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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently ordered federal prosecutors to charge criminal suspects with the most serious offense they can prove, replacing comparatively lenient guidelines issued by longtime Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder. We asked associate professor Natasha Frost, a mass incarceration expert in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, to discuss the policy’s potential impact on public safety and the nation’s prison population.
Zach Heath is one of more 200 students who will receive degrees at the School of Law’s graduation ceremony on Friday at Matthews Arena. Here, he explains how his co-op experiences have prepared him for his future at one of the nation’s premier law firms.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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
Earlier this year, Twitter changed its default avatar from an egg to a human silhouette in an effort to curb harassment on the social media platform. While subtle shifts in design can impact human thought and behavior—something design professor Nathan Felde calls “non-invasive brain surgery”—the success of this new avatar, he says, will rely largely on whether humans can learn to pause and consider their online actions.
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.
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