July 2014 News Stories

July 2014 News Stories

  • Kirabo Jackson Finds Increased School Spending Helps Poor Kids
    SESP associate professor Kirabo Jackson finds that increases in K-12 school spending lead to better outcomes for children living in poverty. He investigated four decades’ worth of data on the impact of court-mandated changes in school finance.

  • SESP Dedicates Kothari Learning Studio at Annenberg Hall
    In recognition of their son’s education at SESP, Shyam and Nina Kothari decided to support a classroom in Annenberg Hall where their son had classes. The high-tech Kothari Learning Studio was dedicated the day before Arjun Kothari’s graduation at a June 19 reception attended by the Kothari family, Northwestern trustees and faculty.

  • Energy Game Created by Mike Horn and Reed Stevens Wins Award
    A game called Turn Up the Heat that faculty members Mike Horn and Reed Stevens developed for their Green Homes Games project recently won an award at the international Games+Learning+Society conference. The project aims to discover enjoyable ways for families to consider energy use and environmental sustainability.

  • Humorous YouTube Video with 145,000 Views Highlights Claudia Haase's 'Marriage Gene' Research
    A humorous YouTube video highlights research by assistant professor Claudia Haase and her collaborators at University of California-Berekeley showing the link between a certain gene and marital happiness. Those with a particular variant of the 5-HTTLPR gene react more to the emotions in a marriage while those with other variants are more even and thus happier.

  • Abraham Lo Wins AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship
    Learning Sciences doctoral student Abraham Lo received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research for 2014-15. This fellowship recognizes the quality of Lo’s research and his potential to contribute to education improvement.

  • Kemi Jona's Special Issue of Distance Education on MOOCs Available
    Research professor Kemi Jona edited a special issue of Distance Education on massive open online courses (MOOCs), a phenomenon that he says has "rocked the boat of higher education." Articles and commentaries discuss emerging research in this field where "practice is leading theory."

  • Cynthia Coburn Gives Keynote Talk at International Learning Conference
    Professor Cynthia Coburn, an expert in the area of scaling up education reform efforts, will address an international learning conference this week. At the International SIM Conference, she will provide a framework for how to spread and sustain successful changes in instruction.

  • David Figlio Delivers Keynote Economic Policy Lecture in Poland
    Professor David Figlio added Warsaw to his list of destinations for economic policy talks as he headed to Poland to deliver the Leonid Hurwicz Lecture. His keynote address kicked off the ninth annual Warsaw International Economic Meeting on July 10.

  • 12 SESP Students Awarded Undergraduate Internship Grants
    Twelve SESP students were awarded grants for their internships this summer through the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP): Robert Bourret, Catherine Chung, Isabel Garcia, Brandon Hill, Jenny Kwon, Adriana Lopez, Maria Marquez, Anisa Mian, Hannah Ongman, Gabrielle Parsons, Natalie Sack and Jacqueline Soria.

  • Huffington Post Video: Alexandra Solomon Tells How Couples Avoid Relationship Ruts
    To avoid relationship ruts, clinical psychologist and SESP instructor Alexandra Solomon says there is a million-dollar question that happy couples ask, over and over: "What's it like to be in a relationship with me right now?" She also recommends eye contact and holding hands as a way to engage.

  • How Children Categorize Living Things
    Linguistic and cultural forces shape children's understanding of the natural world. In a study by Andrea Taverna with professors Sandra Waxman and Douglas Medin, the responses of children from three different cultural communities in Argentina to what is living differed.