Grants, Awards and Achievements: July 2023

Curriculum and Instruction

Anthony Brown • Professor

Congratulations to Anthony Brown for being selected as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Brown, who serves as the program advisor for the Urban Teachers Secondary Social Studies program, is being recognized for his outstanding teaching, his extraordinary dedication to his students and his significant contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level.

Rúben Cantú • Assistant Professor

Congratulations to Rubén Cantú for receiving the 2023 Austin Under 40 Award for Youth and Education presented by the Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League. A first-generation college student, Cantú started his first company at 16 and has gone on to launch community organizations that support talented students interested in starting their own ventures, as well as other programs that teach entrepreneurship, executive leadership and human-centered design. Cantú also founded and serves as director of DCCE’s Office of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Kinesiology and Health Education

Edward Coyle • Professor
Edward Coyle • Professor Emeritus
Hirofumi Tanaka • Professor

Edward CoyleBob Malina and Hiro Tanaka have been ranked among the best scholars in medicine at The University of Texas at Austin by All three faculty members study exercise performance at different points in the human lifecycle. Dr. Coyle investigates metabolic and cardiovascular factors that limit exercise performance, Dr. Tanaka examines vascular dysfunction due to aging while Dr. Molina researches physical activity’s impact on how children grow and mature. Overall, results for The University of Texas at Austin include 27 researchers, with the university ranking 50 nationally. The Best in Medicine list evaluates faculty based on their research publications. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s D-index using data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef by December 21st 2022.

Special Education

Jessica Toste • Associate Professor

Jessica Toste recently served as a guest editor for a special issue of Exceptional Children, one of the leading journals in the Special education field. Edited in collaboration with Elizabeth Talbott, professor at William and Mary University, and Michelle Cumming, associate professor at Florida International University, the issue focuses on how research methods will evolve and move the field forward. Dr. Toste also co-wrote an article for the journal about the next generation of quality indicators for group design research in special education.

Erica Fry • Ph.D. Candidate

Congratulations to Erica Fry for receiving the College of Education’s Graduate Student Research Award recognizing her dissertation research. This is the second award she’s received in support of her research around the impact of the EXPERT PLC, an online professional learning community focused on data-based instruction and social-emotional learning for early career special education teachers.