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How Children Categorize Living Things
Linguistic and cultural forces shape children's understanding of the natural world. In a study conducted by Andrea Taverna of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (Formosa, Argentina) with Sandra Waxman and Douglas Medin of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and SESP at Northwestern University, the responses of children from three different cultural communities in Argentina to what is living differed, offering a glimpse of how linguistic, cultural and experiential forces shape understanding of the natural world.
Huffington Post Video: Alexandra Solomon Tells How Couples Avoid Relationship Ruts
To avoid relationship ruts, clinical psychologist and SESP instructor Alexandra Solomon says there is a million-dollar question that happy couples ask, over and over: "What's it like to be in a relationship with me right now?" She also recommends eye contact and holding hands as a way to engage.
12 SESP Students Awarded Undergraduate Internship Grants
Twelve SESP students were awarded grants for their internships this summer through the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP): Robert Bourret, Catherine Chung, Isabel Garcia, Brandon Hill,Jenny Kwon, Adriana Lopez, Maria Marquez, Anisa Mian, Hannah Ongman, Gabrielle Parsons, Natalie Sack and Jacqueline Soria.
Kemi Jona's Special Issue of Distance Education on MOOCs Available
Research professor Kemi Jona edited a special issue of Distance Education on massive open online courses (MOOCs), a phenomenon that he says has "rocked the boat of higher education." Articles and commentaries discuss emerging research in this field where "practice is leading theory."
Cynthia Coburn Gives Keynote Talk at International Learning Conference
Professor Cynthia Coburn, an expert in the area of scaling up education reform efforts, will address an international learning conference this week. At the International SIM Conference, she will provide a framework for how to spread and sustain successful changes in instruction.
David Figlio Delivers Keynote Economic Policy Lecture in Poland
Professor David Figlio added Warsaw to his list of destinations for economic policy talks as he headed to Poland to deliver the Leonid Hurwicz Lecture. His keynote address kicked off the ninth annual Warsaw International Economic Meeting on July 10.
Abraham Lo Wins AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship
Learning Sciences doctoral student Abraham Lo received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research for 2014-15. This fellowship recognizes the quality of Lo’s research and his potential to contribute to education improvement.
Humorous YouTube Video with 145,000 Views Highlights Claudia Haase's 'Marriage Gene' Research
A humorous YouTube video highlights research by assistant professor Claudia Haase and her collaborators at University of California-Berekeley showing the link between a certain gene and marital happiness. Those with a particular variant of the 5-HTTLPR gene react more to the emotions in a marriage while those with other variants are more even and thus happier.
Energy Game Created by Mike Horn and Reed Stevens Wins Award
A game called Turn Up the Heat that faculty members Mike Horn and Reed Stevens developed for their Green Homes Games project recently won an award at the international Games+Learning+Society conference. The project aims to discover enjoyable ways for families to consider energy use and environmental sustainability.
SESP Dedicates Kothari Learning Studio at Annenberg Hall
In recognition of their son’s education at SESP, Shyam and Nina Kothari decided to support a classroom in Annenberg Hall where their son had classes. The high-tech Kothari Learning Studio was dedicated the day before Arjun Kothari’s graduation at a June 19 reception attended by the Kothari family, Northwestern trustees and faculty.
Kirabo Jackson Finds Increased School Spending Helps Poor Kids
New research by SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson shows that increases in K-12 school spending lead to better outcomes for children living in poverty. His exhaustive research investigated four decades’ worth of data on the impact of court-mandated changes in school finance.
Seniors Marisa Bast, Raleigh Smith Win Big Ten Medal of Honor
The two winners of this year's Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference's most prestigious award recognizing academic and athletic excellence, are SESP graduating seniors Marisa Bast and Raleigh Smith. Bast has been a standout at softball, Smith at tennis.
Northwestern Partners on New Center to Study Education Leaders' Use of Research
The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $5 million to the University of Colorado Boulder, the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University and the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University to create a new center that will study how educational leaders — including school district supervisors and principals — use research when making decisions and what can be done to make research findings more useful and relevant for those leaders.
SESP Convocation 2014 Honors Graduates, Inspires Leadership
At the Convocation for the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) on June 20, undergraduate, master’s and doctoral graduates received diplomas, and awards were presented to faculty and students. Gary Kosman, the founder and CEO of America Learns, was the featured speaker, along with student speaker Josephine Lee.
Former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton (MS42) Donates Papers to Northwestern
Lorraine Morton (MS42), Evanston’s first African-American mayor and longtime public school educator, donated her papers to Northwestern University. She has been a witness to and participant in enormous social change since making Evanston her permanent home in 1953.
Doctoral Student Elizabeth Dyer Awarded NAE/Spencer Fellowship
Elizabeth Dyer, a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at SESP, was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for the coming academic year. Only 30 fellows were chosen from more than 600 applications from students at about 100 graduate institutions.
Philanthropy Class Donates $50,000 to Local Nonprofits
To “learn by doing,” students in SESP’s Learning Philanthropy course had the opportunity to actually donate $50,000 to nonprofit organizations that benefit children and adults. After studying the history and practice of philanthropic giving and extensively researching individual charities, student groups made donations to four local nonprofit organizations.
Bill Gates Tweets about SESP Philanthropy Class
Bill Gates, who has become an advocate for philanthropy after making his fortune with Microsoft, tweeted about the School of Education and Social Policy philanthropy class recently.
Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools Holds Kickoff Event
Nearly 80 high school students entered Thorne Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus on June 12 full of anticipation. They had been selected for the inaugural class of Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools, and with their parents they were attending the kickoff orientation event to find out how the program will help them to attend a top college.
Senior Honors Students Present Research
Eleven School of Education and Social Policy seniors in the undergraduate honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 6. All are students of Dean Penelope Peterson and teaching assistant Tracy Dobie.