Tuesday News Ticker Archive

5/21/19
Douglas Hoston, a PhD student from the Department of Learning and Instruction (LAI), received a scholarship award from his international fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, for his research evaluating how stress affects underrepresented students. Hoston is collaborating with Richard Lamb, associate professor from LAI, regarding the impact of John Henryism, a belief that low socioeconomic groups may not have the resources to successively cope with psychological stressors.
5/14/19
MaryEllen Elia, New York State Commissioner of Education and alumna from the Department of Learning and Instruction, was invited to UB by GSE to discuss future plans for the State Education Department. Elia was given an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary service, outstanding leadership and exemplary contributions to the education profession. The award was presented by the GSE Alumni Association.
4/30/19
Students in the Graduate School of Education held their annual research symposium to address research and practice that is contributing to the field of multiculturalism. This event is completely organized by students from the departments of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology (CSEP); Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP); Information Science; and Learning and Instruction (LAI). The title of this year’s symposium was “United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Centering Diversity and Social Justice in our Research Field and Practice.”  
4/23/19
Myles Faith, professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, was the lead author of a research study that examined the link between the temperament of babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes and childhood obesity. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes found in women during pregnancy.
4/16/19
Twenty-seven students from Enterprise Charter’s Junior Frontiers of the Mohawk Valley program visited the UB North Campus to learn about diversity, intercultural experiences and the importance of going to college. Part of the tour was organized and sponsored by multiple faculty in the Graduate School of Education.
4/9/19
Chris Banas, a GSE alumnus (EdM ’12, Spanish Education), brought 27 Amherst High School students on a mission trip to Costa Rica to engage his students interculturally, as well as improve their Spanish proficiency. Banas has been a Spanish teacher in Amherst High School since 2016. Previously, he worked at Health Sciences Charter School for four years where he did two service learning trips to Puerto Rico.  
4/2/19
Randy Yerrick, professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, and Andrew Olewnik, an adjunct assistant professor from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, have received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help engineering students become better problem solvers. The grant also helps students connect their coursework and their professional preparation, and GSE will measure whether the project has lasting effects.
3/26/19
Science Exploration Day welcomed hundreds of Western New York’s most promising STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school students to UB on March 20, 2019.  Rodney Doran, professor emeritus from the Department of Learning and Instruction, has served on the event’s planning committee for 33 years.
3/19/19
Denise Grandits, a current doctoral student from the Department of Learning and Instruction, has earned national recognition for her work implementing new media and literacies into her seventh- and eighth-grade literature class at St. Amelia School in Buffalo. Grandits was aware that students were using social media to read and write, so she applied social media platforms in her classroom and worked with one platform each week, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.  
3/12/19
Amherst Central High School and GSE teamed up for what may be the first-ever celebration in a Western New York school of International Women’s Day on March 9, 2019, featuring school-wide events and “learn-in/tech-in” sessions to raise awareness of women’s issues among students.
3/5/19
Sarah A. Robert, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is examining how addressing the double burden of malnutrition is impacting the workload of teachers in Dominican Republic classrooms. “Feeding students at school may address the double burden of malnutrition and, more often than not, create a double burden of teaching work,” said Robert.
2/26/19
After 27 years of experience as a substance abuse counselor, certified rehabilitation counselor and national credentialed counselor, Davina Moss-King (PhD ’05, Counselor Education) became the founder and president of Positive Direction and Associates in 2014. Moss-Kings’ company focuses on enhancing the quality of life for women and infants that are exposed to opioids and other substances to ensure a successful pregnancy, as well as delivery. She notes that each woman’s quality of life is improved by education, which increases self-efficacy for parenting and recovery.
2/19/19
A $3.3 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences was awarded to Gregory Fabiano, professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology to connect the educational goals of ADHD children’s special education programs with their daily work supervised by their classroom teachers. Fabiano will work with Jihnhee Yu, associate director of the UB Population Health Observatory, and William E. Pelham Jr. and Nicole Schatz of Florida International University.
2/12/19
Bridget Hier, assistant professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, is partnering with elementary schools in two Western New York districts to develop effective writing instruction and intervention practices for elementary-aged students. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
2/5/19
Richard Lamb, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, wants to measure the potential causal relationships between violent/aggressive behavior and video game play because these relationships are still under debate and not clearly understood. Lamb and his research team in the UB Neurocognition Science Laboratory are developing computational models to identify the underlying social health factors related to playing video games.
1/29/19
Kathleen Conroy, clinical assistant professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, along with others from five professional organizations, have created a training program on the latest gambling addiction research and resources. For nearly 20 years, Conroy has been working in the gambling recovery field and educating others on gambling.
1/22/19
Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah, clinical assistant professor in the UB School of Management, formed a partnership with the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to allow students to study abroad in Ghana. The partnership focuses on three themes related to social innovation and entrepreneurial leadership: economic development, education and healthcare. Siaw-Asamoah brought aboard Stephen Jacobson, UB Distinguished Professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP), to teach classes in Ghana and bring GSE students with him overseas.
1/15/19
In our society, indigenous groups such as Native Americans often struggle with the decision of how to address environmental issues in their everyday lives. Historically, indigenous groups have drawn upon traditional knowledge to address environmental concerns but modern society also offers scientific knowledge as a resource in this decision making process.
1/8/19
The 21st century workplace is driven by data, creating a need for employees who can manage this influx of information. “The need to train data science librarians stems from the ever-increasing amounts of patient data being generated by electronic health records, as well by as the internet and social media,” said Diane G. Schwartz, research associate professor from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
12/18/18
The Graduate School of Education offers a dynamic learning environment for students interested in discovering some of the most pressing issues facing education today. Stephen Jacobson, UB Distinguished Professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is teaching an ELP 592 (American Education in Global Context) course that helps national and international students develop a better understanding of America’s education system through readings, group discussions, projects and school visits. Jacobson captures the attention of his students by bringing them to area schools, providing a real-life perspective.                                     
12/11/18
East High School (EHS) in Rochester, NY was facing possible closure due to a long history of failure to meet New York State Education Department (NYSED) benchmarks in 2014, but Stephen Uebbing (EdD ’87, Educational Administration) and the University of Rochester (UR) were approached by the Rochester City School District and asked to oversee EHS. Uebbing and UR agreed to collaborate and took an aggressive approach to support the EHS students.           
12/4/18
Buffalo, NY is well-known for their chicken wings and the geological wonder of Niagara Falls, but what else is there to learn about in the community? To answer this question, Noemi Waight and Sarah Robert, associate professors from the Department of Learning and Instruction are collaborating on a project, “Preservice Teachers Biking to 'uncover' Science and Social Studies in their Buffalo Communities.”
11/20/18
Megan Holland, research assistant professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is partnering with a nonprofit that provides a college preparatory pipeline program for traditionally underrepresented students to analyze alumni data to better understand the experiences of their alumni, including the impact of the supports they receive in college. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
11/13/18
How can caterpillars help preschoolers develop coding skills and computational thinking? Fisher-Price and the Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center (ECRC) in the Graduate School of Education are working together to answer this question in preschool classrooms and children’s homes.
11/6/18
Sam Abramovich, assistant professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction and the Department of Library and Information Studies, in collaboration with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop reliable and valid ways to measure the learning and associated benefits of Makerspaces in libraries.
10/30/18
Amanda Nickerson, director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, and professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, and Dan Albertson, associate professor from the Department of Library and Information Studies, have been awarded $175,000 from the New York State (NYS) Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) for their collaborative research project, “Multimedia and Peer-to-Peer Prevention Support.”
10/23/18
On October 12, the UB Alumni Association recognized 12 outstanding alumni and friends for their achievements and for bringing distinction to the University at Buffalo. These alumni accomplishments significantly benefit both society and the university community, advancing the common good and inspiring others with passion and creativity.
10/16/18
The Graduate School of Education, in collaboration with Buffalo Public Schools, will launch the UB Teacher Residency Program in summer 2019. The program has three goals for the initial urban teaching cohort: (1) increase the number of learner-ready teachers in the city of Buffalo; (2) diversify the pool of teachers in the city of Buffalo; and (3) increase the number of teachers who stay in the teaching profession in Western New York urban schools. The UB Teacher Residency Program was launched with the support of a Cullen Foundation grant and has since been awarded additional funding through a federal Teacher Quality Partnership grant.
10/9/18
According to a nationwide 2017 Gallup poll, investments in security measures by schools and school districts increase sharply every time a major violent event occurs. “Despite these high costs, research on the contribution of security practices to school and student safety, misbehavior, discipline and academic performance is sorely lacking, and sometimes even paints a negative picture,” said Jeremy Finn,  SUNY Distinguished Professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology.
10/2/18
The Gifted Math Program has been serving Western New York for 39 years. The program provides a curriculum to exceptional mathematics students in grades 7 to 12 that is challenging beyond the standard school curricula. There is an emphasis on providing skills for students who pursue careers in university math, sciences or the humanities.
9/25/18
Claire Cameron, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is partnering with the Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) to determine the existing school readiness assessment practices and supports across 32 CAO Head Start programs, which serve over 2,700 children in Erie and Niagara counties. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
9/18/18
Michael Venturiello (EdM ’16, Higher Education) is currently making a positive impact in his own community as the founder of Christopher Street Tours, a company that provides free walking tours of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) history around New York City. The company also offers LGBTQ Bar Tours and LGBTQ workshops on advocacy and social justice.
9/11/18
In 2012, Nathan Daun-Barnett, associate professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, partnered with Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood to create a College Success Center at Bennett High School, which is one of the district’s persistently low achieving schools.
9/4/18
Ji-Won Son, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is partnering with the Christian Central Academy in Williamsville to develop and implement a history-infused mathematics curriculum in K–12 classrooms and analyze the effects of the curriculum. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program, and is funded by a National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 7–12 Classroom Research Grant.
8/28/18
Worldwide, 30 million people practice yoga and half of them say they started yoga because of recommendations from a physician or therapist. Practicing yoga can lead to an improved quality of life, including a lower heart rate, relief from anxiety, stress, depression and insomnia, and overall physical health, strength and flexibility.
8/21/18
The UB Teach program, beginning fall 2018, is a collaboration between the Graduate School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who graduate from this program will spend one less year securing their master’s degree, at the same time allowing them to take advantage of UB’s outstanding academic content areas and historically successful track record in teacher preparation.
8/14/18
Musical sounds surround a child, even before the moment of birth. Whether a child is listening to music, singing a song or moving creatively to the sounds around them, music is a vital part of a child's life. “Young children often create music as a part of their play experiences, thus sustaining imagination and creativity,” said Maria Runfola, professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction and the director of the GSE MusicPlay project.
8/7/18
Sam Abramovich, assistant professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction and the Department of Library and Information Studies, is the director of the Graduate School of Education’s Open Education Research Lab. The core mission of the lab is to actively engage and support the study of the State University of New York open education efforts.
7/24/18
Before Richard Lamb was a teacher, he was a soldier. In addition to spending eight months in Bosnia, Lamb served in Afghanistan for over a year, beginning September 22, 2001.
7/17/18
The belief that parents can shape positive behavior and experiences in their children, including those with behavioral challenges such as ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), is well known. Traditional positive parenting programs have typically been used for mothers, creating a need for a program that would lend itself more to fathers.
7/10/18
The college application process is complicated, including how high school students obtain and use information to narrow down their college choices. This selection process can be especially challenging for students at racially and socioeconomically diverse high schools, who may be influenced by the marketing techniques of less and noncompetitive schools that at times come with high price tags.
7/3/18
The Graduate School of Education is participating in a program called TeachLivE that uses a simulated teaching environment to assist in the preparation of student teachers. The simulated environment is one tool that allows student teachers the opportunity to learn teaching skills and craft their practice without placing “real” students at risk during the learning process.
6/26/18
Enhancing language support and reducing impediments caused by language are among priorities at UB to promote international student inclusion and engagement, and enable students to achieve their educational and social goals.
6/19/18
The concept of “undermatching” refers to high-performing students, often from economically-disadvantaged households, who attend less competitive colleges that do not match the students’ high qualifications. A current research study now suggests that undermatching correlates with delayed graduation.
6/12/18
To bridge the communities of early childhood researchers, pre-service teachers and toy industry experts, X. Christine Wang and Corinne Eggleston, director and associate director of ECRC have been working in close collaboration with colleagues at the Fisher-Price Play Lab to design Project Play.
6/5/18
The Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction (CLaRI) at UB is a reading center that has provided reading services in Western New York since 1963. The center is a community resource for the assessment of children’s literacy development and individualized reading instruction, as well as a site for conducting literacy research.
5/29/18
Lynn Shanahan, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction is partnering with Enterprise Charter School and the Amherst Central School District Middle School to assist in the development of a middle school response to intervention system for literacy learning. This collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
5/22/18
Ryan Rish, assistant professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is partnering with the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy in Buffalo to help integrate technology into the curriculum and provide instructional support for 7th and 8th grade English teachers. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
5/15/18
Sarah A. Robert, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is partnering with Buffalo School Gardens and Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo to increase involvement in school gardens of students, teachers, parents and community members associated with Buffalo Public Schools. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
5/8/18
David Bruce, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is continuing to partner with Cattaraugus–Allegany (CA) BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) and Houghton College to provide technology training and curricular integration with teachers in the 22 CA BOCES school districts, a partnership that began in 2015. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
5/1/18
Gregory Fabiano, professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, has been working in collaboration with colleagues at Florida International University to study the best sequence of interventions for children with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) in schools. A recent study illustrated that positive behavioral supports used by parents and teachers first was superior to using medication first.
4/24/18
A collaboration between the Buffalo Public Schools and the Graduate School of Education has led to a solution that hopes to address critical issues of both educational institutions. The issue facing BPS is the need to address early literacy and the concern for GSE is to identify undergraduates interested in becoming teachers in order to develop a pipeline for future teachers.
4/17/18
Corey Bower, assistant professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is partnering with the Buffalo Public Schools to analyze and disseminate the results of the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and redesign the survey for its use in the district in 2019. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
4/10/18
Jose Rivera (EdD ’13, Educational Administration) organized this year’s LEAD Summit IX at UB on March 29. The annual summit is an international event focusing on the educational outcomes of Latino students. The event was held in a town hall format, bringing together UB undergraduates and students from local high schools to engage in active dialogue on issues facing Latino students.
4/3/18
What do Trayvon Martin, O.J. Simpson and Lizzie Borden have in common? The courtroom cases centered around these three individuals were used in a ninth-grade classroom to provide a real-life lesson on the workings of our justice system. GSE student teachers are encouraged to use creative teaching methods in their classrooms.
3/27/18
The Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention was a co-sponsor of UB’s 15th annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar held March 20 on the North Campus. The center is directed by Amanda Nickerson, professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology and has become a valuable resource in local and national discussions on bullying, school violence and safety issues for children. One of the goals of the seminar, “Collaborating to Address Safety and Mental Health Issues, and to Recover from Crisis,” was to help participants who experience school-based tragedies.
3/20/18
Dan Albertson, associate professor from the Department of Library and Information Studies, along with a colleague from the University of West Georgia, have a received a $386,569 federal grant to strengthen STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning in rural school libraries.
3/13/18
Myles Faith, professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology is partnering with Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo to address weight bullying issues among adolescents and develop resources to provide prevention and/or coping strategies. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
3/6/18
Noemi Waight, associate professor from the Department of Learning and Instruction, is partnering with the Buffalo Public Schools to conduct research at their Research Laboratory Program for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. Waight is examining the role of school leadership and its impact on technology-supported, inquiry-based approaches in science education classrooms. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
2/27/18
Clinical Assistant Professor Elisabeth Etopio, along with department colleague Richard Lamb, associate professor, and LAI doctoral student Mandy Seccia are exploring infants' ability to recognize and prefer certain types of music to further understand the relationship between musical exposure and cognitive processes.
2/20/18
Corrie Stone-Johnson, associate professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is partnering with the Buffalo Public Schools to address the development of a principal pipeline, which will guarantee that more individuals from minority backgrounds are recruited into leadership programs and supported throughout their development. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program.
2/13/18
Nathan Daun-Barnett, associate professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, has been awarded a three-year grant from the private firm vibeffect. The goal of the grant is to evaluate the effectiveness of an electronic guidance strategy designed by vibeffect to help students make more informed decisions in the college-choice and enrollment process, as well as its implications for higher education institutions.
2/6/18
Melinda Lemke, assistant professor from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, is the primary investigator on a study that will examine how school staff leverage policy and/or programing supports to address the social and emotional well-being of displaced students in Western New York schools.  Amanda Nickerson, professor from the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, is the study co-investigator. The collaboration is part of the UB Graduate School of Education Faculty in Residence Program and is supported through the Community for Global Health Equity.
1/30/18
Anna Liuzzo (PhD ’11, Science Education), has started “Roots of the Future,” a local Montessori school in Clarence, NY. She teaches children between the ages of 2½ to 6. She left her job at Lewiston-Porter Middle School where she taught sixth-grade for 12 years because of a core educational belief: All children learn differently and shouldn’t be held to the same standard.

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