Danielle SoRelle of the MCPER Reading Institute has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation as part of the Ph.D. program in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. SoRelle defended her dissertation, “Reading Eating Disorder Life Stories Through Body Narrative Analysis,” on March 23.
Sharon Vaughn wins award for special education research
March 29, 2012
Sharon Vaughn, MCPER executive director and professor in the Department of Special Education within the UT Austin College of Education, has been honored by the Council for Exceptional Children with a 2012 Professional Award. The award recognizes Vaughn’s significant contribution to the education of exceptional children.
A paper by MCPER’s Myriam Lopez has been selected as one of the top three submissions for the Division of Measurement and Research Methodology In-Progress Research Gala, to be held during the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association from April 13 to 18 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Lopez, a researcher in the Translational Research Institute, will find out during the conference whether her paper, “The Estimation of Latent Variable Interactions: A Comparison of the Unconstrained and the Latent Moderated Structural Equations Approach for Parceled and Individual Items,” is the overall winner. She also will be honored at a business luncheon.
U.S. News and World Report has ranked the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin as first in the nation among public university graduate education programs for the second year in a row. The college was ranked third in the nation overall. For the fifth year in a row, the college was ranked first in research funding: Development and expenditures totaled nearly $64 million in 2011. In addition, the National Research Council and the National Academy of Kinesiology ranked the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education among the top five programs in the country, making all five academic departments in the College of Education nationally ranked in the top 10 for public university graduate programs. Four MCPER board members are faculty members in the Department of Special Education—Sharon Vaughn, Diane Bryant, Mark O’Reilly, and Herbert Rieth—and three MCPER board members are faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology—S. Natasha Beretvas, Dan Robinson, and Kevin Stark. For more details on these rankings, see the College of Education announcement.