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Accomplishments and Announcements

By • Sep 16th, 2013 • Category: Accomplishments, Announcements

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Accomplishments & Announcement

Dr. Fernand Brunschwig, Science Education faculty authored a book chapter with collaborator Accalogoun. A summary of their article was written in the Foreword by Gayle A. Buck: “In Chapter 7, FB and LA explore the use of visual data, in the form of computer simulations, to help students see how scientists use images and models in problem solving. The authors developed, implemented, and studied simulations that were structured to mimic real life events and provided {educational/teaching} methods {graduate} students with the opportunities to experience and manipulate phenomena and then use the simulations with their own students. Based on their findings, the authors discuss the necessary characteristics for creating simulations that foster science knowledge construction.” Dr. O. Roger Anderson and Julie Contino are the authors of Chapter 1 of the same book: The role of visualization in conceptual learning and conceptual change (pp. 3-22).

The book is available from
Information Age Publishing
PO BOX 79049
Charlotte, NC 28271-7047

Phillip Boda, Science Education EdM candidate, proposal accepted for breakout session at University of Minnesota’s P-12 STEM Colloquium in August 2013. This interactive session focuses on using the concept of solubility as an anchored phenomenon to transverse across STEM disciplines by using the conceptual change model of learning with inquiry-based pedagogies.

Jose Castillo, DDS ’14 (College of Dental Medicine) and MA ’14 (Teachers College) was the recipient of the 2013 Jose Morales Health Leadership Scholarship Fund Award, sponsored by the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE). He was one of 4 national recipients, which included a health policy/management student, a nursing student, and a medical student. Upon receiving this recognition on Friday, June 7, 2013 in New York, he met the crowds with the following remarks: “I want to express my deep gratitude to AHHE for believing in my future and in my goals. Their philanthropic actions reflect a focus on the youth who will influence the future of this nation.” AHHE’s mission is to support the educational pipeline of Latinos entering the health professions. Jose’s future plans include working in dental academia as a teacher, professor, clinician, researcher and mentor.

Anthony Cocicolo, CCTE EdD ‘09, received the Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award 2013. The award is designed to identify innovation by full-time faculty members in incorporating evolving information technologies in the curricula of accredited master’s degree programs in library and information studies. He accepted the award at the annual meeting of the Association of Information and Library Science Educators in Seattle, Washington.

Mary Gastrich, Science Education EdD ‘82, promotion to Adjunct Associate Professor, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey, Dept. of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences.

Holly Henry, CCTE MA ‘05, received her PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri on May 17, 2013. The title of her dissertation was Fostering Argumentation in Introductory Sociology.

Fidelia Johnson, CCTE MA ‘05, received her Doctorate of Education on Apr 28, 2013 with a concentration on Teacher Leadership. Her doctoral study covered advantages and disadvantages of cross grade level collaboration to improve collegial interactions.

George Papayannis (MA ’03) was recently awarded a Wipro Science Education Fellowship for the 2013-2015 school years. The two-year fellowship supports experienced teachers to improve science instruction and increase teacher leadership in their districts. Papayannis currently teaches physics, biology, and chemistry at Fenway High School in the Boston Public Schools and will continue to do so during the duration of the fellowship. For More Information:

Dr. Kristen Sosulski, CCTE Ed.D graduate published a new book with my co-author Ted Bongiovanni, and her last book was mentioned in MST Times. Both Ted and Kristen are authors of the month for Routledge with our new book the Savvy Student’s Guide to Online Learning: Kristen also featured on the NYU Stern Website at:

Hilary Wilder, CCTE EdD ‘95, and Perien Boer, CCTE, Ed.D., ’12, continue to work on ways to ‘internationalize’ their courses with virtual collaboration experiences for their students. They are also spearheading a project between their respective universities on the use of ICTs in quality assurance in teacher education programs. In 2010, Wilder was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Namibia, developing courses for the M.Ed. Ed Tech program that Perien is now directing.


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