News @ Northeastern
On May 9, President Donald J. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. In the two weeks since, we combed through 14,000 headlines from news articles nationwide related to Trump and Comey to track the words they used. In this News@Northeastern exclusive, see how the headlines—and news coverage—changed over time.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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
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.
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.