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The two finalists to become the next dean of UW-Madison’s School of Education delivered public presentations earlier this week, and videos of both talks now are available via the search website. The finalists are: Dorothy Farrar Edwards, professor and chair in the Department of Kinesiology at UW-Madison; and Diana Hess, senior vice president, Spencer Foundation, Chicago. Hess is also a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison.
UW-Madison’s School of Education recognized its Spring 2015 cohort of graduates by hosting a pair of celebratory events at the Gordon Dining and Events center on campus. On Friday, May 16, the School honored its Ph.D. and MFA graduates with a special Hooding Ceremony and Reception. And prior to UW-Madison’s Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, May 16, the School celebrated with its newest class of master’s and bachelor’s degree graduates by hosting its annual Commencement Breakfast Celebration.
Earning a master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy program has been a deeply personal journey for Ted Elias. He’s the primary caretaker for his daughter and his wife, Tabea, who suffered a traumatic brain injury nearly a decade ago. He plans to use his degree to help his wife and others struggling to overcome injuries. WISC/Ch. 3, Madison’s local CBS affiliate, is the latest media outlet to report on this remarkable story.
Both candidates will give public presentations in the Education Building's Wisconsin Idea Room. Farrar Edwards will present on Monday, May 18, and Hess on Wednesday, May 20. Both events are scheduled for 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Employees may attend the talks in pay status, with supervisor permission, if the presentations fall during normal work hours. During these presentations, the finalists have been invited to lay out their vision for the role.
The sterling national reputation of UW-Madison’s School of Education is due, in large part, to the talent and dedication its faculty, staff and students. Each year, the School recognizes some of its most outstanding contributors with School of Education Faculty & Staff Achievement Awards. And on Tuesday night, the most recent class of award winners was honored during a reception and ceremony in the Wisconsin Idea room of the Education Building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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