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Faculty, Students to Give Presentations at AERA Conference, April 16-20
At the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) in Chicago from April 16 to 20, 83 Northwestern University faculty members and graduate students will give presentations related to their education research.
Alumni Muneer Satter and Kristin Hertel Commit $2 Million to SESP
Northwestern University alumni Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel (BS86) have committed $2 million to the School of Education and Social Policy to support Project Excite and other educational opportunities for deserving Northwestern scholars.
Junior Qiddist Hammerly Wins Truman Scholarship for Public Service
SESP junior Qiddist Miriam Hammerly has received the highly competitive Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 award that supports graduate education for outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in public service.
Junior Renee Wellman Receives Udall Scholarship
Junior Renee Wellman, a social policy major, has been awarded the Udall Scholarship. She is the first Northwestern student in five years to win the award.
MSLOC Student Lanier Zimmer Receives Luce Fellowship for Policy Work in Asia
SESP graduate student Lanier Zimmer received a prestigious Luce Fellowship to work and learn in Asia over the next year. A student in the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program, she will begin with a language and cultural orientation this summer.
WBEZ Interviews Danny M. Cohen about His New Novel, Train
SESP instructor Danny M. Cohen discusses his young adult novel, Train: A Novel Inspired by Hidden History, as Holocaust fiction and an outgrowth of his focus on Holocaust education design. Portraying the complexities of Holocaust victims, the story is not just about persecuted Jews but also the Roma, homosexuals, the disabled and other young people fearing for their lives.
Families, Educators Invited to Free STEM Learning Event
SESP’s Center for Talent Development is co-hosting a free interactive teaching and learning event for families and educators on April 25. This Share Fair event will allow educators, students and families to experience innovative methods for transforming STEM education.
Northwestern Hosts Summit to Inspire STEAM Education Innovation
To inspire K-12 education leaders, the Office of STEM Education Partnerships planned Northwestern's first STEAM Summit on April 14 with Segal Design Institute. The daylong event is intended to foster innovative thinking, collaboration, planning and action in K-12 for STEAM teaching and learning.
MSLOC Instructors Aaron Olson, B. K. Simerson Co-Author Book on Strategic Leadership
A new book by two instructors in the SESP Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program examines what leaders who think strategically do differently. Aaron Olson (MS98) and B. K. Simerson say their book Leading with Strategic Thinking is based on their teaching at Northwestern, 35 years of consulting experience and a study of more than 300 leaders.
Huffington Post Features Uri Wilensky's Agent-Based Modeling as 'Cyberlearning Transforming Education'
In an article on "7 Cyberlearning Technologies Transforming Education, Huffington Post highlights professor Uri Wilensky's work with agent-based computer modeling for education. Wilensky's NetLogo agent-based modeling platform enables students to more easily engage in scientific inquiry.
SESP Holds International Education Conference with Sciences Po
SESP is hosting an international education conference, sponsored by its Office of Global Initiatives and featuring a collaboration with Sciences Po, the highly regarded Paris center for research and higher education. “Education and Society: Access, Opportunity and Equity” will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and research on critical issues facing education around the globe.
Trust Increases with Age, Benefits Well-Being
New research by SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase suggests a bright side to getting older. Trust increases with age and predicts increases in well-being, according to Haase's study, which also finds that older people are able to see the best in people.
Professor Kemi Jona Discusses Power of Informal Learning across Life Span
At a Dialogues with Gensler event, SESP professor Kemi Jona, whose work explores improving learning with technology, spoke of the power of informal learning environments. “We learn throughout our lives,” says Jona, “At home, at play, through our hobbies. People are amazing learners, but most of them shut that off when they walk into a classroom.”
Dedre Gentner Finds Comparison Method Helps Children Quickly Learn Engineering Principle
Analogical processing helped children quickly learn a key engineering principle as they constructed toy buildings, professor Dedre Gentner found in a study carried out in the Chicago Children’s Museum. Her work seeks ways to support children’s learning both in school and in informal environments.
PhD Student David Weintrop Wins Computer Science Education Award
Learning Sciences doctoral student Dave Weintrop is investigating the best way to teach students how to program computers — a skill he sees as critically important in today’s world. His work recently won the gold medal for student research from the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest professional organization for computing professionals and academics.
MetaMedia Center for Youth Opens in Evanston as Partnership with Northwestern
The Chicago Tribune reports that a digital media and maker lab for Evanston youth opened at McGaw YMCA, developed as a collaboration among McGaw YMCA, Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) and Northwestern University's Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP), with a lead gift from the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation.
Claudia Haase Co-Chairs International Symposium on Nature-Nurture Research
How do nature and nurture interact in shaping emotional, social and mental health? As a way to highlight important new research directions in the area, assistant professor Claudia Haase chaired a conference called “New Frontiers in Gene-Environment Research” on March 14 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Terri Sabol’s Study Finds New Video Tool Predicts Effective Teaching
SESP assistant professor Terri Sabol and her colleagues found that the Video Assessment of Interaction and Learning (VAIL) could reliably predict teachers’ abilities to identify effective interactions between teachers and students. The teachers with this skill then tended to actually have more effective interactions with students in their classrooms, the study found.
SESP Alumni Selected as Global Teacher Fellows
Brian Hurley (MS10), Faisal Mohyuddin (MS03) and Hina Patel (MS06) — all graduates of SESP’s Master of Science in Education program — were selected as 2014-15 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellows by the U.S. Department of State. Their international field experiences are in Republic of Georgia, Uganda and Morocco, respectively.
Fay Lomax Cook in Washington Post: Partisan Bias on Climate Change Makes Citizens Uncertain
Toby Bolsen, James N. Druckman and Fay Lomax Cook state in their op ed in the Washington Post that the "politicization of climate science" leads to citizen uncertainty — even though "there is a clear scientific consensus about the reality of human-induced global warming."