Two Center Fellows Among Most Influential Education Scholars

For the fourth year in a row, Center faculty fellows Charles Clotfelter and Helen F. Ladd were in the top 100 of the most influential education scholars in a list released by Education Week.

Scholars are ranked on their influence on education policy and practice and the list is based on a combination of academic work and contributions to the public discussion in 2016.

The list was first published in 2010. Ladd was first listed in 2013 and Clotfelter in 2014. Both have been in the top 100 of the 200-entry list ever since.


Wilbourn Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Faculty Fellow Makeba Wilbourn has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama.

This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research. Wilbourn was one of 102 scientists and researchers to receive the award.

Through the Wilbourn Infant Lab at Duke (WILD), she studies how children learn language and how different modes of input, such as gestures, influence early language and cognitive development.