On September 25 - 27, over 200 people attended the Leadership for Character Conference hosted by The University of Alabama, in collaboration with The Hope Institute, Samford University, and the University of West Alabama. Teachers, educational leaders, higher education scholars, and others interested in moral and character development were invited to attend. The Communities Cultivating Character (CCC) Conference brought together interested parties to connect, inform, and further motivate communities wanting to cultivate character in Alabama, as well as across the United States.
According to Professor David Walker, Director of The Center for the Study of Ethical Development, this conference was a space where participants and presenters were encouraged to think beyond basic character education, including for example, how adults and leaders in a school can develop moral growth mindsets involving a commitment to their own continuous growth and development. "After all, it might be said that character development starts by looking in the mirror. Another way to think about communities cultivating character is to emphasize how different communities can come together around the aims of character development. Indeed, this conference is an example of just that for bringing together practitioners and leaders in schools with scholars and researchers at universities."
Please click here for more information about the list of keynote speakers, topics covered at the CCC conference, and other pertinent information.
Congratulations to Julia Leskow from the Elden Lab (PI: Dr. Firat Soylu) on receiving the 1st place award at the 2023 UA Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference on April 11, 2023! Julia's poster was titled "Neural Processing Differences for Social and Number Gestures," and Raegan's "EEG/ERP Differences in Processing Facial and Hand Gestures." Julia is about the graduate and will start her master's in Neuroimaging at the University of Southern California in Fall 2023.
PUBLICATION UPDATE: Read Dr. Macarena Suarez Pellicioni's latest review on the Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying multiplication and subtraction performance
Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, numerous graduate students have presented (or will present) their research at various conferences. Due to COVID-19, many conferences have been virtual, but that hasn't stopped our students from continuing their great work. Congratulations to students on their research!
This post will be updated to reflect student presentations during the 2020-2021 academic year, so please check back.