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Tue
Apr
14
Two School of Education staff will be taking part in UW-Madison's Showcase event on Tuesday, April 14, at Union South to present on some exciting initiatives. Catherine Stephens, MERIT’s senior education technology consultant, will be sharing a poster describing this year’s special grant project focused on Replicable Instructional Technology Infusion. In addition, Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. candidate Lindsay Stoetzel will be sharing a poster describing Teach-ology, a student led initiative based at MERIT library.
Wed
Apr
08
UW-Madison’s Occupational Therapy Program is helping host another Community Inclusion Dining Event at a local Culver’s restaurant, this time on Monday, April 13. The goal is to not only have an environment in which families with children with special needs can eat and enjoy themselves, but also a place where the community can gather for dinner together and learn to appreciate each individual’s unique needs and experiences. The April 13 Community Inclusion Dining Event will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Culver’s located at 2102 W. Beltline Hwy.
Fri
Apr
03
UW-Madison’s Brittany Travers is the lead author of a new publication that examines how the corpus callosum develops in autism from childhood into adulthood. Titled, “Atypical development of white matter microstructure of the corpus callosum in males with autism: a longitudinal investigation,” the paper appears in the journal, Molecular Autism.
Tue
Mar
17
University Communications posted a wonderful video that highlights the inspiring journey of UW-Madison graduate student Ted Elias and his family. Ten years ago, the life of the Elias family was tragically altered when Ted’s wife, Tabea, was struck by a car while holding her infant daughter. Although the baby was not seriously injured, Tabea suffered a traumatic brain injury and was left in a coma. But they've come farther than anyone could have expected, and today Ted is pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy.
Mon
Jan
12
UW-Madison’s Kristen Pickett is looking for about a dozen individuals who have Parkinson’s disease to take part in a free program that will examine the benefits of Tango dancing. Pickett explains that exercise has been shown to benefit individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Specifically, gait (walking), disease severity and quality of life have all shown improvement following controlled exercise studies.
Tue
Jan
06
The work of UW-Madison’s Kristen Pickett is highlighted in the latest newsletter put out by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The article is headlined, “The Parkinson’s Brain on Exercise,” and notes how it’s already known from many studies that physical exercise can help people who live with Parkinson’s disease (PD). “But we really don’t know what exercise is doing to the brain,” Pickett says in the report. And if we can find ways to understand this better, she says, it may be possible to design and prescribe specific exercise regimens for people with PD.
Wed
Dec
17
In an effort to help faculty and students implement innovative projects designed to bolster teaching and learning, UW-Madison’s School of Education recently awarded a dozen Replicable Instructional Technology Infusion (RITI) grants. “The ways in which people thought about infusing technology were really interesting, often innovative and sometimes crossed departmental boundaries,” says Dan Jacobsohn, the chief information officer for the School of Education and the person who launched the RITI grant program this fall.
Wed
Dec
03
UW-Madison’s Brittany Travers is a co-author of a recent paper examining why individuals with autism spectrum disorder struggle with decision making. The report, which appears in the journal Autism Research, notes that “decision making plays a key role in daily function, but little is known regarding how individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) make decisions.”
Thu
Nov
20
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has received a landmark gift of $100 million from John and Tashia Morgridge, representing the largest single contribution from individual donors in the history of the institution. A 1955 graduate of the School of Education, Tashia Frankfurth Morgridge has maintained close ties with the school, serving on its board of visitors and, with her husband, sponsoring scholarships to support students preparing to become teachers. A retired special education teacher, she has been a volunteer teacher for students with learning disabilities.
Fri
Nov
14
After nearly a decade leading UW-Madison’s School of Education, Dean Julie Underwood announced today that she is stepping aside from her post in August 2015 to return to the faculty. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as dean of the School of Education for 10 years,” says Underwood. “I intend to remain active in UW life and continue working as a member of the faculty.” She has been dean since August 2005, with a short break in those duties from January to July 2009, when she served as UW-Madison’s interim provost.
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