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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 and Executive Director of the BAA Academic Programs Section

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."

Barbara Couture to Speak at Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Barbara Couture, D.A.
Senior Advisor for Advancement

Barbara Couture will present a session on "Balancing Risks & Rewards as Research Expectations Change" during the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) annual convention in Tampa, FL on March 20, 2015.

Christine M. Keller
Christine M. Keller to Testify on Capitol Hill
Christine M. Keller, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis, and Executive Director, Voluntary System of Accountability and Student Achievement Measure

APLU Vice President Christine M. Keller testifies before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on Tuesday, March 17. Keller will discuss how lessons from the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) and the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) can improve higher education policies for students, families, and taxpayers.

Howard Gobstein discusses the MTE-Partnership
Howard Gobstein
Executive Vice President and Co-Project Director, Science & Mathematics Teaching Imperative

Howard Gobstein discusses the MTE-Partnership on the panel:  Launching Improvement Networks:  A Framework for Getting Started at the 2nd Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education March 3 in San Francisco, CA.

Jared C. Avery
Jared C. Avery Serves as Panelists for the 3rd Annual NSBE Public Policy SIG Symposium
Jared C. Avery, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Access & Success

Jared C. Avery, associate director for the Office of Access and Success at the Association for Public & Land-grant-Universities, recently served as a panelist for the 3rd Annual National Society of Black Engineers Public Policy Symposium at Carnegie Mellow University. The panel discussion focused on strategies that lead to STEM student success from both a policy and practice standpoint. Avery was joined on the panel by professionals from both education non-profit and secondary education sector.

Ann H. Becks
Ann H. Becks will be conferred a Doctor of Philosoph
Ann H. Becks, Ph.D.
Director, Student Success, Research and Policy

Ann H. Becks will be conferred a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling and personnel services with a specialization in college student personnel by the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2015. Her dissertation, titled "The initial academic major decision-making process: An application of Azjen's Theory of Planned Behavior," was successfully defended in the 2014 fall semester.