UVa "Innovator" Named, First Educator to Win Award

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

April 17, 2013

A top UVa award for advancements in research went to a field of study it never has before.

UVa Innovation unveiled the winner of its annual Innovator of the Year Award on Wednesday evening. For the first time, the award went to a member of the Curry School of Education.

Marcia Invernizzi, a professor of education at the Curry School, was recognized for developing Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, or PALS, teaching tests and tools which measure and help children's literacy.

Invernizzi said she was proud to the first Curry won giving the award to her field recognizes the importance of literacy.

"I'm really proud that literacy can also be positioned as a public health issue because it really is a public health issue because literacy is foundational to our economic productivity, and to a successful life, and a well-functioning, democratic society," Invernizzi said.

The Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award is the highest honor given to an innovator at UVa. It honors a person or team each year whose research discovery is making a major impact.

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