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UW-Madison's Kaplan to deliver distinguished lectures at McGill, Fordham in fall

March 01, 2019

UW-Madison’s David Kaplan will be traveling off campus this fall to deliver two distinguished lectures.

Kaplan is the Patricia Busk Professor of Quantitative Methods with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology. His current program of research focuses on the development of Bayesian methods applied to a wide range of education research settings. 

David Kaplan
On Sept. 27, he will give the Donald O. Hebb Lecture in the Department of Psychology at McGill University.  Hebb was considered one of the most important psychologists of the 20th century.  He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Royal Society of London, and was president of the Canadian and American Psychological Associations.

Hebb won the American Psychology Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution. Information on the Hebb lecture can be found here. The topic of Kaplan’s lecture will consider the quantification of uncertainty in models and methods in large-scale educational research.

On Oct. 29, Kaplan will give the Anne Anastasi Lecture at Fordham University, which will consist of a public lecture and a Department of Psychology Colloquium.  Anastasi was a pioneer in psychological measurement and in 1972 was the first woman in over 50 years to serve as president of the American Psychological Association. 

Details on the lecture can be found here. The topic of Kaplan’s public lecture will be on issues regarding the proper interpretation of large-scale educational assessments.  His colloquium will concern recent developments in Bayesian approaches to addressing uncertainty in statistical models.

Kaplan holds affiliate appointments in UW-Madison's Department of Population Health Sciences and the Center for Demography and Ecology. He is a research fellow of the German Institute for International Educational Research and is also an honorary research fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.

Kaplan is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a recipient of the Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association, a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 5), a recipient of the Humboldt Research Award, and was a Jeanne Griffith Fellow at the National Center for Education Statistics. 


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