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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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This briefs package highlights newsmakers and events from The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, including publication and presentation of research by its faculty. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at 601.266.4491.

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• Research Project Focus of Article in Alaska Publication
• Walker’s Research to Appear in Two Journals
• Kuczaj to Present at Symposium in Japan

Educational Research Course Study Spotlighted in Alaska Arts Commission Newsletter

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A University of Southern Mississippi graduate student in music education, Crista Cady, recently conducted a study of undergraduate arts students at the University of Alaska’s three central campuses as an assignment for a research course taught by Department of Educational Studies and Research professor Dr. Thomas Lipscomb. The study was the subject of an article in a recent edition of the Alaska Arts Consortium’s online newsletter.

The study investigated the factors associated with the decisions of college students in Alaska to pursue careers in arts education. In the newsletter, the study was described as “groundbreaking” and will help to “…begin a dialogue about what Alaska should do to promote more involvement from the university in pre-service teacher preparation in the arts.”

Lipscomb’s research includes consumer decision-making for professional services and organizational culture, and his teaching interests include behavioral science research methodology.

Walker’s Research to Appear in Two Journals

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr. David Walker, associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE), has co-authored two articles accepted for publication, including “Response to Intervention and the Courts: Litigation-based Guidance,” in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies; and “The Legal Basis of Response to Intervention: Analysis and Implications,” in the journal Exceptionality.

Walker’s teaching areas include emotional/behavioral disorder and special education administration. His research interests include provision of special education and instructional issues with students with emotional/behavioral disorders, instructional technology and Web-based instruction.

Kuczaj to Present at Comparative Psychology Symposium in Japan

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi, has organized a symposium on animal communication for the upcoming meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology to be held in Awaji, Japan. He will also give a talk on dolphin social cognition at this meeting. 

Kuczaj has been collaborating with a group of Japanese marine mammal specialists and plans to visit with them on Mikura Island during his visit to Japan. “These scientists have been studying the same group of wild dolphins for over 10 years, and we’re seeing how well our measures of dolphin personality predict the dolphins’ behavior,” Kuczaj said.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj talks with a film crew from the television documentary series NOVA about his dolphin research for a fall episode focusing on animal intelligence. Kuczaj is scheduled to present at an upcoming meeting of the International Society for Comparative Psychology to be held in Awaji, Japan. He will also give a talk on dolphin social cognition at this meeting.
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