In the Media

  • Bill and Chelsea Clinton coming to Northeastern for Clinton Global Initiative University event

    Metro Boston -- 10/13/2017

    The 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting kicks off Friday at Northeastern University, bringing together more than 1,000 students and experts to hear from former President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and more over the course of the three-day event. From Oct. 13 to 15, the CGI U will feature seminars, workshops and panel discussions in order to spur “innovative social action to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges,” according to Northeastern.

  • Bill, Chelsea Clinton bringing student conference to Boston

    Associated Press -- 10/13/2017

    Hundreds of college students from across the U.S. will be coming to Boston for a leadership conference created by former President Bill Clinton. Northeastern University is hosting the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting, which gathers students and experts in a variety of fields to discuss solutions to pressing problems.

  • Gun carnage is a public health crisis

    The New York Times -- 10/13/2017

    If there is any bright spot it is that little more than a third of American households own a gun now, compared with 50 percent in earlier decades. Still, this has driven the industry to try to sell more guns to fewer Americans, from battlefield-type weapons to the concealed-carry pistols marketed as stylish vigilante accessories. According to a 2015 study by Harvard and Northeastern Universities, 3 percent of American adults own half the nation’s guns — averaging a startling 17 guns apiece.

  • Can you trust that person on the phone? These clues may give them away

    Science Magazine -- 10/13/2017

    “Most of us don’t realize how much identity information is packed into our voices, even in a single word,” says Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University in Boston, who was not involved in the study.

  • A new way to look at emotions – and how to master yours

    BBC News -- 10/12/2017

    How could someone mistake the rush of an infection for the fever of love? A psychologist at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Barrett has spent her career examining the ways we construct emotions, culminating in a recent book – How Emotions Are Made – and her experience on that date is just one of many examples that illustrate the ways our feelings can confound us.

  • In the age of nonstop bad news, it’s ok if you’re low on empathy

    Quartz -- 10/12/2017

    Kristen Lee, lead faculty for behavioral science at Northeastern University in Boston, specializes in studying self-care and resilience. She agrees that we must be careful to watch for “insularity,” as she calls it, lest we hoard concern only for those “on our own little island.” Lee also says we should be careful not to project our own emotional experiences in the face of tragedy onto others. “What can happen sometimes is we can over-project, what we call white helping or the White Knight phenomenon, othering people, and treating them as though they don’t have the resources, that ‘they need me,’” she says.

  • A new way to look at emotions – and how to master yours

    BBC News -- 10/12/2017

    One day at graduate school, one of Lisa Feldman Barrett’s colleagues asked her out on a date. Barrett, a psychologist at Northeastern Universtiy, didn’t really fancy him, but she had been in the lab all day and felt like a change of scenery, so she agreed to go to the local coffee shop. As they chatted, however, she started to become flushed in the face, her stomach was churning, and her head seemed to whirl. Maybe she was wrong, she thought: perhaps she really did like him. By the time they left, she’d already agreed to go on a second date.

  • Judge weighs trial for teen accused of taping girl’s suicide

    Associated Press -- 10/11/2017

    The legal difference between murder and involuntary manslaughter is the defendant’s mental state, Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University, told the AP.

  • New technology giving first responders another tool to help during disasters

    Boston 25 -- 10/11/2017

    New technology being developed at Northeastern University could give first responders a new tool to beat that clock.

  • Why the press embraces false equivalence — and why it needs to stop

    WGBH -- 10/11/2017

    The Democrats are moving left. This is objectively true, but it also represents a challenge for those mainstream journalists whose equilibrium has been disrupted by the Republican lurch to the extreme right over the past several decades and, more recently, by the rise of Donald Trump. The challenge can be described this way: Can the media report plainly on what the Democrats are up to without falling back onto false notions of balance?…

  • America shares the blame for the “massive debt” in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico

    Mic -- 10/11/2017

    The debt itself isn’t necessarily the dominant issue. It’s the debt combined with a failed economy, which then leads to high rates of poverty and unemployment along with very small tax base to keep the island afloat. “First and foremost, it was decades of Puerto Rican politicians abusing Puerto Rico’s credit card,” Amílcar Antonio Barreto, associate professor of cultures, societies and global studies at Northeastern University, said by phone. “But then there were the federal politicians of the 1990s who undermined the Puerto Rican economy by taking the lifeblood out of it.”…

  • Catalonia will remain a part of Spain – for now

    Vox -- 10/10/2017

    “In the case of Puigdemont, people who believe in independence truly believe in independence — you don’t play around and back off at the last minute,” José F. Buscaglia, director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures at Northeastern University, told me. That meant, said Buscaglia, it would have been “political suicide” for Puigdemont — and the entire movement — if they had not followed through in some way on independence.