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Dec. 11, 2013—AWARDS & HONORS Sun-Joo Cho, assistant professor of psychology and human development, was named a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The $55,000 award will allow her to pursue research through summer 2015. Bob Crowson, professor of leadership, policy and organizations, has been selected for the Roald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University...

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Special Education new faculty named

Dec. 11, 2013—The Department of Special Education announced the appointment of six new faculty members. They are (front row, left) Blair Lloyd and Victoria Knight, (back row, left): Chris Lemons, Joe Lambert and Erin Barton. Not pictured is Jennifer Ledford. (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt)

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Staff member earns Commodore Award

Dec. 11, 2013—The Commodore Award, Vanderbilt’s highest staff honor, was presented during the Service Awards Celebration Sept. 10 in Langford Auditorium to Rosemary Moody, an educational coordinator in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations. The annual award recognizes and rewards significant achievement in Vanderbilt’s pursuit of excellence in education, health care, research and community service. She...

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Former University of Minnesota president receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dec. 11, 2013—Peabody College bestowed its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award on educational psychologist Robert H. Bruininks during Commencement on May 10. Bruininks earned his master’s degree in 1965 and a doctorate in 1968 in educational psychology from the George Peabody College for Teachers. He had previously graduated with honors from Western Michigan University. After completing his doctorate,...

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Exodus of physicians to America causing ‘brain drain’ in Africa

Dec. 11, 2013—The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in the number of physicians trained in sub-Saharan Africa emigrating to the United States—40 percent overall when compared to the last decade—resulting in a “brain drain” on nations in the greatest need for affordable and accessible health care. This conclusion was put forth by Akhenaten Tankwanchi, Phd’12,...

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Group prenatal care leads to improved birth outcomes

Dec. 11, 2013—Women with access to group prenatal care had improved birth outcomes, including longer gestational periods and higher birth weight, in a study conducted by researchers at the Peabody Research Institute. The most striking finding was that group prenatal care had “statistically and clinically significant beneficial effects on very low birth weight and fetal demise relative...

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Positive interactions vital to pre-K classrooms

Dec. 11, 2013—Positive interactions in a pre-kindergarten classroom may be equally or more important to the future academic development of 4-year-olds than learning letters and numbers, according to Dale Farran, senior associate director of the Peabody Research Institute and co-author of a new study. It shows that young children improve self-regulation skills in classrooms where teachers exhibit...

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Early spatial reasoning predicts later creativity and innovation

Dec. 11, 2013—Exceptional spatial ability at age 13 predicts creative and scholarly achievements more than 30 years later, according to results from a longitudinal study led by David Lubinski, professor of psychology. The study provides evidence that early spatial ability—the skill required to mentally manipulate 2D and 3D objects—predicts the development of new knowledge, and especially innovation...

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New evaluation process offers better outcomes for juvenile offenders

Dec. 11, 2013—Peabody researchers are partnering with juvenile justice systems around the country to evaluate the potential of delinquency intervention programs to reduce recidivism in hopes of improving outcomes for young offenders. Mark Lipsey, research professor in human and organizational development and director of the Peabody Research Institute, is the lead researcher on the Juvenile Justice Reform...

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NSF grant yields insights on math teaching

Dec. 11, 2013—A grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation will enable Peabody researchers Thomas Smith and Paul Cobb to collaborate with Chinese researchers to identify instructional supports that lead to higher levels of mathematics achievement. Smith, associate professor of public policy education and director of graduate studies in leadership, policy and organizations, and Cobb, professor...

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