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Accomplishments and Announcements

By • Jan 30th, 2013 • Category: Accomplishments, Announcements

 Faculty, Adjunct, Student and Alumni

Accomplishments & Announcements

Philip Boda, Science Education Ed.M. candidate, Proposal accepted for presentation at the Association for Science Teacher Education 2013 International Conference. The presentation emphasizes the historical evolution of science-specific, inquiry-based pedagogy to support a novel, graphically-organized conception of inquiry learning for pre- and in-service science teachers. In collaboration, the graphic organizer is combined with a unit/lesson-planning template that describes differentiated components of the conceptual map for greater ease of adoption and implementation.

Dr. Anthony Cocciolo, CCTE Ed.D. 2009 graduate, was the recipient of the Library of Congress’ NDSA Innovation Award.  The Annual Innovation Awards were established by the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) to recognize and encourage innovation in the field of digital preservation stewardship. Prof. Cocciolo is recognized for his innovative approaches to teaching digital preservation practices at Pratt SILS, in particular his work partnering classes with archival institutions to work on the digitization and digital preservation of analog audio collections.

Dr. Christopher Emdin, Professor in Science Education wrote, “Geniuses Unite: The Intersection of Hip-Hop and Science.” The science educator interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson and the rap artist GZA about what kids need to get hooked on science. For more information visit:

Charles J. Greenberg, CCTE Ed.M. 1995 graduate, Completed his second CIES/Fulbright Specialist library science training project in the Republic of Armenia, conducting training activities and guest lectures at the Republican Scientific Medical Library, the American Corners Library in Yerevan, and an interview on an Armenian daytime television show on health topics, viewable at (translation provided for the questions he received and the responses he provided). He also created a workbook and teaching website,

Charles J. Greenberg, CCTE Ed.M. 1995 graduate, attended the 15th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD2012) in Lima, Peru, September 12-14, 2012 and presented a peer-reviewed paper on citation management tools for theses production. As a new member of the Board of Directors of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), he also attended the NDLTD Board Meeting on September 11th.

Dr. Meghan Groome, Science Education Ph.D. 2007 graduate, In collaboration with the State University of New York, the New York Academy of Sciences received a $2.95M grant from the National Science Foundation to scale the Academy’s Afterschool STEM Mentoring program across New York State. Dr. Groome is the principal investigator on the Academy’s grant and the founding director of the Academy’s K12 Science Education Initiative. In the first two years of the program, over 380 STEM Ph.D. students volunteered to teach STEM courses in New York City’s afterschool programs and served over 6,700 students in 93 afterschool programs.

Dr. Lewis Lahana, CCTE Ed.D. 2014 graduate, His classroom was featured in a CNN podcast about helping kids cross the digital divide:

Dr. Xiaodong Lin, Professor in CCTE, lead a $2.5 million study, funded by the National Science Foundation that will teach kids that Einstein struggled, too – and that the brain can change if you work hard. For more information visit:

Richard Lee, Science M.A.1999 graduate, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Fund for the City of New York 2009: Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Award. This is the first year the two agencies recognized NYC DOE teachers in middle and high schools for their work in math and science education. Awards are given on the basis of nominations by school principals, followed by interviews with the candidate’s students, colleagues, and the candidate himself. Impressions from a visit to the classroom to watch the candidate in action are also used as a criterion.

Dr. Felicia Mensah, Professor in Science Education was highlighted in an article, “An Experiment in Storefront Science Education,” where Professor Mensah shares what makes a good learning environment in the classroom. For more information please visit:

Dr. Eiki Satake, Mathematics Education Ed.D. 1988, He has conducted a short course seminar, entitled “Beyond P value and Hypothesis Tests: Using Minimum Bayes Factor to Measure the Strength of Evidence,” and presented one research paper, entitled “How to Implement Bayesian Statistical Methods into the Game of Baseball: Introduction to Bayesian Sabermetrics” at the annual New England Mathematical Association, held in Worcester, MA, in September, 2012.

Dr. Ann Rivet, Professor in Science Education was speaker at Connecting Advances in Learning Research and Teacher Practice: A Conference About Teacher Education. For more information visit:

Dr. Mathangi Subramanian, CCTE Ed.D. 2010, received a Fulbright Fellowship to India, where she will be studying the new national early childhood education policy.

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