December 2011 News Stories

December 2011 News Stories

  • Study Co-Authored by Emma Adam Connects Neighborhood Poverty to Poor Health
    Low-income women with children who move from high-poverty to lower-poverty neighborhoods experience notable long-term improvements in some aspects of their health, namely reductions in diabetes and extreme obesity, according to a new study by Thomas McDade, Emma Adam and their colleagues. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, was the first to employ a randomized experimental design to learn about the connections between neighborhood poverty and health.

  • Columbia Free Times Quotes David Figlio on Online Course Work
    As University of South Carolina introduces online course work, professor David Figlio, whose research found modest negative effects of online education, especially for certain groups of students, comments in the Columbia Free Times that "the jury is still out" regarding the efficacy of online learning. More research is needed, he cautions.

  • Fay Lomax Cook's Survey Sheds Light on Top 1%
    The richest 1 percent of Americans do more volunteer work, stress private philanthropy and are more likely to contact a politician than the general public. These are some of the findings of a new survey of opinions, attitudes and behaviors of the nation’s wealthiest citizens by professor Fay Lomax Cook and Benjamin Page.

  • Huffington Post: John McKnight on Teaching Children to Lose by Winning
    Cooperation "beats" competition in most areas of our lives, professor emeritus John McKnight and Peter Block maintain in a Huffington Post column.

  • Researcher Megan Hopkins Presents at DC Briefing on Access to Effective Teachers
    SESP research fellow Megan Hopkins gave a presentation recently at a Washington, D.C., policy briefing on “Student Access to Prepared and Effective Teachers.” Her presentation stressed the importance of residency programs for teacher preparation, as well as the need to prepare teacher candidates for teaching in their local contexts.

  • Carol Lee Addresses International Education Conference in Taiwan
    Professor Carol Lee is gave a presentation at the World Educational Research Association meeting in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Her talk compares educational innovation in three diverse nations of the world.

  • Kirabo Jackson Looks at Impact of Single-Sex Schools on Student Achievement
    IPR labor economist Kirabo Jackson has conducted one of the first studies to credibly link the effects of single-sex education to student achievement. While a select few benefit from attending single-sex schools, he finds little to no difference in achievement for most students in the sample.

  • Higher Education Administration and Policy Program Builds Careers
    Northwestern's graduate program in Higher Education Administration and Policy, which can be completed in one year, prepares students to become dynamic leaders in higher education administration.

  • Kathryn Balestreri Wins Fulbright
    Recent social policy graduate Kathryn Balestreri (BS11) received a prestigious Fulbright grant for 2011-12 to improved education in Guatemala.

  • San Francisco Chronicle: CivicWeek Programs Give High School Students Service Experiences
    CivicWeek, a program of the Center for Talent Development at the School of Education and Social Policy, offers gifted students from across the country the opportunity to serve communities, explore a career, and learn how to make a difference. Programs are available in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

  • Mike Horn, Reed Stevens: Energy Project Furthers Science Learning at Home
    Learning sciences faculty members Mike Horn and Reed Stevens are studying thermostats and other energy control devices to study families' informal science learning.

  • Chicago Tribune Features Fay Cook's Research on the Wealthiest 1%
    The Chicago Tribune reports on professor Fay Cook's survey of a random sample of 104 people from Chicago with a median wealth of $7.5 million. The top one percent has limited faith in government and prefers private solutions and philanthropy to produce good outcomes, according to the study.

  • Grad Student Adam Lupu Wins Startup Contest with Learning Sciences Project
    Learning Sciences master’s student Adam Lupu won a local business pitch contest with a project generated in assistant professor Michael Horn's Introduction to Design for Learning Sciences class.

  • Fay Lomax Cook's Survey Sheds Light on Richest 1%
    A Northwestern University pilot study by professor Fay Lomax Cook and Benjamin Page sheds light on philanthropic and political behaviors of the so-called one percent.

  • Undergrad Entrepreneurs Start Businesses with Unique Benefits
    Sophomores Josephine Lee, Aria Fiat, David Harris and Jenna Pugrant are four of the enterprising undergraduates applying their skills to start innovative nonprofits or for-profits that benefit the people around them.

  • Undergraduate Students Gain from Study Abroad
    At a recent panel discussion, juniors Aria Fiat and Adriana Stanovici pointed out the advantages of study abroad and offered advice on how to make the most of the experience. Forty percent of SESP undergraduate students study abroad.

  • From High to Lower Poverty
    Disadvantaged community environments contribute to extreme obesity and diabetes, according to a new study by associate professor Emma Adam and Thom McDade.