November 2012 News Stories

November 2012 News Stories

  • Kemi Jona to Speak at November 28 Town Hall on Educational Technology
    Professor Kemi Jona, director of the Office for STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern, is one of the experts speaking at a town hall conference call on "Education Technology: The Revolution in Digital & Distance Learning" on November 28. Jona's topic relates to content personalization.

  • Nanotechnology Event for Educators Features Northwestern Scientists
    Scientists from Northwestern University discussed their cutting-edge work at an inaugural nanotechnology event for educators and students. Office of STEM Education Partnerships assistant director Michelle Paulsen helped to plan the event to showcase the world of nanotechnology and show how nanotechnology can be incorporated into the high school science curriculum.

  • Alumni Share Their Career Paths with Undergraduates at Career Event
    A career event with alumni over Reunion Weekend gave undergraduate students insight into potential careers and reinforced connections with alumni.

  • Guardian Cites David Figlio's Finding That School Grading Affects Teacher Turnover
    The Guardian cites professor David Figlio's study of Florida's school grading, which found that it had a detrimental effect on teacher turnover. The researchers said, "Schools that were 'shocked' downwards – and thus faced the most pressure to improve – lost more and higher quality teachers."

  • Huffington Post Features HDSP Study Showing Breastfeeding Lessens Stress
    A new Human Development and Social Policy study found that women with the best stress hormone patterns were the ones who breastfed their babies but refrained from sharing a bed with them. The women who fared the worst were those who co-slept and didn't breastfeed.

  • Kits 'n' Cats at NU Day Inspires Evanston Students about College
    One hundred Evanston Township High School sophomores got a unique look at Northwestern University when they visited campus on October 30. The twice-yearly Kits ‘n’ Cats at NU day is intended to increase college awareness among Evanston sophomores who haven’t yet decided about college.

  • New York Times Highlights Linda Teplin's Juvenile Project
    New York Times describes professor Linda Teplin's ambitious research project that for 17 years has closely tracked more than 1,800 youths in Chicago who entered the juvenile justice system at an early age. More than 80 percent have belonged to a gang; 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women have used a firearm, with average age of first gun use 14; 20 percent are incarcerated; and 71 percent of the men and 59 percent of the women are without jobs as adults. Of the 1,829 youths originally enrolled in the study, 119 have died, most of them violently.

  • Diane Schanzenbach Testifies Small Classes Key to School, Life Success
    Associate professor Diane Schanzenbach testified in a Texas school funding trial that long-term studies show students in smaller classes tend to do better on standardized tests and become better citizens, more likely to own their own homes and save for retirement. More than 600 school districts are suing the state of Texas, claiming its school funding is inefficient and unfair.

  • Center for Talent Development Investing Student Profiled in Wall Street Journal
    Oliver Leopold, who takes an investing class at the Center for Talent Development, has his own investing newsletter and includes what he learns in the articles. He is profiled by The Wall Street Journal.

  • Huffington Post: Miriam Sherin Comments on Educational Value of Watching TV with Kids
    After a new survey showing children watch more than 23 hours a week, professor Miriam Sherin advocates parental participation in appropriate TV programming for children.

  • U.S. News Features Liz Gerber's OpEd Piece: 'STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail'
    In U.S. News & World Report, professor Elizabeth Gerber emphasizes the need to prepare student in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to learn from failure. She notes that making mistakes is part of innovation.

  • With HP Grant, OSEP Will Build Mobile Apps for High School Students to Access Remote Labs
    The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) received a $100,000 grant from HP to build mobile app interfaces for remote science laboratories. OSEP’s remote laboratory program allows high school and middle school students to run science experiments with online access to scientific equipment at universities worldwide.

  • New Funding Boosts OSEP's Fuse Program and Other Initiatives in Network for Innovative Learning
    In an innovative partnership to help Chicago youth develop the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century's digital economy, Northwestern is participating with 33 other local organizations in the Chicago Hive Learning Network. This creative collaboration will expand with $2.2 million in new support. The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) participates in the Hive Network through its Fuse program, which engages youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on exploratory challenges.

  • Jim Spillane Addresses Education Leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore
    Professor Jim Spillane shared his insights on school leadership with an international audience as he addressed education leaders, educators and researchers in Hong Kong and Singapore at major conferences in November. Spillane takes a global perspective on educational policy and reform.