In the Media
An inside look at Northeastern University’ student accelerator IDEA
BostInno -- 11/17/2017
Nestled in the depths of Hayden Hall on the expansive Northeastern University campus lies a small but innovative accelerator program. The program, IDEA, is leading the charge at Northeastern University’s Center of Entrepreneurship Education and is one of our 50 on Fire education category winners for 2017.
The FBI reported more than 6,000 hate crimes last year. Here’s why it’s probably a whole lot more.
Mother Jones -- 11/16/2017
To conclude something is a hate crime, the offender’s intentions must be clear. That of course isn’t always the case. Perpetrators don’t always say racist, sexist, or otherwise bigoted slurs before or after committing a crime. For instance, if a gay club is vandalized, it’s not always clear why. “The problem is not all hate-mongers are stupid,” Jack Levin, a professor at Northeastern University and co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, told Vox earlier this year. “They may not let you know that they hate the members of a particular group. They may realize that they’re better off not voicing a racial slur or [putting] racist graffiti on a sidewalk or wall of a building.”…
Saving CNN: 3 reasons to approve the AT&T-Time Warner merger
WGBH -- 11/15/2017
Thanks to the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T’s monopolistic dreams may not come true after all. According to media reports, the government may block AT&T’s proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Even if the deal is approved, AT&T may be required to sell off CNN, one of Time Warner’s crown jewels.
Baker calls for improvements to opioid treatment and prescribing
WBUR -- 11/15/2017
“Providing better care for people with addiction is commendable and I applaud the investment,” said Northeastern University law professor Leo Beletsky. But “that investment cuts at total cross purposes with simultaneous efforts to ramp up the criminal justice approaches.”…
Domestic violence is a tragedy. It’s not a predictor of mass murder
USA Today -- 11/15/2017
Northeastern professor James Alan Fox argues that well-meaning experts risk their credibility by asserting a link between domestic abuse and mass shootings. But the statistics simply don’t back it up.
Hate in America: Where it comes from and why it’s back
Yahoo! -- 11/15/2017
In 2016 there were 6,100 reported instances of people targeted based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability or national origin, an increase of 300 over 2015, and like last year the overwhelming majority of those victims were targeted because of their race or religion. “I’m not surprised,” said Dr. Jeff McDevitt, an associate dean and director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University who has worked with the FBI to train agents to identify hate crimes.
All roads lead to Worcester in state police scandal
WGBH -- 11/14/2017
Col. McKeon has said it is department policy for troopers to only included relevant information and to extract any embarrassing details because arrest reports are considered public records. However, WGBH’s legal analyst Daniel Medwed says McKeon’s claim that he was following standard practice appears suspicious because of his connections to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. In the initial lawsuit filed by Trooper Scevoir, he alleges the order to alter the reports was a direct order from Col. McKeon, who was instructed to give the order by the Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett. Bennett, McKeon and Judge Timothy Bibaud have all previously worked at the Worcester District Attorney’s office.
How colleges can prepare students for a robotic world
WBUR -- 11/14/2017
The robots are coming. They’re coming for my job, for your job, quite frankly for a whole lot of jobs in the very near future. Long story short: anything that can be automated probably will. So how do we really prepare young people for that future? Well, Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University, says it’s time for higher education to consider reprogramming itself, if colleges and universities are really going to fulfill their role in creating the lifelong learners and multi-skilled workers the future economy will demand.
Twitter, Snapchat: Redesigns and risks go hand in hand
CBS News -- 11/14/2017
Services like Twitter and Snapchat gained favor because they were different from the incumbent powerhouse Facebook: Twitter enabled the broadcast of short messages without requiring two-way interaction, while Snapchat allowed millennials to share their lives with those closest to them without the pressure of gaining shares and likes, noted Koen Pauwels, a professor of marketing at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.
An artificial intelligence created for the end of life is already here
CNBC -- 11/14/2017
Over the next three years, Northeastern University professor Timothy Bickmore and Boston Medical Center doctor Michael Paasche-Orlow will distribute Microsoft Surface tablets preloaded with a chatbot to about 360 patients who have been told they have less than a year to live.
What can Saudi Arabia really do about Hezbollah?
Bloomberg -- 11/14/2017
If the group emerges from the crisis unscathed, then its chief, Hassan Nasrallah, “will win by not losing,” said Denis Sullivan, co-director of the Middle East Center at Northeastern University in Boston. It’s too late to counter Hezbollah at least not in a “one fell swoop,” said Sullivan. “The cat is out of the bag and Hezbollah is out of Lebanon. It’s everywhere now.”…
A new FBI report says hate crimes – especially against Muslims – went up in 2016
Vox -- 11/13/2017
“It could be an act of trespassing or vandalism. It could be a violent crime, like rape or murder,” Jack Levin, an expert on hate crimes at Northeastern University, previously told me. “But when the motive involves targeting someone because of a difference, then it becomes a hate crime.”…