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Dean Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., was honored at the 16th annual Catholic School Executive Leadership Dinner at Fordham University in New York. In his keynote address at the event, which honors top Catholic school educators, Dean O'Keefe extolled aspects of the priest’s vocation that are central to the work of Catholic education. 

Philip Altbach received the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the Higher Education Group of the Comparative and International Education Society.

Ina V.S. Mullis, Ph.D., and Michael O. Martin, Ph.D., executive directors of the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, will present on a variety of topics at the IEA International Research Conference in collaboration with ERME Ph.D. students and alumni Gabrielle M. Stanco Ph.D. 12, Ann M. Kennedy 03, Kathleen L. Trong 09, Alka Arora 07, and Anna Corinna Preuschoff Ph.D. ’10. The conference, which takes place in July at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, invites submission of research studies that use IEA data and contribute to an international forum wherein scholars and researchers can exchange ideas and information on critical educational issues. The conference's objective is not only to foster creative dialogue, but also to provide greater understanding of the numerous roles that education plays in the development of nations and in shaping individuals.

Associate Professor Laura O’Dwyer and Assistant Research Professor Damian Bebell were co-editors of a special issue of The Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment (JTLA) focused on 1:1 computing, an initiative launched 12 years ago with the goal of matching every schoolchild and teacher with a laptop computer. The publication reported on several studies of a variety of 1:1 initiatives, including one study indicating that students involved in 1:1 computing programs outperformed their traditional classroom peers on English/language arts standardized tests by a statistically significant margin. The study also showed evidence of increased student motivation and engagement, as well as changes in teachers’ instructional practices. 

Assistant Professor Usha Tummala-Narra was invited to speak at the 2010 Understanding Trauma Conference presented at the Guidance Center in Cambridge. She spoke about how race, body image, and trauma can affect an individual’s identity.

Professor David L. Blustein was quoted in the American Psychology Association’s Monitor on Psychology about the effects of unemployment on mental health.

Under the direction of Professor Anderson J.  Franklin, the program, Networking Step-up Schools and Community-based Programs: Strengthening Ties and Exchanging Best Practices, received a three-year Collaborative Fellows grant from the Lynch School in 2009. Franklin facilitates a relationship between Boston Public Schools and community programs that has developed interventions effective with underserved populations at risk of continuing disparities in education, health, and employment.

Amy Ryan, associate director of mentoring and induction in the Lynch School’s Practicum Office, will oversee a $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. The project focuses on the development of an online social network, similar to Facebook or MySpace, that will link prospective teachers during their undergraduate and graduate years and gradually build an online community of students, faculty, alumni, veteran teachers, and mentors ready to support these students once they graduate and enter the education workplace.