July 2015 News Stories

July 2015 News Stories

  • Dan McAdams’s New Book Depicts Personality Change across Life Span
    In his new book The Art and Science of Personality Development, professor Dan McAdams illuminates how personality evolves throughout a lifetime as individuals develop from infancy through old age. The book integrates the best research in personality and developmental psychology as McAdams offers what has been described as “the first comprehensive theory of personality development to emerge in the 21st century.”

  • Jim Spillane’s New Book Addresses Leaders in Common Core Era
    Professor James Spillane, known for his expertise in education leadership and policy, has a new book on the Common Core State Standards, a hot topic in schools and statehouses across the nation. Challenging Standards can help education leaders to build system capacity and navigate conflict as they implement the standards in schools.

  • Smithsonian Features Liz Gerber for Innovating Design Thinking Program
    In an article about higher education degrees, courses and labs in design and innovation, Smithsonian magazine highlights assistant professor Liz Gerber, who helped establish a design thinking program at Northwestern.

  • White House Report Highlights SESP Research on Disadvantaged Youth
    A report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors highlights findings of associate professors Jonathan Guryan, on reducing crime and dropout, and Diane Schanzenbach on preschool education and income inequality.

  • CTD Educator's Conference on August 20 Explores Math Creativity
    Educators will learn about "Encouraging Mathematical Creativity in a Differentiated Classroom” at a conference on August 20 hosted by Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development. The conference features Eric Mann, a gifted education expert and professor of mathematics at Hope College.

  • Emma Adam, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Coauthor Study Finding Weight Gain with Fatherhood
    A study of how fatherhood affects health found that a 6-foot-tall man who becomes a dad gains an average of 4.4 pounds. SESP professors Emma Adam and Lindsay Chase-Lansdale coauthored the study with lead author Craig Garfield.

  • Dave Renz (MA67) Retires as Adviser, Teacher, Mentor for MSEd Program
    David Renz (MA67) has been a beloved adviser, teacher and mentor to aspiring teachers at Northwestern for two decades. As he retires in August, alumni and staff paid tribute to an inspiring figure in the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program.

  • Four SESP Graduates Selected as Northwestern Public Interest Fellows
    Four 2015 graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy were selected as fellows for the Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP). Emily Callahan, Amy Glazier-Torgerson, Alexis Gable and Haley Sonenthal will work with Chicago nonprofit organizations, continuing to pursue interests in public service that they developed during college.

  • Seattle Times Cites SESP Study on Impact of Preschool Math Skills
    According to the Seattle Times, "A groundbreaking study in 2007, done by Northwestern University professor Greg Duncan and others, found that math skills in kindergarten predict third-grade test scores in both reading and math — a surprising result that scientists are still working to understand. But it suggests that a good start in math is key because research also shows that kids who start out behind in the early grades don’t tend to catch up."

  • Dedre Gentner Awarded Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science
    Professor Dedre Gentner is the 16th recipient of the David E. Rumelhart Prize, which is considered the most important award in the cognitive science field. The prize is awarded annually to an individual making a significant contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition.

  • Chicago Tribune Quotes Brian Reiser on New Illinois Science Exam
    The new Illinois science exams are based on Next Generation Science Standards that SESP professor Brian Reiser helped to develop on a national committee. The Tribune quotes him as saying, "Nothing is perfect. But there are a lot of things in the Next Generation Science Standards that are a major step forward for us." One of the critical goals of the new standards is to move away from memorizing facts and move toward deep analysis in key areas of science, according to Reiser.

  • Diane Schanzenbach Named Director of Hamilton Project at Brookings Institution
    SESP associate professor Diane Schanzenbach has been appointed director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution that focuses on fostering more inclusive growth. Schanzenbach will also join the Economic Studies program as a senior fellow.