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Nov. 23, 2009—The Handbook of Research on School Choice edited by Mark Berends; Matthew Springer, director of the National Center on Performance Incentives; Dale Ballou, associate professor of public policy and education; and Herbert J. Walberg, Routledge, April 2009. What difference do schools of choice make? A new book from the National Center on School Choice at...

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Beyond the Mall

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Vanderbilt Kennedy Center celebrates Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Nov. 23, 2009—The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center celebrated the life of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, lifelong champion of persons with intellectual disabilities and founder of Special Olympics, who died August 11 at age 88. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is one of 14 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs) supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National...

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New research highlights math strategies

Nov. 23, 2009—New research looking at comparison and the strategy of learning concepts before learning procedures as a way to help middle schoolers learn new math concepts has been co-authored by Bethany Rittle-Johnson, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Peabody. “We found that comparing different ways to solve a problem helped middle-school students become more...

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Around the Mall

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Help for teens and families at-risk for depression

Nov. 23, 2009—New research reveals that a cognitive behavioral program for teens at risk of depression may help prevent future depressive episodes. However, the program did not show benefits for teens with a currently depressed parent. The research by Judy Garber, professor of psychology at Peabody and professor of psychiatry, was published in the June 3 issue...

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Honors and awards

Nov. 23, 2009—Christopher Loss, assistant professor of public policy and education, has accepted an invitation to serve as a fellow for the Teagle Foundation’s new National Forum on the Future of the Liberal Arts. The forum is a three-year program designed to identify and prepare a core national group of emerging academic leaders to guide the future...

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Get connected with VUconnect, Vanderbilt’s new online community

Nov. 23, 2009—Vanderbilt recently launched VUconnect, a new online community for alumni and students. Replacing Dore2Dore, VUconnect includes new and enhanced features. With VUconnect, you can share your latest news, find old friends and classmates, build networking relationships, share career advice and leads, locate a nearby VU chapter, sign up for events—and connect with Vanderbilt, wherever you...

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New Faculty

Nov. 23, 2009—Douglas Clark, associate professor of science education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Clark, who received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000, comes to Peabody from Arizona State University. Sun-Joo Cho, assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology and Human Development. Cho, who received her Ph.D. from...

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President of Rhodes College receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Nov. 23, 2009—William E. Troutt, president of Rhodes College in Memphis, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Peabody during Commencement ceremonies on May 8. “William Troutt is one of American higher education’s most talented leaders,” Dean Benbow said. “His leadership of Belmont University was simply brilliant, and now he is steadily moving Rhodes College up the ranks...

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Anniversary of merger celebrated with six new endowed chairs

Nov. 23, 2009—Peabody celebrated the 30th anniversary of its merger with Vanderbilt by awarding six of its faculty with new endowed chairs. The chairs were announced at the Peabody spring faculty meeting May 5. “The six professors receiving these chairs are high-impact individuals who make important contributions to the practice of education or psychology,” Dean Benbow said....

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Alexander Heard, fifth chancellor of Vanderbilt, dies

Nov. 23, 2009—Alexander Heard, an adviser to three U.S. presidents who, as Vanderbilt’s fifth chancellor, guided the university smoothly through the stormy period of the 1960s and 1970s without the unrest and violence that afflicted many college campuses, died July 24 at his home after a long illness. He was 92. “For more than 40 years, Alex...

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