January 2013 News Stories

January 2013 News Stories

  • Wall Street Journal Features Michael Wolf's Study on Readable Medicine Labels
    The Wall Street Journal features assistant professor Michael Wolf's study of medicine labels in an article about new designs for drug packages that are easier to understand. Wolf's study found labels with larger-font writing and more explicit instructions help people stick to their drug regimens.

  • David Figlio, Carol Lee Named to Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings
    School of Education and Social Policy professors David Figlio and Carol Lee were named to Frederick Hess’s third annual Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings. Hess, the American Enterprise Institute director of education and an Education Week blogger, spotlights scholars who work to move ideas about education into the national conversation.

  • Boston Globe: Kirabo Jackson's Study Highlights What Testing Doesn't Show about Why Teachers Matter
    The Boston Globe features assistant professor Kirabo Jackson's new research showing that scores on cognitive tests capture only part of the value added by teachers. This research for the National Bureau of Economic Research shows noncognitive abilities mean more down the line for college attendance and wages earned.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Named to Health Scholars National Committee
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale for the National Advisory Committee of its Health & Society Scholars program. The national committee oversees this initiative to improve Americans’ health by building capacity for research, leadership and policy change.

  • NPR Marketplace: Elizabeth Gerber Discusses Crowdfunding Websites
    During a segment on National Public Radio's Marketplace, assistant professor Elizabeth Gerber explains the five main reasons why people give on crowdfunding websites.

  • Montreal Gazette Reports David Figlio's Research on Children's Names
    Research by professor David Figlio found that children's names had an effect on their educational experience. For example, boys with feminine names are more disruptive in school than boys with masculine names, and girls with masculine names are more likely to pursue math and science than girls with feminine names.

  • SESP Professors to Speak on Future of Education
    A panel discussion on the future of education will feature SESP professors David Figlio, Mesmin Destin, Kirabo Jackson and Kemi Jona, along with two other Northwestern University researchers. “Academic Achievement in a Global Society” will be held at 7 p.m. on January 23 at Evanston Township High School and is open to the public.

  • OSEP Offers Fuse Drop-In Science Program at Evanston Library
    Evanston Public Library is one of two Evanston sites for the Fuse drop-in program, which engages youth in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) through hands-on exploratory challenges. The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) offers the program to build students' skills through highly motivating activities.

  • Huffington Post Features Dan McAdams's Study of Human Need for Narrative Identity
    Narrative Identity is the focus of an emerging field in psychology, led by SESP professor Dan McAdams and other psychologists who examine people's stories convey who they are. McAdams focuses on redemption as a recurring theme in the way people tell their life stories.

  • PBS Features Diane Schanzenbach's Case for a 'Child Policy Czar'
    In a PBS opinion piece, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach maintains that the President should appoint a Child Policy Czar. "The administration would be well served to appoint an expert who can elevate and coordinate policy across different agencies," she says.

  • With Alumnae Grant, ABCD Institute Creates Community ‘Toolbox’
    A grant from the Alumnae of Northwestern University allowed the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) to create a “tool kit” for community groups. The web-based resource contains 17 tools that facilitate asset-based community development in neighborhoods around the United States and the world.

  • Cynthia Coburn Backs Research-Practice Partnerships as ‘Game-Changers’ for Schools
    “Research-practice partnerships are a promising strategy for improving schools and districts,” SESP professor Cynthia Coburn says. In a new policy paper she and her co-authors describe these new types of relationships between researchers and school districts that can strengthen schools.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Elected to National Academy of Education
    School of Education and Social Policy professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education because of her outstanding scholarship and contributions to education. The National Academy, a prestigious organization limited to 200 U.S. members, is dedicated to advancing high-quality education research and its use in policy formulation.