June 2013 News Stories

June 2013 News Stories

  • Medill Reports: Kemi Jona Comments on Initiative to Link Arts to STEM Education
    SESP professor Kemi Jona comments on the push to add art to the national STEM agenda, making a new acronym, STEAM. The STEM initiative promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Center for Talent Development Tours Introduce Young Low-Income Students to College
    The Center for Talent Development is leading an effort to introduce low-income minority students to college by hosting school groups for campus visits. Student groups from Indianapolis and Chicago elementary schools had memorable experiences at Northwestern recently.

  • Wired Quotes Diane Schanzenbach on Impact of Cuts to U.S. Food Stamp Program
    SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach comments that although nobody’s yet quantified what cuts to the nation's food stamp program may cost in long-term hospitalizations, remedial education, incarceration, welfare and lost opportunities, they’ll likely outweigh the short-term savings. Wired notes that food insecurity changes lifelong odds, making it likely that children will grow up less healthy and less successful.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Receives Grant for Evanston Two-Generation Project
    A $100,000 grant from Ascend at the Aspen Institute will jump-start an innovative two-generation education initiative for low-income parents and their young children. It draws upon award-winning research by Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and from the EvanstonComm

  • Education Pioneers Fellows Peter Leonard, Allison Parker Serve Schools
    Graduate students Peter Leonard and Allison Parker won Education Pioneers Fellowships to pursue projects serving education 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 and build a national leadership network.

  • Jacob Wertz (BS09) Wins Fellowship to Create LA Charter School
    As a recipient of the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship, Jacob Wertz (BS09) will create a charter school in an underserved area of Los Angeles. He will receive a $100,000 stipend and support for 150 days of intensive training.

  • Center for Talent Development Hosts Family Conference June 29
    Gifted students and their families will learn more about planning for the future at the family conference presented by the Center for Talent Development on June 29. During a thought-provoking afternoon of activities, adults will attend talks and seminars while students participate in workshops about careers and interests.

  • Paula Olszewski-Kubilius Comments on Trend toward Talent Development Approach in Schools
    A growing number of school districts nationally are exploring a talent development approach, says Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, director of the Center for Talent Development and president of the National Association for Gifted Children. This model keeps educators on the lookout for potential in various subjects through the grades.

  • Philanthropy Class Gives $100,000 to Worthy Nonprofits
    To “learn by doing,” students in SESP’s new Learning Philanthropy course had the unique opportunity to donate a sum of money to nonprofit organizations that benefit children and adults. Students in the class learned about the history and practice of philanthropic giving and then actually gave away $100,000 to nonprofit organizations.

  • Sophomore Karen Wilber Wins Gilman International Scholarship
    Karen Wilber, a sophomore majoring in human development and psychological services, won a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in Bolivia this summer. She will work with a nonprofit on empowering families in order to prevent child abandonment.

  • Senior Daniel Nissani Selected for Leadership Alliance Research Program
    Based on his interest and ability, senior Daniel Nissani was selected for a special summer research opportunity through the Leadership Alliance. The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program will give him training in academic research.

  • Northwestern Magazine Profiles Becca Portman as Standout Senior
    Senior Becca Portman is one of 10 "remarkable seniors" profiled by Northwestern Magazine. Portman set into motion NU Votes, which registers students to vote on campuses across the nation.

  • Senior Alexa deLyra Honored with High School Alumni Award
    Senior Alexa deLyra recently received an alumni award from her high school recognizing her accomplishments in sports and academics. Each year the Gene Schmidt Alumni Award is given to one alumnus of Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, New York.

  • Doctoral Student Matthew Shirrell Wins Prestigious National Academy of Education Fellowship
    Matthew Shirrell, a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) program, is one of only 25 scholars in the nation to receive a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. This highly competitive program identifies the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Named Northwestern’s Associate Provost for Faculty
    P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, professor of human development and social policy, was named Northwestern University’s associate provost for faculty, effective September 1. In addition, in recognition of her outstanding scholarship and teaching, she was appointed as the Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy.

  • Lydia Hsu's (BS11) Work at Northwestern Took Her on Incredible African Journey
    A class on Rwanda history that Lydia Hsu took her junior year at Northwestern turned out to be the first leg of an incredible African journey that has dramatically transformed the 2011 graduate's life. Hsu earned her teaching certification through SESP and is now heading for a graduate degree at Harvard University.

  • Wall Street Journal Quotes Dan McAdams on Growing Up as a Millennial
    Taking time to explore options often helps Millennials fashion a sense of identity, SESP professor Dan McAdams tells the Wall Street Journal. "People face a dizzying array of choices regarding the kinds of lives they might lead, and no clear consensus on exactly what a good life should be," he says.

  • MSEd Anniversary Celebrates 30 Years with June 26 Event
    All SESP alumni are invited to a 30th anniversary party for the Master of Science in Education program at 5 p.m. on June 26 in 303 Annenberg Hall. The event will feature a panel of alumni with remarkable accomplishments in education, along with food, drink and stories of the program from the past three decades.

  • Christian Science Monitor Cites David Figlio's Research on Baby Names
    Christian Science Monitor reported professor David Figlio's finding that having a name meeting the criteria for low socioeconomic status increased the probability of being discriminated against throughout life. In reference to the Kardashian baby name, the article explored the science of how names shape us.

  • Civic Engagement Students Present Capstone Projects
    Students completing SESP's Civic Engagement Certificate Program in 2013 presented posters for their capstone projects at a reception on June 7. These projects, designed as culminating experiences for second-year students in this two-year program, involve at least 100 hours of community service and a reflective analysis.

  • Wall Street Journal: Jon Guryan's Study Finds Prizes Put People in Mood to Save
    New research by associate professor Jon Guryan suggests that the lure of gambling can be used to help people save. Wall Street Journal reports on his recent economics working paper exploring the impact of prize-linked savings, or PLS, accounts, in which holders have the chance of winning cash or other kinds of prizes for saving money.

  • Promote 360 Hosts Young Students on Campus Visits for College Inspiration
    To encourage minority students to attend college, Promote 360 hosted three May events: with freshmen from Chicago Hope Academy, 5th- and 6th-grade pen pals from Jane Addams Elementary School and elementary students from UNO Sandra Cisneros Charter School in Chicago.

  • Senior Honors Students Present Research
    Ten School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) seniors in the undergraduate honors program presented posters of their research projects on June 7. They are Bonnie Alexander, Aria Fiat, Sari Hernandez, Mallory Mattimore Malan, Levi Mele, Erica McLin, Morgan Purrier, Victoria Romba, Rose Sloan and Alexander Straley.

  • SESP Convocation Inspires Graduates to Make a Difference for Others
    “You leave here well prepared to make a difference in the lives and learning of others,” Dean Penelope Peterson told SESP graduates at SESP Convocation on June 21. The guest speaker was Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher, a winner of the Northwestern University Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award. The student speaker was Monique Brown.

  • Madeline Aden (BS13) Named Urban Prep Fellow
    Madeline Aden, who graduated from SESP in June, won an Urban Prep Fellowship for teaching and mentoring with Urban Prep Academies. Urban Prep operates schools providing high-quality and comprehensive college-preparatory education to young men in high-needs communities in Chicago.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale: Furthering Kids' and Parents' Success with New Grant
    A $100,000 grant from Ascend at the Aspen Institute will jump-start an innovative two-generation education initiative for low-income parents and their young children. It draws upon award-winning research by professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and also from the Evanston Community Foundation’s ongoing kindergarten-to-workforce readiness initiative.

  • Fay Cook Receives Best Paper Award from American Political Science Association
    Professor Fay Cook and her co-authors received the American Political Science Association's 2013 Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for their paper "When and How Partisan Identification Works." The award is given each year for the best paper presented at the previous year's annual meeting.

  • MS in Education Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary with ‘Birthday Bash’
    More than 60 people gathered on June 26 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Master of Science in Education program, which had its first graduates in 1983. Highlights of the event included a panel of alumni telling their stories and a review of the program’s history by Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, director for the past 22 years.

  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Presents Two-Generation Education Approach at Aspen Institute Event
    At a special event during the Aspen Institute’s Idea Festival, professor P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, an expert on child policy research, presented key opinion leaders with her research on the two-generation approach to fostering life opportunities for low-income parents and children. Chase-Lansdale is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s new Ascend program.