September 2012 News Stories
- John Shurna (BS12) Signs to Play with New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have signed former Wildcat forward John Shurna to a partially guaranteed contract, making him the first Northwestern player to make the NBA since 1999. Shurna led the Big Ten in scoring last year, was named first team All-Big Ten and is on the all-time NU lists for points (2,038), games played (130) and blocked shots (136).
- Doing Research to Help Solve School Problems
Associate professor Jonathan Guryan and a team of investigators are providing hundreds of elementary and middle school students with adult mentors, with the goal of increasing attendance and student engagement at school. The idea is to transform low graduation rates into new commitments to learning.
- Mapping How Young People Learn
It's no secret that when young children play, it's often serious business for them, helping them comprehend how the adult world works. What may be surprising is exactly how learning takes hold before kids ever enter a classroom. David Uttal, professor of education and psychology, is known for inventive research on how young children acquire knowledge. Spatial learning is a prime area of research for Uttal.
- Center for Talent Development Holds Fall Educator Conference October 13
The Center for Talent Development 2012 Fall Educator’s Conference on October 13 will focus on the new Common Core Standards and their impact on gifted education. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, professor emerita at College of William and Mary and founder of the Center for Talent Development, will be the guest speaker.
- Zoe Goodman (BS12) Blogs about Interning with Reproductive Freedom Project in Philadelphia
In her final blog entry, Zoe Goodman (BS12) reflects on what her summer internship at the Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project at the ACLU of Pennsylvania has meant.
- Master's Student Catherine Sedun Tells Tribune about Combatting Binge Drinking at Northwestern
High school teacher Catherine Sedun, as part of her internship in the Higher Education Administration and Policy master's program, headed the Red Watch Band program at Northwestern to teach students to recognize warning signs of alcohol poisoning. The Chicago Tribune includes her comments in an article on preventing binge drinking.
- SESP Newly Certified Teachers Have 95% Job Placement This Year
Job placement for newly certified graduates of SESP teaching degree programs rose to 95 percent this year. As of August, 53 of the 56 students certified in 2012 who sought employment had jobs teaching school. In fact, all of SESP’s newly certified teachers who sought jobs in Illinois are employed.
- Kemi Jona Works on State Effort to Establish STEM ‘Learning Exchanges’
Preparing Illinois students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the goal of a new state plan to establish “learning exchanges” linking educational opportunities and business resources. SESP research professor Kemi Jona, director of Northwestern University’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP), has been involved in the state effort and advises one of the new learning exchanges.
- SESP Opportunities Fund Supports Student Initiatives
For School of Education and Social Policy undergraduates who want to make a difference through extracurricular initiatives, the SESP Opportunities Fund can make their wishes come true. Last year Mark Birhanu, Jessica Holden, Ellyn Pena, Heather Polonsky, Erica Rodriguez, Aireale Rodgers, Lauren Saunders, Ali Szemanski and Jasmine Wiggins received grants from the fund, which is intended to encourage innovation and service.
- Seven SESP Faculty and Staff Members Make Northwestern Honor Roll
Seven School of Education and Social Policy faculty and staff members were named the 2011-12 Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll. Based on student voting, Associated Student Government selected Dorie Blesoff, Alissa Chung, Danny Cohen, David Figlio, Meg Kreuser, Susan Olson and Megan Redfearn for this year’s honor roll.
- New Scientist Cites David Figlio's Study Showing Effect of Aging Population on Schools
In an article about U.S. demographic trends that highlights a crossroads for aging whites and young Hispanics, New Scientist cites professor David Figlio's finding that where there is a large racial mismatch between the school-age population and the elderly, spending on schooling is lower. The study was reported in the Journal of Public Economics.
- Remote Online Labs Spark Student's Passion for Science
The "cool science experiments" offered by OSEP's remote online laboratories sparked a passion for science in Ashley Rosales. A graduate of Lakes Community High School and now a college biology major who wants to study infectious diseases and also improve the environment, she tells the story of how she got inspired.
- Kelin McDavid Receives Kappa Fellowship for Elementary Teaching
Kelin McDavid, who graduated from Emory University and taught at a private preschool in Atlanta, is the second Master of Science in Education student to be awarded the Kappa Kappa Gamma fellowship.