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July


Strong Family Relationships May Help With Asthma Outcomes for Children in Dangerous Neighborhoods
A new study by IPR's Edith Chen looks at the impact of positive family relationships on children's health. 

Women No Longer Regarded as Less Competent Than Men
A new meta-analysis looking at how gender stereotypes have changed since 1946 by IPR psychologist Alice Eagly finds that women are no longer regarded as less competent than men but are still seen as less ambitious and decisive. 

Yidan Prize Winner Announces New Education Research Center
IPR education researcher and statistician Larry Hedges will launch the STEPP Center within IPR for education statistics, policy, and practice. 

Faculty Spotlight: Chloe Thurston
IPR political scientist Chloe Thurston studies the intersection of politics and economics, focusing on the role government and interest groups play in shaping public policy.

Evictions in America
As the IPR@50 Distinguished Lecturer, Princeton University sociologist Matthew Desmond highlighted his work to launch the first national database of evictions.

IPR@50 Panel Summaries
Read about the IPR@50 panels on government spending, neighborhood inequality, community partnerships, policy measurement, experience and biology, and what ails American democracy.

The Next 50 Years of Policy Research
During the IPR@50 conference, IPR looked forward rather than back and explored how IPR research is set to tackle 21st-century policy challenges. 

'Dying From' to 'Living With' HIV/AIDS
In her new book Remaking a Life: How Women with HIV/ AIDS Confront Inequality (University California Press, 2019), IPR sociologist and African American studies researcher Celeste Watkins-Hayes examines the process of 'dying from' to 'living with' HIV/AIDS.

Some Stereotypes Seem to Be Universally Applied to Biracial Groups
A new study by psychologist and IPR associate Sylvia Perry looking at biracial groups in the U.S., suggests biracial people may be thought of as their own racial group. 

June


New IPR Research: June 2019
Check out some of the latest research from IPR faculty researchers, including why people fail to sign up for social safety net programs like SNAP and how teachers respond to the pressures of school accountability. 

Emission-Cheating Vehicles Linked to Worse Health Outcomes
A working paper by economist Hannes Schwandt finds that pollution from the exhausts of diesel cars implicated in the emissions scandal are linked to lower birth weights in children and an increase in acute asthma in infants and children. 

Do Some Countries Discriminate More Than Others?
A new meta-analysis on hiring discrimination by sociologist Lincoln Quillian finds evidence of pervasive hiring discrimination against all nonwhite groups in nine Western countries he examined. 

The Brain Consumes Half of a Child's Energy—Which Could Matter for Weight Gain
A new study by anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa proposes that variation in brain energy expenditure during childhood could be linked to obesity risk. 

May


Research Round-Up: Studying Mental Health
May is National Mental Health Month, and IPR faculty are making vital progress in diagnosing, understanding, and addressing mental health conditions.

Faculty Spotlight: Annette D'Onofrio
Linguistics scholar and IPR associate Annette D'Onofrio studies how speech defines our perceptions of ourselves and others.

Accuracy Versus Cost in the 2020 Census
In a recent working paper, statisticians Bruce Spencer and Zachary Seeskin weigh the importance of taking an accurate census count versus the financial expense of gathering information for the census.

CAB 2019: Old Friends and New Ideas
More than 100 scholars and graduate students from the Midwest gathered on Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus on May 3 for the 13th annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop (CAB).

New IPR Research: May 2019
Check out some of the latest research from IPR faculty researchers, including how college graduation is linked to minority student health, and re-evaluating how we measure partisan polarization.

IPR@50: The Fourth Decade (1999–2008)
In the 2000s, IPR continued its focus on key social policy issues around poverty and crime. During these years, IPR also built on its strong interdisciplinary structure to elevate education policy to a formal research area and launch two innovative research centers.

IPR Fellows Selected for National Recognition
Three IPR fellows—anthropologists Christopher Kuzawa and Sera Young and sociologist Lincoln Quillian—recently received major recognition and awards, confirming their outstanding research talent. 

Pregnancy Complications Rise for Illinois Women
In a recent study, IPR associate Joe Feinglass finds that pregnancy complications increased for Illinois women between 2010 and 2015. 

Women Ask for Less In the Online Gig Economy
In the online gig economy, women still ask for lower hourly rates than men, finds IPR associate Elizabeth Gerber. 

April


Sera Young Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow
IPR anthropologist Sera Young was named to the fifth class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, comprising 32 scholars in social sciences and the humanities. 

Scaling Up to Measure Water Insecurity
IPR anthropologist Sera Young spoke about water insecurity at the official launch of the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Research Coordination Network in Washington, D.C.

The Impact of Immigration
IPR faculty researchers have long studied issues related to immigrants to the United States, including effects on education, employment, public opinion, and healthcare.

IPR@50: The Third Decade (1989–1998)
In the 1990s, the Institute for Policy Research continued in social science research, changed its name to reflect the Institute's new indentity and ambitions, and committed to cross-disciplinary research. 

Faculty Spotlight: Pablo BoczkowskiIPR associate Pablo Bockowski has followed the transformation of online journalism from early websites in the 1990's to social media's influence on news consumption today.

Poverty Leaves a Mark on Our Genes
A new study by IPR anthropologist Thomas McDade finds that poverty leaves a mark on nearly 10 percent of the genes in the genome.

IPR Sociologist Lincoln Quillian Named Guggenheim Fellow
The prestigious fellowship will help Quillian in his work to better understand hiring discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in North America and Europe.

Rosenbaum Receives Career Award—But Far from Slowing Down
IPR education researcher James Rosenbaum was awarded the Elizabeth G. Cohen Distinguished Career in Applied Sociology of Education Award from the Sociology of Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.

March


The Effects of Prenatal Testosterone on Females in Male-Female Twin Pairs
IPR education economist David Figlio, biological anthropologist Chris Kuzawa, and postdoctoral fellow Krzysztof Karbownik find that women with twin brothers are likely to do worse in school and earn less money compared to twins who are both female. 

Schools that Emphasize Diversity Linked to Better Health for Students of Color
IPR health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg Miller find that a school that values diversity could result in health benefits for students of color. 

What Makes People Willing to Sacrifice Their Own Self-Interest for Another?
IPR political scientist Mary McGrath finds that people are more willing to sacrifice for a collaborator than for someone working just as hard but working independently.  

February


The Challenges and Opportunities for LGBT Rights
Jocelyn Samuels, executive director of the Williams Institute, discussed why LGBT topics and policies are more than niche issues at the Winter 2019 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture, co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Research and the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing.

IPR@50: The Second Decade (1979–1988)
What would moving to new communities mean to people living in segregated public housing? How do crime and the fear of crime change people’s behavior? The researchers at IPR tackled these questions and others in the 1980s.

The Origins of the GOP's Tax Cut Policy
In her new book Starving the Beast (Russell Sage Foundation, 2019), IPR sociologist Monica Prasad examines how tax cuts became a dominant policy issue of the Republican Party during the Reagan administration.  

Faculty Spotlight: Beth Tipton
IPR statistician Beth Tipton finds her calling in “social statistics” and explores how statistics can be used across disciplines.

Terri Sabol Named ‘Rising Star’ in Psychology
IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol was honored for her early-career contributions by the Association for Psychological Science. 

Diane Schanzenbach Elected to National Academy of Education
IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach has been elected to the esteemed National Academy of Education (NAEd) in recognition of her outstanding research contributions on education issues.

January


IPR@50: The First Decade (1968–1978)
The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) marks its 50th year in the 2018–2019 academic year. Looking back to its founding, what made IPR the dynamic research hub it is today? Looking forward to the next half century, what of its legacy will shape the path ahead? 

Faculty Spotlight: Terri Sabol
IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol is rethinking early childhood education issues. She examines how classrooms, families, and neighborhoods each play a role in a child’s development. 

Subtle Racial and Political Discrimination in College Admissions 
A working paper by IPR political scientist James Druckman finds that politically engaged African Americans receive fewer responses when requesting information about college admissions. 

U.S. Children Show Clear Evidence of Bias at the Intersection of Race and Gender
A new study co-authored by IPR psychologist Sandra Waxman provides strong and consistent evidence of bias at the intersection of race and gender in 4-year-old children. 

Northwestern Researchers Examine Political Divide Behind Climate Change Beliefs
IPR political scientists James Druckman and Mary McGrath find individuals skeptical about climate change reject ostensibly credible scientific information because it contradicts what they already believe

Why Good Policies Go Bad
As part of an ambitious effort to reduce racial disparities in school disciplinary practices, IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa will be embedded in a large urban high school over the next five years to study the outcomes of its restorative justice program. 

Mesmin Destin Wins Early Career Award
IPR social 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.

IPR Faculty Named Highly Cited Researchers
Greg Miller, Paola Sapienza, and David Cella were recently named 2018 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.

December


IPR's Top Stories of 2018
Amid the nonstop news cycle throughout the year, IPR faculty research has provided a rigorous, evidence-based foundation for dialogue on pivotal policy issues. Many of IPR’s most-read 2018 articles reflect wider policy concerns, from bias in medicine and sexism, to crime and the future of work. They also reveal who our faculty experts are as leaders in their fields and why they do the work that they do.

The Changing Safety Net for Children
New research from IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach points to how safety net programs are “extremely effective at reducing poverty," but changes in government spending might harm the poorest children.

What Can the Midterms Tell Us About 2020?
At a recent IPR panel, Northwestern scholars discussed what the record-breaking midterms might mean for Congress, the media, and the economy over next two years and for the 2020 presidential election.

Inequality in Homicide Rates in Chicago Neighborhoods Increased Over 20-Year PeriodA new study by IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos finds that despite the decline in violent crime over the past two decades, violent crime remains stubbornly concentrated in socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Gerber
IPR associate Elizabeth Gerber studies "collective innovation," or the process of discovering new products and services interactively with the community.

Launching the Northwestern Neighborhood and Network Initiative
IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos sat down with IPR to discuss the launching of his new initiative, which aims to understand how people and institutions in neighborhoods are connected. 

Confronting Stereotypes
In a Northwestern Magazine profile, IPR developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers discusses how kids understand and engage with issues of inequality. 

What's Next for Healthcare? 
Vox senior health policy correspondent Sarah Kliff recently spoke at Northwestern about what Americans can expect for healthcare policy following the 2018 midterms.

How Contempt Divides America
American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks delivered a distinguished public policy lecture to the Northwestern community about how contempt divides America and what we can do about it.

November


Resilience May Be Neurobiological
A new study by IPR's Gregory Miller, Edith Chen, and Robin Nusslock published in PNAS explores why a second-hand experience of violence affects some youth but not others.

Gender Parity: The Long Game
IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa wrote an op-ed for Garnet News where shes ays key cultural shifts are still needed to change how girls are viewed, requiring parents and educators to play the "long gender game."

What Do Test Scores Miss?
A new study by IPR labor and education economist Kirabo Jackson finds that test scores alone can’t identify the teachers who have the biggest impact on students.

Education Lab Receives $15 Million Donation from AbbVie
The Education Lab out of the University of Chicago Urban Labs, codirected by IPR economist Jonathan Guryan, is receiving $15 million from AbbVie to give more students the resources they need to stay in school and succeed in life.