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PBS Offers Mike Horn’s Evolution Games as Online Lab for High School
Assistant professor Michael Horn’s museum research on evolution has become part of a new online PBS NOVA unit for high school students called “Evolution Lab.” NOVA’s Evolution Lab features games to introduce teens to processes of evolution.
Alex White (BS08), David Hoffman's (BS09) Startup Bought by Pandora
Pandora Media, Inc. will acquire the company started by two recent SESP grads, Alex White (BS08) and David Hoffman (BS09), along with another Northwestern grad, Samir Rayani. Next Big Sound, which was created as part of a Northwestern class, is a data analysis company for the music industry.
PhD Students Christina Krist, Eleanor Anderson Win Spencer/NAE Fellowships
Learning Sciences doctoral students Eleanor Anderson and Christina Krist were recently awarded Spencer/NAE Dissertation Fellowships, which carry $25,000 awards. Anderson’s research centers on restorative justice in high schools, and Krist’s research on making scientific processes meaningful to students.
Charter School Founder Eva Moskowitz: 'It's Dangerous to Underestimate Children'
“American public education could look very different if we truly challenged children,” said controversial educator Eva Moskowitz as she delivered the Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership on May 20. Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Success Academy, New York City’s largest network of charter schools.
TES Connect Features HDSP Student Brady Jones's Research on Teachers
TES Connect teacher network highlights new research about teachers by Brady Jones, a PhD student in the Human Development and Social Policy Program. According to TES, Jones's research shows what influences teachers to stay in the profession.
Jim Spillane Lectures in Chile on Distributed Leadership in Schools
“Distributed Leadership” was the topic when SESP professor James Spillane gave a lecture to more than 300 people in Santiago, Chile. Spillane was in Chile to give a public education lecture at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago.
Jim Rosenbaum Comments in Education Week on Gains for Children Moving Out of Poverty
The younger children are when they move out of impoverished neighborhoods, the better their long-term outcomes are, including college-attendance rates and later salary levels, according to two new studies. SESP professor Jim Rosenbaum, who studied the Gautreaux Project, agrees that those results may derive from the likelihood that children in low-poverty neighborhoods are more liable to be given second chances.
Four SESP Students Receive Summer Research Grants
Cara Conway, Halimah Jones, Stacy Kim and Caroline Levy were recently awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Grants for 2015. Their research spans topics from school closures to volunteering to life narratives.
Luke Cianciotto Wins Princeton in Asia Fellowship
Senior Luke Cianciotto, a social policy major, won a Princeton in Asia fellowship. He was awarded the highly selective fellowship to teach English at Hong Kong Shue Yan University.
4 SESP Students Win Fulbright Fellowships
SESP honors students Brenna Ledvora, Rabeya Mallick and Karen Wilber were awarded Fulbright fellowships for work and study in Germany, France and Vietnam, respectively. All three will serve as English teaching assistants.
David Rapp Receives Undergraduate Teaching Award
SESP professor David Rapp will be honored with a 2015 Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award for his outstanding dedication to undergraduate education at Northwestern University.
Loeschner Lecture Presents Controversial Educator Eva Moskowitz
The Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership series will present a talk by Eva Moskowitz, the founder and CEO of Success Charter Schools, New York City’s largest network of charter schools, on May 20. Moskowitz has been labeled “America’s most controversial educator” by U.S. News and World Report.
Biotechnology Symposium Inspires Teachers with Innovative Activities
A biotechnology symposium gave 100 Chicago science teachers a chance to try their hand at innovative biotechnology activities for the classroom—from using remote labs to building models of proteins. High school and middle school science teachers gained cutting-edge resources and learned hands-on activities to use in biotech labs.
Senior Samantha Yi Gains Recognition for High School Teacher Honored by Northwestern
Five high school teachers who had “transformative effects” on the lives of graduating Northwestern University seniors they once taught will receive a special award during Northwestern commencement on June 19. One awardee, Sameer Shah, was nominated by SESP senior Samantha Yi.
Education Week Features Jim Rosenbaum's Community College Report on 'Forgotten Half'
Education Week reports on new research by professor James Rosenbaum that finds nearly half of community college students failing to complete because of obstacles such as lack of counseling, confusing choices and chaotic schedules.
Arva Rice (BS90) Honored with SESP Alumni Award
New York Urban League president Arva Rice (BS90) is the recipient of the 2015 Alumni Merit Award for the School of Education and Social Policy. The award recognizes high achievement in a profession or field of endeavor.
Senior Samantha Yi Wins Alumnae of Northwestern Service Award
SESP social policy major Samantha P. Yi is the recipient of the 2015 Senior Woman’s Service Award given by the Alumnae of Northwestern University. The award honors a senior woman for outstanding volunteer service during her undergraduate years at Northwestern.
Patient Portals Could Widen Health Disparities
Patient portals that provide medical information online could widen the gap in health disparities among the most vulnerable patients, according to a new study by professor Michael Wolf (MA06) of SESP and Feinberg School of Medicine.
WTTW Interviews David Figlio on Evanston's New Model for Advanced Placement Recruitment
A WTTW-TV story on Chicago Tonight features an interview with SESP professor David Figlio, who is studying the Advanced Placement model at Evanston Township High School. The district has revamped courses and added supports to encourage minority and low-income students to succeed at AP tests.
Daily Northwestern: Patrick Day (BS92) Speaks on Building Northwestern Campus Community
Patrick Day (BS92), vice president for student life at University of the Pacific, spoke to nearly 170 RAs and Residential Services administrators about the importance of building cross-cultural and diverse communities. Day spoke at the sixth annual Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture on Community.