U.Va.'s Education Research Lecture Series Kicks Off Jan. 30

January 26, 2009 — The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will bring seven researchers to Grounds this spring to lecture on topics ranging from international assessment of math and science to whether moving to better neighborhoods leads to better schooling opportunities.

All talks in this series will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in Ruffner Hall room 241. They are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street.

The Curry Education Research Lectureship Series kicks off Jan. 30 with Patricia Prelock, professor and chairwoman of communication sciences at the University of Vermont. She will speak on "Understanding Social Cognition in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessing Theory of Mind and Perspective Taking."

The next lecture in the series on Feb. 6 will examine, "Does Moving to Better Neighborhoods Lead to Better Schooling Opportunities? Parental School Choice in an Experimental Housing Voucher Program." Stephanie DeLuca, an assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, will share her research findings.

On Feb. 13, Lawrence Aber, professor of applied psychology and public policy at New York University, will address "Promoting the Social-Emotional and Literacy Development of Low-Income Children: Results from a School Randomized Trial." His research studies the influence of poverty and violence at the family and community levels, on the social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive and academic development of children and youth.

On March 13, David DuBouis, professor of community health sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health, will discuss his research interests. They include etiology and prevention of child and adolescent mental health problems, positive youth development, community-based interventions to promote self-esteem and monitoring of at-risk youth.

On March 20, Tom Loveless, senior fellow for governance studies and The Herman and George R. Brown Chair at the Brookings Institution, will speak on international assessment, particularly in math and science. A former sixth-grade teacher and Harvard public policy professor, Loveless also is a member of the National Math Advisory Panel.

Robert Jagers, an associate professor in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan, will give a talk on March 27 on "Impact of Interactions Among Culture, Race and Class on the Social-Emotional Development of Urban Youth."

James Sallis, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will deliver a joint Curry Research presentation and Slaughter Lecture on April 21. Sallis, who was named an "obesity warrior" by Time Magazine in 2004, will discuss his research on promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity and nutrition.

For more on the series' speakers and talks, visit its Web site.