Nancy Weiss has been designated a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. See HONORS

For the Record, Feb. 19, 2016

University community reports recent honors, presentations, publications


9:23 a.m., Feb. 19, 2016--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent honors, presentations, publications and service include the following:

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Nancy Weiss, director of UD’s National Leadership Consortium for Developmental Disabilities, has been designated a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This honor is bestowed on individuals who have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability. The ceremony of preferment to fellow will be held at the AAIDD’s 140th annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.


Roberta Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in Human Services, Education and Public Policy and professor of learning sciences, gave three presentations, one a panel discussion hosted by Connecticut State Rep. Gail Lavielle and the Connecticut Commission on Children, titled “Technology in the Classroom: How Does it Compute?” in Hartford, Connecticut. Golinkoff’s paper was titled “Playing for Learning in a Digital World.” She also made presentations with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek on “Unlocking the Potential of Translational Science and Effective Dissemination Strategies” at the 2015 Principal Investigators Meeting, Institute of Education Sciences, Washington, D.C., and with Hirsh-Pasek, D. Levine, A. Pace, T. Goksun, N. George and H. Konishi on “Carving Events for Language: The Role of Language” at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) Workshop on Space and Language, University of California, San Diego.

Amanda Jansen, associate professor of mathematics education, and Charles Hohensee, assistant professor of mathematics education, presented a poster at the 20th annual meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) on Jan. 28 in Irvine, California. The poster was titled, “Why Teach Mathematics? Prospective Teachers’ Reflections on Representations of Mathematics Teaching in Feature Films.”

Nancy Jordan, professor of learning sciences, presented her fractions research at an invited symposium at the Institute of Education Sciences Principal Investigators meeting on Dec. 11, 2015.

Joe Henderson, researcher in the School of Education, chaired a session on the “nature of science,” co-presented “Motivated Reasons: Scientific (Il)Literacy, NOS, and the Challenge of Cultural Cognition,” and presented an invited session on communicating research to broad audiences at the American Anthropology Association annual meeting in Denver.


Troy Mix, policy scientist in the Institute for Public Administration, published the article “Advancing Comparative Research on the Extent and Impacts of Intermunicipal Cooperation,” with co-authors Eduard Bakos and Filip Hruza of Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. The article was published in the Proceedings of the 20th International Conference Current Trends in Public Sector Research 2016.

Joan Buttram, assistant professor of education, and Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, associate director of the School of Education, published “The Role of Principals in Professional Learning Communities” in Leadership and Policy in Schools.

James Hiebert, Robert J. Barkley Professor of Educational Development, is co-author of the article “Beyond Growth Mindset: Creating Classroom Opportunities for Meaningful Struggle” in Education Week Teacher.

Charles Hohensee, assistant professor of mathematics education, published “Teachers’ Awareness of the Relationship Between Prior Knowledge and New Learning” in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 47(1), 16-26.

Nancy Jordan, professor of learning sciences, is co-author of a book chapter on “Early Interventions and Mathematical Cognition” in the Oxford Handbook of Numerical Cognition (pp.1079-97).

Assistant professor of education Erica Litke’s article, “Middle School Math Acceleration and Equitable Access to Eighth-Grade Algebra: Evidence From the Wake County Public School System” was named one of the top 10 most read articles in AERA’s Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. For more information, see AERA’s Most Read Education Research Articles of 2015.

Joshua Wilson, assistant professor of education, was co-author of articles on “Comparing the Accuracy of Different Scoring Methods for Identifying Sixth Graders at Risk of Failing a State Writing Assessment,” Assessing Writing, 27, 11-23, and “Using Automated Feedback to Improve Writing Quality: Opportunities and Challenges” in the Handbook of Research on Technology Tools for Real-World Skill Development.


Tobin Driscoll, professor of mathematical sciences, was elected in December to a three-year position on the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Council. SIAM is an international society made up of leading mathematicians, scientists and engineers whose goal is to connect mathematics to science, technology and society. The council advises SIAM’s president — currently L. Pamela Cook, Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences and associate dean of engineering at UD — on the scientific policy of the organization. Driscoll’s vision for the future of SIAM includes a focus on rising scholars in mathematics as well as on the recent budget cuts that the National Science Foundation has experienced.

Elizabeth Farley Ripple, associate director of the School of Education, has been working with the Delaware Department of Education to facilitate discussions of a stakeholder committee created by Senate Joint Resolution 2. This committee is analyzing an in-depth inventory of state and district assessments. More about this work and Farley-Ripple’s participation in a roundtable discussion with Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King, Gov. Jack Markell and other educational leaders is available on the School of Education website

Laura Glass, interim director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education and assistant professor in the School of Education, was selected to be on the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Government Relations and Advocacy Committee.

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