May 2013 News Stories

May 2013 News Stories

  • Izabel Duarte Olson Wins Best Student Paper Award at AERA
    Learning Sciences doctoral student Izabel Duarte Olson won an award for best student paper at the American Education Research Association annual meeting. Olson’s paper explores how people’s social experiences affect their thinking about complex phenomena.

  • Senior Hailey Daniesewicz Brings Inspiration to Victims of Boston Marathon Bombing
    Senior Hailey Daniesewicz blogs about her trip to Boston to talk with victims who sustained amputations as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing. Danisewicz, an athlete and amputee, writes, "I longingly wished that I could meet some of these people and tell them that they could still run marathons and do triathlons and live big beautiful lives. I wanted to be there for them, just like the rest of this country."

  • Scott Galson (MS06) Wins Golden Apple Award
    Scott Galson (MS06), a mathematics teacher at Walter Payton College Prep High School in Chicago, won a Golden Apple Award for Teacher Excellence this year. Only 10 teachers in the Chicago area are honored with Golden Apple Awards annually.

  • Chicago Tonight Interviews Jeanne Olson (MS96) about Her Work Helping Parents to Understand School Closing Data
    Adjunct faculty member Jeanne Olson (MS96) was interviewed on Chicago Tonight about her work analyzing data related to Chicago school closings. Olson launched a project called Apples 2 Apples to help parents understand Chicago Public Schools data.

  • Senior Jessica Holden's Nominee Wins Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award
    SESP senior Jessica Holden was one of 100 Northwestern students who nominated a high school teacher for the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award. Holden will join Kelly O'Keefe-Boettcher when she and four other teachers receive the award at Commencement.

  • Symposium, Hands-On Workshops Promote Biotechnology Teaching
    Bringing today’s science into Chicago classrooms is the driving goal of a summer series of professional development workshops in biotechnology teaching that kicks off May 14 with a symposium on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. The event — “Bringing Biotech from the Bench to the K-12 Classroom — will allow educators to learn from world-class scientists.

  • Learning Sciences Student Peter Leonard Wins Education Pioneers Fellowship
    Peter Leonard, a Learning Sciences student, was awarded an Education Pioneers Fellowship to work with the Chicago New Teacher Center. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners.

  • Cindy Conlon’s Students Hear Oral Argument at Supreme Court
    Nine students in Cindy Conlon’s Supreme Court Workshop had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to hear oral argument at the Supreme Court. Their unique trip also included special tours and discussions with legal experts.

  • Winner of Secondary Teacher Award Will Be SESP Convocation Speaker
    The featured speaker at the SESP Convocation on June 21 is Kelly O'Keefe-Boettcher, an English teacher at Rufus King International School in Milwaukee. She is a 2013 winner of the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award, nominated by SESP senior Jessica Holden.

  • Master’s Student Allison Parker Wins Education Pioneers Fellowship
    Allison Parker, an elementary teaching student in the Master of Science in Education program, won an Education Pioneers Fellowship for this summer. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners.

  • Medill Reports: Teachers Become Students at Biotechnology Symposium
    A biotechnology conference and summer development series are designed to give teachers the training and lab equipment necessary to inspire students in STEM careers.

  • Supplies for Dreams Hosts Elementary School Students for College Field Trip
    Senior Aria Fiat tells Medill Reports about the Award-a-Field-Trip program for the student-run nonprofit she co-founded, Supplies for Dreams. Students from Moos Elementary School visited Northwestern on May 18 as part of the Supplies for Dreams effort to provide enrichment and school supplies for Chicago students.

  • Video: Diane Schanzenbach, Jeanne Olson (MS96) Discuss Chicago School Closings on WTTW
    After the Chicago School Board voted to close 50 schools, SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach and adjunct lecturer Jeanne Olson (MS96) analyze the decision and its repercussions on Chicago Tonight.

  • David Uttal Presents Research on Early Childhood Interest in STEM at Congressional Reception
    The Society for Research in Child Development featured an exhibit by SESP professor David Uttal at a congressional reception on May 7. Uttal presented his research on "Developing Early Interest and Skill in STEM: Hands-On Activities and Parent-Child Conversations" with Catherine Haden at the 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception.

  • SESP Hosts High School Science Project Showcase
    Nearly 70 high school students presented their science projects at the Northwestern University High School Project Showcase on May 20. The annual showcase helps to encourage high school students’ excitement about science as well as their aspirations for a selective college such as Northwestern.

  • SESP Students Shine at Undergraduate Research Expo
    Alyssa Lloyd, Victoria Romba and Alex Straley were chosen to give oral presentations at the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition on May 20. Aria Fiat, Mallory Mattimore-Malan, Erica McLin, Levi Mele, Morgan Purrier, Rose Sloan and Adriana Stanovici were selected for poster presentations.

  • Diane Schanzenbach in Chicago Tribune: 'Moving Forward in the Wake of School Closings'
    Associate professor Diane Schanzenbach maintains in an op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune that the best research suggests that the Chicago school closings "are unlikely to cause long-term harm to students." Her research finds a temporary decrease in test scores and then a return to the original trajectory.

  • SESP-Museum Education Partnership Wins National Award
    The Early Elementary Science Partnership (E2SP), a program co-led by SESP, won the 2013 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) education award for excellence in programming. This multi-year reform effort for high-needs Chicago schools targeted teachers of grades K to 3 with a range of resources to improve science teaching and science leadership development.

  • Mike Horn’s Life on Earth Exhibit Now on Display at Field Museum
    The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is now displaying an innovative exhibit developed by SESP assistant professor Michael Horn and his colleagues. The Life on Earth installation invites discovery about evolution and the history of life on Earth.

  • Chicago Tribune Quotes Jon Guryan on Promising Program for Truancy Prevention
    Preliminary data from a study of the Check and Connect mentoring program indicate that the weekly, hourlong visits or calls from mentors reduced school absences by 10 to 25 percent among the fifth- through eighth-grade participants, associate professor Jonathan Guryan, one of the program researchers, told the Chicago Tribune.

  • Evanston Students Sample Northwestern Campus at Kits 'n' Cats Day
    More than 100 Evanston Township High School (ETHS) sophomores and juniors got a close look at college life during Kits 'n' Cats@NU, a daylong college awareness program held at Northwestern and supported by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships.