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October 2014

Kopcha one of two named 2014 UGA Public Service Fellows

October 1, 2014
Theodore Kopcha, an assistant professor of learning, design and technology in the College of Education was one of two UGA faculty members named Public Service and Outreach Fellows for the 2014 fall semester.

Harper wins Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant

October 1, 2014
College of Education graduate Jonathan Harper, a science educator at Mill Creek High School in Gwinnett County, has been selected to receive a 2014 Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant.

Reeves: Technology important, but not the most crucial aspect of digital learning

October 2, 2014
Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design and Technology in the College of Education, was quoted in a Sept. 18 Korea Herald story headlined, "E-learning more about education, less about tech." Reeves was quoted from his keynote speech at a recent international conference, e-Learning Korea 2014.

Johnson Harrison helps diagnose autism in Tanzania

October 2, 2014
Ashley Johnson Harrison, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, is part of a research team that has "adapted diagnostic instruments for autism spectrum disorder to the health care environment in Tanzania," reports Sept. 30 story on

Research adds up to better-prepared mathematics teachers

October 2, 2014
New research taking place at the University of Georgia College of Education examines how future mathematics teachers can develop flexible methods for solving problems in middle grades mathematics.

Smagorinsky questions value of Georgia's 'Student Growth Model'

October 6, 2014
UGA Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky questions the effectiveness of Georgia's new teacher assessment tool, the Student Growth Model in an October 6 Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed essay.

Cooper's heat research featured in Seacoast Online

October 6, 2014
Bud Cooper, a clinical associate professor in kinesiology, is quoted about his heat research that led to changes in Georgia High School Football Association's rules to protect players from heat stroke in an October 5 story on

Choi's web-based critical thinking tool wins national award

October 7, 2014
A web-based tool designed to teach critical thinking skills to veterinary students, created by a multidisciplinary team of University of Georgia faculty led by College of Education faculty member Ike Choi, has won a second prestigious national award.

Dishman: Study links declining fitness, sleep complaints

October 7, 2014
​A new study from the University of Georgia finds a link between a person's fitness level—specifically cardiorespiratory fitness—and sleeping ability. Led by Rodney Dishman, a professor of kinesiology in the College of Education, the study featured in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise analyzed data collected over 35 years.

Akers' youth preparedness initiative in Mississippi wins FEMA award

October 7, 2014
A University of Georgia College of Education graduate has been nationally honored for his creation of a Mississippi State University Extension Service youth initiative aimed at preparing communities in Mississippi for disasters.

Charles receives scholarship from UGA Black Faculty and Staff Organization

October 7, 2014
Dorothy Charles, a graduate student in the College of Education's Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, has received the University of Georgia Black Faculty and Staff Organization's Founder's Award Scholarship.

Rethinking the way children learn to read

October 7, 2014
​We know a lot about the way adults read — technology, although primitive at times, has tracked the eyes of experienced readers for years. Children, on the other hand, have been difficult to study. Until now.

Zepeda featured on Education Week panel on new teachers

October 8, 2014
​Sally Zepeda, a professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, was one of five education experts interviewed about the development of young teachers in an October 7 Education Week blog titled, "Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo."

Study on declining fitness, sleep complaints reported

October 8, 2014
A study led by College of Education kinesiology researcher Rod Dishman linking declining fitness to sleep complaints has been reported in a variety of news and health-related media including: and Science World Report.

Six receive Allman MAT Scholarships for Student Teaching

October 10, 2014
​Six College of Education students received the Allman MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) Scholarship for Student Teaching in recognition of their academic achievement from the Department of Educational Theory and Practice for fall semester 2014. Recipients received $625 each and are currently student teaching this semester.

Thai program sends top teachers to learn at UGA

October 14, 2014
​Throughout October, a group of science and mathematics teachers from Thailand will learn about classroom structure, curriculum and the latest teaching methods at the College of Education, as part of a program to increase the country's STEM education efforts.

Study: 'Freshman 15' weight gain just a myth, reports Red & Black

October 14, 2014
A recent UGA College of Education study says college weight gain is greatly overrated, reports the Red & Black. "There is a lot of hype that surrounds the Freshman 15," says Michael Fedewa, a fourth-year exercise physiology doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology.

Griffeth named 2015 Oconee County Teacher of the Year

October 14, 2014
North Oconee County High School's Tim Griffeth (BSEd '04, MAL '10) is named Oconee County Teacher of the Year, reports an October 14 Athens Banner-Herald story. Griffeth earned a bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure services from the College of Education.

Gilliam to receive 2014 Louise McBee Award

October 14, 2014
Graduate student Jamil M. Gilliam has been selected to be the recipient of the 2014 Louise McBee Award from the Athens Area Psychological Association. She will be presented the award at the AAPA's annual legislative breakfast Dec. 5 at the Athens Country Club.

Call receives Georgia Partners in Regenerative Medicine grant

October 14, 2014
University of Georgia kinesiology researcher Jarrod Call and Georgia Institute of Technology bioengineering researcher Robert Guldberg have received a Georgia Partners in Regenerative Medicine one-year seed grant of $70,000 to study the use of stem cells to improve muscle recovery after injury.

Cultural shift fuels graduate's fire

October 14, 2014
In her new job, Dionne Cross Francis realized she had more questions than answers. To find solutions, she ended up at the College of Education's educational psychology department to study applied cognition and development.

2014-15 Alumni Awards honors 5 for their achievements

October 15, 2014
Five College of Education graduates were recognized for their career achievements and community leadership with 2014-15 alumni awards at the college's second annual Donor Appreciation and Alumni Awards Dinner Oct. 3 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Congratulations to this year's award winners: Whitney Myers, Ian Altman, Kimber Shelton, Tonya Harris Cornileus and Mark Slonaker.

UGA profs lead after-school program in Clarke schools

October 15, 2014
COE professors direct an after-school activity program for Clarke County elementary students which will increase their heart rates as well as help with homework and comprehension reports a story in the October 14 Flagpole.

Philadelphia Inquirer cites study linking exercise, kids' cognitive skills

October 17, 2014
A study three years ago in which kinesiology researcher Phil Tomporowski and Catherine Davis of the Medical College of Georgia found that kids who took part in a regular physical activity program showed increased cognitive performance and brain function, was cited in an October 16 Philadelphia Inquirer story on new research that confirmed those findings.

Johnson named Academy of Leisure Sciences Fellow

October 20, 2014
College of Education professor Corey W. Johnson has been named a 2014 Fellow in the Academy of Leisure Sciences. It is the highest honor in the field.


October 21, 2014

Master's program in secondary education gets top marks

October 22, 2014
The University of Georgia's master's degree programs in secondary education are ranked best in the nation in's Fall 2014 Graduate Program rankings.


October 22, 2014

2014 kinesiology faculty publications

October 22, 2014
Publications in 2014 with contributions from faculty in the Department of Kinesiology.

​A study in movement—and a big move

October 24, 2014
Kinesiology doctoral graduate lands faculty position in Ireland

A place where learning is play

October 27, 2014
The Awesome Clubhouse @ La Escuelita serves local kids and College of Education students

$1.3M grant will train more school counselors

October 27, 2014
2 College of Education faculty members lead project to recruit and train students in school counseling throughout Northeast Georgia's K-12 schools.

UGA study on exercise raising kids' cognition cited on

October 28, 2014
A UGA study showing that exercise increased cognition in children is cited in an October 26 Philadelphia Inquirer story titled, "Exercise is good for children's brains, too."

Smagorinsky: Simplistic measures strike out in both baseball and teaching

October 29, 2014
University of Georgia Distinguished Research Professor Peter Smagorinsky explains how judging winning performances in both professions defies conventional measures and simplistic approaches in an October 28 Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed essay.