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President Donald Trump departed the White House on Friday to embark on his first foreign trip as commander in chief, a nine-day tour including stops in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Vatican. We asked professor John Portz, interim chair of the Department of Political Science, to examine the global significance of Trump’s visit to the symbolic homes of the world’s three Abrahamic faiths.
Amina Ly recalled that growing up, her father would share stories of his own childhood in rural Mauritania, in West Africa, and his village’s thriving agriculture-based economy. But when she visited the village for the first time when she was 8 years old, she was shocked to find that the once fertile land had grown…
Cecile Richards, a globally recognized and respected figure in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights, will deliver the commencement address to law school graduates on May 26 at Matthews Arena.
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.
Northeastern and the Huntington Theatre Company on Thursday announced a new educational alliance designed to provide a diverse range of professional experiential learning opportunities for theatre students. Through this alliance, which will begin in the 2017-18 season, Northeastern theatre students will engage with the Tony Award-winning regional theatre company through specially designed co-ops as well…
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.
A leaked memo and anonymous sources have been behind breaking news involving President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey—news that has sent shockwaves through the nation this week. We asked Jonathan Kaufman, director of the School of Journalism, himself a Pulitzer Prize winner, about anonymous sources and whether or not to trust them.
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
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
Tuesday evening, The New York Times reported that President Donald J. Trump asked then-FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser in a meeting earlier this year. According to Wendy Parmet, Northeastern’s Matthews Distinguished Professor of Law, if the content of the memo is confirmed, “it certainly would be further indication that there may have been some criminal conduct.”
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.”
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.