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Four SESP Graduates Selected as NUPIP Fellows
Four 2015 graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy were selected as fellows for the Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP). Emily Callahan, Amy Glazier-Torgerson, Alexis Gable and Haley Sonenthal will work with Chicago nonprofit organizations, continuing to pursue interests in public service that they developed during college.
Dave Renz (MA67) Retires as Adviser, Teacher, Mentor for MSEd Program
David Renz (MA67) has been a beloved adviser, teacher and mentor to aspiring teachers at Northwestern for two decades. As he retires in August, alumni and staff paid tribute to an inspiring figure in the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program.
Emma Adam, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Coauthor Study Finding Weight Gain with Fatherhood
A study of how fatherhood affects health found that the typical 6-foot-tall man who lives with his child gained an average of about 4.4 pounds after becoming a first-time dad. SESP professors Emma Adam and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale coauthored the study with lead author Craig Garfield of Northwestern Medicine.
CTD Educator's Conference on August 20 Explores Math Creativity
Educators will learn about "Encouraging Mathematical Creativity in a Differentiated Classroom” at a conference on August 20 hosted by Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development. The conference features Eric Mann, a gifted education expert and professor of mathematics at Hope College.
White House Report Highlights Jon Guryan’s, Diane Schanzenbach’s Research on Disadvantaged Youth
A new report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors highlights key findings of associate professors Jonathan Guryan, who has studied youth programs to reduce crime and dropout, and Diane Schanzenbach, who has studied universal preschool and income inequality. Guryan and Schanzenbach contribute key evidence about promising programs for the criminal justice system, youth decision making and early education.
Smithsonian Features Liz Gerber for Innovating Design Thinking Program
In an article about higher education degrees, courses and labs in design and innovation, Smithsonian magazine highlights assistant professor Liz Gerber, who helped establish a design thinking program at Northwestern.
Jim Spillane’s New Book Addresses Leaders in Common Core Era
Professor James Spillane, known for his expertise in education leadership and policy, has a new book on the Common Core State Standards, a hot topic in schools and statehouses across the nation. Challenging Standards can help education leaders to build system capacity and navigate conflict as they implement the standards in schools.
Dan McAdams’s New Book Depicts Personality Change across Life Span
In his new book The Art and Science of Personality Development, professor Dan McAdams illuminates how personality evolves throughout a lifetime as individuals develop from infancy through old age. The book integrates the best research in personality and developmental psychology as McAdams offers what has been described as “the first comprehensive theory of personality development to emerge in the 21st century.”
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.