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Oct. 21, 2003

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UI Professor Wins Alumni Award From Beijing Normal University

University of Iowa professor Chuanren Ke has won a distinguished alumni award from his alma mater, Beijing Normal University, as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.

Ke, associate professor and chair of Asian languages and literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was one of only three alumni in North America to receive the award. He will visit the university during a January 2004 trip to China, where he will receive a plaque from university officials.

Ke said he was deeply honored to receive this award, the highest honor Beijing Normal University bestows on its graduates. This recognition of his professional achievements carries deep personal significance, he said.

Beijing Normal University is the oldest teacher-training university in China. Ke earned a degree in English there in 1982 and went on to Indiana University, Bloomington, where he earned a master's degree (1985) and doctorate (1992) in linguistics. He joined the UI faculty in 1993 and was promoted to associate professor in 1999. In addition to Chinese language courses, Ke teaches in the doctoral program in Foreign Language Acquisition, Research, and Education (FLARE), part of UI International Programs.

In addition to numerous scholarly publications, Ke is the co-creator of the first computerized adaptive test of Chinese proficiency, the Chinese Computerized Adaptive Listening Comprehension Test, published in 2002 by Ohio State University Foreign Language Publications. This multimedia tool responds to the test-takers answers with simpler or more difficult questions until a sufficiently small standard error of measurement is reached. This test format has an advantage over the traditional paper and pencil one in terms of test security, flexibility in item modifications and administration efficiency.

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