NSB Releases New and Updated Resource on STEM Education, Workforce

Users can explore trends spanning pre-K through careers.

The National Science Board (NSB) has released an interactive, online STEM Education Resource featuring new and updated data and graphics about STEM education and workforce in the United States and providing facts on topics such as student proficiency, college degrees in STEM fields, and jobs in science-related occupations.

The online resource features 60 central questions, organized by education level and the workforce, with multiple data points, graphs, and maps providing the answers to each question. Users can view the latest data, consider trends, easily download both data and graphics, and share these data through email and social media. Links to additional analysis are provided for each topic.

The data is drawn from the NSB’s Science and Engineering Indicators report.

The NSB is the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation. The NSB also advises the President and Congress on science and engineering policy issues.

Research Event in November: Advances in Single-Subject Design Research Summit

Advances in Single-Subject Design Research Summit

Faculty and doctoral students in the College of Education and across the university are invited to attend the first Advances in Single-Subject Design Research Summit at the University of Florida.

The event will be held on Monday, November 17 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Terrace Room in the College of Education. The event can accommodate 35 people, so please RSVP Rosie Connolly by Wednesday, November 12: rconnolly@coe.ufl.edu

This event will be a hands-on workshop focused on advancing attendees proficiency and skill applying effect sizes to single-subject design research. Drs. Tim Lewis, Kimberly Vannest, and Nicholas Gage, who bring a wealth of practical and technical experience in single-subject design research, will lead the summit.

Description of Activities

Single-subject design research has a long and storied history in diverse research fields, with its founding in the field of applied behavior analysis and extension and proliferation in special education. With the evolution of the evidence-based practice movement, single-subject design research has had to (a) defend its place as a valid and reliable approach in the development and advancement of knowledge, and (b) advance the science of the design. Over the past 10 years, significant developments have been made with regards to the analysis and interpretation of single-subject design research. This summit will focus on the advancement of effect sizes in single-subject design research, specifically (a) the role of effect sizes in the methodology, and (b) applications of parametric and non-parametric effect sizes. This summit will be a hands-on opportunity to advance skills and learn new approaches in single-subject research.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Tim Lewis – Dr. Lewis is Professor and Chair of Special Education at the University of Missouri, Co-Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Center for Positive Behavior Support (pbis.org), Co-Director for the Institute of Education Science (IES)-funded Center for Adolescent Research in Schools (ies-cars.org), and Director of the Missouri Center for School-wide Positive Behavior Supports (pbismissouri.org). Dr. Lewis has extensive experience supporting the needs of students with emotional and behavioral disorders and is a leading expert in single-subject research design.

Dr. Kimberly Vannest – Dr. Vannest is Professor of Special Education at the Texas A&M University. She is widely published in the advancement of single-subject design effect sizes and has helped develop a number of non-parametric and non-overlap procedures, including Percentage of All Non-Overlapping Data (PAND) and Tau-U. Dr. Vannest’s work focuses on the identification of reliable measurement of treatment effects and effect size indices in single-subject design research to improve prevention and treatment practices supporting the needs of students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Dr. Nicholas A. Gage – Dr. Gage is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies in the College of Education at the University of Florida. Dr. Gage’s work has focused on advancing statistical and methodological rigor in the field of emotional and behavioral disorders. Part of that work has included a novel use of hierarchical linear modeling to conduct meta-analyses of single-subject design research.

Summit Details

Date: November 17, 2014

Schedule of Activities:

8:00 – 9:00 am – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am – Welcome and Overview: Dr. Nicholas A. Gage

9:15 – 10:30 am – Single-subject Design: Critical Features and Challenges by Dr. Tim Lewis

10:30 – 10:45 am – Break

10:45 – Noon – Advances in Parametric Effect-Sizes: Hierarchical Linear Modeling and Generalized Least Squares by Dr. Nicholas A. Gage

Noon – 12:30 pm – Lunch

12:30 – 1:45 pm – Advances in Non-parametric Effect Sizes: Tau-U and More by Dr. Kimberly Vannest

1:45 – 2:00 pm – Closing and Final Thoughts by Drs. Lewis, Vannest, and Gage

Awarded Projects for October 2014

College of Education
Awarded Projects
October 2014
Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes (P.K. Yonge)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Project Title: IDEA Part B, Entitlement 2014-2015
Project Period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015
Award Amount: $219,628
Principal Investigator: Marisa Stukey (P.K. Yonge)
Co-PI: Ashley Pennypacker-Hill (P.K. Yonge)
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Project Title: Title I Part A
Project Period: 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015
Award Amount: $151,553
Principal Investigator: Donald Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Madison for Educational Consultancy, LLC
Project Title: Training Services Agreement
Project Period: 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2015
Award Amount: $1,816,272


Submitted Projects for October 2014

College of Education
Submitted Projects
October 2014
Principal Investigator: Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko (STL)
Co-PI: Carole Beal (STL)
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Proposal Title: Beyond Self-Report: EEG Measures of Impasse in Authentic Problem Solving
Requested Amount: $143,265
Principal Investigator: David Julian (Biology)
Co-PI: Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko (STL)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: IUSE: Development of a Simulation-Based Application for Teaching Human Physiology through Guided Discovery, Pure Discovery, and Authentic Research
Requested Amount: $37,250
Principal Investigator: Ivan Mutis (Rinker School of Construction)
Co-PI: Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko (STL)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: EXP: Cyber-ART: Augmented Reality Technology to Enhance Learning in Construction Engineering and Management
Requested Amount: $40,109
Principal Investigator: Kent Crippen (STL)
Co-PI: Julie Boker (Center for Precollegiate Education and Training); Bruce MacFadden (Florida Museum of Natural History); Cheryl McLaughlin (Florida Museum of Natural History)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: 4D PALEO: 3D Participatory Learning with Big Data about Life Evidence over Time
Requested Amount: $449,934
Principal Investigator: Danling Fu (STL)
Co-PI: Jing Zhang Paul (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
Funding Agency: National Security Agency
Proposal Title: Florida STARTALK 2015 Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers of Chinese Language
Requested Amount: $81,465
Principal Investigator: Timothy Jacobbe (STL)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Loyola Marymount University (Subcontract)
Proposal Title: Collaborative Research: Project-SET: Increasing Teacher Preparation and Student Learning in Statistics
Requested Amount: $307,775
Principal Investigator: Diana Joyce Beaulieu (SESPECS)
Co-PI: Lynda Hayes (P.K. Yonge)
Funding Agency: NeuroNet Learning, LLC
Proposal Title: NeuroNet Learning: Interactive Learning for 4-5 Year Olds and Kindergarten Students
Requested Amount: $2,000