In the Media
Suicide Is Twice as Common as Homicide in the U.S.—and More Often Involves Guns—New Study Says
Fortune -- 11/01/2018
Led by researchers at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and UW, the first-of-its kind national research study investigates the significant gap between the public’s perception and the difficult realities of firearm death rates, which the study author point out could potentially lead to further danger.
‘Saviors of the white race’: Perpetrators of hate crimes see themselves as heroes, researchers say
The Washington Post -- 11/01/2018
There are four commonly cited types of hate crimes, conceived by Northeastern University researchers in 2002 and now used by the National Institute of Justice and taught at the FBI Academy… To create the typology, the Northeastern researchers first analyzed 169 hate crimes that had been reported to Boston police in 1991 and 1992. A later study, published in 2002, found that one-fourth of the crimes were defensive and two-thirds were thrill-seeking in type.
Why Do You Get Goosebumps When You’re Scared? These 3 Studies Explain The Link
Bustle -- 11/01/2018
Another study from Northeastern University in Boston found that some people actually have the ability to induce goosebumps, which would have been a valuable tool for staying safe in primitive times. The study found that people who were able to induce goosebumps, known scientifically as voluntarily generated piloerection, were more emotionally open.
How your data is used to create the perfect midterm election ad
CNET News -- 11/01/2018
Alan Mislove, a professor at Northeastern University, found that you can target a specific individual for an ad. Advertisers can upload a list of 15 different fields on Facebook’s advertising platform — phone number, name, date of birth, address and more — and the social network then matches that information against its user base of more than 2 billion people. If your information matches, you become part of that audience, Mislove said. Facebook will tell advertisers how many users they’ve matched, but it doesn’t provide those users’ names, he said.
The Always-On Police Camera
The Atlantic -- 10/24/2018
“Facial recognition is probably the most menacing, dangerous surveillance technology ever invented,” Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, told me in an email. “We should all be extremely skeptical of having it deployed in any wearable technology, particularly in contexts [where] the surveilled are so vulnerable, such as in many contexts involving law enforcement.”…
You’re a Bad Investor? That Can Be Good
Wall Street Journal -- 10/24/2018
In an upcoming book, “The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success,” Albert-László Barabási, a physicist at Northeastern University, describes what makes some ideas and people succeed and others fail. Among the insights: Market prices can be determined far more by popularity than most of us would care to admit.
Robot-proof? Universities ‘finally waking up’ to the rise of AI
Times Higher Education -- 10/24/2018
Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun says campuses in North America and Europe are heeding his call for curriculum change.
ACLU to petition Worcester City Council on surveillance transparency, body cams
Worcester Telegram -- 10/01/2018
A Northeastern University study of the Boston pilot concluded cameras can improve trust with the public and provide evidence to ensure fairer results at trial.
Amazon’s looming challenge: Europe’s antitrust laws
Vox -- 10/01/2018
Looking back in retrospect, that was probably a mistake. It seems to have singlehandedly ended a two-generation trajectory toward cheaper airfares. Northeastern University economics professor John Kwoka’s retrospective assessment of recent mergers finds that this kind of mistake has been made often.
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Exceeds Expectations, But Will It Turn The Tide For Sluggish Stock?
Forbes -- 10/01/2018
Bruce Clark, a professor of marketing at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, said that sales of pumpkin spice latte have proved more popular than in the past. “When the world is crazy, a pumpkin spice latte is particularly comforting,” he observed.
Scientists discover female termites who don’t need males to reproduce
Newsweek -- 10/01/2018
Dr. Rebecca Rosengaus, associate professor in the department of marine and environmental sciences at Northeastern University, who was not involved in the study, told Newsweek: “I was surprised that even today, we can find sexually reproducing glyptotermes nakajimai and therefore, we are witnessing evolution and divergence in action!”…
How one Iowa town made peace with the Mississippi River
Christian Science Monitor -- 10/01/2018
“Some of the traditional ways of fortifying rivers – hardened shorelines and engineering solutions – have tons of repercussions that we don’t always take into account,” says Samuel Muñoz, an assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.