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How would you feel if someone were following you everywhere you went? Or, more specifically, something? That’s the premise of Harvest, a short film that harnesses research by assistant professor David Choffnes to illustrate—darkly—just how much our phones really know about us. The compelling film has recently garnered the attention of several prestigious film festivals.
Don’t sleep on it: In this week’s installment of Why is That?, Jade Zee, assistant director of the Behavioral Neuroscience program, explores why yawns are contagious. Video by Benjamin Bertsch and Adam Fischer
Partisan voices have become more prominent in well-established news organizations this year, a change that reflects an environment where “most news executives are trying to figure out how to increase their depth of insight into the new administration,” said John Wihbey, assistant professor of journalism. Whether or not these attempts to reach across the political divide are successful, Wihbey says, “We have to try. There’s no choice.”
Hacking ‘The best front-end engineer samurai there ever was’: Dispatches from the hackers of our future
Last month, Wired told the story of seven computer science-obsessed friends in Stetson West who call themselves the “Sthacks,” short for “Stetson Hacks.” The group, Wired wrote, represented one small slice of a “generation of makers and breakers” who will help “shape the future.” Two other Northeastern students—Danielle Nguyen and Niousha Jafari—were also mentioned in the piece. Here, we share more of their stories.
How did Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election? The answer to this question lies at the heart of Winning the Presidency 2016, a forthcoming book edited by American elections expert William Crotty, professor emeritus of political science.
New research led by Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Barrett reveals the system in the brain where basic feelings originate. The findings could help solve mysteries regarding the tight connection between mental and physical health, including the neurological drivers behind the opioid crisis. They could also revolutionize our understanding of how we make decisions, leading to more considered choices in areas ranging from the law to the economy.
Faculty experts in cybersecurity and business assess the nature and impact of the recent global “ransomware” attacks and what they mean for the institutions affected going forward.
Global ransomware attacks: the impact and the response
Northeastern recruits top cybersecurity expert from Google to lead new institute
The cybersecurity risk of self-driving cars
Opening ISEC: The dawn of a new era of discovery
‘Unicorn’ shipworm could reveal clues about human medicine and bacterial infections
Senior named Fulbright Scholar, plans cancer research in Botswana
Students experience ‘high-profile’ co-op at alumnus-founded company
Business student finds ‘perfect co-op’ at fitness studio
Students make history with Cuba co-ops
Northeastern conferred degrees upon more than 1,500 students at the College of Professional Studies’ graduation ceremony on Friday. “You are the story of how higher education is changing, becoming increasingly global, and more flexible,” Mary Loeffelholz, dean of the College of Professional Studies, told the graduates.
Caroline Fried, who graduated earlier this month, has earned a Fulbright award to pursue a master’s degree in Asia Pacific studies at Chengchi University in Taiwan—an opportunity she sees as critical to realizing her career ambitions.
More than a century after it was fought, the Civil War is making news. This weekend, demonstrators protested the removal of a Civil War monument in Virginia, and last week, the second of four Civil War memorials in New Orleans was removed—part of a plan by city officials to erase the reminders of an era critics say pay homage to racial injustice. To find out why this war still casts such a long shadow, we turned to history professor Martin Blatt.
Fran Hutton Lee is one of nearly 1,500 students who will receive degrees at the College of Professional Studies’ graduation ceremony today. Here, the 60-year-old lifelong learner explains how she parlayed her study of geographic information systems into a one-of-a-kind job working for the town of Medway, Massachusetts.