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Jonathan Plucker (Ph.D. ’95 Ed Psych ) Jonathan Pluckerwill join Johns Hopkins University in January 2016 as the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development. This joint appointment between the School of Education and the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) reflects Johns Hopkins’ commitment to interdisciplinary research and to advancing the science of learning.

“In his exceptional career to date, Jonathan Plucker has been a compelling and informed voice speaking to the needs of students at all points on the learning spectrum,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of CTY. “His leadership in defining the excellence gap as a critical dimension of all educational improvement is particularly key to advancing and integrating the unique strengths of the School of Education and Center for Talented Youth.” KEEP READING from the Johns Hopkins newsroom.

Jonathan is the 2015 Curry School Distinguished Alumnus.

Katie Robinson (M.Ed. ’14 Kines) Katie RobinsonWhen the Tulane administration was looking for a head coach to lead the Green Wave swimming and diving program to new levels of success, it was looking for an energetic leader who can provide an example both in the pool as well as in the classroom. In short, Tulane was looking for Katie Robinson.

Since taking over the team on May 2, 2013, Robinson has spearheaded the Green Wave’s efforts to improve from a sixth-place finish at the 2014 Conference USA Championship to a fourth-place showing a year later in the team’s initial venture into the American Athletic Conference. The finish at the 2015 American Championship was the highest by the program since coming in fourth at the C-USA meet in 2006 and the 494.5 points were the second most scored by the team in a conference championship.

In addition to team improvement, Robinson has raised the level of recruiting in Uptown New Orleans and those recruits have helped rewrite the Green Wave record book. Over the last two years, Tulane swimmers and diver have set nine individual records and another two relay marks.

READ MORE about Katie on the Tulane Athletics website.

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