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Dr. Stephanie Cawthon Receives Clark Center Funding

Stephanie Cawthon, director of Research and Evaluation for Drama for Schools and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at UT-Austin, received a small grant from the Clark Center to support her project, “Engaging Artists in Body Based Learning: Lessons from the Adelaide-Austin Partnership.” In late May, she will travel to Adelaide, where Stephanie will meet up with UT-Austin Assistant Professor Katie Dawson who is spending the spring 2016 semester as a visiting professor at the University of South Australia. Stephanie and Katie will be working with an alliance of South Australian arts and education leaders known as the Arts>Rich>Together that works to improve reative learning opportunities for young people. In her research, Stephanie will examine how Creative Body-Based Learning (CBL, a form of arts integration) approaches can impact student-learning outcomes in mathematics for Aboriginal and disadvantaged students in South Australia.

Congratulations, Darcy Holender!

Darcey Holender received an Undergraduate Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts to support her project on Question Time in New Zealand.  New Zealand’s Parliament uses a mixed-member proportional electoral system that allows voters to cast two ballots, one for their electorate and the other for a political party.  Of Parliament's 120 seats, 64 are allocated to general electorates, seven to Māori electorates, and the remainder are distributed to political parties based on the proportion of votes they received.  Darcey is examining whether a relationship exists between the kinds of questions that Members of Parliament ask during Question Time and the types of seats that they hold.

Fall 2015 Plan II Senior Thesis Symposium: Conor Danaher

On November 15, Clark Scholar Conor Danaher presented his research at the Fall 2015 Plan II Senior Thesis Symposium held in the College of Liberal Arts Building.  Every fall and spring, seniors in the Plan II Honors Program present their original thesis research in a series of oral presentations.  Conor presented his project, "Privilege & Procedure: Analyzing Business Group Lobbying in the Australian Senate," at a panel entitled Business, Government, and Society.  Dr. Rhonda Evans, Conor’s thesis supervisor, served as the panel’s moderator.  Conor’s thesis project grew out of research that he conducted last year as a Clark Scholar.

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