In the Media
What’s Pink and Pinstriped and Digests Wood? This New Shipworm
The New York Times -- 02/14/2019
The discovery, which was reported in the journal PeerJ on Thursday, occurred during a feverish episode of wading through mangroves and scuba diving in coastal waters looking for wood that contained shipworm burrows. The [Northeastern] team brought their finds to the parking lot of a beachgoers’ hotel, where, wearing headlamps and wielding axes, they extracted the worms and brought them up to their hotel-rooms-cum-biology labs.
Humanics: A way to ‘robot-proof’ your career?
BBC News -- 01/28/2019
Future-proofing your career is less about picking a safe job and more about constantly updating your skills throughout your career, according to Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun, who wrote Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
Older, right-leaning Twitter users spread the most fake news in 2016, study finds
The Washington Post -- 01/24/2019
In a new study published Thursday in the journal Science, political scientists surveyed the inhabitants of this Internet pocket around the time of the last presidential election, from Aug. 1 to Dec. 6, 2016. They found that people who shared fake news were more likely to be older and more conservative. “Super-sharers” were responsible for the bulk of fake news, soaking their Twitter feeds in falsehoods with the gusto of kids with water pistols. They were enthusiastic communicators, tweeting an average of 70 times a day, and had a very limited reach.
An Experimental Procedure Could Help More Families Have Healthy Babies. But It’s Not Allowed in the U.S.
Time -- 01/07/2019
Jonathan Tilly of Northeastern University is hoping to turn better understanding of how mitochondria function into new infertility treatments that would benefit more than just women affected by mitochondrial diseases.
Boston can be a global hub for artificial intelligence
Boston Globe -- 01/07/2019
As one of the most vibrant, educated, progressive cities in the world, has Boston been left out of the latest flood of technological investment? More important, are we at risk of missing the economic wave of the future?…
Northeastern receives $50 million gift to further AI studies
Boston Globe -- 12/18/2018
An alumnus is giving $50 million to Northeastern University to boost the school’s rapidly expanding technology college, which will soon bear his name. The university said Monday that it will name the Khoury College of Computer and Information Sciences after trustee Amin J. Khoury following the contribution, which will be endowed to support research and education at the college for years to come. The college is the university’s fastest growing program, expanding from to 726 students in the fall of 2009 to 3,474 in 2018.
Northeastern to rename computer science school following record $50M gift
Boston Business Journal -- 12/17/2018
Northeastern University is renaming its computer science school to honor entrepreneur Amin Khoury after he pledged to donate $50 million to the college. Khoury’s gift represents the largest single donation in Northeastern’s history, a spokesperson for the school said. Two donors combined to give $60 million to Northeastern’s business school in 2012. Khoury received an executive MBA from Northeastern in 1989, around the same time he was starting B/E Aerospace, a company that supplies major airlines with components for their cabin interiors. In 2017, Khoury sold part of his business to Rockwell Collins in an $8.3 billion deal. This year, he sold the other part of his business to Boeing for approximately $3.2 billion.
The Degree Rules, for Now
Inside Higher Ed -- 12/14/2018
Recent headlines have touted the move by several big employers to stop requiring new hires to hold college degrees. Meanwhile, a drumbeat of studies show increasing labor market returns for degrees, and employers say they value the critical thinking skills of liberal arts graduates. These seemingly oppositional trends are both real and on display in a new report from Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. The report sheds light on a technology-enhanced shift in the way workers are being hired in the knowledge economy.
The Surprising Formula for Becoming an Art Star
Wall Street Journal -- 11/08/2018
A handful of U.S. and European museums and galleries have an outsize impact on which contemporary artists achieve lasting, prestigious careers and which don’t, according to a Northeastern University study published Thursday in the journal Science.
Hey robot, is that report ready?
Boston Globe -- 11/05/2018
Joseph Aoun, the president of Northeastern University, believes it’s essential that higher education prepare people for this change. In his 2017 book “Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” Aoun writes about the need to train creators instead of laborers, to foster people’s ability to innovate and empathize.
Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer Lead Football Fans to New Frontier Via Amazon Stream
Variety -- 11/01/2018
Amazon declined to offer statistics on how many people are tuning in to listen to Kremer and Storm, but their assignment is viewed in some circles as seismic. “This is part of the social revolution,” says Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. In 1978, he says, female sports journalists had to go to court to get access to interview athletes in team locker rooms like their male counterparts. Now, he suggests, women are an integral part of the NFL’s economics. “The largest growth in their fan base is women,” he notes.
No Benefit Seen From Antipsychotics Routinely Used in Delirious Hospital Patients
Wall Street Journal -- 11/01/2018
John Devlin, a Northeastern University pharmacy professor who chaired the society’s update, said the new findings now demonstrate the ineffectiveness of routine use of the drugs. “That practice absolutely should stop,” he said.