Madison’s Laura Chávez-Moreno as an AAHHE Ford Foundation Graduate Student Fellow for 2018. Chávez-Moreno is a Ph.D. candidate with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. As part of this prestigious honor, Chávez-Moreno will attend the annual AAHHE Conference March 8-10 in Irvine, Calif., where she will be presenting her dissertation research.
Fri
Nov
17
UW-Madison’s Jill Barnes and members of her lab led a workshop on exercise and brain health at the Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) east location on Nov. 9. The event was part of MSCR’s "Brain Health Workshops," for people age 50-and-over. These free events are presented by MSCR, in cooperation with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County, and the Alzheimer's Association. Barnes is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and heads the Barnes Lab within the Bruno Balke Biodynamics Laboratory, where she investigates potential risk factors for both cardiovascular disease and dementia.
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