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50th Anniversary Spotlight on Rongxiu Wu

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Rongxiu Wu – Research Assistant

How did you come to know HDI?

How long have you been at HDI and what is your role?
I have been working as a research assistant in HDI for more than three years.

During your time at HDI, of which accomplishments are you most proud?
I had the chance to work with Dr. Rumrill, Dr. Adams, and Dr. Sheppard-Jones on a manuscript which focuses on the umployment reasons for people with multiple sclerosis and have it published.

Please share a fun or fond moment you had with HDI?
I still miss the time that several ladies in the floor at MIB come to Lindsey’s office during the noon break and had exercise together.

Do you have any advice for current and future staff and students at HDI?
Hopefully we could find ways to work on more research and spread our findings out.

What does HDI mean to you?
HDI is always a big warm inclusive family to me.

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Research Assistant Spotlight: Rongxiu Wu

by Bill Mazzoleni

Rongxiu Wu is from Anhui Province, China. Two years ago, she chose to study at UK as a doctoral student. She formerly studied at Shanghai University in China and her major was Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. She currently studies Quantitative and Psychometric Methods in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky.

Working at HDI, Rongxiu assists Christina Espinosa with an online course as her teaching assistant. She does some revising, transcribing and captioning. She also helps Megan Jasperson with HDI’s Health and Wellness Program by doing some data analysis for it. She enjoys working in such an inclusive environment. She wants to apply what she learns from data analysis to the research of disability areas.

She enjoys doing yoga when she has the time. She also enjoys drinking Green Tea Frappuccino at Starbucks. She has traveled around the U.S. and the world. She has half of a year exchange experience at University College Cork in Ireland as a graduate student from China.  It was the first time she got to know other people with disabilities, and she saw a big difference in how people with disabilities are treated.

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Student Scholarships: Disability Policy Seminar

Whittney Darnell and Rongxiu Wu, doctoral students in the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) Graduate Certificate program in Developmental Disabilities, recently received HDI Student Scholarships to attend the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.

The Disability Policy Seminar is an annual conference put on in collaboration by multiple national disability organizations including the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). The conference focuses on educating participants about policy issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Continue reading