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OCT. 15, 2007 VOL. 3, ISSUE 2

You're reading coE-News, an electronic newsletter produced monthly during the
academic year by the College of Education News & Publications Office to keep faculty
and staff up-to-date on college news and activities.

GOTNEWS? We want to hear it. Submit individual or unit news and calendar events of
collegewide interest to news@coe.ufl.edu for publication consideration. All submissions
must be in writing or via e-mail and must include contact information for follow-up
questions.

IN THIS ISSUE


Dean's Message
Top Stories
News and Notices
Research
Faculty/Staff Honors/Appointments
Student Honors/Awards
Publications/Presentations
Dissertation Defenses
In the News
Calendar
Quick Links

DEAN'S MESSAGE

How to survive even thrive in an era of budget cuts
When Tallahassee catches a cold, Gainesville sneezes. But no matter what emerges from
the budget-cutting session in the state capital, Dean Catherine Emihovich writes, the can-
do spirit of the UF College of Education remains the same, and the college is bringing in
impressive amounts of grant funding from sources other than the state. (more)


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TOP STORIES

EAP launches new journal for school leaders, education policy scholars
Concerned about math and science A
education in America? Want to know
how the French school system is
reacting to riots in the Paris suburbs?
Need to know how to prepare East
Asian graduate students for study in
your college? These and other timely
topics are addressed in the first issue
of the Florida Journal of Education
Administration and Policy, the
University of Florida's new outlet
for scholarship on the issues
affecting school leaders from pre-
kindergarten to the university level.
(more)

UF alum chosen as Florida's Commissioner of Education
Eric Smith, a UF College of Education alumnus known for his reform efforts as a
superintendent in North Carolina, has been selected to fill the highest post in Florida's
school system. The Florida Board of Education voted on Oct. 5 to offer Smith the post of
Commissioner of Education, the top administrator for Florida schools. (more)

NEWS AND NOTICES

Adams pens new education column for local paper
Publish or perish, they say. With dozens of articles and
presentations to her credit, STL Associate Professor
Thomasenia Adams is in no danger of perishing, but now
she has added a new kind of writing to her list of
accomplishments. Last month, Adams began co-authoring a
monthly column on education for The Gainesville
Guardian. She and co-author Karen Cole-Smith, director of
outreach at Santa Fe Community College, addressed child-
rearing issues in the first installment of the column, but their
plan is to develop the column as a place to discuss African- G
American issues in higher education. The move is part of
The Guardian's plan to increase its circulation beyond East
Gainesville and into the UF campus, Adams says. The next
installment will hit the stands Thursday, Oct. 18. You can
read the current column here.










Workshops to focus on distance education
Want to know more about using technology to support teaching and learning? Curious
about what the college is doing to advance the cause of distance education? Throughout
the month of October, the college's Office of Distance Education is hosting events
designed to demonstrate new technologies and introduce new concepts in the field. For
more information, click here.

Explore a world of learning at international education event
Learning knows no boundaries so why not look beyond the U.S. for answers to your
classroom challenges? COE will honor International and Comparative Education Week
with a half-day event starting at noon Nov. 13 in the Norman Terrace Room. Events will
include a student panel on education in China and a speech by UF alumnus Suzann
Cornell, of Whispering Winds Charter School. More information is available here.

Help the homeless at CSJ brown bag lunch
First she was an attorney and professor at UF's law school. Then she became a writer and
an activist for Gainesville's homeless. Come hear Liz McCulloch talk about her days as
one of the first volunteers for Gainesville's HOME Van a local program that provides
services to the homeless population and about her work on other social justice issues in
a brown bag lunch, sponsored by Counselors for Social Justice, on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at
noon in the Norman Terrace Room. All students and faculty are invited, and all attendees
are asked to bring an item (canned food, socks, bug spray, etc.) for the HOME Van.

New Lastinger cohort to begin in January
One of UF's most powerful efforts to reach underprivileged kids is about to expand into
new territory. At the beginning of the spring semester, COE's Lastinger Center for
Learning will begin training a new cohort of teachers in Pinellas County. The center's
job-embedded graduate program is already helping 160 teachers all from low-income
urban schools study and earn graduate degrees through COE. Earlier this year, more
than 400 teachers from schools in the participating counties (Alachua, Duval, Miami-
Dade and Pinellas) participated in the center's Summer Institute, covering a variety of
topics from best practices for developmentally appropriate instruction to the
strengthening of school culture to support all learning.

College of Medicine seeks evaluation/accreditation expert for faculty position
UF's College of Medicine is seeking candidates for a full-time, non-tenure faculty
position in its Physician Assistant Program, a graduate-level, two-year program.
Applicants should have education or experience in the development an educational
evaluation system and be knowledgeable about the principles of a professional program's
national accreditation process. Applicants do not have to be physician's assistants, but
those who are must be eligible for licensure in Florida. For more information, e-mail
patricia.foutz@medicine.ufl .edu.


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RESEARCH

NSF-funded study looks at how African American girls are steered away from
science and math
Are you a "math person" or a "word person?" Ask almost anyone that question, and they
can give you an instant answer. But how did each of us decide we belong with the math
whizzes or the budding novelists? How much of this is our own decision, and how much
is forced on us by teachers and parents? And what roles do race and gender play in all of
this? These questions are the focus of a new study by three professors at the UF's College
of Education. Funded by a $439,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the
study will look into the ways African American girls are steered and learn to steer
themselves away from science, mathematics and other technical subjects. (more)

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Federal grant helps UF to prepare next generation of special education leaders
Who will lead special education services in America's public schools in the 21st Century?
With baby-boom-age administrators headed for retirement en masse, and schools already
scrambling to find qualified special education teachers, a serious shortage of qualified
special education administrators may be just a few years away. Equipped with an
$800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, two COE faculty members are
preparing the next generation of leaders to make sure special needs students get the
education they deserve. (more)

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FACULTY/STAFF APPOINTMENTS/HONORS

Adams honored by FATE
The Florida Association of Teacher Educators presented Professor and Associate Dean
Thomasenia Adams with its Mary L. Collins Award at its annual meeting in Orlando
Sept. 28-29. The award is presented each year to a Florida education professor who has
made an outstanding and substantial contribution to the profession.

COE staffer lends PR talents to NASA
When he isn't doing public relations for the College of Education,
News and Publications Director Larry Lansford is, well, doing public
relations. Lansford took a brief leave of absence over the summer to
Work as a volunteer for NASA, shepherding the press through the
much-anticipated launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. For a day-by-
day account of the experience, complete with dazzling launch
pictures, click here.


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PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

Professor speaks out on parents of successful African American schoolchildren
"Why don't we give parents the credit they are due?" wondered Professor Cirecie West-
Olatunji in a recent op-ed article for the Su,,dl Florida Sun-Sentinel. Earlier this year,
West-Olatunji completed a study of a group largely overlooked by the public: African
American students who thrive in the school system, and the parents who nurture them.
She shared some of what she learned about these parents, and their techniques, with the
Alachua County School Board. In her June 18 Sun-Sentinel article, West-Olatunji
celebrated these parents as "exemplifying the authoritative style of parenting: discipline
coupled with demonstrative caring" and urged the public to pay more attention to
educational successes in the African American community.

Conwill presents at UF/NEA symposium on Florida writer
Assistant Professor William Conwill (shown here with his wife, Professor Faye Harrison
of UF's Anthropology Department) presented
"The Portrayal of Domestic Violence in Zora
Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching
God' Sept. 29 at a discussion on the famed
Florida novelist. The event, sponsored by the
National Endowment for the Arts, UF's
Museum of Natural History, the UF African-
American Studies Program and the Alachua
County Library District, was the culminating
event of the local installment of "The Big
Read," an NEA initiative to restore reading to
the center of American culture.

COE professor addresses university/K-12 "rules of engagement"
Assistant Professor William Conwill presented "University-School Partnerships: the
Rules of Engagement" at a conference on university-school cooperation Sept. 25 at the
University of Tennessee's Howard Baker Center for Public Policy.

Jones receives grant for incorporating Africa into science curriculum
In September, Professor Linda Cronin Jones of the School of Teaching and Learning
received a grant from UF's Center for African Studies for the development of materials
to help K-12 teachers infuse African issues into the science curriculum. Earlier this
month, she traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to present those materials as an invited
speaker at the annual conference of the Association of American Schools in Central
America, Colombia, Caribbean, and Mexico.

Professor consults on juvenile justice issues in Indiana, D.C.
Professor Joseph Gagnon, of UF's Department of Special Education, recently filed
reports as an expert and monitor in two court cases involving education in the juvenile
justice system. Gagnon is an expert consultant on the education of incarcerated youth in









the case District of Columbia Public Schools and Department of Corrections
[defendants], and Court Monitorfor J.C. et al. v. Vance, et al. He is also monitoring
conditions of confinement and provision of educational services in the South Bend,
Indiana juvenile corrections system for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department
of Justice.

Publications

Garrett, M. T. (2007). Nuwati: Native American medicine, healing, and the sacred way
of being. A. Eisen, & G. Laderman (Eds.), Science, religion, and society: History,
culture, and controversy (pp. 654-664). Armonk, NY: Sharpe.

Cutting, C., & Gagnon, J. C. (2007). Teaching mathematics to secondary students with
emotional/behavioral disorders. In L. M. Bullock & R. A. Gable (Eds.), Seventh CCBD
mini-library series. Arlington, VA: Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.

Terzian, S.G. & Grunzke A.L. (2007) Scrambled eggheads: ambivalent representations
of scientists in six Hollywood film comedies from 1961 to 1965. Public Understanding of
Science, 16, 407.

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DISSERTATION DEFENSES

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the following dissertation defenses. Please
RSVP if you plan to attend:

Title
Doctoral candidate: Ronald C. Lester
11 a.m. Oct. 17, 290 Norman Hall
Title: "Student Success and Its Relationship to Occupational Status Score in the Los
Angeles Community College District"
RSVP to: Linda Hagedorn, Hagedom@coe.ufl.edu

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IN THE NEWS

A recent sampling of "media hits" from the College of Education, many of them resulting
from press releases or media requests coordinated by COE News & Publications:

Bradford County Telegraph (10/08/07) The college was mentioned in an article about
U.S. Department of Education grants to Bradford County Schools. COE faculty are
involved in two of the projects funded under the grants: the Let's Talk Science project (a
science initiative for K-5 students) and Exploring Science Content: Digital Strategies (an









initiative to develop and evaluate online science modules for use in the high school
classroom).

Yahoo! Finance Associate Professor Rick Ferdig, STL (10/05/07) Ferdig presented
preliminary findings of his AT&T-funded study of online learning techniques to AT&T
officials on Oct. 5. The press release about the event was reprinted on dozens of
telecommunications- and finance-related websites, including the "news ticker" features
for Yahoo! Finance, Reuters UK and the online edition of the German newspaper Die
Welt. You'll also find the news story on the COE home page, under Top Stories, at:
www.education.ufl.edu.

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CALENDAR

OCT. 16
CSJ Brown Bag w/Liz McCulloch, of Gainesville's HOME Van
Noon, Norman Terrace Room
Please bring canned food or other item to donate to the homeless.
Contact: kfallon@coe.ufl.edu

OCT. 16
Distance Education Conversation
Noon, 158 Norman
Contact: csessums@coe.ufl.edu

OCT. 25
Distance Education Showcase
3 p.m., G518 Norman
Contact: csessums@coe.ufl.edu

OCT. 30
Elluminate Demonstration
Noon, G518 Norman
Contact: csessum@ufl.edu

NOV. 2
Homecoming No Classes/Holiday for UF Staff

NOV. 2
Homecoming Alumni Gathering
(contact: jmount@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250)

NOV. 12
Veterans Day Observed

NOV. 13
International and Comparative Education Event









Noon-5 p.m., Norman Terrace Room


NOV. 16
Grand Guard UF alumni 50-year reunion
(contact: jmount@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250)

NOV. 22-23
Thanksgiving Holiday

DEC. 5
Last day of fall classes

DEC. 14
Fall Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony
3:30 p.m., Stephen C. O'Connell Center

DEC. 14
Distinguished Educators Dinner
7 p.m. Reitz Union
(contact: jmount@coe.ufl.edu or (352) 392-0728, ext: 250)

DEC. 15
Education Commencement
2 p.m., Stephen C. O'Connell Center

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QUICK LINKS

UF: www.ufl.edu
College of Education: education.ufl.edu
coE-News: education.ufl.edu/pubs
Education Times magazine: education.ufl.edu/pubs


coE-News is produced by:
College of Education, University of Florida
Dean's Office/ \'ei \ & Publications
Dean: Catherine Emihovich, (cemihovich(icoe. ufl.edu)
Director: Larry Lansford (llansford(icoe. ul. edu)
Editor: Tim Lockette (lockette(iAcoe.ufl.edu)

Correspondents:
Wendy Norman, Student Writer/Copy Editor
Marta Pollitt, P.K. Yonge (uiqulii i alkv 7l elu)




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