January 2014 News Stories

January 2014 News Stories

  • Future Teacher Working with Miriam Sherin on Video Project Blogs on Engaging Teaching
    High school student Rebecca Williams, who aims to be a teacher, worked with professor Miriam Sherin on a project related to viewing video of classroom interactions. As part of the project Rebecca wrote a blog about engaging lessons, which was posted on the Teaching Channel website.

  • SESP Scholar-Athletes Receive All-Big Ten Awards for Fall Sports
    Thirteen SESP students received All Big Ten Awards as student-athletes in fall sports as Northwestern earned a conference-best 104 Academic All-Big Ten honors across six sports. The students are Nikki Parsley, Tara Puffenberger, Kristin Wirtz, Collin Ellis, Matt Frazier, Tony Jones, Zack Oliver, Eric Olson, Tyler Scott, Renee Wellman, Katie Gancedo, Bo Podkopacz and Stephanie Holthus.

  • SESP Students Lauren Dennis, Sharon Kao Win Undergraduate Research Grants
    SESP seniors Lauren Dennis and Sharon Kao were awarded Undergraduate Research Grants by the Northwestern University Office of the Provost during fall quarter. Both students are majoring in human development and psychological services.

  • Kemi Jona Testifies at Congressional Hearing on STEM Education
    SESP professor Kemi Jona testified before a Congressional committee in Washington, D.C., on January 8 to share his expertise on industry partnerships for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The hearing for the Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s subcommittee on research and technology focused on “Private Sector Initiatives That Engage Students in STEM.”

  • Jim Spillane Delivers Keynotes for International Conferences in Indonesia, Malaysia
    Professor Jim Spillane gave the opening keynote address for the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on January 3. More than 350 delegates from 35 countries were in attendance at Yogyakarta State University.

  • Science: Doug Medin's Study Shows Skill of Jahai at Describing Smells
    Science magazine reports on a study involving professor Douglas Medin, an expert in learning in indigenous cultures, that shows the Jahai nomadic hunter-gatherers of Southeast Asia excel at depicting smells. This may be due to the importance of odors in their daily life, says Medin.

  • Progress Illinois: Diane Schanzenbach Advocates Select Reforms to Food Stamp Program
    Progress Illinois features associate professor Diane Schanzenbach's policy recommendations related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Schanzenbach's recent report for the Hamilton Project proposed several improvements to the program.

  • NBC Quotes Lindsay Chase-Lansdale in Story about Two-Generation Education Programs
    An NBC feature about two-generation programs quotes professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, who has studied two-generation projects. Studies show that when parents continue their education, “the home environment becomes richer, it’s more cognitively stimulating, and it helps children learn,” she says.

  • David Figlio's Research Finds Infant Health Has Long-Term Impact on Education
    In a recently published study, professor David Figlio and his colleagues discovered that poor infant health, as indicated by low birth weight, reduces a child’s educational attainment. When the researchers compared the progress from birth through middle school of 1.3 million children, including 14,000 twin pairs, they found that low birth weight had a consistent impact.

  • Chicago Tribune: FUSE Program Launches New Solar Car Challenge
    Students at Schaumburg's Lincoln Prairie School demonstrated the new solar car challenge for the FUSE informal learning program. A partnership with Siemens enables the Office of STEM Education Partnerships to add the design of solar cars to its lineup of highly engaging STEAM activities, offered in Schaumburg and other locales throughout the Chicago area.

  • Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde (PhD12) Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award
    Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde (PhD12) received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research on a way to reshape middle school science with visualization tools. A graduate of the Learning Sciences doctoral program, Wilkerson-Jerde is an assistant professor of education at Tufts University.

  • Undergraduate Researchers Delve into Intriguing Topics with SESP Faculty
    Claudia Haase is one of many SESP professors who give undergraduates the chance to pursue their interests as they work on groundbreaking research. Haase is looking for “passionate and bright” undergraduate students to join her research team exploring emotion, motivation and well-being in adults.

  • Chicago Tribune Reports on FUSE Teacher Invited to State of the Union Address
    Schaumburg FUSE teacher Michelle Burke is the guest of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for the 2014 State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C. FUSE is a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program developed by SESP professors Kemi Jona and Reed Stevens.

  • Education Week Quotes Brian Reiser about Progress on Adoption of Next Generation Science Standards
    Professor Brian Reiser comments in Education Week on the progress of state adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, which are intended to improve science education across the nation. The Next Generation Science Standards adoption process was designed to be different from that of the Common Core, with a more deliberative two-step process, according to Reiser.

  • David Figlio, Jim Spillane, Carol Lee Named to Edu-Scholar Public Influence Ranking
    School of Education and Social Policy professors David Figlio, James Spillane and Carol Lee were named to the 2014 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Frederick Hess, the American Enterprise Institute director of education and an Education Week blogger, developed these rankings to honor the 200 university-based education scholars who had the biggest influence on the nation's education discourse last year.

  • Learning Sciences PhD Students Expand Understanding of Science Learning
    Students in the Learning Sciences PhD program are breaking new ground as they study science learning in multiple contexts — families, the media, video games, after-school programs, classrooms and more. Their novel research builds understanding of the learning process and the design of innovative learning environments.