The Wei LAB would like to thank each of you for your continued support throughout 2023. It is because of supporters like you that we are able to continue our work! We look forward to sharing our work with you in 2024.
(1)Welcoming Mark Moralez and Curtis O’Dwyer to the Wei LAB:In the Fall 2023, the Wei LAB welcomed new Research Associates Mark Moralez and Curtis O’Dwyer to the team. Mark is a doctoral student in UW-Madison’s Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis Higher Education PhD program. Curtis O’Dwyer is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum & Instruction program at the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(2)Dr. Don L. Gillian-Daniel Receives NSF Grant: The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided Dr. Don L. Gillian-Daniel with a $1.25 million dollar grant for continuing research and work for the Raising Equity Values with the Inclusive Professional Framework and International Organization for Standardization Standards in Engineering Societies (REVIIS).
(3)New Wei LAB Team Article Published: Director Dr. Brian A. Burt, and Research Associates Blayne D. Stone Jr., Josh Wallace, and Tiaira Porter published article “Aspiring to the road less traveled: Factors influencing Black males’ pursuit of engineering graduate degrees” in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science.
(4)Wei LAB Team at AERA 2023: In April 2023, the Wei LAB team attended and presented at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. The team presented “Expecting Isolation and Independence, Experiencing Collaboration: Black Males’ Transitions to Graduate School.”
(5)Research Associates Publish Book Chapters: Wei LAB Research Associates Blayne D. Stone, Jr. and Joshua D. Wallace publish independent chapters in Engaging Black Men in College Through Leadership. Blayne’s article is “Black Men Engaging in Leadership at Historically White Institutions,” and Josh’s article is “What About Us? Leadership Engagement of Black College Men in STEM.”
(6)Dr. Brian A. Burt and Blayne D. Stone, Jr. Publish Article: Dr. Brian A. Burt and Blayne D. Stone Jr., and other colleagues publish article titled “How a Principal Investigator Supervises a Student Research Group: An Autoethnographic Longitudinal Examination” in the Teachers College Record. Watch this interview with Dr. Burt to learn more about this article, and read this piece from UW-Madison’s School of Education describing the article.
(7)Dr. Shawn A. Robinson Inducted into The Reading Center’s Hall of Fame: Dr. Shawn A. Robinson was inducted into The Reading Center’s Hall of Fame on November 4, 2023 for his “Dr. Dyslexia Dude” graphic novel series. The Reading Center is a nonprofit based in Rochester, Minnesota, that offers a full array of services for students with dyslexia and their families, including tutoring and training for teachers and parents.
(9)Dr. Brian A. Burt Receives NMAC Alumni Achievement Award:Indiana University’s Neal Marshall Alumni Club (NMAC) honored Dr. Brian A. Burt with the 2023 Alumni Achievement Award. The NMAC Alumni Achievement Award is designed to recognize lifetime accomplishments of Indiana University alumni for their body of work as professionals.
(10)Dr. Brian A. Burt Receives Alumni Changemaker Award: Director Dr. Brian A. Burt received the University of Maryland’s inaugural Alumni Changemaker Award. Dr. Burt was awarded the Alumni Changemaker Award for his dedication to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of education, specifically in STEM.
Moving Forward into 2024: The Wei LAB’s Vision
“Over the past year, we welcomed new members to the LAB, began implementing new processes to expand and enhance community and member learning, and we continued our commitment to producing and disseminating high-quality work. 2023 provided us great momentum for significant expansion that is to come in 2024. Stay tuned!”
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