September 2013 News Stories

September 2013 News Stories

  • Emma Adam Receives Prestigious International Award
    Professor Emma Adam won the prestigious Curt Richter Award from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology. The award recognizes early career contributions to the field of psychoneuroendocrinology.

  • Three SESP Alums Make Northwestern Magazine’s List of Top 12 Sports Legends
    Northwestern magazine singles out 12 alumni as all-time top collegiate athletes. Three are SESP graduates — Pat Fitzgerald (BS97), Otto Graham (BS44) and Kathleen Kochmansky (BS85).

  • New York Times: Study by David Figlio, Morton Schapiro Finds Advantage for Adjunct Instructors
    A major new study by professors David Figlio and Morton Schapiro, Northwestern's president, found that new students learn more when their instructors are adjuncts than when they are tenure-track professors. The study, released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that the gains are greatest for the students with the weakest academic preparation.

  • Times Education Supplement: Danny Cohen Reflects on Family Implications of Teaching about Genocide
    The Times Education Supplement of London published an article by SESP instructor Danny Cohen (PhD11) as part of its "A Day in the Life" series. Cohen feels he has a vocation to teach undergraduates about genocide — but worries that the Holocaust may be casting a shadow over his family life.

  • Matt Dawson (MS13) Wins Google Teaching Fellowship to Inspire Kids in Computer Science
    Matthew Dawson (MS13), a new graduate of the Higher Education Administration and Policy Program, received a two-year fellowship with Google’s Computer Science Teaching Fellows program. This new initiative seeks to spark kids’ interest in computational thinking in an effort to help fill the demand for computer scientists.

  • Wildcats' Coaching Dean: Jerry Brown (BS73)
    Assistant head coach Jerry Brown (BS73) has been an essential part of the Wildcats’ football resurgence over the past 20 years. Northwestern magazine profiles Brown, the “dean” of the staff, who coaches the Wildcats’ defensive secondary.

  • Diane Schanzenbach Reveals Lessons from her Food Stamp Research at Panel on Food Security
    At a panel on food security in honor of this year’s One Book One Northwestern selection, associate professor Diane Schanzenbach revealed lessons from her research into the US food stamp program. She discovered that the program positively impacted health and education outcomes for children receiving public assistance in the 1960s.

  • MSLOC Retreat Builds Community, Introduces Innovations
    The annual retreat for the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program in early September combines community building with workshops designed to help new students develop personal learning plans. As a kickoff to the year, MSLOC introduced a diverse group of new students to its innovative approaches.

  • Freakonomics Features David Figlio's Study about Student Learning and Tenured Professors
    A new working paper by professor David Figlio, Northwestern president Morton Schapiro and researcher Kevin Soter called “Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?" answers the question "no." The research finds students learn more from non-tenure line professors in their introductory courses.

  • Young Alumni Make a Difference in the World
    To make the world a better place is the life’s work of many recent graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy. These young alumni are making a difference globally — by seeking social justice, growing global engagement, researching world problems or unleashing the power of education to improve people’s lives. This article profiles Dianna English (BS04), Jon Marino (BS06), Stacy Pancratz (BS09) and recent Fulbright fellows.

  • Improving Education Worldwide with Computer Modeling
    Rapid technological advances are revolutionizing how science, mathematics and complex theories are taught around the world, according to Uri Wilensky, professor of learning sciences and computer science in the School of Education and Social Policy, McCormick School of Engineering and Northwestern’s Institute on Complex Systems. The software he has developed over the past 25 years is now used on every continent in education and research and is on a trajectory to be a primary teaching tool for elementary through university classrooms around the globe.

  • Hailey Danisewicz (BS13) Earns World Championship as Paratriathlete
    Hailey Danisewicz, who lost a leg to bone cancer, won a world title at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Paratriathlon World Championships in London. Paratriathletes competed in a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

  • New York Times: Coach Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) Assesses Players' Sleep Habits; Sleep Expert Emma Adam Comments
    Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald (BS97) emphasizes his players’ sleeping behavior as a way to improve their performance. Professor Emma Adam, an expert on sleep in adolescence, comments on the effects of sleep on cognition, attention, memory, mood, metabolism and more.

  • Leading the Global Education Agenda
    Growing up in Ireland, he was the first in his family to attend high school. Now a professor for Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, Jim Spillane is committed to increasing opportunity for students everywhere through improved education policy and practice. This mission that he shares with many of his colleagues at SESP is having an impact worldwide.

  • Diane Schanzenbach Finds Universal Preschool Provides Gains for Disadvantaged Children
    A new study by SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach finds that when states have universal public preschools, low-income children are more likely to enroll in preschool, spend quality time with their mothers and perform better on tests as late as eighth grade. In higher-income families, children are likely to shift from private to public preschools.

  • David Figlio, Morton Schapiro Find Learning Edge for Lecturers
    A new study by School of Education and Social Policy professor David Figlio and Northwestern president Morton Schapiro finds that non-tenure-track faculty boost student learning gains. The study compares the effects of lecturers with faculty who are tenured or on a tenure track on student interest and learning in a subject.

  • Larry Hedges Named Statistician of the Year
    Professor Larry Hedges is the 2013-14 recipient of the Statistician of the Year Award, presented by the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association. A leader in the fields of educational statistics and evaluation, Hedges is a Board of Trustee Professor, the author of eight books.

  • All in a Week's Time: Three Studies by Diane Schanzenbach Make News
    In the course of four days, three different studies by School of Education and Social Policy associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach -- on universal preschool, food stamps and delaying children’s entrance to kindergarten -- were cited at length in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine.

  • Kimberly Scott, Jeff Merrell Lead Online Learning Networks Seminar for Future Leaders
    At the Conference Board Future Leaders Conference on November 15, Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change director Kimberly Scott and associate director Jeff Merrell present results from their innovative five-week online seminar that starts October 7 -- “Exploring Personal Learning Networks: Practical Issues for Organizations.”

  • Six Instructors, Advisers Make Northwestern Honor Roll
    Six SESP faculty and staff members made the Associated Student Government's 2013 Honor Roll. They are Dorie Blesoff, Alissa Chung, Cindy Conlon, Meg Kreuser, Ken Powers and Megan Redfearn.

  • Emma Adam Zeroes In on Teen Stress with Better Measures
    Parents and teachers know that stress affects kids, but how does it become toxic? To zero in on exactly how daily and long-term stress affect children and teens, professor Emma Adam is developing comprehensive measures of adolescent stress.