In the Media
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.
Kennedy Institute for the Senate picks new president
Boston Globe -- 09/13/2017
Marty Blatt, director of Northeastern University’s public history program, said the institute’s crown jewel is its replication of the Senate floor and the interactive activities that take place there. The museum also features a replica of the late senator’s office. But Blatt said the institute probably relies too heavily on digital exhibits and could probably benefit from more traditional three-dimensional exhibits.
Is it addiction treatment or prison? A look inside a state center for involuntary commitments
WBUR -- 09/13/2017
Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University, says people are so desperate that they are willing to disregard someone’s civil liberties to get any type of care, even if there is little evidence about whether it works. “The treatment sector in the state, as well as nationally, is in dire need of reform,” Beletsky said. “The answer is not to keep people by force in bad treatment but to put in treatment that is respectful and effective.”…
Darpa’s new infrared sensor needs almost no power to function
International Business Times -- 09/13/2017
A team from the Northeastern University has developed a sensor that requires almost no power to work and operate. Made for the US Department of Defense’s Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for its N-Zero programme, it can detect and read infra red (IR) light and frequencies.
Northeastern president pledges $500,000 to expand global opportunities for students
Boston Globe -- 09/12/2017
Northeastern president Joseph Aoun received an award that includes a $500,000 grant for the university — and then matched it with his own funds.
Inside Higher Ed -- 09/12/2017
Northeastern president Joseph E. Aoun discusses his new book on how higher education can train students for careers where technology cannot make them redundant.
Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking
The Christian Science Monitor -- 09/12/2017
“What is different about these disasters is not that they are bigger and more destructive – we’ve had big disruptive disasters over human history – but the fact that what makes a disaster catastrophic is the contact with the built environment,” says Stephen Flynn, the founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University in Boston. “That built environment is now more sprawling and more interconnected than ever, because that is how we get efficiencies out of it. But … increasingly, we’re all experiencing some of the cost and disruption that goes with these events.”…
Neuroscience reveals 3 secrets that will make you emotionally intelligent
The Week -- 09/11/2017
And it turns out the latest research shows that the little we know about emotions is actually all wrong. And I mean really wrong. Lisa Feldman Barrett is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her new book How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brainturns everything you know about the feels upside down.
Making leadership and service count in the job search
Inside Higher Ed -- 09/11/2017
Without diluting the underlying altruism and generosity that drives this work, graduate students can recognize and represent the bankable reality of these experiences as expressions of skills and sometimes subject-matter expertise. In an ideal world, students will also cultivate their networks they deepen this category of experience. The people they join in providing service, and the individuals they serve, can become meaningful connections that help to close the gap between graduate school and career.
What’s the worst that could happen with huge databases of facial biometric data?
Gizmodo -- 09/11/2017
Much of the risk from biometrics is created by how they are implemented and the design of the technologies that use them. For example, will the faceprints be stored locally and can authentication occur without having to access a remote location using the Internet? Or will they be stored in a centralized database? If so, what are the technical, administrative, and physical safeguards for those databases?…