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EVANSTON, Ill. --- President Barack Obama will visit Northwestern University on Thursday, Oct. 2, to deliver a message on the economy to students at the University and the Kellogg School of Management, the White House and the University announced Tuesday.


This will be the first visit to Northwestern University by a sitting president in 60 years. The speech will be delivered at 1:15 p.m. in Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the Evanston campus. Connect with the NAA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ for the latest.



“I am extremely pleased to announce that President Barack Obama will come to Northwestern’s campus in Evanston to make a major address about the economy and his plans to keep expanding opportunity for Americans,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro, who also is a professor of economics and an expert in the economics of higher education. “We’re excited by the opportunity to welcome President Obama to our campus.


“President Obama received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Northwestern in 2006, when he gave the University’s Commencement address. Therefore, we are particularly pleased to have him back on campus this week. I hope you will join me in wearing your purple and welcoming the president and his staff to Northwestern on Thursday,” President Schapiro said in a message to the University community.


Given the high-profile nature of the event and the limited seating in Cahn Auditorium, the University said it will not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to come. Consequently, Northwestern will set up group viewing locations on campus. Further information will be forthcoming on that as well as other details regarding President Obama’s visit. In addition, the speech will be live-streamed on the Web at


“The Kellogg School of Management educates many of the world’s future business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs,” Kellogg Dean Sally Blount said. “I know our students will be eager to hear from President Obama on this topic.”


According to University Archivist Kevin Leonard, the last time a sitting president visited Northwestern was in 1954 when then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower received an honorary doctor of laws degree and spoke at a special event that attracted more than 23,000 people. Before that, the last sitting president to visit the University was then-President Theodore Roosevelt, who in 1903 came here on a goodwill tour of the West as commander in chief.


In 2006, before he was a presidential candidate, then-Senator Obama was Northwestern’s commencement speaker and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University.


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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens receives Dean's Legacy Award


CHICAGO --- Northwestern University School of Law recognized five alumni and a foundation for their accomplishments and contributions to the Law School at the 2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon held today at the University Club in Chicago.

Award recipients follow:

Honorable John Paul Stevens
The Honorable John Paul Stevens, ’47 JD, received Northwestern Law’s inaugural Dean’s Legacy Award. Stevens, a retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, spent 40 years on the bench and is the third longest-serving justice in U.S. history. Since retiring from the Supreme Court in 2010, Stevens has published several books and visited the Law School, most recently in 2011, when he served as convocation speaker and participated in a symposium on his legacy.

Carter Phillips
Carter Phillips, ’77 JD, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is given to a graduate for his or her extraordinary contributions to the legal field and school. Phillips is a partner and chair of the executive committee at Sidley Austin LLC. He has argued 78 cases before the Supreme Court, giving him the highest total of any lawyer currently in private practice. Phillips served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as to Judge Robert Sprecher on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2013, he was named to the National Law Journal’s list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Phillips delivered the Law School’s convocation address in May.

Paul A. Meister
Paul Meister, ’87 JD, vice chairman and chair of the Operations Committee of Grosvenor Capital Management, was awarded the Volunteer Service Award for his continued commitment to the Law School. An adjunct professor at the Law School, Meister also currently serves on the Law Board’s executive committee and was the Law Board chair for three years ending this past spring. Meister has been a member of the Law Board since 2000. Before joining Grosvenor, Meister was an associate with the law firm Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Perlman.

Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen, ’84 JD, received the Dawn Clark Netsch Public Service Award. Tchen has served as an assistant to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to the First Lady since 2011. Following her graduation from the Law School, Tchen spent 25 years at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She was a partner at Skadden for 13 years before being appointed to the Obama administration. In addition to her role as chief of staff to the First Lady, Tchen also currently serves as the executive director for the Council on Women and Girls.

Todd Lawrence Belcore
Todd Belcore, ’10 JD, received the Emerging Leader Award, which is presented to a graduate of the last 10 years in recognition of his or her career achievements. Belcore currently serves as a staff attorney for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. He began working at the Shriver Center following his graduation from Northwestern and focuses on ensuring that individuals with criminal records can find employment. In 2011, Belcore was named a White House Champion of Change.

Kenneth F. and Harle G. Montgomery Foundation
A major proponent of clinical programs at the Law School, the Kenneth F. and Harle G. Montgomery Foundation received the Dean’s Partnership Award. Established in 1993, the organization funds educational projects worldwide. The foundation has supported Northwestern Law for nearly 15 years, providing grants supporting the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s work on juvenile justice and wrongful convictions, and establishing both the Montgomery Foundation Clinical Fellowship and most recently the Montgomery Foundation Environmental Fellowship in the Clinic. The award recognizes the foundation for its continued support and investment in the Law School.

The awards luncheon, which recognizes alumni for their career accomplishments, dedication and service to the Law School, is part of Northwestern Law’s All Alumni Weekend and Reunion, which welcomes alumni and guests back to the Chicago campus for alumni and faculty panels, activities, tours, programming and receptions.


Jason Burns (McC98) talks about choosing Northwestern, his involvement in student groups, and the University's influence in his life.


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Congratulations to the NAA’s 2014 Award Recipients: NU Clubs of Charlotte, Greater Naples, Greater New York City, Twin Cities, and the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA).  A special congratulations to the Club of Year Honorees: the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance West (NUEA West) and the NU Club of Washington, DC. You fill our hearts with Purple Pride!


The first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults has been developed by Northwestern Medicine® scientists, a breakthrough approach that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test identifies depression by measuring the levels of nine RNA blood markers. RNA molecules are the messengers that interpret the DNA genetic code and carry out its instructions.

The blood test also predicts who will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy based on the behavior of some of the markers. This will provide the opportunity for more effective, individualized therapy for people with depression.

In addition, the test showed the biological effects of cognitive behavioral therapy, the first measurable, blood-based evidence of the therapy’s success. The levels of markers changed in patients who had the therapy for 18 weeks and were no longer depressed.  

“This clearly indicates that you can have a blood-based laboratory test for depression, providing a scientific diagnosis in the same way someone is diagnosed with high blood pressure or high cholesterol,” said Eva Redei, who developed the test and is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. “This test brings mental health diagnosis into the 21st century and offers the first personalized medicine approach to people suffering from depression.”

Redei is co-lead author of the study, which was published September 16 in Translational Psychiatry.

Redei previously developed a blood test that diagnosed depression in adolescents. Most of the markers she identified in the adult depression panel are different from those in depressed adolescents.

The search for a biological diagnostic test for major depression has been ongoing for decades.

The current method of diagnosing depression is subjective and based on non-specific symptoms such as poor mood, fatigue, and change in appetite, all of which can apply to a large number of mental or physical problems. A diagnosis also relies on the patient’s ability to report his symptoms and the physician’s ability to interpret them. But depressed patients frequently underreport or inadequately describe their symptoms.

“Mental health has been where medicine was 100 years ago when physicians diagnosed illnesses or disorders based on symptoms,” said co-lead author David Mohr, a professor of preventive medicine and director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Feinberg. “This study brings us much closer to having laboratory tests that can be used in diagnosis and treatment selection.”

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Mark C. Hersam describes his research.

Mark C. Hersam, a materials engineer at Northwestern, has been named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, an honor bestowed with a $625,000 “no conditions” award.

A versatile and highly productive experimentalist, Hersam is developing novel nanomaterials for use in information technology; biotechnology; energy, such as solar cells and batteries; and flexible electronics for personalized health monitoring the kind that can be integrated into clothing, not just strapped on your wrist.

The phone call from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation delivering the very good news was so out of the blue that Hersam initially thought it was a joke.

“Then I went into shock, and, I think, to some extent I remain in shock,” said Hersam, who received the call in his Cook Hall office. “As time has gone on, I’ve appreciated, of course, that it’s a great honor and, more importantly, a great opportunity.”

A dedicated and popular teacher, Hersam is the Bette and Neison Harris Chair in Teaching Excellence and professor of materials science and engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

“There are very few awards that provide unrestricted resources, and this one does. No strings attached,” he said. “That’s a great opportunity for a researcher to have that level of freedom.”

Hersam is one of 21 new MacArthur Fellows recognized today (September 17) by the MacArthur Foundation for “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.”

“I am very grateful and thankful to the MacArthur Foundation, to current and previous members of my research group, and to my colleagues and collaborators over the years,” Hersam said. “Scientific research is a team effort.”

Hersam views his principal job as that of an educator a role in which he can have more impact on unsolved problems by harnessing the minds of hundreds of young scientists and engineers.

“I love to teach in the classroom, but I also believe that scientific research is a vehicle for teaching,” Hersam said. “Research exposes students to difficult unsolved problems, forcing them to be creative. I want them to come up with truly new ideas, not just regurgitate established concepts.”

Hersam, who joined Northwestern in 2000, also is professor of chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, and director of Northwestern’s Materials Research Center.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws on techniques from materials science, physics, engineering, and chemistry, Hersam has established himself as a leading experimentalist in the area of hybrid organic-inorganic materials, with a focus on the study of the electrical and optical properties of carbon and related nanomaterials.

Hersam’s numerous awards have included the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and six Teacher of the Year Awards.

Other recent MacArthur Fellowship recipients at Northwestern include: Mary Zimmerman in 1998; Amy Rosenzweig in 2003; Aleksandar Hemon in 2004; Jennifer Richeson in 2006; Stuart Dybek in 2007; and Dylan Penningroth in 2012.

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Follow the links below to register for upcoming Northwestern Alumni Association events on campus and across the country.


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Northwestern's International Office is seeking alumni who live in Evanston, Chicago, or nearby areas to host international students for Thanksgiving dinner this year.


This will be the sixth consecutive year that the International Office has arranged for international students to celebrate Thanksgiving in the homes of alumni and other community members. Take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to participate in cultural exchange, make new friends, and introduce Northwestern's international students to this great American holiday!

If you're interested in volunteering as a host, please fill out the International Office's registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Cisneros at

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Northwestern is offering a free massive open online course (MOOC) this fall designed to help people start new jobs more effectively, helping them become more efficient and exceed expectations in their new role at a much faster rate than usual.

The six-week course begins October 12 and will be taught by William White, a professor of industrial engineering and management sciences at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering who also teaches in the Kellogg School of Management.

The course, called "Power Onboarding," is hosted by Coursera. It will provide participants with practical, easy-to-use tools to help them transition into new jobs. Throughout the course, participants will learn how to create their own personalized onboarding plans. Weekly content will include lecture videos, reading, quizzes, and personal reflection.

“Between accepting a new job and starting a new job, a person might have days, weeks, or even months,” White said. “There is always time to get ready.”

White recently published a new book on the topic called Get Ready. Get Set. Go!: A Personal Onboarding Plan to Launch Your Extraordinary Career. Before joining Northwestern, he spent 30 years as a manager in the business world, including time as CEO and chairman at Bell & Howell. When transitioning into a new job, White said workers should reflect on previous jobs, meet with their new bosses, and learn more about the company and industry.

“In a mid-manager job, reaching 70 percent efficiency usually takes 21 months,” he said. “With preparation, you can take 21 months down to 12 months. Your employers will be thrilled, and you’ll feel more confident.”

White said the course applies to people at all stages in their careers. It also can be helpful for promotions, lateral transfers, changing companies, and those who are happy in their current jobs but who want to be prepared for future moves.

“A typical person will change jobs seven times in a lifetime,” White said. “There are many opportunities to make great leaps in job performance.”

For more information or to sign-up for the course, visit

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Northwestern students no longer need a longtime staple of dorm life – a TV.

Through a partnership with Comcast, NU students living on campus can now stream live TV and "On Demand" content directly to their computers and mobile devices via Wi-Fi in the residence halls and other University buildings. Northwestern is the first university in the Midwest to offer this service.

"Xfinity On Campus" will offer more than 130 live TV channels, including every major broadcast network as well as ESPN, The Big Ten Network, Fox Sports 1, NBC Sports, AMC, Comedy Central, MTV, and dozens of others. Participating students will also be able to access content on several programmers’ websites and mobile apps, ranging from WatchESPN to FXNOW.

"'Xfinity On Campus' is a great benefit for students who live on campus,” said Paul Riel, Northwestern’s executive director of residential services. “It fits with students’ lifestyles they can watch live TV content in their rooms and on campus, as well as gain access to programming when they’re off campus. Another benefit is that they do not have to buy or bring TVs, so they will not have to give up precious space in their rooms or disturb their roommates when they want to watch a program.”

In addition to all the live TV and “On Demand” choices, participating students will be able to upgrade their service and gain access to premium channels, including the NFL Network, HBO, Showtime, and STARZ.

In coming months, participating students will be able to access the “Xfinity On Demand” library on the go using the “Xfinity TV Go” app for Android and iOS devices. The “On Demand” library includes current seasons of thousands of TV shows and hit movies.

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Marium Saeed, NU-Q’s Student Union president, addresses the convocation. (Photo courtesy

Northwestern University in Qatar welcomed its largest class to date during a colorful ceremony last month at the Opera House at Katara Cultural Village. With the administration and staff in full academic regalia, 65 new freshmen students were inducted into the school. This also includes the largest number of Qataris as the school begins its seventh year.

The ceremony was the culmination of NU-Q’s Wildcat Welcome Week — an orientation program for incoming students to learn about academic and community expectations, forge friendships, and meet the mentors who will serve as critical resources through the next four years.

In the presence of their families, friends, alumni, and members of NU-Q staff, the Class of 2018 was welcomed by NU-Q Dean and CEO Everette E. Dennis, who praised Qatar’s Vision 2030 for recognizing the “importance of communication, journalism, and media studies,” which is the University’s mandate. He noted that the evening’s celebration of “learning and the advancement of knowledge comes at a troubled time in this region and in other points of conflict on the globe,” but argued that such recent and longstanding problems “benefit from the virtues of education, as well as free and open discourse with respect and tolerance for others.”

With an emphasis on better understanding Qatar, the convocation address was given by author and Professor Mehran Kamrava, director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar whose book Qatar: Small State, Big Politics has received critical acclaim.

Kamrava gave advice to the students on taking inspiration from Qatar, with its unique history and bold vision, “to dream big, think outside of the box, and question assumptions.” He advised the Class of 2018 to “stand their ground and pursue their future vision with singular determination.” Students shouldn’t be “afraid of failure as this journey is about learning, exchanging ideas, and having a dialogue with students and members of a distinct global intellectual elite.”

The convocation was also addressed by Marium Saeed, NU-Q’s Student Union president, who said: “For this year’s student class, the most important thing to understand is their experience at NU-Q will be unique, with opportunities to broaden their horizons and meet new people, but that doesn’t come easy and it will take hard work. Ready access to education is something to be treasured, and I have every confidence the Class of 2018 will excel on this exciting path, embracing the challenges ahead in order to go on and do remarkable things.”

NU-Q is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community. Students in NU-Q’s Class of 2018 hail from 20 different countries and five continents across the globe, with the majority speaking at least two languages. The class is split evenly between NU-Q’s communication and journalism majors. Students will receive instruction from a renowned faculty, part of a University boasting more than 200,000 living alumni, including countless public figures, statespersons, and societal leaders.

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A host of upperclassmen were on hand this week to greet the new class of freshmen and help them get settled during move-in day, the always exciting kickoff of a whirlwind of activities that make up Wildcat Welcome week.

But it was the official Wildcat Welcome spectacle on September 16 that gave the entire Northwestern community a chance to celebrate the Class of 2018 as they paraded through the University’s iconic Weber Arch to the triumphant sounds of the Wildcat Marching Band and the cheers, chants, and applause of family and Northwestern community members.

After pep talks in Deering Meadow from Northwestern President Morton Schapiro and other University officials, the Class of 2018 boarded buses that took them to Millennium Park for a Purple Pride! event that gave them a taste of what Chicago has to offer.

“This fall we will enroll the most academically qualified and the most diverse freshman class in Northwestern’s history,” President Schapiro said.

The 33,688 applications received for the strongest academic class in Northwestern’s history set a new record, with applications rising for the 11th consecutive year. Ninety-one percent of the freshmen represent the top decile of their high school classes, and 249 National Merit Scholars make up 12 percent of the incoming class.

Twenty-three percent of the class is African-American and Latino, a new record for Northwestern. The class also includes 73 graduates of Chicago Public Schools, 182 international students from 55 countries, and 75 valedictorians of their high school class.

“Too many people assume, incorrectly, that pursuing academic excellence means somehow sacrificing diversity socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic,” said Michael Mills, associate provost for University enrollment. “The Class of 2018 proves them wrong in a very powerful way."

Northwestern applications continue to increase each year, rising by more than 10,000 since 2007, when the University admitted 27 percent of all applicants. For nine consecutive years, early decision applications also have been on the rise, with an almost 15 percent increase in early applications this year.

Most importantly, the talented, multidimensional freshmen represented by those one-dimensional statistics will have a chance to pursue multiple interests in a University that goes to great lengths to provide highly diverse opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

Visit the Northwestern News Center for the full story.

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Success on the field starts in the kitchen.

That's why Northwestern hired sports dietitian Katie Knappenberger in June as part of an effort to help the University's student-athletes avoid injuries and perform at the top of their game.

"In general, Northwestern students love to learn," Knappenberger says. "So if we can talk about the why and the science behind the food, and they understand how it's going to help them on gameday and on training days, they're really receptive to it. They're very committed to the program and doing the best that they can. They're looking for every competitive advantage that they can, and if it's there, they'll take it."

Northwestern wide receiver Kyle Prater says Knappenberger has been a valuable addition to NU's athletics department.

"She's done a great job," Prater says. "I think everybody's bought in."

To learn more about Knappenberger and her work with Northwestern's student-athletes, please read Skip Myslenski's feature story on

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Jordan Wilimovsky (Photo courtesy

Northwestern junior Jordan Wilimovsky will represent the United States in multiple events in both open water and the pool as a member of the 2014-15 USA Swimming National Team, the organization announced earlier this month.

Wilimovsky, a 2013-14 USA National Team member in the Open Water 10K, will add the 1,500 free to his Stars and Stripes repertoire this season. He qualified in that event after finishing third at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

"Jordan came to Northwestern as a relative unknown and now is positioning himself as one of the premier distance swimmers in the country," said Jarod Schroeder, NU head men's swimming and diving coach. "Jordan is proving that he can challenge not only for an NCAA championship in the mile, but for a berth on Team USA for Rio 2016."

Wilimovsky also remains a part of the USA National Team's Open Water 10K team for the second straight year after finishing second at the 2014 10K Open Water National Championships. Last year, Wilimovsky was 14th in the FINA World Championships 25K race, his first attempt at that distance.

In addition to Wilimovsky, 2007 Northwestern graduate Matt Grevers a six-time Olympic medalist and the world's current premier backstroker remains on Team USA in the 100 back and 100 free.

The school record-holder in the mile, Wilimovsky finished fourth at the NCAA Championships last year to earn All-American status. Northwestern begins its 2014-15 schedule October 16 at Eastern Michigan.

For the complete 2014-15 USA Swimming National Team roster, go to

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Senior goalkeeper Tyler Miller established a new program record with his 30th career shutout on September 7, making four saves in a scoreless draw with Cal-State Fullerton in California. Miller's third shutout 2014 campaign broke a tie with Misha Rosenthal (2005-09) and gave him sole possession of the top spot on the Wildcats' leaderboard.

A senior from Woodbury, New Jersey, Miller has been a stalwart in the Northwestern net since he arrived on campus in 2011. He earned his first shutout during his freshman season against the No. 7 California Golden Bears at Toyota Park, home of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire. Miller started 19 contests in his debut season and posted nine shutouts, the second-highest total in a single season in program history at the time.

The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree followed that up with 10 shutouts as a sophomore in 2012, and he notched eight more last season in an injury-shortened campaign. All told, Miller's three seasons have produced three of the four highest single-season shutout totals in Northwestern history.

This year, Miller was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list for the second consecutive season, making him just the fifth Wildcat to be cited as a preseason candidate for the most prestigious award in collegiate soccer. He has also been identified as one of 30 national candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

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Marisa Bast (Photo courtesy and Mike Bast)

Marisa Bast, who starred at third base for the Wildcats before graduating in June, has been named one of 30 finalists for the NCAA's Woman of the Year Award.

Ten women from each of the NCAA's three divisions comprise the top 30, making Bast one of 10 Division I finalists for the award. An initial list of 446 nominees was submitted from schools across the country when the process began in May.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award is based on outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership. A two-time Capital One Academic All-American in the classroom and an NFCA All-American on the field, Bast's resume shines brightest in community service and leadership.

As part of Northwestern's Undergraduate Leadership Certificate program, Bast created from the ground up an anti-bullying program for local schools called R.O.A.R.R. (Reach Out And Reinforce Respect). Not only was the program wildly successful under Bast's direction, but she created a sustainable model that will ensure its continued implementation in the coming years.

Bast graduated with a degree in learning and organizational change and was recruited to work with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to enhance the body's operations.

"These women are perfect examples of NCAA student-athletes succeeding on the field, in the classroom, and in life," said Gloria Nevarez, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair. "We are impressed by their outstanding achievements, and no matter the paths they take after college, we are confident that they will continue to lead their peers for many years to come."

In late September, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award. The 2014 Woman of the Year will be announced at an annual ceremony October 19 in Indianapolis.

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A new study from Northwestern Medicine® has found that surgical researchers rarely use female animals or female cells in their published studies, despite a huge body of evidence showing that sex differences can play a crucial role in medical research.


Editors of the five major surgical journals reviewed in this study have responded to this finding and will now require authors to state the sex of animals and cells used in their studies. If they use only one sex in their studies, they will be asked to justify why.

“Women make up half the population, but in surgical literature, 80 percent of the studies only use males,” said Melina R. Kibbe, MD, senior author of the study and a vascular surgeon at Northwestern Medicine®.

“We need to do better and provide basic research on both sexes to ultimately improve treatments for male and female patients.”

Published Aug. 28 in the journal Surgery, the study follows a 60 Minutes segment in February about the problem of overlooking sex differences in biomedical research, featuring Northwestern Medicine® scientists Teresa Woodruff and Kibbe.

Following the “60 Minutes” piece, the National Institutes of Health announced that they are developing a policy that will require all of its funded researchers to study both sexes for all pre-clinical research (the animal and cell studies performed before human studies).

Basic science research has shown repeatedly that male and female animals metabolize drugs differently. Accordingly, the research shows that men and women may experience differences in the ways they manifest diseases, experience illnesses and benefit from treatments.

“Requiring the sex of animals and cells is a very small thing to ask of authors,” Kibbe said. “It should be a requirement of all medical journals.”

Kibbe is a member of the Women’s Health Research Institute and is the Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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The Bernard Osher Foundation announced that Northwestern will be the new headquarters for the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.

The Center was previously at the University of Southern Maine. The move took effect October 1 and will be funded through a multi-million dollar gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation to Northwestern.

There are 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at academic institutions across the country. They provide a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for seasoned adults aged 50 or older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning.

“Northwestern has a strong relationship with the Osher Foundation, and we are excited to host the new National Resource Center here and to help grow and support the vibrant Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country,” said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro.

The National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes will be based out of Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies, on the Chicago campus.

The National Resource Center is the "connective tissue" between all of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes and helps the institutes network and share educational programming, best practices, opinions, solutions and experiences. The Center also organizes the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes national conference every 18 months.


“We are confident that Northwestern University will be able to take the National Resource Center, so skillfully launched by the University of Southern Maine, to ever greater heights of educational leadership and service to the Osher Institute network,” said Mary Bitterman, President of The Bernard Osher Foundation.

Northwestern’s current partnerships with the Osher Foundation include the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Osher Reentry Scholarships, and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

The gift from the The Bernard Osher Foundation is part of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, a $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising initiative. More information on the "We Will" Campaign is available at

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True to what it teaches, the Kellogg School of Management is taking a successful model and scaling it.


This fall, Kellogg is expanding its newest degree track, the Russell Fellows Program’s MS in Management Studies (MSMS), by opening admissions for July 2015 enrollment to graduates of accredited schools other than Northwestern. The program was available only to recent NU graduates for its first two academic years.


As a result of this admissions change, Kellogg expects the program’s class size to grow from 25 to 75 students within the next two years. Long term, the program is projected to enroll 125-150 students each year.


The first top-tier business school to establish a master’s program of this kind, Kellogg developed the MSMS degree after identifying a strong demand for it.


“When you take smart, well-rounded liberal arts students and give them a business wrapper, they become highly valued in the marketplace,” says Betsy Ziegler, associate dean of MBA Programs and dean of students. “These kinds of students want business knowledge. And employers want to hire these kinds of students.”


Designed to help recent graduates launch their careers, the program focuses on teaching foundational management skills and offers access to a dedicated career coach.


Many graduates say the degree has already kick-started their careers. Among the employers for the inaugural class: Accenture, Burger King, Deliotte, Dropbox, FTI Consulting, Google, IBM, The Mind Company, Roland Berger, Uniqlo, and Wells Fargo.


With an undergraduate degree from NU’s School of Education, Danielle David ’14 says the program complemented her managerial skills with business discipline and quantitative skills, enabling her to land her “ideal job” in the high-energy technology field.


“You will come out [of the program] smart, more confident in your skills, and totally prepared to stand out in any industry you choose,” she says.

To learn more about the MSMS degree, please visit the program's page on Kellogg's website.

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Six new members have been elected to Northwestern's Board of Trustees. They are:

  • Edward C. Hutcheson, Jr., managing director, Platte River Ventures
  • Mark A. Ledogar, senior vice president and principal, One Smooth Stone
  • Michael A. Reinsdorf, president and chief operating officer, Chicago Bulls
  • E. Scott Santi, president and chief executive officer, Illinois Tool Works Inc.
  • Mark R. Walter, chief executive officer, member of the board and co-founder, Guggenheim Capital LLC
  • Michael R. Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s award-winning “Pardon the Interruption”


Edward C. Hutcheson, Jr. is a managing director of Platte River Ventures, a Denver-based private equity firm. For the last two decades, he has served in senior management positions with publicly owned corporations in the telecommunications, financial services, and oilfield services industries. He was the founding chairman and chief executive officer of Crown Castle International, where he continues to serve as a director. Previous assignments included serving as chief operating officer of Pinnacle Global Group Inc., president and chief operating officer of Baroid Corp., and senior vice president, marketing of Bernard Johnson Inc. He has served as a director of Baroid Corp., Titanium Metals Corp., Trico Marine Services Inc., and Special Metals Corp. Hutcheson is currently a director of Bamberger Ranch Preserve and previously served as a board member of the Alley Theater and National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Houston. In 1968, he graduated from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.


Mark A. Ledogar is senior vice president and principal of One Smooth Stone, an event and communications agency based in Downers Grove, Illinois. Ledogar serves as executive producer for a variety of the agency’s clients, providing strategic and creative message development, pre-event and on-site event production, presenter management and coaching, and team leadership. Prior to joining One Smooth Stone in 2000, Ledogar served as director of the Convention and Trade Show Division of SmithBucklin & Associates, an association management firm. He serves as advisor or board member to a number of nonprofit organizations, including Seven Generations Ahead, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA). Ledogar, a recipient of the NAA's Service Award, has also chaired committees for the University’s Alumni Association and served as director at large, secretary, vice president, and, now, president-elect of the Alumni Association’s board. Ledogar is a graduate of Northwestern's School of Communication.


Michael A. Reinsdorf was named president and chief operating officer of the Chicago Bulls in 2010. Reinsdorf has been involved in National Basketball Association (NBA) league matters on behalf of the Bulls since 2001. He is an NBA governor and serves on the NBA Media Committee and the NBA Planning Committee. Reinsdorf is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the boards of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, NorthShore University HealthSystem, After-School All-Stars, and After School Matters. He is a founding partner of International Facilities Group, a consulting company specializing in the development of sports and entertainment facilities across the country. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona.


E. Scott Santi is the president and chief executive officer of Illinois Tool Works Inc., a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer of value added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. Santi is a member of the board of directors of W.W. Grainger Inc. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Ravinia Festival Association, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and Rush University Medical Center, and he is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management. Santi is also a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and of the Economic Club of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1983 and received his MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in 1992.

Mark R. Walter is a business executive, investor, and philanthropist. He is chief executive officer, member of the board, and co-founder of Guggenheim Capital LLC, a global investment and advisory firm. He is chairman and controlling owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Walter serves on the boards of several corporations and organizations, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Field Museum, and Northwestern. Walter received a BS from Creighton University and a JD from Northwestern's School of Law.

Michael R. Wilbon is co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” (PTI) and an NBA studio analyst for ABC and ESPN. After 31 years with the Washington Post, Wilbon left to assume an expanded role as a columnist for and He then joined Tony Kornheiser in 2001 to host PTI. Wilbon contributes to both the “NBA Sunday Countdown” on ABC and ESPN’s “NBA Shootaround.” He appears weekly on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, with Scott Van Pelt on ESPN Radio, and with Kornheiser on ESPN980 in Washington, DC. Wilbon has received many honors including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Journalists and the Washington Post’s Eugene Meyer Award. He was inducted into the Washington, DC, Sports Hall of Fame for his coverage and commentary on sports in and around the nation’s capital. Wilbon graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications in 1980 and was inducted into the inaugural class of Medill’s Hall of Achievement in 1997. Wilbon delivered the commencement address at Northwestern in 2010.

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The Les Turner ALS Foundation has made a $10 million commitment to create the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine® to accelerate research and advance patient care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that often strikes people in the prime of their lives.


The Center will bring together the Les Turner ALS Research Laboratories, the Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center, the ALS tissue bank, and other ALS research, clinical, and education activities at Northwestern under one umbrella.

"Northwestern scientists have made important advances in ALS research, and the foundation's generosity in the creation of the new Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center will help generate even more significant discoveries related to this yet incurable disease," Northwestern President Morton Schapiro said. "The ice bucket challenge has been a wonderful way to raise awareness regarding ALS. Now, this generous gift will help Northwestern achieve its goal of making the world a better place though biomedical discoveries."

The Les Turner ALS Foundation, a partner with Northwestern for 35 years, has provided support that has led to significant advances from the laboratories of Teepu Siddique, MD, the Les Turner ALS Foundation/Herbert C. Wenske Foundation Professor, and P. Hande Ozdinler, assistant professor of neurology, both at Feinberg.

“We are proud to deepen our longstanding partnership with Northwestern and believe that this commitment will help enhance the exceptional care provided to people with ALS and also further scientists’ understanding of this complex disease,” said Ken Hoffman, president, Les Turner ALS Foundation. 

ALS affects an estimated 350,000 people worldwide, with the average survival for someone affected by ALS being three to five years. In this progressive, neuromuscular disorder, the degeneration of nerves leads to muscle weakness and impaired speaking, swallowing, and breathing, eventually causing paralysis and death.

The Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center will be a part of the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and will operate under the Institute for Translational Neuroscience at Northwestern Medicine.

This gift comes at a pivotal time for Northwestern. On March 14, the University announced its $3.75 billion fundraising campaign, We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, to address society’s critical challenges and prepare global leaders. The University-wide, multi-year effort will support initiatives across Northwestern. The Campaign for Northwestern Medicine represents $1.75 billion toward the University’s goal.

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EVANSTON, Ill. --- Experienced alumni relations and advancement executive Kevin Wesley joined Northwestern University as associate vice president, alumni engagement and participation July 28.


As a member of the senior leadership team for Alumni Relations and Development, Wesley oversees Northwestern’s alumni engagement and annual giving efforts and the Northwestern Alumni Association. In this capacity, he will work to expand and deepen the University’s base of support from alumni, parents of students and friends of Northwestern.KevinWesley0814_422x254.jpg


As part of We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern, the University seeks participation from 141,000 donors throughout the course of the multi-year Campaign.


“A key to realizing our Campaign goals will be to offer appealing and sustainable connections for our alumni, parents and friends around the globe,” said Bob McQuinn, vice president for Alumni Relations and Development. “Kevin will provide strong leadership in developing and implementing strategies for engaging alumni, and his energetic, collaborative and strategic approach will be instrumental in achieving our ambitious goals.”


Wesley brings 17 years of experience building and leading alumni organizations. Most recently, he served as assistant vice president for advancement and alumni relations at the University of Rochester. There he developed several Council for Advancement and Support of Education award-winning programs for alumni awards, student outreach and reunion programming. Wesley also expanded outreach to underrepresented alumni and implemented the diversity fundraising strategy for Rochester’s capital campaign.


“I’ve had the privilege to work at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities building alumni programs that engage and deepen the relationship of graduates to their alma maters,” Wesley said. “I am thrilled to be joining Northwestern. I look forward to working with the entire University community to engage alumni, parents and friends worldwide in support of Northwestern.”


Wesley previously held advancement positions at Carnegie Mellon University and Bowdoin College, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in music and economics. He has completed coursework in organizational management at Carnegie Mellon and leadership development at the University of Rochester.



When Meredith Vieira visited Late Night with Seth Meyers recently, she had a few questions for Seth about why he missed the New York City 'We Will' Campaign event. Watch the video.>>


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Did you know...

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing.
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism.


NU alumni and friends are invited to participate in NU Goes Blue, A Blue Affair to Benefit Autism Speaks U Northwestern to raise autism awareness and funds for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. 


NU Goes Blue will be held at Evanston Golf Club Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Kelly Epstein will serve as the Honorary Chair and more than 150 members of the Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago communities will be in attendance. The evening will include food, music, a silent auction, and raffles.


Autism Speaks U Northwestern is a dedicated group of Northwestern students who hope to impact our community's view of autism through awareness and raising funds for research and services.


For more information, visit If you have additional questions contact Alex Cohen '15 at