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  • Nadisha Downs student researcher/advocate

    December 4, 2017

    Nadisha Downs, a Human Services major, collaborated with HDFS faculty, Rob Palkovitz, to study the involvement of young African American fathers in the lives of their children.     Nadisha Downs grew up in Wilmington and is intimately aware o …

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  • Spencer grant to improve assessment of students’ writing skills

    October 20, 2017

    Josh Wilson’s Spencer Grant will allow him to expand his research to develop a new computerized formative assessment model that identifies student language skills at the word, sentence, and discourse level through automated evaluations of the essay’s word choice, syntax, and cohesion. He will examine results across multiple genres of student writing, and further test the ability of the model to predict scores on state writing assessments.

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  • NIH grant will study of stigma surrounding drug use

    October 20, 2017

    Valerie Earnshaw, UD’s CEHD Faculty Scholar, received a 4-year Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from the NIH to examine longitudinal associations between disclosure, stigma, social support, and SUD recovery-related outcomes among people receiving SUD treatment.

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  • Improving ELA instruction in DE classrooms

    August 30, 2017

    Literacy professors Josh Wilson and Charles MacArthur received an IES grant to study the effect PEG Writing software has on nearly 3,000 students from Red Clay School District in grades 3-5. The grant partners them with Gaysha Beard, supervisor of Red Clay’s English language arts (ELA). 

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  • Bullying’s long term effects

    May 9, 2017

    Being kicked or shoved intentionally by a schoolmate, being hurt by constant taunting — such instances of aggression, which psychologists refer to as “peer victimization” — can have lasting, harmful impacts. A new study led by the University of Delawar …

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  • Bookworms improves literacy outcomes in Cecil County

    April 7, 2017

    Bookworms curriculum introduced into Cecil County Public Schools UD professor Sharon Walpole and her colleague, Michael McKenna* developed Bookworms in response to the increased reading and writing expectations in the Common Core State Standards. Bookw …

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  • Assessing effectiveness of PEG Writing software

    March 7, 2017

      Imagine an elementary classroom where students could write an essay on their computer and receive instant feedback on its organization, word choice and accuracy. They would then be able to correct errors, make revisions and resubmit their essays …

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  • Fulbright Scholar addressing food insecurity

    February 20, 2017

    Fulbright scholar Allison Karpyn is currently in the Bahamas analyzing the issue of food insecurity at a national level. Food insecurity is a particularly critical issue for island nations like the Bahamas that do not produce the majority of their food. “Obesity and hunger are two sides of the same coin.”

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  • Evaluating Ed.D.’s ELP Capstone

    January 30, 2017

    UD researchers look at value of doctor of education capstone process In education leadership programs across the country, doctor of education (Ed.D.) candidates are tasked with identifying a significant educational problem or challenge facing the organ …

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  • Connecting farm to table to healthy eating

    January 10, 2017

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Delaware partnered with the Delaware Department of Agriculture to develop a comprehensive report called Delaware Food and Farm Report: Connecting Healthy Farms to Healthy Delawareans. This …

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  • QUILS language screener for young children

    December 8, 2016

    Researchers in education, psychology and speech pathology have collaborated to develop a computerized language screener to help early childhood educators and specialists identify areas where young children are experiencing difficulties mastering langua …

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  • Advocating for survivors of abuse

    December 8, 2016

    Olivia Blythe, a human services and women & gender studies major, wants to make a career advocating for survivors of domestic abuse. When she learned that faculty member Ruth Fleury-Steiner was looking for assistance evaluating the protection order process in domestic abuse cases, Blythe jumped at the chance.

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