Research Spotlight: Ashley MacSuga-Gage

Q & A with Ashley MacSuga-Gage, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

My research is focused on two main issues:

  1. What are the essential skills that teachers need to exhibit in order to effectively manage a classroom?
  1. What are the most efficient and effective ways to support teachers’ (both pre-service and in-service) development of evidence-based classroom management skills?

My background is in positive behavior supports (PBS) and focuses on developing classroom management skills using a proactive versus reactive approach. To date, I have conceptualized and focused on professional development for adults (i.e., pre-service and in-service teachers) utilizing a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework.

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Fall 2017 NSF Grants Virtual Conference Registration Is Open

Experience the Fall 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants Conference virtually. NSF is pleased to announce that the upcoming conference in Phoenix, AZ on November 13 – 14 will be webcast live to the research community.

View the plenary sessions to gain key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF including the state of current funding, new and current policies and procedures, and pertinent administrative issues.

Please click here to register. Check out the webcast agenda for more information on the sessions that will be covered.

These sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing once the conference has concluded. Presentations will also be available on the conference website.

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UF Informatics Institute hosts ResearchVault Day

The UF Informatics Institute will host ResearchVault Day Thursday, November 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ResearchVault Day will feature a total of four speakers from the Office of Research, Research Computing, and Information Security Office. Lunch is included for attendees.

The presentations will be high-level and outline the roadmap for using UF’s ResearchVault.  To R.S.V.P. for the event, please email it-comm@ufl.edu. You will receive a confirmation email with links to the agenda and directions to the UF Informatics Institute.

The event will be recorded for watching on-demand at a later date, but your attendance at the event is encouraged if your schedule allows.

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Qualtrics Offers Free Online Event

Qualtrics is offering a free online event for researchers from October 16 – 19. The Qualtrics ExperienceWeek event will feature dedicated speakers and sessions for improving academic research.

Presenters will share compelling stories and best practices for researchers, professors, and administrators. The dedicated academic sessions include the following:

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UF Human Resource Services Training Course: The Auditor’s Perspective

Auditor: a friend or a foe? Find out what auditors consider to be high-risk issues in sponsored programs administration and accounting. The course also will include some of the most important things you need to know if your department or unit is ever the subject of an audit.

Wednesday, October 11, 9:00 a.m. – noon, HR Building, Room 120
Instructor: Joe Cannella

Click here to register!

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Assessing the Threat Posed by Small Inaccuracies in Evaluations That Seek to Detect Small Effects

The recent trend to design studies that detect smaller impacts may create the challenge of guarding against smaller inaccuracies or biases.

A new report from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) finds that small inaccuracies can pose a real threat in evaluations that need to detect small impacts. The NCEE recommends strategies researchers can use to avoid or reduce these inaccuracies.

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Open Access Journals and Predatory Publications

Excerpted from the Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops blog

There are numerous reputable open-access journals; however, the number of publishers who use open-access to defraud authors and readers by promising reputable publishing platforms, but failing to do so, has expanded dramatically. The term “Predatory Publishing” has been coined to refer to this practice (Beall, J. 2016, Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 98:77).

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New Resource Helps Teachers Implement Evidence-based Practices

Based on user feedback, the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has launched a new resource, Instructional Tips, to help educators implement the recommendations from WWC Practice Guides. Each Instructional Tips publication is a stand-alone pdf document. An accompanying pdf document describes the evidence base that supports the recommended practices.

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