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Faculty Awards and Accomplishments

Kerri Modry-Mandell has been promoted to the rank of senior lecturer in the department.

Marina Umaschi Bers recently published the book "Coding As a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom." Additionally, the KIBO robot developed by Professor Bers and her research group recently was awarded the 2017 Parents Choice Gold Award.

Ann Easterbrooks has recently published several articles on the effects of home visiting programs on mothers. Some select titles are "Effects of a home visiting program on parenting: Mediating effects of intimate partner violence" and "Patterns of goal attainment among young mothers in a home visiting program."

Richard M. Lerner has been chosen by Pope Francis to be appointed to a five-year term as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Fran Jacobs received the 5th annual Frances Litman Leadership Award from the Children's Trust for her pioneering work on evaluation research that is responsive to families' and program' needs and informed by an understanding of the community contexts and cultural and policy landscapes in which these programs operate.

Melissa Orkin published her article "Beyond Gold Stars: Improving the Skills and Engagement of Struggling Readers through Intrinsic Motivation." She also hosted a "Screen and Intervene" event for educators and has published a video on the lecture.

George Scarlett organized a plenary symposium on the "Human-Nature Connection" at the Society for the Scientific Study of Human Development conference. For the Falk School of Sustainability he was a colloquium speaker on "Spirituality and the Environmental Movements."

Jayanthi Mistry and Christine McWayne have both been promoted to the rank of Professor in our department.

Student Awards and Accomplishments

Anthony DeBenedetto won a Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Research Award for his thesis work on the coming out process of college age men. He will present his work at Student Presentation Day.

Amanda Sullivan published an article on women and girls in the STEM field in Education Week called "Breaking Gender Stereotypes Through Early Exposure to Robotics."

Ari Orenstein was awarded the Wertlieb Fellowship and spent her summer working with children in India.

Shaobing Su was awarded the Student Research Competition Award from Tufts University. Additionally, Shaobing Su was awarded the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad from the China Scholarship Council.

Amanda Strawhacker was awarded second place in the GSAS Tufts Ignite Research Competition. The title of her talk was "Bioengineering in Kindergarten: Developing a tangible tool and curriculum for young children to explore foundational synthetic biology."

Claudia Mihm traveled to Hong Kong to present two papers at the first International Conference on Computational Thinking Education and taught local students how to use KIBO.