September 2010 News Stories

September 2010 News Stories

  • Office of STEM Education Partnerships Awarded HP Grant for Online Education in Science
    Northwestern University has received a grant to participate in HP’s Catalyst Initiative, a global social innovation program designed to develop more effective approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

  • MSLOC Student Rashaun Sourles Wins Entrepreneur Award for Green Business
    Rashaun Sourles, a student in the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program, won an entrepreneur award for an environmental start-up business that clarifies pond water.

  • Neugarten Lecture Features Tom Schuller on October 5
    “Learning across the Life Span: New Century, New Challenges” will be the topic when the Human Development and Social Policy program presents the Bernice Neugarten Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. on October 5 in Annenberg Hall. The featured speaker will be Tom Schuller, author of 15 books and director of Longview, a London think tank promoting life course research.

  • New Study Finds Good Preschools Prevent Problems for Low-Income Kids
    Children from low-income families who attend high-quality preschool programs are less likely to develop behavior problems later in childhood, according to a new study by Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal (PhD04), SESP professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Christine Li-Grining (PhD06) and other researchers.

  • Senior Claire Lew, Professor Dan Lewis Address New Students at President's Convocation
    Along President Morton Schapiro, Claire Lew, president of Associated Student Government, and Dan Lewis, chair of the One Book, One Northwestern project, spoke to new Northwestern students at the convocation that wrapped up Wildcat Welcome.

  • Project Excite Graduate Enrolls at Northwestern
    Northwestern freshman Chance Carter, who graduated from the Project Excite program that advances the science and mathematics skills of gifted minority students in Evanston schools, is the first student from Project Excite to enroll at the University.

  • New York Times Cites Professor Jonathan Guryan on Rising Wages for African Americans
    A New York Times article explaining the rise in happiness for African Americans over the past three decades summarizes professor Jonathan Guryan's research showing that the black-white pay gap has lessened slightly.

  • Paula Olszewski-Kubilius Comments on Potential of Child Prodigies
    In a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article, Center for Talent Development director Paula Olszewski-Kubilius comments on why the transition from child prodigy to virtuoso is rare.

  • Rx for Social Disparities in Health
    From the womb to the classroom and beyond, research at the School of Education and Social Policy and Northwestern University is exploring ways to overcome the negative impact of social disparities on health and well-being. Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is founding director of Cells to Society, which seeks to understand how social differences impact health. Associate professor Diane Schanzenbach is examining critical links between education and health, such as those involving school lunches and recess.

  • Wildcat Coach Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) on a Roll as 'Mr. Intensity'
    Northwestern magazine profiles Pat Fitzgerald (BS97), a SESP organizational development graduate who is leading Northwestern football to great heights. Under "Mr. Intensity," the Wildcats have won 17 games over their last two seasons and are gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive bowl berth.

  • New York Times Cites Professor Jonathan Guryan's Study of For-Profit Colleges
    Associate professor Jonathan Guryan's research on for-profit colleges indicates that a proposed government regulation would have unintended consequences disproportionately affecting poor, black and Hispanic students, who attend for-profits at higher rates.

  • New York Times Discusses Professor David Figlio's Study of Online Education
    The New York Times discusses an experimental study by professor David Figlio comparing online lectures with face-to-face teaching. The research found students in online lectures performed slightly worse, especially certain groups of students.

  • SESP Welcomes New Students as School Year Begins
    The School of Education and Social Policy will welcome 45 new undergraduates and 134 new graduate students this fall.

  • Beating the Odds: Overcoming Social Disparities in Education
    Jonathan Guryan, Kirabo Jackson and Mesmin Destin, all faculty members in the Human Development and Social Policy program, bring fresh approaches to studying social disparities in educational outcomes. Their explorations suggest that educators would do well to consider a variety of factors — community and cultural settings and technology, just to name a few — in looking for possible solutions.