In the United States, various factors are associated with preterm birth, including maternal characteristics, environmental factors and socioeconomic status. While medical advancements have increased premature survival rates, potential developmental and medical difficulties as a result of preterm birth remain variable, though the amount of prematurity functions as an indicator of possible impairments. Dr. Milena Keller-Margulis, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Houston (UH) and co-principal investigator Dr. Allison Dempsey, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and at the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, were awarded a $19,530 grant from the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) to investigate early indicators of academic and behavioral difficulties among children born preterm. Continue reading
Dr. Tammy Tolar, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Houston (UH) and a member of UH’s Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics (TIMES), received a three-year, $157,500 award to enhance the professional development of graduate students within STEM fields. The funding is part of a $5 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of twenty-five universities of which UH is a member. Tolar will be working with co-principal investigator Dr. Wallace Dominey, research associate professor, executive director of the STEM Teaching Equity Project (STEP) and director of the STEM Center for Teacher Professional Development at UH. Together, they will work to foster the skills of future STEM educators so that they can cultivate knowledge within their students.