December 2014 News Stories

December 2014 News Stories

  • Heavier Newborns Show Academic Edge in School
    Birth weight makes a difference to a child’s future academic performance, according to new research led by David Figlio that found heavier newborns do better in elementary and middle school than infants with lower birth weights.

  • Corey Brady Addresses Audiences in Mexico on Learning Science with Computer Modeling
    Assistant professor Corey Brady traveled to Mexico recently to share his expertise in computer modeling for engineering education. He gave a conference keynote, a workshop and a panel presentation — all at the Technological Institute of Madero in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

  • Northwestern Helps Evanston Children Learn Code
    As part of a global effort to spark interest in computer programming, Northwestern University has partnered with Evanston elementary schools for the second annual “Hour of Code” initiative. The Kits and ‘Cats Hour of Code event will reach at least 2,000 Evanston students.

  • Senior Samantha Yi Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant
    Samantha Yi, a SESP senior majoring in social policy, was awarded an Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grant during fall quarter. Her research explores the leadership of a dual language learning program in Evanston.

  • FiveThirtyEight Quotes Diane Schanzenbach on Tradeoffs in Capping Class Size
    FiveThirtyEight's analysis of Washington's new initiative to cap class size quotes associate professor Diane Schanzenbach: “Class-size reduction is a smart and sound policy in lots of cases. But as an economist, I have to think about what would be the best use of the next dollar spent, and for an across-the-board reduction of this magnitude, the evidence just isn’t there.”

  • TV News Video: Lessons on Charitable Giving from SESP Philanthropy Class
    Allentown TV News is one of the stations showing a video with lessons charitable giving from Northwestern students in the SESP philanthropy class taught by Dean Penelope Peterson. Students in the class learn important lessons as they give away $50,000.

  • Junior Malik Dent Receives Campus Life Award
    SESP third-year student Malik Dent received the Fall 2014 Campus Life Award, which recognizes students who have significantly contributed to the improvement of the quality of student life at Northwestern.

  • Corey Winchester (BS10), Sabrina Ehmke (BS05) Selected for Global Fulbright Program
    SESP alumni Sabrina Ehmke (BS05) and Corey Winchester (BS10), both history and social sciences teachers at Evanston Township High School, were selected for a Fulbright-Hays international program this summer. They will travel to Bolivia and Peru.

  • SESP Faculty Member Jerry Stermer Named Illinois Comptroller
    Governor Pat Quinn named longtime aide Jerry Stermer, a SESP adjunct faculty member, to succeed the late Judy Baar Topinka as Illinois comptroller. Stermer, who was sworn into office on Friday, had been serving as Quinn’s budget director.

  • Northwestern's FUSE Program Excites Middle Schoolers about STEM
    Northwestern's FUSE program is designed to engage middle schoolers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through exciting high-tech challenges. Suburban Life features a story about the program in Crystal Lake School District 47.

  • Why Do Schools Need New Science Standards?
    Learning sciences professor Brian Reiser explains the new and improved approach to teaching science. Reiser is a contributing author of the framework used to develop the new standards, called the Next Generation Science Standards. He explains why they are so critical for children –- and for a functioning democracy.