Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators Award

In addition to receiving the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, I am also a recipient of their Top Educators Award. Although such awards are often considered “vanity” accolades, Marquis Who’s Who is the original Who’s Who and the biographies they publish are often useful for a variety of purposes. For example, genealogy has long been a hobby of mine and Who’s Who listings can be an excellent resource for obtaining information.

Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award

I was nominated to appear in Who’s Who in America and then Who’s Who in the World many years ago by someone who had served as the President of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) as a result my own work with the organization, as well as my advocacy for music education. As the “real/original” Who’s Who, it still serves as a reference for people who have done “stuff.” Anyway, they recently informed me that I was going to be recognized with their Albert Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (that makes me feel very old)! Click here for their blurb on me. Kinda fun!

Catching Up: My Second Article This Year Was Published

My schedule is so full that I simply don’t have time to keep up with this blog. My second article this year appeared in print over the summer: Evaluation of artifact-corrected electroencephalographic (EEG) training: A pilot study

As the new academic year is also now well underway, I am currently attending the 2018 International Conference on ADHD in St. Louis, MO. I presented a poster session last night on my research findings – the Contribution of Artifact Correction for Enhancing the Efficacy of Neurofeedback in Addressing Symptoms of Attention Deficits.

Boycott the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

ACTION ALERT: Do you or a loved one have ADD/ADHD? Are you aware that the world’s biggest special education “advocacy’ group is AGAIN ignoring the largest population of exceptional children in our schools – those with ADD/ADHD? Please join the boycott against the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Please spread the word! Full details may be found here: Click here and join the boycott against the Council for Exceptional Children.

A Lot Has Happened Since the Last Post

This blog nearly disappeared into the ether, nearly three years ago when I last noted that a lot of wonderful things happened. My feelings haven’t changed since then! Of greatest note is that I had alluded to my new job; however, I hadn’t yet made the formal announcement as I wanted to wait until a bit later to provide the great news. Well, that was a long time again and the word has long been out; I accepted a position as an assistant professor at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.

The move was, obviously, an enormous one for me; however, I never thought twice about it. Although I’m a native Californian, over the years, I’ve come to despise that state for many very good reasons. Although I did not know where I would eventually end up, I had three separate positions for which I was in the running at the time I accepted the offer from Seton Hall – one in Boston, another in Texas, and Seton Hall. Following my interview with Seton Hall, I was immediately offered a position and gladly accepted. The Boston position looked intriguing and while I like Texas, I did not want that position there as it was in a terrible location (albeit with a prestigious university).

Nearly three years later, I have never regretted making the move to NJ. While I had never been here before (except I may have caught a flight out of Newark, once), I absolutely love the state. NJ has an astonishingly bad reputation but I found those criticisms to be completely unfounded. Furthermore, I really enjoy my position and have made many, many friends. The cultural offerings are no less than spectacular – I live just 30 miles from NYC and a mere 75 miles from Philadelphia.

My scholarly pursuits have flourished – I’ve taught graduate and undergraduate courses, completed data collection for my first research project last spring, have presented at several conferences, and have already had two articles published, with a third one under review now (more on those later).

Equally important is that I have found enormous happiness in my personal life. It’s been more than two decades since I’ve been this content with my life and am very, very involved with music, as well as with philanthropic organizations. I’ll post more highlights of the past three years in coming posts.

My dissertation has been published!

My dissertation, Neurofeedback as an Intervention to Improve Reading Achievement in Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Inattentive Subtype has just been published on eScholarship is operated by the University of California and “provides Open-Access scholarly publishing services . . . and delivers a dynamic research platform to scholars worldwide.” Unlike many diploma mills, which do not provide open access to their school’s dissertations, the University of California now publishes essentially all dissertations and provides free access to the public. This is as it should be. It’s rather interesting, to say the least, that the lower the status of the school, the more restrictive they are to providing access – in fact, many charge exorbitant fees for them. I am very proud to be a graduate of a world-class research institution such as the University of California, Riverside.