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Eva Lam is assistant professor of learning sciences, specializing in culture and learning. Lam earned a doctorate in language, literacy and culture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. Her research interests are second-language literacy development, language and identity, language socialization, literacy and technology, globalization and English learning, critical discourse analysis and postcolonial study of second-language education. Lam's most recent position was as a lecturer and research fellow at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's School of Education.

Robin Linn-Cohen is director of undergraduate teacher education and assistant director of the Center for Talent Development (CTD). She earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. She also earned an EdM from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy. Her dissertation focused on gifted education, and her research interests are teacher pedagogy and student learning. She will collaborate with Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, director of the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, director of CTD, to design and implement a new advanced teaching track focusing on differentiation and gifted education.

Grants Louis M. Gomez and Uri J. Wilensky, Searle Fund, "Understanding school choice using agent-based simulation techniques" ($171,548); Gomez, Institute of Education Sciences, "Can literacy professional development be improved with web-based collaborative learning tools?: A randomized field trial" ($130,917).

Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, Spencer Foundation, "Listening to a different perspective" ($35,000).

Barton J. Hirsch, William T. Grant Foundation, "Improving the quality of after-school program implementation: Promising organization practices" ($25,000).

John P. Kretzmann, Chicago Community Trust, "Chicago life opportunities initiative" ($15,000).

Jelani Mandara, Evanston/Skokie District 65, "Positive behavior support intervention" ($6,918).

Brian J. Reiser, National Science Foundation, "Collaborative research: Developing the next generation of middle school science materials - Investigating and questioning our world through science and technology" ($1,719,205).

James P. Spillane, Rockefeller Foundation, "Investigating the practice of school improvement: Theory, methodology and relevance workshop - travel funds" ($4,000);

James P. Spillane, Greg J. Duncan, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Daniel C. Edelson, Institute of Education Sciences, "Interdisciplinary training for education research: Practice and policy" ($3,663,364);

James P. Spillane, Penelope Peterson, Miriam Gamoran Sherin, Spyros Konstantopoulos, National Science Foundation, "RETA: Distributed leadership for middle school mathematics education: Content area leadership expertise in practice" ($2,297,008)

James P. Spillane, Institute of Education Sciences, "Assessing the impact of principals' professional development: An evaluation of the National Institute for School Leadership" ($672,928).