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Jennifer Poulakidas
Jennifer Poulakidas Comments on NIH Funding Increase, Federal Research Investment
Jennifer T. Poulakidas
Vice President, Congressional & Governmental Affairs

Jennifer Poulakidas, APLU's Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs and Co-President of the United for Medical Research, said the NIH budget increase is "overwhelmingly good news," in an interview with The Atlantic.  Yet she cautioned that "this one year alone is not going to turn everything on its head."

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Duff is Featured Panelist at American Historical Association Annual Conference
Meaghan N. Duff, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium

As a history-professor-turned-learning-technology-expert, Meaghan Duff has had a varied career in higher education. She will speak at the American Historical Association annual meeting on how her historical training benefits her work at APLU and helps shape the current and future direction of the Personalized Learning Consortium. She will participate in a roundtable exploring four types of institutions that employ historians: colleges and universities (as both faculty and as administrators), the federal government, private business and non-profits, and museums and public history organizations.  

James Woodell
Woodell Speaks at University of Wisconsin System Annual Conference
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement

Jim Woodell, APLU's Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Technology Policy, gave the keynote presentation at the recent University of Wisconsin System Annual Conference.

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Duff to Speak on Personalized Learning at Penn State
Meaghan N. Duff, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium

As an expert in adaptive courseware, Meaghan Duff will speak at Penn State's Center for Online Innovation in Learning on how new technologies and new media have rapidly changed the way students access information and learn outside the classroom. During her talk, Duff will examine the pedagogical, organizational, and personal implications of this new technology and explore how institutions can use adaptive courseware to improve learning outcomes.

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Duff to Speak at Educause Annual Conference
Meaghan N. Duff, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium

As an expert in digital courseware, Meaghan Duff will speak at the Educause annual conference.  Faculty or senior instructional leads may decide that high-quality digital courseware is critical to improving the quality of undergraduate instruction. Understanding how best to implement such hybrid learning innovations effectively and produce the best outcomes for learners is another matter. If such learning innovations become isolated islands of excellence, they will die when they lose the support of their faculty champions.

James Woodell
Jim Woodell to Travel to China for Forum on Innovation and Investment
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement

APLU’s assistant vice president for innovation and technology policy, Jim Woodell, will travel to China in September to participate in the International Forum on Innovation and Investment. The event, to be held at the China World Hotel in Beijing on September 17 – 18, will bring together top leaders from government, early state investors, innovators, and key entrepreneurs to discuss innovation, education, business incubation, technology commercialization, intellectual property protection, and investment.  Woodell will moderate a panel about commercialization and IP, and will serve as a presenter on a panel about education for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Samantha Alvis Recognized by AIARD
Samantha Alvis, Ph.D.
Director, International Development and Programs

Samantha Alvis, International Development and Programs Specialist with the Office of International Programs and a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow was recognized on June 1 by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) as their 2015 Young Professional Award Winner. This award recognizes early career contributions to the field of international agriculture development.

Anne-Claire Hervy
Anne-Claire Hervy Chairs Session at NAFSA Conference
Anne-Claire Hervy
Associate Vice-President for International Development and Programs

Anne-Claire Hervy chaired a session on “Role of Higher Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on May 29 at the upcoming NAFSA Conference in Boston, MA. In the session, Anne-Claire presented recommendations from the APLU Knowledge Center Report on African Higher Education and facilitated discussion with panelists from  UNESCO and Arizona State University on how they are creating mutually beneficial relationships with universities in developing countries to uniquely contribute to development.

James Woodell
Woodell Inducted into National Academy of Inventors
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement

Jim Woodell, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Technology Policy, was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors as an honorary member. The Academy was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Each year, the Academy inducts a class of fellows, now numbering 414 worldwide, representing 150 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the fellows hold nearly 14,000 issued U.S. patents. Woodell’s recognition as an honorary member comes after serving on the Academy’s selection committee.

Wendy Fink
Wendy Fink at STEMConnector
Wendy Fink
Director of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Wendy Fink presented as part of a panel at the March 25th STEM Council meeting of STEMconnector. The panel's focus was "The STEM Food and Ag Council: Cultivating Talent to Solve a Global Challenge."

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