KU News Release

March 15, 2011
Contact: Chris Barritt, School of Education, 785-864-4297

National education research funding leader to headline KU conference

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LAWRENCE — A national leader of education research funding will lead a discussion of the future of such grant funding this week at the University of Kansas.

John Q. Easton, director of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will give the keynote address during a forum exploring facets of the institute’s grant proposal process.

Registration for the forum begins at 8:15 a.m. Friday, March 18, and sessions begin at 9 a.m. at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Steve Warren, vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, will welcome participants, and Rick Ginsberg, dean of KU’s School of Education, will introduce Easton.

Easton’s address, “What’s Happening at IES,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

“Dr. Easton heads the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education,” Ginsberg said. “The present administration is undertaking some new research directions and areas of emphasis, and Dr. Easton will lead that effort for researchers across a wide range of education specialties. Having Dr. Easton on campus provides the education research community the opportunity to learn more about the future of federal funding for educational research and to interact directly with the official leading that effort.”

After Easton’s presentation, a panel of researchers from KU and the University of Missouri will discuss “Three Perspectives on Getting IES Grant Support.” Panelists are Michael Hock, associate director of KU’s Center for Research on Learning; Mary Morningstar, associate professor of special education at KU; and Janine P. Stichter, professor in the University of Missouri’s Department of Special Education. Donald D. Deshler, director of KU’s Center for Research on Learning, will moderate.

Sessions will wrap up with a lunch, during which Dale Walker, associate research professor with KU’s Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, will speak on the topic “Through the Eyes of a Reviewer.”

KU is a traditional leader in education research funding. In the Institute of Education Sciences’ most recent report, KU was listed as receiving more than $20 million in funding from the agency to support research in areas including improving adults’ reading outcomes, early identification of children with reading disabilities and study of self-determined learning models, among others.

Easton’s visit is sponsored by KU’s School of Education, Center for Research on Learning and Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation.

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