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(October 11, 2006)


Dai Honored with Early Scholar Award
Assistant Professor David (Yun) Dai of the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology will be the recipient of the 2006 Early Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). The award is given annually to a scholar who received a doctoral degree no more than 10 years ago and who has made significant scholarly contributions to the field. The honor will be formally conferred at NAGC's annual convention Nov. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.

Scanlon Wins Major Literacy Grant
Professor Donna Scanlon of the Department of Reading, along with her School of Education colleagues Lynn Gelzheiser, Frank Vellutino and Virginia Goatley, has received a three-year $1.44 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Science. The grant supports a project that provides teacher educators with resources to help new teachers understand scientifically-based reading instruction and early literacy development, as well as understand and effectively respond to the difficulties some children have in learning to read and write. Scanlon is also associate director of the Child Research and Study Center. The project, Enhancing Pre-Service Teachers' Knowledge Related to Research-Based Early Literacy Instruction, will involve collaboration with teacher educators at a variety of colleges and universities to develop and evaluate materials to be used in pre-service language arts methods classes.

Kinser to Study Noncredit Post-secondary Education
Kevin Kinser, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, has received a $45,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation for research that will create groundbreaking informational tools for future research on non-credit education. In his study, Sources of Data for Noncredit Post-secondary Education, Kinser will interview data experts and survey a range of organizations involved in alternative education programs, such as continuing education programs, work-related training, and credentialing in trade and technical fields.

Santiago Wins National Award
Miguel (Mike) Santiago of the University at Albany mail services received the Outstanding Team Member award from the Association of College & University Mail Services in July. This national award is given to a person who is not the direct manager/director of a mail center, but who has gone beyond his or her normal work duties and been an outstanding example to others. Santiago joined the University at Albany staff in 1994. He has been a supervisor in mail services since 1998.

School of Education Graduate Programs Win Accreditation
The Teacher Education Accreditation Council has granted accreditation to the School of Education's graduate programs of study leading to teacher certification in early childhood and childhood education, adolescent education, special education, literacy, and teaching English to speakers of other languages.


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