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Lindsay Chase-LansdaleAdministration for Children and Families, “Expanding the Cycle of Opportunity: Simultaneously Educating Parents and Children in Head Start,” $2,493,911.

Matt Easterday, National Science Foundation, “Digital Lofts: Online Learning Environments for Real- World Innovation,” $548,814.

Kirabo Jackson, Carnegie Corporation of New York, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and University of Chicago, “Urban Education Institute 100Kin10 Research Design Contest,” $169,886; National Science Foundation, “The Effect of School Finance Reforms on the Distribution of Spending, Academic Achievement and Adult Outcomes,” $156,460.

Eva Lam, National Science Foundation, “Literacy and New Communication Technologies in Contexts of Transnational Migration,” $232,353.

Penelope Peterson, Once Upon a Time Foundation, “Northwestern University — The Philanthropy Lab,” $50,000.

Deborah Puntenney, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, “Training and Technical Assistance for the Neighborhood Health Status Improvement Project,” $118,006.

James Rosenbaum, One Million Degrees, “Supporting Urban Community College Student Success,” $65,000.

James Spillane, National Science Foundation, “Primary School Organizations as Open Systems,” $707,300.

Reed Stevens, National Science Foundation, “Learning Ethnographies of New Engineers,” $1,499,871; Stevens and Kemi Jona, National Science Foundation, “FUSE Studios: An Alternative Infrastructure for STEM Learning and Interest Development,” $1,499,474.


Emma Adam received the Curt Richter Award from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology, recognizing early career contributions to the field.

Tim Dohrer was appointed to the Midwest Comprehensive Center, an arm of the American Institutes for Research that advises on education policy. He also joined the Family Action Network advisory board.

David Figlio was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8.

Larry Hedges was named Statistician of the Year by the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association.

Kemi Jona is guest editor for a special issue of Distance Education on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Diane Schanzenbach received the 2013 Vernon Memorial Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for co-authoring the best research article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

David Uttal took office as president- elect of the Cognitive Development Society.

Kemi Jona Testifies at Congressional Hearing on STEM Education

Kemi Jona Testifies at Congressional Hearing on STEM Education

Professor Kemi Jona testified before a Congressional committee in Washington, D.C., to share his expertise on industry partnerships for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The hearing for the Committee on Science, Space and Technology focused on private sector initiatives that engage students in STEM.

Jona is well qualified to speak about industry partnerships for STEM. He directs the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern, which develops liaisons with schools and industry partners for innovative initiatives in STEM education.

Jona’s testimony described promising models for working with scientists in both academia and industry to attract students to STEM fields. His policy message emphasized “the importance of creating robust dissemination mechanisms that support the scalability and sustainability of those high-quality STEM education programs developed with federal or private sector support.”

Jim Spillane

James Spillane Named to National Academy of Education

Professor James Spillane was elected to the National Academy of Education because of his outstanding scholarship related to education. The National Academy, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members, advances high-quality education research.

The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change, Spillane is an expert in school leadership and educational policy. He is the author of several books, including Distributed Leadership and Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement.


Jonathan Guryanand K. K. Charles (2013), “Taste-Based or Statistical Discrimination,” Economic Journal.

Claudia Haase, L. R. Saslow, L. Bloch, S. R. Saturn, J. J. Casey, B. H. Seider, J. Lane, G. Coppola and R. W. Levenson (2013), “The 5-HTTLPR Polymorphism in the Serotonin Transporter Gene Moderates the Association between Emotional Behavior and Changes in Marital Satisfaction over Time,” Emotion; M. Wirth, S. Villeneuve, Haase, C. M. Madison, H. Oh, S. M. Landau, G. D. Rabinovici and W. J. Jagust (2013), “Associations between Alzheimer Disease Biomarkers, Neurodegeneration and Cognition in Cognitively Normal Older People,” JAMA Neurology.

Nicky Newton and A. J. Stewart, “The Road Not Taken: Women’s Life Paths and Gender-Linked Personality Traits,” Journal of Research in Personality (2013).

Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations

Sophie Haroutunian- Gordon,Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations (2014).

Eva Lam (2013), “Multilingual Practices in Transnational Digital Contexts,” TESOL Quarterly.

Gregory Light and M. Micari (2013), Making Scientists: Six Principles for Effective College Teaching.

Gregory Light and M. Micari (2013), Making Scientists: Six Principles for Effective College Teaching.

F. Varner and Jelani Mandara (2014), “Differential Parenting of African American Adolescents as an Explanation for Gender Disparities in Achievement,” Journal of Research on Adolescence.

E. Manczak, C. Zapata-Gietl and Dan McAdams (2014), “Regulatory Focus in the Life Story,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; B. Jones and McAdams (2013), “Becoming Generative,” Journal of Adult Development; McAdams (2013), “Life Authorship,” Emerging Adulthood.

J. Margolin, S. Miller and James Rosenbaum (2013), “The Community College Website as Virtual Advisor,” Community College Review.

James Spillane (2013), “The Practice of Leading and Managing Teaching in Educational Organisations” in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Devel- opment (Ed.), Leadership for 21st Century Learning; M. Hopkins, Spillane, P. Jakopovic and R. M. Heaton (2013), “Infrastructure Redesign and Instructional Reform in Mathematics,” Elementary School Journal; Spillane (2013), “Diagnosing and Designing for Schoolhouse Practice,” in H. J. Malone (Ed.), Leading Educational Change.