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In a Huffington Post op ed piece, professor Emma Adam discusses how to help adolescents lessen stress in high-anxiety times and always. Research shows that stress, especially stress of a social nature, has long-term impacts on health.

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Emma Adam, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Coauthor Study Finding Weight Gain with Fatherhood

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.

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White House Report Highlights Jon Guryan’s, Diane Schanzenbach’s Research on Disadvantaged Youth

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.

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Mike Horn Explores How to Up Participation in Computing

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.

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David Uttal Tests Spatial Skills Training for STEM Achievement

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.

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Quick to Smile? Claudia Haase's Study Finds It May Be in Your Genes

Quick to Smile? Claudia Haase's Study Finds It May Be in Your Genes

A new study by SESP assistant professor Claudia Haase finds that people with a certain gene variant are less stoic and are more likely to smile and laugh.

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PBS Offers Mike Horn’s Evolution Games as Online Lab for High School

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.

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