DRP Lecture Series


All lectures are from 12:30-1:30 PM and are free and open to the public.
Locations and dates vary and are posted below.

October 10, 2013 - 12:30-1:30pm

Educational Sciences, Room 259
Linking Education and Neuroscience: The Foundations of a New Field
with Edward Hubbard, Department of Educational Psychology

Recently, educators, neuroscientists, policy makers, and even the general pubic have expressed a great deal of excitement about the possibility of using findings from neuroscience to improve educational outcomes. Fundamental research is examining questions like, "How do brain systems support learning?" and, "How are brains modified by educational experiences?" but it still remains unclear whether brain scans can impact lesson plans. In this talk, Dr. Hubbard will present the case for cautiously bringing these fields together to help create a new field, Educational Neuroscience. He will present some examples from his own work in understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of basic arithmetic, and suggest some avenues for future directions.

Dr. Edward Hubbard received his PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of California-San Diego in 2004. He joined the Department of Educational Psychology at UW-Madison as an Assistant Professor in 2012. He currently runs the Educational Neuroscience Lab at the Waisman Center, which investigates the neural underpinnings of cognitive processes relevant to educational settings. Dr. Hubbard's team focuses on the acquisition of mathematical knowledge, multi-sensory integration in learning, and the effects of synesthesia in education.

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October 31, 2013 - 12:30-1:30pm

Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

Environment and Sustainability Education Panel with Noah Feinstein (moderator), Cathy Middlecamp, and Mark Johnson

Education PanelToo Narrow a Vision? The Risks of Including Sustainability in Science Education

Noah Weeth Feinstein is an assistant professor in the departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Community & Environmental Sociology. His research focuses on science literacy and public engagement with science—or, more simply, how science matters in daily life. In the past, he has worked with parents of children recently diagnosed with autism, attempting to understand how science mattered to them as they learned about and advocated for their children. More recent projects have focused on education for sustainability, and the many ways in which science and sustainability intersect, both in school and beyond. Feinstein's research spans several different educational settings, including classrooms, school gardens, museums, and university-based outreach events. His sustainability-related work includes collaborations with scholars in Europe and Africa. He is broadly interested in: equity in science education, education for sustainability, science and technology studies, autism and developmental disorders, scientist-educator collaborations and informal science learning. He is an affiliate of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies.

The Secret Lives of Knives, Forks, and Spoons at Union South

Cathy Middlecamp is a professor in the Nelson Institute, and an environmental chemist by training. She's the editor-in-chief of Chemistry in Context, a national curriculum reform project of the American Chemical Society that aims to teach chemistry as if people and the planet mattered. Her talk connects to a new 4-credit course with lab that she has developed, ENV ST 126, with the working title of "Sustainability on Campus: Walking the Talk."

Global and Comparative Perspectives on the Sustainable University Movement

Mark S. Johnson
is currently assistant professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was previously associate professor of history and education at Colorado College. He has worked as a consultant and evaluator for U.S. public and private agencies including the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the National Bureau of Asian Research; and with private and nonprofit organizations including the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Eurasia Foundation, the Civilian Research and Development Foundation, the World Bank and Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

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November 21, 2013 - 12:30-1:30pm

Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
Readying Our Public Education for Politics and Privatization
with Julie Underwood, Ph.D, Dean of the School of Education

Dean Julie Underwood will explore the challenge of privatization of education in the United States and what it means for the future of public education. She will discuss topics as they relate to supporting public education as the cornerstone of democracy. Dr. Underwood, a nationally recognized authority on school law, became the eighth dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education in August 2005. During the spring 2009 semester, she served campus as the Interim Provost.

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December 5, 2013 - 12:30-2:30pm

2nd Floor, Educational Sciences
WCER Poster Fair

February 20, 2014 - 12:00-1:00pm

Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
Teaching and Learning Panel
Featuring Beth Martin, Gail Ibele, John Martin, Rex Beaber, and Erica Halverson (moderator)

Beth Martin, PhD, RPh is currently serving as a co-chair of the UW-Teaching Academy Executive Committee and is an Associate Professor (CHS) in the School of Pharmacy where she has been teaching since 1998.

Gail Ibele, PhD is a Faculty Associate in English as a Second Language at UW-Madison. She is the coordinator for the International T.A. Training Course.

John Martin, PhD is a Senior Teaching & Learning Consultant for the Department of Academic Technology, where he teaches and develops socioculturally-rich teaching and learning practices. He studies the motivational and sociocultural learning affordances of video games and learner-designed place-based mobile games.

Rex Beaber is a Graduate Student in Curriculum & Instruction, TA for C&I 277 Videogames and Learning, PA on the Playful Learning game- based learning movement, and PA on the CyberSTEM/CLC After-school Program partnership between the Games+Learning+Society research center and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Erica Rosenfeld Halverson is an Associate Professor of Digital Media and Literacy in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison. Her research focuses on identity development and literacy learning through art and storytelling.

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March 13, 2014 - 12:30-1:30pm

The DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
A Fireside Chat with Chancellor Blank

Join us for an exciting conversation on educational isues, policy and reform, and UW-Madison's role as a leader in innovation and research.

Hosted by Rich Halverson, Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Director of the UW Doctoral Research Program, which provides professional learning and leadership opportunities for graduate students across the School of Education.

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Past Lecture Series

School of Education DRP Lecture Series on Education

School of Education
1025 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706

For more information:
Richard Halverson
DRP Director

Al Barnicle abarnicle@wisc.edu