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Fischer Named Chair of Appalachian Regional Education Laboratory Governing Board

Kurt FischerBigelow Professor Kurt Fischer has been selected as the chairperson of the Appalachian Regional Education Laboratory governing board. The laboratory, which is part of a network of ten laboratories in different regions of the country, is intended to assist in the research needs of state and local education agencies, districts, and schools in the Appalachian region.

"It's great to help lead this important new educational laboratory as it seeks to build better educational research and practice in Appalachia," Fischer said.

Fischer, the director of HGSE's Mind, Brain, and Education program, studies cognitive and emotional development and learning from birth through adulthood, combining analysis of the commonalities across people with the diversity of pathways of learning and development. His work focuses on the organization of behavior and the ways it changes, especially with development, learning, emotion, and culture. Leading an international movement to connect biology and cognitive science to education, he is founding president of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and founding editor of the new journal Mind, Brain, and Education.

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