PAL Faculty News

Dr. Maria Bacigalupo's work titled,  "An Analysis of the Redesign of a Course on Metacognition," was accepted for presentation at The Teaching Professor Conference which will be held in Boston, May 31 and June 1, 2014. Maria's work is based on a  revision of  summer curriculum for the Program for Advancement of Learning.

A manuscript collaboratively written by Drs. Pat Mytkowicz, Diane Goss, and Bruce Steinberg (Psychology) was published in the spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.  The title is "Assessing Metacognition as a Learning Outcome in a Postsecondary Strategic Learning Course."
Dr. Patty Kean's proposal for a workshop titled, "Authentic Identity Asks: Am I my brain? A Workshop Curriculum about Metacognition, Self-Regulation, and Decision Making" has been accepted by the Association of Educational Therapists for their 36th Annual Conference, Bridging Social Neuroscience and Learning, to take place in fall 2014 in Anaheim, CA. 

The topic of "College Students with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Issues" was presented recently by Dr. Janis Peters at Mass General Hospital.  She was invited by The Diversity Program of Patient Care Services. The discussion was part of a forum on Mental Health Issues in spring 2013.

Dr. Diane Webber's presentation, "Voices from the College Classroom Walls: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Differences" took place in July 2013 at the University of the Aegean at the 20th International Conference on Learning.

Michelle Gabow, Associate Professor, is part of the 16th Annual Fall Writers' Conference in 2013 at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.  She will be giving two playwriting workshops.

Dr. Lynn Abrahams has been chosen to deliver the annual George Hein Lecture at Lesley University on May 13, 2014,  to discuss her experience as a doctoral student, her research journey, and how she is extending her research into her ongoing educational practice as a faculty member in the Program for the Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College.  For the last 10 years, the Ph.D. Program in Educational Studies at Lesley University has developed the tradition of having the "George Hein Lecture" in the spring. Dr. George Hein, a chemist, Dewey scholar, Museum scholar, and progressive educator, was the founder of the Ph.D. Program in Educational Studies, as well as the Program Research and Evaluation Group (PERG) at Lesley.

Book reviews by Dr. Laurie Fox appear in recent issues of The Educational Therapist.  A review of Neurodiversity by Thomas Armstrong appeared in spring 2013 (34)1.  Another, Monkey Mind:  A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith, appears in the fall 2013 issue (34)2.  Her research on Success Factors published in the LDA journal Learning Disabilities (19)1 is also noted in the newest "Summing Up Newsworthy Research" column.

Dr. Laurie Fox's longitudinal research has also been accepted for publication in Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, the journal of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.  Her article, entitled "Success Factors 40 Years Later:  The Pioneer Postsecondary Program for Students with LD/ADHD/EF," focuses on a mixed method (quantitative and qualitative) analysis of student response data collected over an 11-year period.  Dr. Fox's analysis makes a contribution to one of the seminal scholarly discussions occurring in the field of Specific Learning Disabilities: What works? 

Dr. Maria Bacigalupo, AAUP District X Representative and PAL professor, served as a respondent/panelist at the MA State AAUP Conference held at Merrimack College.  The panel discussed the plenary presentation entitled "A Better Path Forward: How Corporate Culture Threatens the Quality of Higher Education and What We Can Do to Resist its Encroachment on our Campuses" given by Rudy Fichtenbaum, National AAUP President.  Dr. Bacigalupo is the first Curry College faculty member elected to National office.

Dr. Janis Peters presented at the 25th International Conference on the First Year Experience in Vancouver.  The title of her presentation was "Transition Skills of First Year College Students with Learning Disabilities."  Dr. Peters is the Student and Parent Concerns Coordinator for the Program for Advancement of Learning.

PAL Professor Lori Lubeski and former PAL Professor Jeannette Landrie have announced a recent publication featuring the former's poetry and the latter's photography in Spot Lit (2014). Over half of the Spot Lit Vol. 7 2014 Issue is devoted to Lubeski's and Landrie's book length poetry-photography collaboration. In addtion, Lori Lubeski presented "1861: A Cloud of Dust," at the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference in Chicago, IL.

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