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Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Ph.D. in Education graduates: Alejandra Albarran, Dan Flynn, Sonja Lind, Nayssan Safavian, Adam Sheppard, and Binbin Zheng.

Michael E. Martinez PrizeThe 2014 Michael E. Martinez Prize for Outstanding Research and Service has been awarded to fifth doctoral student Teya Rutherford. Fourth year doctoral student Cathery Yeh received Honorable Mention. The Prize, established to honor the scholarly and professional achievements of the late Michael E. Martinez, Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, is given to a doctoral student who demonstrates superior scholarship, intellectual curiosity, and high levels of professionalism and collaboration with fellow students and/or faculty. Pictured at left: Mrs. Stephanie Martinez, Teya Rutherford, Dean Deborah Lowe Vandell, Cathery Yeh. More


Kenneth LeePh.D. Student Kenneth Lee has received the 2014 Associate Doctoral Students in Education (ASDE) Outstanding Service Award. ASDE is an orgtanization of Ph.D. in Education students dedicated to fostering community and ensuring that student interests, concerns, comments, and questions are heard and addressed in a representative manner. Mr. Lee was recognized for his many contributions to the School, the doctoral program, and his fellow students, including coordinating professional development seminars for doctoral students, assisting with recruitment and admissions, and organizing social events. Pictured (l-r) ASDE President Chenoa Woods, Ken Lee, ASDE Vice-President Joyce Lin.


Jin Kyoung HwangPh.D. Student Jin Kyoung Hwang presented at the 21st Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR) Conference in Santa Fe July 16-19. Her paper presentation, in collaboration with Assistant Professor Joshua Lawrence, is titled “Reading Growth Trajectories of Adolescent Language Minority Students with Varying Levels of English Proficiency.” Her poster presentation, co-created with Dr. Lawrence and D. J. Francis, is titled "Effects of Word and Reader Characteristics on Difficulty of Vocabulary Test Items." Ms. Hwang is a fourth year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT). Her research interests include second language and literacy development, ELLs, reading difficulties, language assessment, and early intervention. She is advised by Dr. Lawrence.


Ksenia KorobkovaPh.D. student Ksenia Korobkova presented with Associate Professor Rebecca Black at the Games, Learning, and Society (GLS) Conference, held June 10 through 13 in Madison, Wisconsin. The title of their presentation was "Learning, Play, and Identity in Gendered Lego Franchises." GLS designs games for learning and studies game-centered learning systems. The society is interested in the ways in which videogames capture imagination, how this can be used to transform learning, and what such engagement means for society. Ms. Korobkova is a third  year doctoral student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT). Her research interests include anthropology of education, use of technology in the classroom, new media, and research methods and knowledge production in social science research. She is advised by Dr. Black.


Cathy Tran Katerina SchenkePh.D. students Cathy Tran and Katerina Schenke presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) in Boulder, Colorado, June 23-27. The title of their paper, co-authored with D. T. Hickey, is "Design Principles for Motivating Learning with Digital Badges: Consideration of Contextual Factors of Recognition and Assessment." Ms. Tran and Ms. Schenke are fourth year doctoral students specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD). Their research foci include technology, media, child development, cognition, informal learning, motivation, and learning in informal environments.


GLS_logoUndergraduates Martha Han, Christine Bediones, Chris Berizko, and Chantal Fry presented at the Games, Learning, and Society (GLS) Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, June 10-13. They are members of the Multidisciplinary Design Program Team mentored by faculty members AnneMarie Conley and Bill Tomlinson and doctoral students Cathy Tran, Neil Young, and Katerina Schenke . Han, Tran, and Schenke's poster presentation was titled "How Kids Informed the Development of a Science Game." "Down with Food: An iPad Game About Digestion," was a prototype demonstration showcased at the conference by Berizko, Fry, and James Gamboa.  


Case 2014 Certificate Recipients

42 CASE (Certification in Afterschool Education) Recipients Celebrate Achievement During Final Class of 2014
with Instructor Jenel Prenovost (first row right) and Dean Deborah Lowe Vandell (seated center)