In the Media
Feeling stressed? Try an anger room
Outside Magazine -- 01/18/2018
Christie Rizzo, an associate professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University, argues that for most of us, decompressing in this manner is probably harmless. “It’s just designed to be something fun,” she said. “Though I wouldn’t want people thinking, This is going to help me with that problem I’ve been having with my anger. You’re going to be wasting your money.”…
Better than willpower
The Atlantic -- 01/18/2018
Willpower, reason, and executive-functioning skills all seem like ingredients in the recipe for success. So why, then, have so many of us already abandoned our New Year’s resolutions, and it’s not even February yet? According to Emotional Success, a new book by the Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno, it’s because we’re going about pursuing our goals in the wrong way.
Apple is blocking an app that detects net neutrality violations from the App Store
Vice -- 01/18/2018
The FCC has suggested that consumer outrage will prevent companies from violating net neutrality, but it if you’re not a network engineer, it can be hard to know if net neutrality is being violated at all. David Coffnes, a researcher at Northeastern University, set out to change that. He created an app to detect net neutrality violations, but Apple has banned it from the App Store, preventing consumers from accessing the information they need to at least know when they’re getting screwed over.
In the age of machines, what will become of the liberal arts?
Financial Times -- 01/18/2018
Northeastern University President Joseph E Aoun’s ‘Robot-Proof’ explores how AI will affect the way we work.
Boston filmmaker was determined to show Lorraine Hansberry as no one had
Boston Globe -- 01/17/2018
“I wanted to take her off the pedestal as an icon of middle-class respectability. That’s not who she really was. She’s a radical; she’s a lefty,” says Strain, who is a professor at Northeastern University. “She wrote ‘Raisin’ as a protest play.” Strain’s many onscreen interviews include Hansberry’s sister, Mamie Hansberry, as well as the actors from the original 1959 Broadway production of “A Raisin in the Sun” — the late Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett Jr., and Sidney Poitier — about the Younger family of Chicago’s South Side whose dreams of a better life are jeopardized when neighbors oppose their plans to buy a house in a white neighborhood. All three also starred in the 1961 film for which Hansberry insisted she write the screenplay.
Paging Dr. Altman: The Times beckons its doctor out of retirement for Trump health report card
Poynter -- 01/17/2018
I asked experts at the University of Chicago and Yale University, and they did a collective “huh?” about Chalmers and the thesis. I also tracked down James Fox of Northeastern University Law School, who has done serious research on serial killers. Whites, he made clear, are the biggest group, though nobody’s claimed there weren’t many black serial killers (they tend not to get the media attention of whites since their victims tend to be black). Perhaps 40 percent are black. The FBI lowered the threshold to two victims, a move Fox disagreed with for various reasons.
Amending the Valor Act and rethinking bail practices in Massachusetts
WGBH -- 01/16/2018
I wouldn’t call it a get out of jail free card, but maybe a get out of jail at a discount. Because what it does, this is a law that was passed when Governor Deval Patrick was in the State House. And it was designed to give trial judges wide latitude, discretion to award rehabilitation or counseling to veterans in lieu of jail. You still have to do something, rehabilitation or counseling, and it only applies to district court or municipal court cases — low-level cases. So it’s not for free, you still have to do something, but it is a discount.
Mobile game helps people act as their own lawyer so they don’t, for example, call the judge ‘dude’
Concord Monitor -- 01/16/2018
“What surprised me as we scripted this game are aspects I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of. I would focus on the legal aspect – what happens in the courtroom – but there are a lot of things that need to be done well before court … that people don’t think about: Making sure you’ve got transportation, making sure you’re got child care; making sure you’ve eaten breakfast to have good energy,” said Dan Jackson, executive director of NuLawLab, the “innovation center” at the Northeastern University School of Law, which helped develop the web browser and smartphone versions of RePresent.
Victoria Beckham draws uproar over superthin model in ad campaign
The New York Times -- 01/15/2018
In a recent study the research and advocacy group Model Alliance conducted in conjunction with Harvard and Northeastern University, the results of which were published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, 81 percent of the models surveyed reported a body mass index of less than 18.5, which the World Health Organization considers underweight.
The opioid crisis is blurring the legal lines between victim and perpetrator
Slate -- 01/15/2018
The prosecutions are just the latest crackdown in a drug war that has only ever exacerbated the problem, said Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University. “The opioid crisis, first and foremost, is an indictment of decades of failed drug policy,” said Beletsky. “We have consistently invested in punishment and repression, while our health and social safety nets have crumbled. Overtime, crackdowns and incarceration supposed to dismantle drug trafficking organizations have made illicit drug supplies cheaper, purer, and more readily available. Doubling down on those efforts will only add fuel to the fire.”…
Officials: False alarms can cause mistrust
Boston Herald -- 01/15/2018
Northeastern University professor Max Abrahms called the mistake “dangerous” in light of the contentious relationship between the U.S. and North Korea, saying it could affect people’s trust in the government when a threat is real. “It is dangerous in terms of escalating the conflict,” Abrahms said. “It is possible we could have escalated, which would have resulted in North Korea escalating.
How dirt could save humanity from an infectious apocalypse
Wired -- 01/14/2018
In recent years, researchers have been trying to reinvigorate antibiotic discovery in several ways. A team from Northeastern University developed a specialized plastic chip that allowed them to culture a broader diversity of bacteria in the field, which led to the discovery of teixobactin from a meadow in Maine.