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Distinguished UAlbany Professor Judith Langer Inducted into International Reading Hall of Fame

Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 3, 2003) -- Dr. Judith Langer, a distinguished professor and director of the National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA) at the University at Albany, received the Albert J. Harris Award for a research article and was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame at the International Reading Association's (IRA) 48th Annual Convention held in May.

The Harris Award is given annually for an article or monograph that makes an outstanding contribution to the prevention or assessment of reading or learning disabilities. Langer's article, "Beating the Odds: Teaching Middle and High School Students to Read and Write Well," which compares student performance in 25 schools in Florida, New York, California and Texas over a period of two years each, appeared in the American Educational Research Journal in Winter 2001.

Langer was also elected to the Reading Hall of Fame, an independent organization comprising leaders who have been elected to membership by their peers, in recognition of her lifetime contributions to the field of reading. Langer's research has examined the nature of literate thought and has led to the concept of comprehension as envisionment-building. She has also identified important ways effective literature instruction aids the development of student reading, writing and thinking skills as well as the professional and classroom features of English programs where students are "beating the odds" in literacy achievement.

She has written numerous articles and eight books, including the influential Envisioning Literature: Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction, which has helped shape thinking among other researchers, classroom teachers and policymakers at local, state and national levels.

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The International Reading Association is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. Members include classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists and parents. The organization has members and affiliates in 99 countries and extends to more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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