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A new report co-authored by Elisabeth Barnett, a senior research associate at TC’s Community College Research Center, and commissioned by the Blackboard Institute, finds that dual enrollment—the practice of enabling high school students to take college-level courses—can be effective for all students, not just high achievers.

In a paper in American Psychologist, Peter Coleman, Professor of Psychology and Education, and colleagues argue for a paradigm shift in addressing intractable conflicts. Their paper outlines a dynamical systems approach that considers three strategies for changing systems of thoughts, beliefs and memories in enduring conflicts.

Charles Kinzer, Professor of Communication and Education, and colleagues receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop “LIT: A Game Intervention for Nicotine Smokers,” an innovative smart phone app that produces the same physiological responses smokers get from smoking.

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation, a book by Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education, provides a first-ever taxonomy of unintended slights towards people of color; women; gay, lesbian and transgendered; and other populations. Microaggressions is the result of five years of research in TC’s “Microaggressions Laboratory.”

George Bonanno, Professor of Psychology and Education, publishes The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss. Culled from hundreds of interviews with people who have lost loved ones, the book argues both that there is no “right way” to grieve, and that most people have an innate resilience that allows them to mourn and move on.

A study co-authored by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Virginia & Leonard Marx Professor of Child and Parent Development Education, finds virtually no ill effects of maternal employment during a child’s first year of life.

Isobel Contento, Mary Swartz Rose Professor in Nutrition and Education, and Pamela Koch, Executive Director of TC’s Center for Food & Environment, receive a three-year $1.497 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a science education and nutrition curriculum and evaluate its effectiveness in preventing obesity in some 2,000 low-income, predominantly minority fifth graders at 20 New York City public school.

Nearly 175 TC faculty and students present research or speak at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), themed “Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World.” Jeffrey Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education, receives AERA’s Outstanding Book Award for Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates: The Case of Charter Schools. Anna Neumann, Professor of Higher Education, receives AERA’s Exemplary Research Award in Higher and Postsecondary Education for her career-long research accomplishments. Edmund W. Gordon, Jr., TC’s Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, is honored for a distinguished career spanning seven decades. Faculty members Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Celia Genishi, Herbert Ginsburg, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Janet Miller, Gary Natriello and Stephen Silverman are named AERA Fellows.

Published Wednesday, May. 11, 2011


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