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News from August 2016

MCPER secures $20 million grant to support postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals
August 31, 2016

MCPER and a team of national partners have secured a $20 million, 5-year federal award to establish a national center focused on postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals.

The new center, which will be part of MCPER's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute, will launch on January 1, 2017. Institute Director Stephanie Cawthon and Co-Investigator Carrie Lou Garberoglio will lead the initiative.

The overall goals of the center are to increase the numbers of deaf individuals who, without requiring remedial coursework, are admitted to, persist in, and complete postsecondary education or training; improve collaborations between community organizations, institutions, and state-level agencies; increase institutional capacity to implement evidence-based practices and strategies; increase knowledge on how to use technology to promote access and provide accommodations; and disseminate lessons learned.

"Ultimately, we seek to change the culture surrounding postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals and create conditions for success in a way that recognizes and honors their experiences, perspectives, and abilities," Garberoglio said.

Services the center will provide include professional development opportunities, intensive training, live chat support, dissemination of promising models, community engagement activities, mobilization of local resources, national task forces, state collaboratives, national data reports, and research-to-practice activities.

The grant is through the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education.

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News from May 2016

UT teaching awards recognize MCPER Directors Beretvas, Cawthon
May 25, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin has awarded MCPER Directors Tasha Beretvas and Stephanie Cawthon with prestigious teaching honors.

Beretvas, a member of the MCPER Board of Directors, received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Cawthon, the director of the MCPER Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute, is a new member of the Provost's Teaching Fellows program.  

For more information, see the UT College of Education news story.

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News from April 2016

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute adds two new fellows
April 25, 2016

Tom Humphries and Poorna Kushalnagar have joined MCPER's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute as its newest institute fellows.

Humphries is associate professor and associate director of the Teacher Education Program as well as associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. One strand of his current work focuses on how "talking culture" among Deaf people in recent history informs our understanding of cultural processes and how meaning circulates. In addition, he has developed a teacher training curriculum that uses a new construct: the application of indigenous bilingual teaching practices to classrooms of deaf children. He has published two widely used American Sign Language textbooks, Learning American Sign Language (Allyn & Bacon, 2004) and A Basic Course in American Sign Language (TJ Publishers, 1980). He is co-author (with Carol Padden) of Deaf in America: Voices From a Culture (1988) and the newly released Inside Deaf Culture, both from Harvard University Press. He received his Ph.D. in cross cultural communication and language learning from Union Graduate School. 

Kushalnagar is a research associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) pediatric research loan repayment award and research supplement to promote diversity in health-related research for her postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. She served as a research fellow for an NIH Institutional National Research Service Award in community-based participatory research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She also participated in a 2011 NIH and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Summer Institute on Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development. Kushalnagar is the principal investigator of two active NIH grant awards (R01 and R15). She has extensive experience in conducting and supervising educational and neuropsychological assessments with deaf and hard of hearing students. Kushalnagar received her B.A. in psychology from Gallaudet University and her M.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Houston. She will deliver a MCPER-sponsored talk titled "Promoting and Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Deaf Youth and Adults" from noon to 2 p.m. on May 4 in Room 310 of UT Austin's Sanchez Building

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New fellow Poorna Kushalnagar to present on patient-reported outcomes in deaf youth and adults
April 25, 2016

Poorna Kushalnagar, one of two new Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute fellows, will present "Promoting and Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Deaf Youth and Adults" from noon to 2 p.m. on May 4 in Room 310 of the Sanchez Building.

Kushalnagar is a research associate professor in the Chester F. Carlson ​Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The following is from the event description: "Incorporating patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in research with patients who are deaf and use American Sign Language is essential for early symptom detection and prevention. This talk provides insight on the importance of using well-developed and validated PROs to assess the deaf patient's experience that are seldom captured during clinician-based evaluations, summarizes the methodological steps to develop generic and deaf-specific PRO measures, and discusses challenges related to integrating PROs into research and clinical practice with deaf youth and adults."

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News from September 2015

Visiting scholar to explore ‘Myths and Misunderstandings in Deaf Education’
September 2, 2015

Marc Marschark, director of the Center for Education Research Partnerships in New York, will present "Myths and Misunderstandings in Deaf Education (and Why You Should Care)" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on September 23 in the Dean's Conference Room (Room 238) of the Sanchez Building at UT Austin. No RSVP is needed to attend.

"Recent research indicating that deaf children learn differently [from] their hearing peers in several domains and are more diverse in their knowledge and learning strategies should allow us to build on their strengths and accommodate their needs (if anyone were willing to accept the evidence)," Marschark writes, noting the performance gap between deaf learners and their hearing peers that persists despite progress in deaf education.

The Center for Education Research Partnerships is within the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. For more information on the presenter, visit Marschark's profile page.

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News from April 2015

Article by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute staff among publisher’s five most-accessed for week
April 29, 2015

A recently published article by members of MCPER's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute was among the five most-accessed articles for the week on Taylor and Francis Online, which includes a portfolio of more than 1,600 journals. 

"Effect of Parent Involvement and Parent Expectations on Postsecondary Outcomes for Individuals Who Are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing" by Institute Director Stephanie Cawthon, and researchers Carrie Lou Garberoglio, Jacqueline M. Caemmerer, Mark Bond, and Erica Wendel appears in Volume 23, Issue 2, of Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal. For the week, the article had 119 abstract views and 105 full-text downloads. Taylor and Francis is offering the article for free for a 30-day period.

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News from October 2013

Marcia Barnes, Stephanie Cawthon join MCPER Board of Directors
October 15, 2013

MCPER is pleased to announce that Marcia Barnes and Stephanie Cawthon are the newest members of the MCPER Board of Directors.

Barnes is the Manuel J. Justiz Endowed Chair in Math, Science, and Technology in Teacher Education and a professor in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities and Diversity program in the UT Austin Department of Special Education. Her research interests include typical and atypical development of reading comprehension and mathematics.

Cawthon is the director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute at MCPER. She is an associate professor in the UT Austin Department of Educational Psychology. Her research interests include education for individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, assessment, accommodations, modifications, policy, access, research design, constructivist learning, drama-based instruction, mediators of student achievement, best practices in professional development, underserved populations, action research, multilevel modeling as a way to measure test equity, cross-disciplinary partnerships, and graduate student research and development.

Tags: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute