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Mike Horn Explores How to Up Participation in Computing
Assistant professor Michael Horn received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study computational literacy in informal learning environments. His project “Blocks, Stickers, and Puzzles: Rethinking Computational Literacy Experiences in Informal Environments” will focus on experiences outside the classroom that can engage and prepare young people in computational literacy.
Jim Spillane Discusses Distributed Leadership in Singapore, Hong Kong
Professor James Spillane shared his insights on school leadership with an international audience recently as he addressed education leaders, policy makers, teachers and researchers in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Convocation 2015 Honors, Inspires Graduates
At the Convocation for the School of Education and Social Policy on June 19, undergraduate, master’s and doctoral graduates received diplomas, and awards were presented to faculty and students. Margaret Beale Spencer, a University of Chicago professor who received an honorary Northwestern degree earlier that day, was the featured speaker, along with student speakers Isabel Garcia and Avi Small.
Philanthropy Class Donates $100,000 to Charities
After studying philanthropic giving and researching local charities, students in the SESP Learning Philanthropy class made donations totaling $100,000. Student task forces investigated six areas of philanthropy: education, environment and sustainability, arts and culture, child/youth development, human services and civil rights, and eradicating poverty.
Policy Briefing Explores Education in the Digital Age
The pros and cons of online classes, the gap in young people’s Internet skills, and a dramatic increase in preschool iPad use were a few of the topics broached during the Institute for Policy Research's May 19 briefing on Capitol Hill. Communication studies researchers Ellen Wartella and Eszter Hargittai joined SESP professor David Figlio to discuss technology’s impact in education.
Emma Adam in Huffington Post: 5 Ways Stress Hormones Help
SESP professor Emma Adam relates five ways that stress hormones such as cortisol help every day. They help people wake up in the morning, sleep at night, face stressful events, optimize cognition and regulate the immune system.
Learning Sciences Faculty Present in Netherlands, Sweden
Professor Kemi Jona made stops in the Netherlands and Sweden as he presented at international conferences on the impact of science and computer-supported learning. Fellow Learning Sciences faculty members Reed Stevens and Matt Easterday gave presentations at the computer-supported learning conference in Sweden as well.
Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools Starts 2nd Year
With a second new cohort of 67 students, Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools is poised to begin a successful second year. A welcome event and a team-building ropes course experience kicked off the summer activities for this SESP program to prepare Chicago high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds for selective colleges and universities.
Senior Honors Students Present Research
Nine School of Education and Social Policy seniors in the honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 5. Topics ranged from game learning to penal reform, testing and mental health support.
Civic Engagement Certificate Students Present Projects
Students completing SESP’s Civic Engagement Certificate Program in 2015 presented posters about their capstone projects at a reception on June 5. These projects, designed as culminating experiences for second-year students in this two-year program, involve at least 100 hours of community service and a reflective analysis.
U.S. News: Humor Is Genetic, According to Claudia Haase's Study
How you smile or laugh may depend on your genes, a new study says. SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase and her colleagues tested 336 adults and found that those with short versions (alleles) of the 5-HTTLPR gene smiled or laughed more when looking at funny comics or film clips, compared to those with long versions of the gene.
Steve and Sue Wilson Give
$1 Million to SESP
The power of a college education is an enduring value for Northwestern alumni Steve and Sue Wilson. To increase the opportunity for talented young people to have a superior college education — the kind they’re proud to have had at Northwestern — they made a gift of $1 million to Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools.
David Uttal Tests Spatial Skills Training for STEM Achievement
SESP professor David Uttal's new study will test whether spatial training actually leads to STEM achievement in school and beyond — an outcome that is important for the future of the U.S.
Uri Wilensky Lauded at Book Signing
A book signing event for SESP professor Uri Wilensky honored his achievements both as an author of the new book An Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling and for developing his innovative NetLogo software for computer modeling. Wilensky’s book, written with William Rand, explains the powers of agent-based computer modeling for investigating complex problems.
Senior Sarah Carthen Watson Wins Ryan Prize
SESP graduating senior Sarah Carthen Watson has been awarded the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Prize for Community Service, which honors a student who exemplifies leadership and service through participation in University and community activities.
President Schapiro Visits MetaMedia Teen Space with FUSE
Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and Executive Vice President Nim Chinniah recently toured the innovative MetaMedia teen space at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, a University-community partnership among Northwestern, McGaw and Y.O.U. Metamedia center features FUSE, a video game-inspired model for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) exploration and learning.
Northwestern Magazine Features Isabel Garcia, Peter Podlipni, Sarah Watson as Outstanding Seniors
In its annual outstanding seniors feature, Northwestern magazine features SESP seniors Isabel Garcia (as a health educator), Peter Podlipni (as a science teacher) and Sarah Carthen Watson (as a "conversation starter").
Washington Post: Diane Schanzenbach Comments on Sesame Street Findings
A new authoritative study on Sesame Street finds lasting educational benefits for children — benefits as powerful as those from preschool. The research can’t say whether the show continues to deliver such high benefits to children, SESP professor Diane Schanzenbach told the Washington Post. But, she said, it clearly shows “the importance of childhood education.”
Daily Herald Profiles SESP Softball Player Andrea DiPrima
The Daily Herald profiles SESP softball player Andrea DiPrima, who has wrapped up a standout collegiate softball career at Northwestern before embarking on graduate education at the University of Illinois.
Alexandra Solomon Chosen to Give 'Last Lecture' to Northwestern Graduates
SESP instructor Alexandra Solomon was chosen to deliver the "last lecture" on June 17 to Northwestern's graduating senior class.