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Samantha Alvis Completes Ph.D. in International Agricultural Development
Samantha Alvis, Ph.D.
Director, International Development and Programs

Samantha Alvis, APLU's Assistant Director of International Programs and Development, completed her Ph.D. in international agricultural development and agricultural communications from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the role of higher education in international development. 

Christine M. Keller
Christine M. Keller to Speak at University of California, Berkeley Symposium on Research Universities and Undergraduate Education
Christine M. Keller, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis, and Executive Director, Voluntary System of Accountability and Student Achievement Measure

Christine M. Keller, APLU's Vice President for Research and Policy Analysis, will speak at a symposium on research universities and undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, March 10.  The symposium will address issues including how to measure research universities' advantage in undergraduate education, how universities can better engage their undergraduates in research, and how universities can scale high-impact practices.

York authors lead chapter in new book, "Service-Learning to Advance Social Justice in a Time of Radical Inequality"
Travis York, Ph.D.
Director of Student Success, Research, and Policy

While a growing number of studies have indicated service-learning courses produce gains in several student outcomes, little empiric work has explored underserved student groups experiences with this pedagogy.  Travis York, APLU’s Director of Student Success, Research, & Policy, sought to address that gap with his most recent publication — a research chapter titled, “More than a Desire to Serve: A Mixed Methods Exploration of Low-Income, First-Generation College Students’ Motivations to Participate in Service-Learning.” In this publication, York challenges long-held beliefs about service-learning and suggests a multidimensional motivation process.

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A Collaborative Approach to Personalized Learning
Meaghan N. Duff, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium

Personalized — or adaptive — learning adjusts learning experiences based on an individual student’s progress. To help promote innovative approaches to college and career preparation, USA Funds is supporting the Personalized Learning Consortium’s project. Meaghan Duff, Executive Director of APLU’s PLC shares insight into the benefits of personalized learning  with USA Funds' Senior Program Director Lorenzo Esters.

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.

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