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NIU psychology prof: What influences children raised by grandparents?

Photo of grandparents and granddaughter
It’s not uncommon nowadays for grandparents to live with grandchildren, with many acting as full-time parents. And that family arrangement can bring unique challenges, says Laura Pittman, an NIU professor of psychology. Pittman blogs on the topic today on the Psychology Today website, examining questions related to how living in a grandparent-headed household influences a child’s well-being. “While…

Motivation, motivation, motivation

NIU Professors Jennifer Schmidt (left) and Lee Shumow
Oh, if science teachers only knew what their students were really thinking about during lessons. Well, Northern Illinois University researchers actually figured out a way to tap into high school students’ thoughts during class time, and there were plenty of surprises and valuable insights. So many, in fact, that the three-year research project studying students’ motivation to…

Museum exhibit focuses on Haiti earthquake

Mark Schuller
“Fragments: Haiti Four Years After the Earthquake,”a new exhibit at the NIU Anthropology Museum, invites visitors to explore the lives and living conditions of Haitian people living “under the tents” since the 2010 earthquake. Visitors can enter a tent provided for people displaced from their homes by the earthquake and view artifacts of tent life. Reproductions…

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