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Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (left) discusses the Multidisciplinary Program in Education's fall speaker series with two of its newly accepted graduate students, Elizabeth Debraggio and Richard Morel.

IPR-Led Multidisciplinary Training in Education Sciences Expands

Northwestern University’s Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) received a $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), its third since the program’s creation in 2004, to train doctoral students from different disciplines in state-of-the-art education research methods. The ninth cohort will start in the fall, and it will be the first to participate in a unique research partnership with Evanston Township High School (ETHS).“We want people to do useful and usable research,” said IPR economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, who directs the program. MORE

2013 IPR Year in Review 
The 2013 IPR Year in Review is now online!

Faculty in the Media
NBC News
Fewer Americans blame poverty on the poor
IPR sociologist Leslie McCall's ongoing research on Americans' views of economic inequality was cited in a story about changing opinions on the causes of poverty.

The Economist
Are borrowers different?
IPR development economist Lori Beaman's research on microlending in rural Mali was featured in an article on how microfinance works for different populations and if it is a more promising tool to fight poverty for some people than for others.

Los Angeles Times
Delinquent youth more likely to die violently as adults
The paper discusses a new study by behavioral scientist and IPR associate Linda Teplin, in which she finds delinquent youth are at risk of early violent death in adulthood, regardless of race, and females are especially vulnerable.

One-third of Americans aren't ready for next generation technology
Communications studies researcher and IPR associate Eszter Hargittai commented on a study suggesting almost one-third of Americans were not digitally literate or did not trust the Internet, stressing that those with better skills tend to be more privileged, and technological advancements tend to perpetuate that disparity.

Chicago Tribune
HIV rates rise among gay, bisexual men
As part of an effort to learn why HIV rates have risen among young men who have sex with men, especially among African American men, Chicago will host a major research project, led by medical social sciences professor and IPR associate Brian Mustanski, that will look at all potential drivers of transmission within a single study.

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News & Research
Faculty Spotlight: Larry Hedges
It’s hard to pin a label on Larry Hedges—education scholar, statistician, methodologist, social psychologist, policy researcher—all of the above would apply. The number of awards and honors he has accumulated over the course of his career, from elected fellowships to lifetime contributions, attest to his expertise and standing. But for all of the recognition, being at the forefront of methodologically rigorous, quantitative education research has been “a mighty lonely place,” Hedges said. MORE

IPR Economist Elected to British Academy
IPR economist Charles F. Manski was one of 59 distinguished scholars and honorary members elected to the British Academy at its annual meeting on July 17. Manski was named to the economics and economic history section and cited for his pioneering work in “the modern analysis of partially identifying models." Founded in 1899, the academy counts more than 900 members in Britain and around the world. MORE

Parenting Skills Tied to Reduced Inflammation in Low-Income Children
A new study led by IPR health psychologist Greg Miller suggests that an intervention focused on strengthening families can reduce inflammation, a chronic overactivation of parts of the immune system that is important for long-term health. He and colleagues, including IPR health psychologist Edith Chen, studied families in small, rural areas in Georgia. Most of the families were from low-income backgrounds. MORE

Mobile Media Use in the Middle East
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others have played an undeniable role in shaping the current sociopolitical landscape of the Middle East, yet most mobile media research to date has focused on the business aspects of its use—not, for example, how its content might influence public education and engagement. IPR media scholar Rachel Davis Mersey is helping to launch a new study that will seek to understand the development and diffusion of mobile media content in the Arab world. MORE

What's in a (Hurricane) Name?
Recently, a lot of media attention was focused on a study supposedly showing that “female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes.” The idea is that people do not take hurricanes named after women as seriously, and so do less to protect themselves when warned about a hurricane named (say) “Bonnie” versus one named “Andrew.” IPR sociologist Jeremy Freese identifies four key problems with the study.

New IPR Working Papers

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“Patterns of Neighborhood Relocation in a Longitudinal HOPE VI Natural Experiment: The Genes, Environment, and Neighborhood Initiative (GENI) Study” (WP-14-09)

Brian Mustanski, Gayle Byck, John Bolland, David Henry, Greg Swann, and Danielle Dick

Led by medical social sciences professor and IPR associate Brian Mustanski, the Genes, Environment, and Neighborhood Initiative (GENI) study investigates the interplay between neighborhood and genetic factors in predicting a cluster of HIV risk factors among impoverished, urban African American youth. Factors that the study examines include sexual risk taking, substance use, and externalizing problems. The core of this interdisciplinary project was a natural experiment which occurred under part of a federal housing program, HOPE VI, in which a sample of adolescents from an ongoing longitudinal, multiple-cohort study relocated from an impoverished public housing development to more advantaged neighborhoods. By capitalizing on this natural experiment and linking the sample to the longitudinal study, the researchers can examine pre- and post-move trends and trajectories for risk behaviors and neighborhood factors. This working paper seeks to determine whether there are differences in pre- and post- relocation neighborhood environments between the treatment and control groups and between the pre- and post-relocation neighborhoods of treatment participants. Not only does the study test the underlying assumptions of the GENI natural experiment, but it also contributes to the understanding of relocation patterns within federal mobility programs. The project received funding from the National Institutes of Health.


Upcoming Events

10/6/14 - IPR’s Fall Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquium Series begins. More details coming soon to the IPR website.

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