In the Media

  • When his elderly mother broke her hip, things didn’t go well

    The Washington Post -- 09/18/2017

    Timothy Hoff, professor of management, health-care systems and health policy at Northeastern University, writes about a Medicare pilot payment program that raises questions about motive and care for hip surgery.

  • Did Comey give Trump the presidency? We don’t think so.

    The Washington Post -- 09/18/2017

    Costas Panagopoulos, a professor of political science and director of Big Data and Quantitative Methods Initiatives at Northeastern University, cast doubt on the claim that former FBI director James Comey tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor with the Oct. 28 release of a letter announcing the review of possible new evidence in the Clinton email investigation.

  • In Elon Musk’s hyperloop contests, students’ main goal is scoring a job

    Bloomberg -- 09/18/2017

    Ben Lippolis flew across the country to take part in a student hyperloop competition hosted by Elon Musk. Lippolis, a recent graduate of Northeastern University, teamed up with some classmates and students from Canada’s Memorial University of Newfoundland to form team Paradigm. They’ve been toiling away to construct a passenger train that can travel at high speeds inside an enclosed tube, as envisioned by Musk. To fund their project, including air travel, accommodations, parts, machinery and transport for the pod, they cobbled together grants from the Canadian government and corporate donors.

  • Hedge funds run by women outperforming those run by men, shows new data

    The Independent -- 09/18/2017

    Nicole Boyson, associate professor of finance at Northeastern University in Boston, told the paper that while it is hard to say unequivocally that women make better hedge fund managers than men, “we can say pretty definitively that women are not worse performers”.

  • End of life chatbot can help you with difficult final decisions

    New Scientist -- 09/18/2017

    People near the end of their lives sometimes don’t get the chance to have these important conversations before it’s too late, says Timothy Bickmore at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. So Bickmore and his team – which included doctors and hospital chaplains – built a tablet-based chatbot to offer spiritual and emotional guidance to people that need it. “We see a need for technology to intervene at an earlier point,” he says.

  • Arrest made in ‘botched’ U.K. bombing

    Boston Herald -- 09/17/2017

    “A savvier, more sophisticated terrorist group wouldn’t take credit for a botched attack,” said Max Abrahms, a political science professor and terror expert at Northeastern University. “Your typical Islamic State operative in the West isn’t particularly sophisticated — he’s just a Joe Schmo who is committing violence.”…

  • Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillers

    The New York Times -- 09/17/2017

    Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University, went further, calling the insurance system “one of the major causes of the crisis” because doctors are given incentives to use less expensive treatments that provide fast relief.

  • What are candidates’ chances in Kyrgz presidential election?

    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty -- 09/17/2017

    Campaigning for the October 15 presidential election officially started on September 10, when Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission announced the names of the 13 people who qualified to run in the race. Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL’s media relations manager, moderated the discussion in this week’s podcast. From Bishkek, Timur Tokotonaliev, Central Asia editor from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, took part in the conversation. From Boston, an old friend of the Majlis, Bakyt Beshimov, professor at Northeastern University in Boston and also a former deputy in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament, joined the talk. And I had a few things to say also.

  • Plasmonics enables sensing on demand

    IEEE Spectrum -- 09/14/2017

    Researchers at Northeastern University in Boston have developed an infrared sensor based on plasmonics that is capable of turning itself on when it needs to perform its sensing duties and then turns itself off when not needed to decrease energy demands and increase its lifetime.

  • DARPA’s smart infrared sensor can watch for intruders or monitor for wildfires

    Digital Trends -- 09/14/2017

    Researchers at Northeastern University have developed a next generation smart sensor for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that is capable of identifying infrared (IR) wavelengths — without having to have its own always-present power source. Instead, it is powered by the same infrared wavelengths it’s designed to look for.

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates’ eloquent, angry polemic on racism in the age of Trump

    WGBH -- 09/13/2017

    For liberals and progressives trying to make sense of President Trump’s victory last November, the role of race has posed something of a dilemma. On the one hand, Trump’s racist rhetoric clearly played into pre-existing resentments on the populist right, thus boosting turnout among his more deplorable (to coin a phrase) supporters. On the other hand, if an African-American could be elected president twice, how could a white woman have lost because of racial animosity? The answer, according to Ta-Nehisi Coates, is that Trump — unlike all previous presidential candidates — campaigned specifically as the candidate of white identity politics…

  • The wrongful conviction of Victor Rosario

    WGBH -- 09/13/2017

    WGBH’s Morning Edition host Joe Mathieu spoke with WGBH legal analyst and Northeastern law professor Daniel Medwed about Victor Rosario, a Lowell man who spent 32 years in prison for an arson that caused eight deaths, including five children. In May, the Supreme Judicial Court upheld a lower court decision that granted him a new trial, and last Friday the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office announced that it does not intend to retry him.  The parties are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow to formalize that decision.