• This sensor won’t save the whale with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. But it might help the rest of us.

    In the Media -- 03/19/2019

    Despite the potential hazards to everyone on the food chain—including us—scientists have a limited knowledge about the distribution of microplastics in the ocean. Northeastern researcher Ethan Edson has developed a sensor that could solve the problem.

  • How a year of adversity helped Northeastern prepare for the Kansas Jayhawks and March Madness

    In the Media -- 03/19/2019

    On Thursday in Salt Lake City, in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament, the underdog Huskies will be daring to take on basketball royalty. This challenge may be exactly what they need.

  • Social media has come under scrutiny after the New Zealand mosque shooting. But what about the news media?

    In the Media -- 03/19/2019

    The nonstop, global coverage of every facet of the attack in New Zealand that left 50 people dead has created a media narrative that only serves to reinforce such violence, says John Wihbey, an assistant professor at Northeastern whose research focuses on the intersection of news and social media.

  • From Serbia to Salt Lake City, a basketball journey

    In the Media -- 03/18/2019

    When Northeastern takes the floor Thursday in its opening round NCAA Tournament matchup with Kansas, the team will be led by point guard Vasa Pusica, whose odyssey has taken him from Belgrade, Serbia, to March Madness.

  • He’s setting an example for the next generation of black STEM professionals

    In the Media -- 03/18/2019

    When Northeastern graduate Cory Weathers trotted up to the stage to accept an award as a leading African American engineer, the moment was simultaneously an homage to his family and the young black students and professionals sitting in the audience with dreams of a career like his.

  • Huskies to meet Kansas in NCAA Tournament at Salt Lake City

    In the Media -- 03/17/2019

    The Huskies (23-10) earned a No. 13 seed in the Midwest Regional. The Jayhawks (25-9) are a No. 4 seed after finishing third in the Big 12 conference during the regular season. They were beaten Saturday in their conference final by Iowa State, 78-66.

  • Brexit ‘is a British problem,’ not a European Union problem

    In the Media -- 03/17/2019

    It was a new take on the college course, and it offered a different take on Brexit. In a lecture streamed live from NCH at Northeastern in London and viewed by participants in an agile “pop-up” course on the Boston campus, political science professor Mai’a Cross offered a view on Brexit that’s not often present in media coverage of the issue.

  • Historic Northeastern women's hockey season ends in overtime loss to Cornell

    In the Media -- 03/16/2019

    The Northeastern women’s hockey team’s memorable season ended on Saturday at Matthews Arena, where the Huskies lost a 3-2 thriller in overtime to Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinal.

  • Here's one way to counter the spread on social media of hate crimes like the New Zealand mosque shooting

    In the Media -- 03/15/2019

    Short of regulating extremist content on their platforms, tech giants such as Facebook and YouTube should offer countering or alternative viewpoints, said Northeastern professor Jack McDevitt, an expert on hate crimes, following the mass shooting during a prayer service Friday afternoon in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Four countries. Four students. One United Nations summit to promote gender equality.

    In the Media -- 03/15/2019

    For four Northeastern students, volunteering at a United Nations commission is more than just a course assignment; it’s a chance to represent their countries on the world stage. Barbara Alcena, Movlan Aliyev, Aislinn Mangan, and Juan Ning, graduate students in Dr. Tatjana Kobb’s public diplomacy class, are volunteering at the 63rd annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women at U.N. headquarters in New York City through March 22. The U.N. Commission, founded in 1946, is the principal global diplomatic body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Representatives from U.N. member states and certain nonprofit organizations gather each year to assess global issues that affect gender equality in order to come up with specific plans to address those issues, country by country. In her class, Kobb offered students a chance to volunteer at the two-week-long summit if they made a compelling case for being there. The volunteers help facilitate discussions and take notes on what’s discussed, as well as attend forums for their own learning. Alcena, who’s a social worker with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, says she consistently finds herself being an advocate “where things are unequal.” “Women have always been at the bottom of the social hierarchy, and women of color even more so,” she says. “The U.S. has taken some good steps toward resolving that, but it’s still struggling. And if this big world power is still struggling, what about the rest of the world?” Alcena sees the Commission as an opportunity to shed light on the multiplicity of challenges that women of color must overcome. Like Alcena, Aliyev, Mangan, and Ning are motivated to tackle the big, thorny problems faced by women all over the world. Despite being a U.N. member state, Aliyev’s home of Azerbaijan has few, if any, participants at the Commission on the Status of Women, he says. A former administrator in the foreign ministry, Aliyev hopes his presence will change that for the future. “There’s a gap in Azerbaijan when it comes to what women envision for themselves and what society expects of them,” Aliyev says. “I see my role in that gap; if I do something now, maybe it can influence someone on some level.” Ning says she experienced a similar dearth of opportunity growing up in China. “Women’s empowerment is growing in China, but we’re still expected to get married and stay home,” she says. “Women have the consciousness to fight back against this, but they need some guidance.” Ning, who previously worked as an English teacher in Malaysia, is volunteering at the Commission in hopes of learning how to provide that guidance, she says. Mangan, a current registered nurse who has worked in the Middle East and a former wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, sees empowering women as a form of sustainable development, she says.  It’s only when people have their basic needs met—food, shelter, safety—that they can focus on something as abstract as empowerment, says Mangan. “People need the opportunity to become the people they’re meant to be,” she says. “Without access to basic needs, this possibility is limited.” For media inquiries, please contact media@northeastern.edu.

  • Get in step with NU Kinematix

    In the Media -- 03/15/2019

    Go behind the scenes with Northeastern’s hip-hop dance troupe, NU Kinematix, on this week’s #FollowFriday

  • Learn what it takes to cover the nation’s capital and the Trump White House.

    In the Media -- 03/15/2019

    Three leading White House correspondents will be at Northeastern to analyze and explain their roles in this new era of presidential coverage by tweet. Their panel discussion, “Covering the Nation’s Capital,” will be held at the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex Auditorium on Monday at 4 p.m.