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Staff and Research Assistants

GlobalEd 2 – Staff and Graduate Assistants

The principal investigators of the GlobalEd 2 project are Scott W. Brown and Kimberly A. Lawless.

Mark A. Boyer, Ph.D

boyer Mark A. Boyer serves as a senior scientist on the project. Dr. Boyer is a UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on international relations and the GlobalEd project, where he has worked for over eight years training teachers and coordinating the simulation. Dr. Boyer is the co-editor of International Studies Review and has published extensively in the field international relations, specifically at the nexus of conflict and cooperation and on learning outcomes related to middle and high school students.

341 Mansfield Road , Unit 1024
University of Connecticut
Storrs , CT 06269-1024
Phone: 860-486-3156
Fax: 860-486-8307
Email: mark.boyer@uconn.edu

Chris Rhoads, Ph.D

Rhoads1 Dr. Chris Rhoads serves as a senior scientist on the project and Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Northwestern University in 2008. His current work involves: exploring the implications of “contamination” of experimental interventions for the design and analysis of experiments with clustering; using prior information about the correlation structure to improve power and precision in experiments with clustering; determining optimal experimental designs for regression discontinuity studies; understanding the impact of implementation fidelity on the precision of estimates of treatment effectiveness; and developing procedures for the meta-analysis of partially identified regions.

Department of Educational Psychology
249 Glenbrook Road, U-3064
Storrs, CT 06269-3064
Phone: (860) 486-3321
Email: christopher.rhoads@uconn.edu

Kamila Brodowinska

kamila Kamila Brodowinska is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before entering the doctoral program, Kamila spent several years at the Learning Sciences Research Institute where she assisted in a multitude of research endeavors spanning from projects focusing on understanding children’s learning when utilizing technology to examining various aspects of teacher preparation programs across the country. Kamila’s own research interests center around issues of assistive technologies for ELL students.

University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Education
1040 W. Harrison M/C 147
Chicago IL 60607
Email: kbrodo1@uic.edu

Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Ph.D

carol Dr.Carol Atkinson-Palombo serves as a senior scientist on the project and is an assistant professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut. Having served as a Senior Fellow in a National Science Foundation-funded graduate training program in Urban Ecology at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, Dr. Atkinson-Palombo has been trained to work across traditional academic disciplines to address complex, societally-relevant research questions. She works in a variety of settings in the developed and developing world, and investigates the impacts of public policies intended to generate sustainability on various resources including land, air, and water.

Department of Geography
CLAS Building, Room 422
215 Glenbrook Road, U-4148
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4148
Website: http://homepages.uconn.edu/~caa07006/
Email: carol.atkinson-palombo@uconn.edu

Simon Wang

Simon Simon is a Ph.D student in in the Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technologies program at the University of Connecticut. He earned his M.A. degrees respectively from Eastern Michigan University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China, in English/Language Arts Teacher Education. He received his B.A. in English Language and Literature from Tianjin Foreign Studies University. He served as part-time English lecturer for two years prior coming to the U.S, and taught beginning level Chinese classes full time in Michigan for six months. He is instered in mobile assisted teaching and learning, distance learning and training, technology affordances in language teaching.

Department of Educational Psychology
249 Glenbrook Road Unit-3064, Room 125
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3064
Email:meng.wang@uconn.edu

Sarah Newton

Sarah_Newton Sarah works as a graduate assistant to the Women in STEM Subcommittee of the Retention and Graduation Task Force at UConn, for which she is the quantitative analysis and instrument design consultant. She also fulfills roles in several local, regional, and national professional organizations. At the local level, Sarah is the Secretary of the Neag Graduate Student Association (NGSA) and has served on the Neag Assessment Committee (NAC). Regionally, she is a member of the Northeastern Educational Research Association’s Graduate Student Issues Committee (NERA GSIC). Nationally, she serves as the Graduate Student Representative for the National Association of Test Directors (NATD), participates on the National Council on Measurement in Education’s (NCME) Career Contributions Committee, and is co-chairing the Division H Exhibits Booth at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Sarah’s research interests focus in instrument construction and validation, program evaluation/needs assessment, information criteria performance, and statistical modeling in a latent variable framework.

Department of Educational Psychology
249 Glenbrook Road Unit-3064, Room 125
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3064
Email:sarah.newton@uconn.edu

Addison Zhao

Addison Addison is a Master’s student in the Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology program and received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. His research interest includes K-12 pedagogy and theory, educational leadership, technology in the classroom, and specialized high school’s student’s self-efficacy in relation to acceptance rates into universities.

Department of Educational Psychology
249 Glenbrook Road Unit-3064, Room 125
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3064
Email: addison.zhao@uconn.edu

Shiyu (Sheila) Song

Sheila Sheila is now a Ph.D student in the CILT program. Department of Educational Psychology. She earned her B.S. with Honors in Psychology and Cognition Science from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. She is a junior-level School Counselor and has served as a telephone consultant in HuaDa Institute of Applied Psychology in Shanghai since 2011. Her research interests include motivation and self-efficacy of student in classroom, problem-based learning and learning science.

Department of Educational Psychology
249 Glenbrook Road Unit-3064, Room 125
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3064
Email:shiyu.song@uconn.edu

Lisa Lynn

LisaLynn Lisa Lynn is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Lisa got her B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Lisa’s research interests include educational measurement, assessment, and self-regulated learning.

University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Education
1040 W. Harrison M/C 147
Chicago IL 60607
Email: lsteve5@uic.edu

Jeremy Riel

riel Jeremy is a doctoral student of learning sciences and is the coordinator of the Faculty Assistance Center for Technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focus is on understanding teaching and learning methods for teacher professional development with digital media and how professionals learn in digital
spaces. Jeremy’s design work includes online and distance learning professional development software and learning environments that leverage digital media. His interests include technology, education, gadgets, building things, being outside, and legos. Lots of legos.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Learning Sciences Research Institute
1240 W. Harrison St. Room 1535
Chicago, IL 60607
Email: jriel2@uic.edu