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Larry Hedges Receives Sells Award for Lifetime Achievement
Professor Larry Hedges recently received the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. The Sells Award for Distinguished Multivariate Research recognizes “distinguished lifetime achievement in multivariate experimental psychology.”
Miriam Sherin Chosen as Academic Leadership Fellow
Learning Sciences professor Miriam Sherin is one of five faculty leaders selected to be fellows in the Academic Leadership Program, an intensive yearlong program offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The program addresses challenges for administrators in major research universities.
Brian Reiser to Discuss New Science Standards at Public Presentations
To give the public the facts and clarify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), professor Brian Reiser is participating in two public panel presentations. The Chicago Council on Science and Technology is presenting programs on November 12 and 20 entitled “Decoding the New Science and Math Standards” to discuss the NGSS for science and the Common Core standards for mathematics.
Office of STEM Education Partnerships Hosts Statewide STEM Summit
Educators, business leaders and university administrators will attend the upcoming sixth annual statewide STEM Summit, this year hosted by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University on November 5. The summit will focus on innovation and collaboration in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Parents Benefit from Head Start Program
Head Start programs may help low-income parents improve their educational status, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers Terri Sabol and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale. The study is one of the first to examine whether a child’s participation in the federal program benefits mothers and fathers – in particular parents’ educational attainment and employment.
Doug Medin's New Study Explores Cultural Side of Science Communication
Professor Douglas Medin's new study explores the cultural side of science communication and how to present science information to diverse groups without polarization. Medin suggests communicating science in a culturally neutral way.
Alumni Share Career Stories with SESP Undergraduates at Special Event
For the annual Alumni Career Luncheon, 13 accomplished alumni are leading small-group sessions with SESP undergraduates to give students ideas about potential career paths.
Guardian Cites Diane Schanzenbach's Finding That Class Size Impacts Marginalized Most
An article in The Guardian about the controversy over class size cites associate professor Diane Schanzenbach's research showing "smaller class sizes have helped marginalized students, the students struggling the most."
Lois Trautvetter Introduces SESP, US Higher Education to Students in China
Associate professor Lois Trautvetter got an in-depth look at the global interest in American higher education when she participated in a tour of China with representatives from seven top U.S. university programs, including the School of Education and Social Policy. The 2014 U.S. Leading Graduate and Professional Schools Tour was hosted by the Council for International Culture and Education.
Senior Blake McHugh Wins Kabiller Award, Takes Lacrosse to Kids in Jamaica
Senior Blake McHugh was one of five winners of the inaugural Irving Kabiller Award for Excellence in Character, Commitment and Community. This award is given through the Northwestern University Athletic Department and NU for Life.
New York Times: David Figlio's Study Shows Heavier Babies Do Better in School
The New York Times features a study by professors David Figlio and Jon Guryan showing that babies who were heavier at birth scored higher on math and reading tests from third to eighth grades. The study calls into question medical interventions that time births earlier for the convenience of the parents.
Mike Horn Designs Frog Pond Exhibit for Computer History Museum
Using new interactive technologies, SESP assistant professor Michael Horn designs innovative museum exhibits to engage visitors in learning. His newest exhibit — on computer programming — will be on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
Saturday Seminars Guide Parents of Gifted Children
Parents can take advantage of workshops designed to help them develop special strategies to nurture the development of their gifted children during a series of Saturday seminars hosted this fall by Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD), a program of the School of Education and Social Policy.
Increasing Teacher Effort: Kirabo Jackson's Study Compares Managerial Control with Performance Pay
Paying teachers according to student test-score improvements is gaining traction, but is there a better way to boost teacher effort? In a new working paper SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson and Henry Schneider of Cornell University tackle the issue by being among the first to evaluate the role of managerial control in improving employee performance and comparing it with performance pay.
Biotechnology Day Shows High School Students Biotech Opportunities
Hands-on science activities, lab tours and a panel discussion with Northwestern science students introduce opportunities in biotechnology to 100 Chicago and Evanston high school students who visit Northwestern for Biotechnology Day. The October 6 event is organized by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP).
Tim Dohrer Conveys Ideas about Teaching in Educational Leadership
Educational Leadership, the magazine of the ASCD, recently published two pieces of writing about teaching by Tim Dohrer, director of the Master of Science in Education program. An autobiographical piece describes the teacher who inspired him to become a teacher, and another piece explains a practice that worked for Dohrer's students.
David Rapp's New Book Looks at How People Process Wrong Information
Sometimes people rely on information that’s just plain wrong. Sometimes people rely on wrong information even when they know it’s wrong. Why this happens — and how to prevent it — is the subject of a new book co-edited by professor David Rapp called Processing Inaccurate Information.
Danny Cohen Presents on Holocaust Education at U.S. Holocaust Museum
Danny M. Cohen (PhD11), assistant professor of instruction at SESP, presented his work on Holocaust education design at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of a symposium on New Research on Roma and the Holocaust.
Marisa Bast (BS14) Finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
SESP graduate Marisa Bast (BS14) has been named one of 30 finalists for the NCAA's Woman of the Year Award, based on outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. A softball standout at Northwestern and a learning and organizational change major, Bast created an anti-bullying program for local schools.
Kaney O'Neill (BS04, MA06) Honored with Veteran Entrepreneur Award
SESP alumna Kaney O'Neill (BS04, MA06), a disabled veteran who earned bachelor's and master's degrees at SESP, was honored with the Woman Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Women's Business Development Center. O'Neill is president and CEO of O'Neill Contractors, a roofing company in Chicago.