April 2013 News Stories

April 2013 News Stories

  • SESP Students Benison Choi, David Harris, Jo Lee Run for Associated Student Government Leadership
    Learning and organizational change students Benison Choi, David Harris and Jo Lee are running for top leadership positions in Northwestern University's Associated Student Government.

  • Summer Workshops Inspire Teaching of Biotechnology
    Pioneering research scientists inspired Chicago teachers at a spring symposium to kick off a summer series of workshops in biotechnology teaching. This summer teacher workshops continue to prepare teachers for biotechnology teaching that can give students an edge in cutting-edge science.

  • Chicago Tribune Highlights Center for Talent Development Program at Lake Forest Country Day
    The Center for Talent Development Accelerated Weekend Experience program will be offered on the Lake Forest Country Day School campus on April 27 and 28. Java Computer Programming and Marine Biology are the two courses that comprise the weekend experience.

  • Kemi Jona Presents on New STEM Education Initiatives at Illinois Innovation Day
    Professor Kemi Jona gave a presentation on new STEM education initiatives in Illinois at the Illinois Innovation Day event on April 11 in Springfield. Preparing Illinois students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is the goal of a new state plan for “learning exchanges” linking educational opportunities and business resources, and Jona has been involved in the state effort to establish these education-business partnerships.

  • Loeschner Lecture on Leadership Launches with Teach for America Founder
    The Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership series kicks off with Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp discussing her efforts to improve educational equality. Presented by the School of Education and Social Policy, the lecture series has the goal of inspiring students to become leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor.

  • PBS Story on Indiana Supreme Court Case Cites David Figlio's School Voucher Study
    A PBS story on the Indiana Supreme Court case challenging the use of private school vouchers cites professor David Figlio's study of the Florida system, where test scores of students who didn't use vouchers improved. Private school competition from vouchers may cause public schools to improve.

  • Three SESP Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants
    SESP students Aria Fiat, Mallory Mattimore-Malan and Morgan Purrier were awarded Undergraduate Research and Conference Travel Grants by the Northwestern University Office of the Provost recently.

  • Jim Spillane Awarded Ver Steeg Research Fellowship
    Professor James Spillane has been awarded the 2013 Ver Steeg Research Fellowship. The $36,000 annual award supports research and scholarship by a tenured Northwestern professor that enhances the national and international reputation of the University.

  • Enid Rosario-Ramos (PhD11) Honored with Two Awards for Scholarship
    Enid Rosario-Ramos (MS06, PhD11) will be honored with two top writing awards at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) that runs from April 27 through May 1 in San Francisco. A graduate of the Learning Sciences program, she is an assistant professor at the School of Education of the University of Michigan.

  • Victor Lee (PhD09) Wins Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Achievement
    Victor Lee (PhD09) won the Jan Hawkins Award for early career achievement presented by the American Education Research Association (AERA) in 2013. He is an assistant professor at Utah State University, where he is a learning scientist and instructional technologist.

  • Senior Aria Fiat Wins Fulbright for Teaching in France
    Senior Aria Fiat recently won a Fulbright fellowship to teach in France for the 2013-14 academic year. She applied for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program because it allows her to combine two of her passions: teaching and France.

  • Huffington Post Highlights SESP Philanthropy Course
    A Huffington Post blog comments on courses in philanthropy taught at Northwestern and other colleges. Elizabeth Marquardt expresses the opinion that "today's students, taught the principles of giving and serving humanity, and even given a chance to take those principles out for a spin thanks to the generosity of a Texas-based foundation, will find new ways to improve our nation."

  • Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp Stresses Leadership at Inaugural Loeschner Lecture
    “I have come to believe that leadership is at the heart of every problem we face,” declared Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America. She delivered the inaugural Ray and Nancy Loeschner Lecture on Leadership on April 17.

  • Kemi Jona Named HP Catalyst Academy Fellow for STEM Education
    SESP professor Kemi Jona, the director of Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP), has been named one of 15 inaugural HP Catalyst Academy Fellows. Academy fellows will provide free, high-quality, online learning experiences to educators around the globe.

  • Carol Lee Lectures on Learning Sciences at Barcelona University
    Professor Carol Lee was one of eight prominent learning scientists who lectured at the First International Scientific Seminar in Learning Sciences in Barcelona on April 6. The seminar convened at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC

  • SESP Faculty, Students Give Presentations at AERA Conference
    At the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco from April 27 to May 1, 60 Northwestern University faculty members and graduate students will give presentations about their education research. Professor Miriam Sherin, Victor Lee (PhD09) and Enid Rosario-Ramos (PhD11) will receive awards.

  • Al Jazeera: Miriam Sherin Comments on the Lessons from Boston, What Video Can and Cannot Do
    In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, professor Miriam Sherin comments on the images that played a key role in identifying, capturing and ultimately charging the Boston bombing suspect. "Yet video itself is simply a record, an image. It is what investigators and the public did with those images that made the difference. They took notice."

  • Wall Street Journal: David Figlio Comments on Online Courses
    In an article on online courses for entrepreneurs, Wall Street Journal notes that David Figlio, who has conducted research on online learning, says that much of the time, students can miss out on the physical cues and communication that happen in a real-world class."