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Education expert and statistician Gene Glass

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By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 8, 2010)--The UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies will host Gene Glass, Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, as the featured speaker for the College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in Main Building Room 0.106 on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Glass' lecture, based on his latest book, "Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips: The Fate of Public Education in America," will analyze how a few key technological inventions have changed culture in America and how public education has changed as a result. Glass believes these changes are driven by material self-interest and the desire for comfort and security, both of which he believes have transformed American culture into a hyper-consuming, xenophobic society that is systematically degrading public education.

His presentation will show how the central education policy debates at the start of the 21st century (vouchers, charter schools, tax credits, high-stakes testing and bilingual education) are actually about two underlying issues: how can the costs of public education be cut, and how can the education of the White middle-class be "quasi-privatized" at public expense? Working from the demographic realities of the last 30 years, Glass projects a challenging and disturbing future for public education in America.

As an American statistician and researcher working in educational psychology and the social sciences, Glass is known for coining the term "meta-analysis" while he was a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1993, as a member of the faculty at Arizona State University, Glass created the Education Policy Analysis Archives, one of the first online, peer-reviewed scholarly journals in education.

An author or co-author of more than 300 books, articles and journals, Glass is a member of the National Academy of Education and also serves as editor of Education Review, an open-access journal of book reviews in education.

A recipient of nearly two dozen awards and honors, his list of achievements includes receiving the American Educational Research Association's Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research Award in 2006 and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arizona Educational Research Organization in 1998.

Glass received a doctoral degree and master's of science degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor's degree in German and mathematics from the University of Nebraska.

For more information, contact Alan Shoho at 210-458-5411.



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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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