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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.
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.
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.
PAL Professors Paula Cocce and Nancy Winbury will present a workshop entitled The Road to College Success: Essential Readiness & Transition Factors for Students with LD, ADHD, &/or Executive Function Disorder at the November 2014 conference sponsored by the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in Orlando. Dr. Winbury will participate in a panel presentation showcasing several colleges with programs for students with learning differences, and both professors will join Curry admission representatives who will host a reception for consultants at the conference.