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Professor Robert J. Starratt delivered a keynote presentation at the 15th Annual International UCEA Conference on Values and Leadership in Umea, Sweden, in September. Also in September, Starratt was named the Routledge Education Author of the Month.

Associate Professor Laura O’Dwyer’s Evolution Readiness Project is featured on the National Science Foundation's website. The project introduces concepts of evolution and descent to fourth and fifth graders through the use of computer-based and offline activities. Boston College and Concord Consortium collaborated on the project.

Professor M. Brinton Lykes, chair of the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, is co–primary investigator with Boston College’s Post-Deportation Human Rights Project (PDHRP). As part of the PDHRP’s participatory action research project, she and her colleagues coordinated in-depth interviews with mixed-status immigrant families living in New England. They conducted a survey of more than 130 Latino parents in an effort to examine the effect of parents’ legal status on their lives and on their children. The project has been expanded to Zacualpa, Guatemala, where local activists and human rights advocates recently launched the Human Rights and Immigration Project to support families seeking information about distant relatives. The project will also develop local community and transnational networks.

Professor David Blustein of the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology delivered a keynote address to more than 300 participants at the International Association of Applied Psychology in Melbourne, Australia. The speech, which described state-of-the-art methods in vocational psychology, suggested new ways of understanding the role of poverty and social oppression at work.

Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Professor Larry Ludlow, chair of the Department of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, presented a half-day workshop on creating a culture of evidence in teacher education at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators in Budapest, Hungary, in August 2010.

Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith was appointed to the external advisory board for a $33.8 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Associate Professor Lisa Patel-Stevens initiated and oversees the Senior Transitions Project, an effort affiliated with the Boston public schools that supports recent immigrant youth as they approach the transition from high school to higher education and career pathways. The project places immigrant youth, during their senior year of high school, in professional internships where they gain exposure to professional workplaces, potential career pathways, and on-the-job learning that supplements their schooling. In the past year, more than 20 students and workplaces participated in the program; this year, the Transitions Project will work with approximately 40 students and organizations.

Associate Professor Karen Arnold traveled to China in August 2010 to teach graduate students in the emerging discipline of student affairs. In addition to teaching master’s and Ed.D. students at Beijing University, she met with faculty, students, and administrators at other universities in Shanghai, Jin Hua, and Beijing. Zhu Hong, Ph.D.’08, an assistant professor at Beijing University, hosted Arnold.

Professor Lisa Goodman and coauthors Catherine Glenn, Boston College; Amanda Bohlig, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Victoria Banyard, University of New Hampshire; and Angela Borges, Boston College won the APA Division 35 Psychotherapy with Women Award for their article, “Feminist Relational Advocacy: Processes and Outcomes from the Perspective of Low-Income Women,” published recently in The Counseling Psychologist.

Lynch School Monan University Professor Philip Altbach was named an Erudite Scholar by the government of Kerala in India, where he recently spent two weeks giving lectures. Altbach is also a member of the international advisory council at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He will give the keynote presentation at a conference of the directors of institutes of advanced studies in Freiburg, Germany, and is assisting the Sultan Quaboos University in Muscat, Oman, in developing an academic plan. Altbach's article on the impact of national and global ranking systems on higher education was published in the “America’s Best Colleges” issue of Forbesmagazine in August 2010.

The National Science Foundation has deemed an ITEST urban ecology project launched by Associate Professor Mike Barnett an exemplary program. The project, which is funded by the foundation's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program, encourages students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and to consider careers in these areas. Some 200 urban public school students, 80 teachers, and 15 school counselors have participated in an intensive summer program funded by the grant. Of the 75 students who have graduated and participated in more than two years of the program, 50 are majoring in a STEM field in college.