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Project on Children’s Thinking at Northwestern

poctDoes your child like to play games? Are you interested in how children think?

If so…check out the Project on Children’s Thinking at Northwestern University!

The Project on Children’s Thinking, headed by Dr. Dedre Gentner, studies the development of children’s thought and language. We study how children come to know about the world, with a focus on how their growing insight into linguistic and conceptual structures influences their patterns of learning and reasoning.

One major focus of our research is how children come to learn about spatial relations and how this understanding affects their reasoning. We also study how language can help children think relationally at a younger age than they might otherwise.

Many parents are interested in knowing what we are discovering in our research. We will gladly provide summaries of the studies in which your child participates. Each year we send out a newsletter to all the participating families that summarizes our findings over the past year.

Currently we are seeking children between 1-4 years of age to participate. For more information about our lab or to sign up to participate, please visit our website: http://groups.psych.northwestern.edu/poct/.

Northwestern Heart Study Seeks 8th Graders

NU HeartThe “My World, My Heart” study aims to better understand various risk factors for cardiovascular disease that may begin to emerge in teens.

What we know:

  • Many mechanisms that give rise to heart disease begin in childhood.
  • By adolescence, increasing numbers of American youth display risk factors for heart disease.
  • Early risk factors and pre-clinical signs of heart disease are more prevalent in lower income, compared to higher income, adolescents.
  • And yet, we know little about why these disparities emerge and how they unfold developmentally in youth.

Ultimately, we want to understand what helps adolescents develop successfully and keeps them healthy, as they transition into adulthood. This knowledge will help us begin to address the health-related inequality that exists between youth growing up in high- versus low-income households.

Eligibility for participation:

  • Healthy 8th graders (must be in or entering 8th grade)
  • Children can also participate the summer before starting high school (9th grade)
  • No permanent metal braces or retainer

Our two-year study involves:

  • Two 3.5-hour visits to our research center at Northwestern University in downtown Evanston
  • Two one-hour brain scans at a Northwestern research facility in downtown Chicago
  • Sleep & activity monitoring via a Fitbit wristband
  • Phone calls every six months for two years
  • Compensation, with families earning up to $450

Sign up and get more information at myworldmyheart.org

Autism Employment Symposium @ Northwestern – Sat. March 12

NORTHWESTERN HOSTS AUTISM EMPLOYMENT SYMPOSIUM
Daylong conference connects people with autism to employers, addresses issues


  • Northwestern, Autism Speaks host Midwest jobs symposium
  • About 85 percent of U.S. adults with autism unemployed or underemployed
  • Event features employees, researchers, companies that hire people living with autism
  • Graduates of Northwestern’s chapter of Project SEARCH available for interviews
  • Northwestern clock tower to glow blue in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day

Employees with autism will share their on-the-job experiences as part of the Autism Speaks Midwest Employee Symposium March 12 at Northwestern University.

The daylong event at the Norris Center brings together people with autism, families, researchers, business owners, entrepreneurs and others to help address a major concern in the autism community: employment.

It’s estimated that 85 percent of adults with autism in the United States are currently unemployed or underemployed, a major concern in the autism community. Among young adults between 21 and 26 years old, only 50 percent have ever had a paid job outside of their household, according to Autism Speaks.

The event features several businesses that employ people with autism, including:

  • 100% Wine, a St. Louis-based company that donates all profits to nonprofit organizations working to create jobs for people with a disability.
  • Highland Park’s Aspirtech, which provides domestic software testing services.
  • Sugar and Spice Extraordinary Sweet Treats in Evanston, which hires young adults with disabilities and runs a workplace training program for people with autism.

In opening remarks at the symposium, Molly Losh, associate professor and director of Northwestern’s Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab, and Denise Boggs Eisenhauer, a certified speech language pathologist, will highlight Northwestern’s dedication to the autism community through research, clinical services and strong community partnerships.

Working closely with local and national advocacy organizations, Losh started a Northwestern-based chapter of Project Search. The program places senior high-school students with autism in internships throughout the University to prepare them to enter the workforce after graduation. Graduates of the program are available for interviews.

Eisenhauer directs Northwestern’s Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning (NUCASSL), which offers a developmental diagnostic clinic for children ages zero to three who present with concerns related to social communication.

The Autism Speaks Midwest Employment Symposium is co-sponsored by Northwestern’s Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning (NUCASLL) and the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Northwestern’s 100-foot clock tower, which stands in the middle of the Rebecca Crown Center, will glow blue on April 2.

For more information, contact Denise Eisenhauer.

Alice in Wonderland – March 10-13

Don’t miss Alice in Wonderland. This weekend only.
Local, affordable, cultural & imaginative fun for girls & boys ages 3 to 100 – Alice in Wonderland is this weekend. – tickets available at the Northwestern University box office: www.tinyurl.com/z2ztx2x
Get your programs autographed by all the characters after each performance.
Alice

Balloonacy – Feb. 27-28

February 27 – 28
Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater

By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Kathryn Walsh
Recommended for ages 2yrs and older.

A lonely old man discovers an unlikely friendship that floats into his life unexpectedly through the window: a red balloon. Set in his solitary ways, the old man begrudgingly encounters the friendly balloon that seems intent on becoming his friend. Packed with physical comedy that will charm and delight young audiences of all ages, this award-winning play shows how with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship can come from the most unlikely of places.

$10 General Public
$5 Children 18yrs & Under
$5 NU Students (advance purchase only, $10 at the door)

11:00AM SAT
2:00PM SAT | SUN
5:00PM SUN

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After School Drama @ Northwestern University  

The Department of Theatre at Northwestern University is proud to offer free creative drama classes for fourth through eighth grade students in District 65.  These classes will continue the rich collaborative tradition between the NU Theatre Department and the Evanston School District 65 Drama program.

The classes will meet on 5 consecutive Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning April 18 and ending on May 16, 2016. The classroom locations are on the Northwestern campus. Students should be dropped off at 4:25 and picked up at 5:35. Directions will be sent as the start of class approaches.

The classes will be taught by Advanced Creative Drama students at Northwestern University under the supervision of Betsy Quinn, Chair of the District 65 Drama Department and Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University.  Enrollment in the classes will be limited so please respond as soon as possible, but no later than April 2, 2016.

In order to register your child, please email the following information to northwesterndramaclass@gmail.com:

  • Child’s Name
  • Grade
  • School
  • Parents Number(s) during class time on Mondays.
  • Another contact in case of emergency
  • Any other information we should know including allergies and other health concerns.

The Northwestern students are excited to work with your children and carry on the rich tradition of Creative Drama in Evanston.  Creative Drama was introduced into the Evanston-Skokie school system, in 1924 by Winifred Ward, Northwestern University professor and founder of the American Creative Drama Movement.  For over 90 years, drama specialists trained by Miss Ward and her successors, taught drama to Evanston students.

Thank you for your continued support of this historic program!

Betsy Quinn
Drama Teacher and Drama Department Chair, Evanston-Skokie School District 65
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Northwestern University

Northwestern Infant Cognition Lab Wants You!

NU Infantlab

‘Cats Come to Dinner – Sign Up Deadline Feb. 15

I’m writing on behalf of ASG’s Community Relations Committee. Our committee is currently working on an initiative called ‘Cats Come to Dinner. ‘Cats Come to Dinner is an NU Associated Student Government initiative dedicated to strengthening the bond between Northwestern students and Evanston residents through a home-cooked meal and some dinnertime conversation.

We’ve been hosting ‘Cats Come to Dinner for two years now including last fall and it was a huge success. The Winter Quarter edition is scheduled for Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28. We are looking for interested Evanston families who would like to host a dinner.

If you are interested in hosting a dinner, please fill out this form by next Monday, February 15.

Please feel free to reply with any questions. Thank you for your hospitality!

Best,

Natalie Walgren
NUCatsCometoDinner@gmail.com
Northwestern Associated Student Government
Community Relations Committee

Classes for Elementary & Middle School Students @ NU

Interested in learning new, interesting skills from Northwestern student groups? Northwestern is now offering small classes for elementary to middle school students in a variety of disciplines, including magic, comedy, cooking, and more.

Sign up now, as spots fill up quick!

Dates:
February 20th
February 27th
March 5th

If interested, fill out the following Google form http://goo.gl/forms/kqcQdHtyuX, or contact Prianka Murthy at priankamurthy2019@u.northwestern.edu or Shayna Servillas as shaynaservillas2019@u.northwestern.edu

Career Day for Girls @ NU – Register by Feb. 5

The Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University is pleased to announce 45th annual Career Day for Girls, scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016.

This program is designed for female junior high and high school students who have an interest in science and mathematics. The program will contain educational and career information about opportunities in engineering and applied science. Speakers are women who have engineering degrees and current female engineering students.

Registration Information

All registrations must be received by February 5, 2016.

Files:

For More Information: Contact Sareena Daniel by email at sareenadaniel2017@u.northwestern.edu

Saturday, February 27, 2016 McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
8:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Lacrosse Camp for Girls @ Northwestern

Northwestern has a great offer for girls K – 8, Evanston residents to learn the game of lacrosse right in our own backyard! Check it out!

NORTHWESTERN SKILLS CAMPS:

Directors: Northwestern Head Coach Amonte Hiller & Northwestern Lacrosse Staff + Student Athletes
Dates: June 20-24, 2016
Location: Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Sessions:

  • Youth Skills: Grades 1-5 [Focus on stickwork & shooting; master basic skills, key concepts, and have fun playing lax]
  • Elite Middle School Skills: Grades 6-8 [Intense stickwork and skill training; campers broken into skill groups based on age & experience]

Times: 9 AM – 4 PM (AM-only & PM-only options available)

15% Discount for all Evanston residents! Home address must be in Evanston. Use code: EvanstonLocal

Visit: www.amontesports.com

Purple Crayon Players Workshop – Jan. 16-Feb. 13

Purple Crayon Players’ winter mainstage show is Brooklyn Bridge, which goes up January 28-30. As part of the season, they’re hosting workshops around the themes of the show! These will be held on Northwestern’s campus on the Saturdays of January 16-February 13. They’re still looking for students in 4th-6th grade (though any interested 3rd-7th grade students would still have fun) to join these exciting workshops, which include a free performance of the show. Please email purplecrayonplayers@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1xRtAZkEzxrKZYLqtu3MHP58…/viewformBB TA Graphic

A Year with Frog & Toad – Nov. 6 – Nov. 22

“A Year with Frog and Toad” runs Nov. 6 to 22 in the Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater at Northwestern University.

Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special.

Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, “A Year With Frog And Toad” tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale. Music by Robert Reale. Based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Directed by Jerrell L. Henderson.

7:00PM FRI
11:00AM & 3:00PM SAT
2:00PM SUN
5:00PM performance on Sunday, November 22

Tickets: $10 General Public / $5 NU Students (advance purchase only, $10 at the door)

Recommended for young audiences ages 5 – 12yrs old.

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Halloween Activities at Northwestern – Oct. 29 & 30

Project Pumpkin! October 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Northwestern University, Norris University Center, Evanston. Come trick or treat, show off your costume, enjoy face painting, haunted house, and bouncy house.

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Hello!  My name is Brad Kim, and I’m a junior attending Northwestern University.  Every Halloween, the ladies of Alpha Phi and the gentlemen of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at NU transform the SAE house into a haunted house to raise money for a local charitable organization.  The philanthropy is known as Project ScArE and we’ve chosen the wonderful Curt’s Cafe as our beneficiary this year.  They are a non-profit organization that provides training in food service and life skills to at-risk youth in Evanston.  We’re excited to be contributing to their cause.

Typically it is mostly NU students and faculty who come through, but this year we’d like to extend an invitation to the wider Evanston community.  Therefore, on Friday October 30 from 8 to 10 pm, we would absolutely love it if you all visited us and experienced Project ScArE in all its glory.  The theme this year is Malice in Wonderland, so for those of you who remember the classic movie from your childhood, prepare for a thrilling night.

It is $5 for admission, and we are located at 2325 Sheridan Road.  The house is on the east side of Sheridan and is visible from the street.  We really hope to see you there!

Share Your Table for Thanksgiving – NU Program

ThanksgivingBring the world to your Thanksgiving table… Share Your Table for Thanksgiving with an international student, scholar or family from Northwestern!

The International Office seeks friendly hosts in the Evanston/Chicago area for our seventh annual “Share your Table for Thanksgiving” program! They will be matching local Evanston and Chicago community members with Northwestern international students, scholars and families who are interested in experiencing an American Thanksgiving dinner.

They will match you up with interested students, scholars or families, and will provide you with each other’s contact information so you can make arrangements. Looking to learn more about this program? Check out their new website with photos from 2014 and testimonials from previous hosts and our international students.

Interested? Please complete this online form: http://tinyurl.com/InternationalThanksgiving2015

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Cisneros at Stephanie.cisneros@northwestern.edu or 847.467.4025

Northwestern Meet the Team Night – Fri. Aug. 28

The Northwestern Wildcats will host the annual Meet the Team Night on Friday, August 28 at 6 p.m.

Meet the Team Night, a free event, begins at 6 p.m. on Randy Walker Terrace at the north end of Ryan Field. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who begins his 10th season at the helm in Evanston, will preview the upcoming season and announce the 2015 team captains for the first time.

Fans can play catch with their favorite players, kick field goals, take pictures and run races on Ryan Field with members of the Northwestern Football Family.

Fans will be able purchase hot dogs for the low price of $1 at Meet the Team Night. In addition, Coca-Cola will supply drinks for $1 on August 28. Free parking is available in both the east and west parking lots of Ryan Field.

In conjunction with Meet the Team Night, the Wildcats are hosting a bags tournament. For $50 fans will be entered into the tournament and receive a choice of two nonconference football tickets. The bags tournament will be held in the west parking lot at Ryan Field and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Registration for the tournament is now open. Fans are encouraged to sign up in advance by clicking here.

For more information about Meet the Team Night and the Northwestern Bags Tournament, please click here e-mail wildcatmarketing@northwestern.edu.

Into the Woods – July 17 – Aug 2

Into the WoodsClick image to purchase tickets.

 

Northwestern University Media Study Seeks Children

The Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University is looking for parents of young children 3 to 5½ years old to participate in an online survey research study about children’s media use and learning (Examining Attitudes and Beliefs About Science and Mathematics Learning in Classrooms and at Home, IRB STU #00200557, Principal Investigator: Dr. Ellen Wartella). If you are 18 years or older and have a child between the ages of 3 to 5½, please consider taking the following survey. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes. You will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card as a thank you for your time and be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon.com gift cards (a 1% chance of winning).

You will complete a 20-30 minute online survey. You will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card as compensation for your time and be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon.com gift cards (1% chance of winning).
To access the survey, simply go to:

http://nwcomms.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3WSufdshK1BnUEZ

For more information:
Visit their website at cmhd.northwestern.edu
Email them at cmhd@northwestern.edu or call 847-467-2084

CTD Seminars for Parents – April 25 – May 9

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development’s Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) offers free seminars for parents open to open to all Chicagoland families and available at SEP sites in Evanston, Naperville, Palatine, Chicago and Lake Bluff, Illinois.

Upcoming in Evanston:

Northwestern University, Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201

April 25 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. STEM to STEAM: Teaching Innovation Through the Arts Anne Hayden Stevens
STEAM Coordinator
Northwestern University
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May 2 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Understanding & Fostering Creativity in Gifted Children Rhoda Rosen, PhD
CTD Associate Director
Tech LR4
May 9 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. State of the State in Gifted Education: How Do We Measure Up? Kathleen Nilles, NAGC Parent Services
and Communication Manager
Tech LR4

Free Drama Classes at NU for D65 Students

The Department of Theatre at Northwestern University is proud to offer free creative drama classes for fourth through eighth grade students in District 65.  These classes will continue the rich collaborative tradition between the NU Theatre Department and the Evanston School District 65 Drama program. The classes will meet on 5 consecutive Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning April 13

and ending on May 11, 2015. The classroom locations are on the Northwestern campus. Students should be dropped off at 4:25 and picked up at 5:35. Directions will be sent as the start of class approaches.

 

The classes will be taught by advanced creative drama students at Northwestern University under the supervision of Rives Collins, Associate Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University and Betsy Quinn, Chair of the District 65 Drama Program.  Enrollment in the classes will be limited so please respond as soon as possible, but no later than April 1, 2015.

 

Please include the following information in your responses:
  • Child’s Name
  • Grade
  • School
  • Parents Number(s) during class time on Mondays.
  • Another contact in case of emergency
  • Any other information we should know
The Northwestern students are excited to work with your children and carry on the rich tradition of Creative Drama in Evanston.  Creative Drama was introduced into the Evanston/Skokie school system in the late 1920’s by Winifred Ward, Northwestern University professor and founder of the American creative drama movement.  For over 90 years, drama specialists trained by Miss Ward and her successors have taught drama to Evanston students.

 

Please feel free to contact Rives Collins with any questions at r-collins@northwestern.edu or by phone at 847-491-3163.  Thank you for your continued support of this historic collaboration.

 

Rives Collins, Associate Professor
Area Head, Theatre and Drama for Youth
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