In the Media
Octavia Butler 101: Two scholars on the sci-fi genius who inspired Janelle Monae
Time -- 04/04/2018
Twenty-five years ago, author Octavia Butler published her iconic Parable of the Sower with the epigraph: “All that you touch you Change. All that you Change changes you. For those who have yet to read her books, TIME asked two Butler experts, Northeastern University professor Dr. Moya Bailey and Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network founder Dr. Ayana A.H. Jamieson, which works to start with – and next steps if you already love her novels.
Gaza’s nonviolent protesters exploited by Hamas, but feared by Israel
The Conversation -- 04/04/2018
What happened in Gaza last Friday was, in fact, quite different from what many people might assume, says Northeastern professor Dov Waxman. While the violence has dominated the news headlines, it is not the only big story from that day.
Handgun used at YouTube afforded less chance for massive death toll
SF Gate -- 04/04/2018
But even though AR-15-style rifles have been used in many of the deadliest mass shootings, handguns are used more often, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist and researcher at Northeastern University, and co-author of “Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder.”…
Speedy trial cases go before state’s highest court
WGBH -- 04/03/2018
In the first week of every month between September and May, the state Supreme Judicial Court hears a number of oral arguments on cases that have made it to the highest levels of the state’s criminal justice system. WGBH’s Legal Analyst and Northeastern Law Professor Daniel Medwed joined Morning Edition to break down some of the cases on the docket this month.
The political potential of millennials remains untapped because they don’t vote. Will Parkland change that?
The Los Angeles Times -- 04/03/2018
While shooting incidents involving students have decreased in the last two decades — according to researchers at Northeastern University, four times the number of children were killed in schools in the early 1990s — young organizers hope to harness society’s heightened fear of school shootings to make gun reform an issue that could make or break a politician.
Bill Cosby faces his retrial in the #MeToo era
The Los Angeles Times -- 04/02/2018
“If the obstacles of the prosecution at the first trial related to the credibility of the survivor and why Bill Cosby would act this way, then I think the #MeToo movement has provided a cultural context and validation of Constand’s account,” Daniel Medwed, a professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern University in Boston, said in a phone interview.
AP analysis: Blacks largely left out among high-paying jobs
Associated Press -- 04/01/2018
Boston — where King had deep ties, earning his doctorate and meeting his wife — has a history of racial discord. Eight years after King’s assassination, at the height of turbulent school desegregation, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph from an anti-busing rally at City Hall showed a white man attacking a black bystander with an American flag. The young victim was Theodore Landsmark. He’s now 71, a lawyer, an architect and director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.
Live Nation rules music ticketing, some say with threats
The New York Times -- 04/01/2018
“It has now been eight years since the merger and the world does not look a lot different,” said John E. Kwoka Jr., a professor of economics at Northeastern University and a longtime critic of the merger.
As flooding frequency increases, more US cities opt for green infrastructure
The Christian Science Monitor -- 03/30/2018
For other cities considering taking a lead from the likes of Milwaukee, it’s a matter of approach, according to Annalisa Onnis-Hayden, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. “Welcome the water, but find a way to use those spaces as mitigation. It looks a lot better than building walls around the city.”…
Is it smart to have artificial intelligence?
Newsday -- 03/30/2018
A recent poll by Northeastern University and the Gallup organization found that 85 percent of Americans use one AI application or another — navigation, streaming, personal assistance, “smart” home devices like “self-learning” thermostats, that sort of thing. Of those surveyed, 79 percent said AI had a “very or mostly positive impact on their lives so far,” pollsters reported.
Click by click, drowning in data, we Internet ‘users’ are being used
Boston Globe -- 03/29/2018
The Cambridge Analytica debacle reveals that the system worked exactly as intended. We never stood a chance, writes Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University.
The problem with overusing antibiotics
PBS NewsHour -- 03/29/2018
Dr. Kim Lewis, co-founder of biotechnology company NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals, Director of Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University, and lead scientist on the team that discovered the promising new antibiotic Teixobactin being developed at NovoBiotic.