Rod Davis (BA ‘71) has been named alumni regent on the University
of California Board of Regents. Mr. Davis and his wife Sue Davis
(Credential ‘73) have established the Sue Davis Award, an endowed
scholarship fund to support students studying to be elementary
school teachers in the UC Davis School of Education. The first
award will be made in fall 2015.
An article about using virtual reality to examine social
motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism
Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by
Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and
School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning
Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ
matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy
stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual
avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by
the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and
surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity.
Read more here.
On June 4, six students from West Sac Early College Prep were
recognized for their work in helping to build small business
websites as part of a pilot project, Future Ready, launched by
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento to
make West Sacramento businesses more visible online and improve
their online presence in order to reach more customers.
School of Education Professor Steve Athanases and researchers
Lisa Bennett and Juliet Wahleithner provide an in-depth look at
one pre-service teacher program and its use of teacher research
as a way of inducting new teachers into the profession on the
National Writing Project Radio on Thursday, June 12.
Listen to the conversation here.
Robert “Bob” Murphy and his wife, Kinzie, have been selected as
the 2014 recipients of the Charles J. Soderquist Award at UC
Davis. The Murphys created a scholarship to support the School of
Education’s Guardian Teacher Scholarship, among many other ways
they have supported UC Davis over the past four decades. They
cited the 2013 Soderquist Award winners, School of Education
Alumni Sandi Redenbach and her husband Ken Gelatt, who donated
their $5,000 award to the Guardian Teacher Scholarship fund.
more about the Murphys’ honor here.
In March, more than 50 student researchers from Hanoi Agriculture
University (HUA) and Nong Lam University in Vietnam presented the
results of research they conducted as part of a six-month program
led by Cary Trexler,
associate professor of agriculture education.
This issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual
Catalyst magazine highlights the breadth and depth of
our research and service, as well as the excellence of our
programs and people. Featured research includes a look at the
connection between video gaming and health, and the need for
formative assessment in mathematics instruction. We also cover
several events that bring children’s literature, common core
instruction, and Shakespeare to the forefront for educators and
others in our region.
The cover story is about the student poets from across our region
who participate in our Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS)
program. You will find articles about many of our staff and
faculty who have been recognized for excellence by their peers
and a piece on our annual Honoring Educators Awards event at
which we recognize exceptional alumni, faculty, students, and
the magazine here.
Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, has been
selected to be a 2014 Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellow
by the Council on Anthropology and Education. This early career
fellowship is intended to support professional development and
mentoring in the field of educational anthropology.
Only five fellowships are awarded each year, which pairs up early
career scholars with senior scholars and comes with a $500 travel
award to cover the cost of presenting at the annual meeting of
the American Anthropological Association.
The School of Education has been awarded $5.8 million to lead a
statewide initiative that will provide K-12 teachers throughout
California resources and training that will help them teach their
students more effectively.
Ken White (BA ‘72, Credential ‘73) has written Getaway
Day, a coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of the
1962 World Series. The novel is published by Tate Publishing and
is available through the publisher, Amazon and Barnes &
Noble. White studied English and history at UC Davis before
receiving his teaching credential. He worked on campus for
Instructional Television from 1969-1975 and for the College of
Engineering from 2006-2009.
Alumni Council Chair Sandi Redenbach was featured in a
radio interview on The Chronicle of Social Change. Listen to
her unlikely journey from being a teenager on the streets of
Boston, a lounge singer, and waitress to having more than 35
years of classroom teaching and becoming a philanthropist,
writer, award-winner, and distinguished alumna of the UC Davis
School of Education.
One World, One UC Davis is you — a global network of people
connected to our university. It is the positive impact of our
unsung heroes, imaginative research teams and innovative
thinkers. What our people share in common is they are
transforming lives, celebrating humanity and nature, and
inspiring breakthroughs in California and beyond.
In our campaign, we tell the stories about how together, at UC
Davis, we are changing our world for the better. Read
about some of the School’s unsung heroes, researchers and
innovators below and tell us
Rosa Manzo: Mentoring Mexican Parents and Students
Rosa Manzo, PhD candidate, has always wanted to
help Mexican Americans have access to education, but she never
dreamed she’d be back in her hometown to accomplish the goal.
In Fresno County, she’s developing workshops for immigrant
parents so effective that UC Davis has received a $100,000 grant
from the Fresno Regional Foundation to expand the model to other
The Ph.D. student is also mentoring UC Davis students from rural
Fresno high schools by encouraging them to follow in her
footsteps by going to graduate school. Read her
Public school principals in California say beginning teachers who
received their credentials through the University of California
are among the best prepared in the state, according to a recent
The School of Education is among the top 50 schools of education
in the nation. For 2015 rankings, the UC Davis School of
Education jumped 15 points from a tie at 60 for 2013 to rank of
45. Approximately 245 schools of education were included in the
Dean Harold G. Levine shared his thoughts on preparing teachers
for 21st century classrooms in the March/April issue of
Leadership, a publication of the Association of
California School Administrators.
Read the full Q & A here.
Professor Jamal Abedi has received a 2014 Distinguished Scholarly
Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate. The award
recognizes significant contributions to the world, nation, state
and/or local community through distinguished public service. Up
to four (4) awards are made annually.
In recognition of his scholarship on the use of language among
Black and Latino youth in urban English Language Arts classrooms,
the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research
(NCTEAR) has honored Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of
education, with an award for his continued work to increase
diverse perspectives into how we examine language and literacy in
multicultural and multilingual communities.