May 2014 News Stories

May 2014 News Stories

  • Northwestern Alum Peter Bloom Enlightens Philanthropy Students
    Students in the Learning Philanthropy course benefited from real-world lessons from Northwestern alumnus Peter Bloom, himself a philanthropist and board chair of the nonprofit Bloom flew from New York to Chicago to address the unique undergraduate class that SESP dean Penelope Peterson co-teaches with Lauren Young, director emerita of the Spencer Foundation. He is advisory director for General Atlantic.

  • Tori Marquez, Peter Podlipni, Emily Rivest Win Campus Life Awards
    In recognition of their contributions to improving the quality of student life at Northwestern, sophomore Tori Marquez, junior Peter Podlipni and senior Emily Rivest received Campus Life Awards. Three of the six Campus Life Award recipients for winter quarter are SESP students.

  • Inside Higher Ed Cites Jon Guryan's Research on Regulation of For-Profit Colleges
    An article in Inside Higher Ed cites SESP professor Jon Guryan's research on how a new federal proposal will affect for-profit colleges. The Obama administration's proposal seeks to more tightly regulate for-profits, and Guryan's research analyzes the impact.

  • Washington Post Quotes Lindsay Chase-Lansdale: Two-Generation Education Key to Anti-Poverty Programs
    The Washington Post features SESP professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale in an article about two-generation anti-poverty strategies, which reflect a growing body of research that shows high-quality early childhood education is not enough to lift a child out of poverty. “It’s not reasonable for the child to be the only change-agent in a family that’s facing economic hardship,” says Chase-Lansdale, whose research is at the center of a new report from the Brookings Institution.

  • Adjunct Instructor Michael Novak Wins Golden Apple Award
    Michael Novak, a middle school teacher and adjunct instructor for the School of Education and Social Policy, is one of 10 Chicago-area teachers to win the 2014 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. Novak teaches eighth-grade mathematics and science at Park View School in Morton Grove and has been a member of the SESP community since 2004.

  • Senior Kia Sosa Receives Fulbright Fellowship
    SESP senior Kia Sosa won a Fulbright fellowship to teach in Croatia next year.

  • In Memoriam: Stephen G. Seliger
    Steve Seliger, a civil rights attorney and instructor in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, passed away on May 13. Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

  • Sentinel Cites David Figlio's Study Showing School Grades Drive Up Home Prices
    An article in the Maine Morning Sentinel cites a 2004 study by professor David Figlio that found school grades in Florida drove up home prices in places with top-rated schools.

  • Three PhD Alumni Win NAE/Spencer Fellowships
    Three of this year’s prestigious National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships went to alumni of Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. Mimi Engel (PhD08), Victor Lee (PhD09) and Enid Rosario-Ramos (PhD11) were three of the 25 recipients of the fellowships for significant research to improve education.

  • Informal Science Blog Features Profile of FUSE Program
    An Informal Science blog post outlines the FUSE program, which engages young people ages 11 to 18 in science, technology, engineering, arts/design and math (STEAM) through interest-driven activities in a youth-centric, free-choice environment.

  • Cynthia Coburn Relays Education Policy Research in Chile
    “New policies should focus on educating teachers,” stated the headline of an interview with SESP professor Cynthia Coburn in El Mercurio, the primary newspaper of Santiago, Chile. Coburn was in Chile last week to give a public lecture as the Chair of Educational Change at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago.

  • Symposium Inspires Teachers to Take Cutting-Edge Biotechnology to K-12 Classrooms
    A recent symposium at Northwestern showed Chicago teachers how biotechnology can play a starring role in their classrooms. Scores of teachers participated in the 2014 Biotechnology Symposium on May 12 at the Allen Center, entitled “Bringing Biotech from the Bench to the K-12 Classroom.”

  • News-Journal Cites David Figlio's Study Showing Benefits of School Choice
    A Pensacola News-Journal opinion piece cites professor David Figlio's finding that Florida's tax credit scholarship program has boosted student performance in public schools statewide; the program draws disproportionately low-income, poorly-performing students from the public schools into the private schools; and students who move to private schools perform as well or better once they move.

  • Eight SESP Undergraduates Win Summer Research Grants
    Eight School of Education and Social Policy undergraduates received Summer Undergraduate Research Grants from the Office of the Provost. Robert Barnes, Marcel Byrd, Lya Ferreyra, Qiddist Hammerly, Jennifer Katz, Brenna Ledvora, Fortunato Medrano and Karen Wilber will pursue independent research projects this summer in the United States and abroad.

  • Reuters: Jon Guryan Finds Nearly Half of For-Profit College Students Could Lose Aid with Proposed Rule
    Nearly half of students attending U.S. for-profit colleges could lose federal aid if the Obama administration implements a new rule on public disclosure of the schools' performance and earnings, according to a report prepared by SESP professor Jonathan Guryan and consultant Matthew Thompson.

  • Sophomore Qiddist Hammerly Named Presidential Fellow
    In recognition of her leadership and interest in public policy, SESP sophomore Qiddist Hammerly was selected as a Presidential Fellow with the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress. This leadership program in Washington, D.C., is designed to develop a new generation of national leaders committed to public service.

  • Education Week Features Kirabo Jackson's Finding: Increased School Spending Helps Kids in Poverty
    Education Week highlights SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson's research showing that school spending increases lead to better outcomes for children in poverty. In districts that substantially increased spending because of court mandates, low-income children were significantly more likely to graduate from high school, earn livable wages and avoid poverty in adulthood.

  • Senior Mahalia Kahsay Wins Princeton in Asia Fellowship
    Senior Mahalia Kahsay, a social policy major with an interest in refugee law, won a Princeton in Asia fellowship to teach in Thailand at Chiang Mai University.

  • New York Times Article Highlights Lessons from SESP Philanthropy Class
    Some people think it's easy to give away money, according to Dean Penelope Peterson of the School of Education and Social Policy -- until they take her course on philanthropy, which is featured in a May 29 article in The New York Times highlighting the unexpected challenges in real-world charitable giving.