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Assistant Professor of Practice Stephanie MacFarland is the TASH 2019 Recipient of the June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Award. TASH, an international leader in disability advocacy, fights for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs — those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect, and institutionalization.

Associate Professor of Practice Cindy Volk recently received a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support and prepare educational interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing K-12 students.

Professor Sheri Bauman was quoted in July’s Time magazine article, Inside Instagram’s War on Bullying. An expert on bullying, Bauman calls Instagram a “one-stop shop for the bully” because everything they need is there: an audience, anonymity, an emphasis on appearances, and channels that range from public feeds to behind-the-back group chats. Instagram executives are introducing comment warning, using AI to detect even borderline comments, as well as a feature called Restrict, a type of shadow ban in attempt to combat cyberbullying.

Through a combination of project-based learning and strong mentoring, from both professionals and university students, Project POEM prepares visually impaired students for STEM fields, where they are sorely underrepresented.

Transfer student Gabriel Martinez found his second family at the UA as a deaf studies major. He plans to pursue a master's degree in higher education and eventually work in disability resources at a university. Read the full story by Alexis Blue, University Communications.

Assistant Professor Desiree Vega is selected as a 2019-20 HSI Fellow. The program serves as one of many strategies to strengthen the University of Arizona’s institutional capacity and exceeds the federal criteria required to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Lia Falco, assistant professor of disability and psychoeducational studies and Kevin Henry, assistant professor of educational policy studies and practice were selected as the 2019 Erasmus Circle Fellows. Given for demonstrated integrity in research, instruction, and service, the title of Erasmus Circle Fellow is one of the highest honors bestowed upon our faculty by the college.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Arizona College of Education's rehabilitation counseling program tied for No. 4 among public universities in its latest list of graduate programs. Each year, U.S. News ranks schools and programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. The rankings in these six areas are based on expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.

This month, Disability and Psychoeducational Studies Associate Professor Sam Steen will receive the Professional Advancement Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work, a division of the American Counseling Association.

The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association names Professor of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies Linda Shaw recipient of the James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research.