2019 News Stories

2019 News Stories

  • May 2019 News Stories

    • Former U.S. Secretary of Education Will Address Class of 2019
      Arne Duncan, the unusually-candid U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama, will address the undergraduate class of 2019 during SESP Convocation ceremonies.
      5/3/19

    • Undergrad Sets Research Grant Record
      Undergraduates Jordyn Ricard and Jared Zvonar received summer research grants from Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Research for projects related to mental health and history, respectively.
      5/4/19

    • Federal Reserve CEO to Speak on Leadership
      Mary Daly, a high school dropout who is now president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will discuss leadership for social good during the Nancy and Ray Loeschner Leadership Series at Northwestern University. 
      5/3/19

    • Student Startup Places Sixth in Rice Competition
      BrewBike, a student-run coffee company, brought home big honors — and funding — in the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition hosted by Rice University.
      5/6/19

    • Adam to Discuss Work on Sleep, Equity
      Emma Adam, one of the world’s leading researchers on stress, race, and sleep, will discuss Sleep Equity: Good Sleep as a Resource (and a Right?) during the One SESP Graduate Student Dinner and Discussion.
      5/6/19

    • Why You Don’t Want to Leave School During a Recession
      The bad luck of leaving school during hard economic times can lead to higher rates of early death and permanent differences in life circumstances, Northwestern University’s Hannes Schwandt wrote in a policy brief. 
      5/5/19

    • Computer Scientists and Learning Scientists Join Forces
      Computer science classes and boot camps have never been more popular. But how can we help the next generation of students feel empowered by this technology? And how can that education reach everyone – not just those who are drawn to the traditional notions of computer science?
      5/4/19

    • SESP in the Media: May 2019
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      3/5/18

  • April 2019 News Stories

    • SESP in the Media: April 2019
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      3/5/18

    • Destin, Cohen Honored With University Teaching Awards
      Professor Mesmin Destin and instructor Danny M. Cohen (PhD11) were honored with 2019 University Teaching Awards for their outstanding efforts and dedication to undergraduate education at Northwestern University.
      4/28/19

    • Northwestern Academy Supports Evanston Students
      Northwestern University’s successful college access program for underserved, high-achieving students at Evanston Township High School has been renamed “Northwestern Academy – Evanston.”
      4/25/19

    • FUSE Partners with Smithfield Foundation
      Company’s contribution will create FUSE Studios at 20 schools across Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and South Dakota.
      4/24/19

    • Northwestern Academy Students Tour Colleges Across the Nation
      Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students visited 21 college campuses from Southern California to Pennsylvania during their annual spring break trip.
      4/24/19

    • Diane Nash, Civil Rights Icon, to Speak at Northwestern
      Esteemed civil rights activist, leader, and organizer Diane Nash will participate in a community conversation Thursday, April 25, on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.
      4/23/19

    • Eve L. Ewing on Leadership, Racial Trauma
      Eve L. Ewing struggled as a black student at a predominantly white university. But as she learned to cope with the repercussions of racism, she also gained clarity about her relationship with higher education.
      4/19/19

    • Spillane Coaches Education Leaders in Asia
      Professor James Spillane delivered a keynote speech on school leadership and led a related workshop during the recent Global Education Leadership Summit in Bangkok.
      4/17/19

    • Northwestern Hosts First Computer Science and Learning Sciences Symposium
      Distinguished leaders and rising stars in computer science and learning sciences will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the field of education during the first annual symposium on computing and learning April 28- 30 at Northwestern University. 
      4/15/19

    • Rosenbaum Receives Career Award – But Far From Slowing Down
      James Rosenbaum’s ability to cultivate talented researchers and his passion for tackling pressing social issues recently earned him the Elizabeth G. Cohen Distinguished Career in Applied Sociology of Education Award from the American Education Research Association.
      4/10/19

    • SESP Heads to Toronto for AERA
      SESP faculty, alumni, postdocs and graduate students will be presenting at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting April 5 through April 9, the world’s largest gathering of education researchers.
      4/3/19

    • Alumni Honored With Golden Apple Award
      Alumni Sara Blair Winter-Rosenberg (MS12) and Corey Winchester (BS10) received a welcome surprise in their respective classrooms when Golden Apple Foundation officials – along with colleagues, family, and friends -- flooded in to announce they’d won 2019 Excellence in Teaching and Leadership awards.
      4/1/19

  • March 2019 News Stories

    • Vakil: Equity is More Than Inclusion
      Computer science educators should think more deeply about the ethical, political, and social justice consequences of their work, Northwestern University’s Sepehr Vakil wrote in a commentary published in the March issue of the magazine Communications of the Association for Computer Machinery.
      3/21/19

    • Eve L. Ewing to Host Loeschner Leadership Series Event
      Chicago writer and sociologist of education Dr. Eve L. Ewing will discuss scholarship, leadership, and effective community activism as part of the Nancy and Ray Loeschner Leadership Series at Northwestern University.
      3/21/19

    • SESP in the Media: March 2019
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      3/5/18

    • Sepehr Vakil Wins CAREER Award
      Northwestern University’s Sepehr Vakil received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the agency’s most prestigious honor for promising young academics.
      3/20/19

    • Women in STEM: How Can Universities Close Gender Gaps? 
      Colleges and universities that invest in gender parity ultimately help support women pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), according to a new book co-authored by Northwestern University’s Lois Trautvetter.
      3/19/19

    • The Cost of a Twin Brother
      Women who shared their mother’s womb with a male twin are less likely to graduate from high school or college, have earned less by their early 30s, and have lower fertility and marriage rates when compared with twins who are both female, according to new Northwestern University research. 
      3/18/19

    • Preview Days Showcase MSHE Program
      Bridget O’Connell (MS17) is a career changer who found “her place” in higher education. After working for more than a decade in engineering, she now helps undergraduate and graduate students explore their career goals and find meaningful employment.
      3/13/19

    • Doctoral Candidate Selected to Millennium Scholars Program
      While working as an eighth-grade math teacher, Andrea Kinghorn Busby saw how her students’ lives outside school intersected with their classroom experiences.
      3/7/19

    • Economists and Psychologists Agree: Inequality Saps Opportunities and Motivation
      Rising economic inequality makes people less likely to believe that upward mobility is possible, shaping both their motivation and behavior, according to a research review published in the journal Nature Human Behavior.
      3/2/19

    • Can Female Principals Be Caring and Commanding?
      White and black novice female principals adopt vastly different leadership styles at the beginning of their careers, according to new Northwestern University research that looks at how race and gender intersect for professional educators.
      3/2/19

    • Alumna Named Associate Dean of Teacher Education
      Kavita Kapadia Matsko (MS97) knew she wanted to be a teacher from a young age. But it wasn’t until she came to Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) that she realized her passion included preparing the teachers themselves.
      3/7/19

  • February 2019 News Stories

    • Does a Teen's Bedtime Really Matter?
      An earlier bedtime may help teenagers by improving executive functioning abilities like memory, self-control, and problem solving, according to preliminary Northwestern University research.
      2/27/19

    • Corey Winchester: An Educational Disruptor
      Corey Winchester (BS10) never went to school simply to get good grades, Clare Proctor wrote in the Daily Northwestern. “For him, it was about learning, a mindset he credits to his family and first-grade teacher.”
      2/24/19

    • Three Alumni Earn Golden Apple Distinction
      Three School of Education and Social Policy alumni were named finalists for the 2019 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes some of the most talented educators in the state.
      2/14/19

    • Diane Schanzenbach Elected to National Academy of Education
      Economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), has been elected to the esteemed National Academy of Education (NAEd) in recognition of her outstanding research contributions on education issues.
      2/11/19

    • Faculty Spotlight: Terri Sabol Rethinks Early Childhood Education
      The promise of change guides Terri Sabol’s thinking—and rethinking—of early childhood education issues. She examines how classrooms, families, and neighborhoods each play a role in a child’s development. 
      2/9/19

    • SESP in the Media: February 2019
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      3/5/18

  • January 2019 News Stories

    • Undergrads Win Research Grants
      A school-record 14 School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) students received Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grants (AYURG) to study everything from female entrepreneurship and empowerment the use of technology to discipline students.
      1/30/19

    • Five SESP Faculty Named to Edu-Scholar List
      Five School of Education and Social Policy scholars were named to Education Week’s “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which recognize 200 of the most influential academics in education policy.
      1/28/19

    • SESP in the Media: January 2019
      An ongoing, monthly roundup of appearances in the news media by School of Education and Social Policy faculty, researchers, and our community.
      3/5/18

    • How Leaders Can Lighten the Load
      Initiative overload. It’s a condition many employees experience when senior leaders launch too many major projects.
      1/24/19

    • Madison Named Civic Leadership Academy Fellow
      Sybil Madison has been named to the Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, a program for promising leaders in non-profit organizations and local government agencies within Chicago and Cook County.
      1/17/19

    • Worsley Recognized for Diversity, Inclusion Efforts
      Marcelo Worsley will receive the 2019 Daniel Linzer Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity for his innovative teaching and efforts to bring STEM education to all, regardless of physical ability.
      1/17/19

    • Mesmin Destin Wins Early Career Award
      Northwestern University psychologist Mesmin Destin, whose research emphasizes the key role socioeconomic status plays in the study of human behavior, was recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) for his stellar work in the early stages of his career.
      1/15/19

    • Wallace Receives Alumnae Graduate Fellowship
      Alexzandra Wallace has been awarded the 2019 Alumnae Graduate Fellowship by The Alumnae of Northwestern University, which is given to full-time graduate students and promising young scholars who have shown qualities such as scholarship, leadership, community service, professional experience, and financial need.
      1/15/19

    • Wilensky Named Lorraine Morton Professor
      Northwestern University’s Uri Wilensky, a pioneer in learning technology and computational modeling, has been named the Lorraine Morton Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science, David Figlio, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), announced.
      1/11/19

    • Bang, Vossoughi Win Alumnae Award
      Megan Bang and Shirin Vossoughi have been named the 2019 recipients of The Alumnae of Northwestern University’s Award for Curriculum Development.
      12/18/18