In the Media

  • You’re Not a Drug Dealer? Here’s Why the Police Might Disagree.

    The New York Times -- 05/25/2018

    An analysis of news reports by the Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University found that while most defendants were white, in cases where the person charged was a dealer, roughly half the defendants were black or Hispanic.

  • Europe’s New Data Protections Will Affect You Too. Here’s How.

    Wired -- 05/24/2018

    “Companies are still struggling to provide the tools to help users,” says Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science researcher at Northeastern University and the author of Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies. “It’s not as though the day after the GDPR comes into effect, all of our privacy problems are going to magically go away.”…

  • Automated Health Care Offers Freedom from Shame, But Is It What Patients Need?

    The New Yorker -- 05/23/2018

    A few years ago, Timothy Bickmore, a computer scientist at Northeastern University, developed an artificial-intelligence program to help low-income patients at Boston Medical Center prepare for their return home from the hospital. The virtual nurse, alternately called Louise or Elizabeth, was embodied as an animated figure on a screen. It began by asking patients whether they were Red Sox fans, then walked them through what they should do after they were discharged. (“Your doctor has prescribed Pantoprazole. This medication is for your stomach. You will take one pill in the morning.”) Bickmore has since created a slew of these programs—an A.I. couples counsellor, an exercise coach, a palliative-care consultant—all aimed at disadvantaged clients. “It’s where we think we can have the most impact,” he told me recently. “Hopefully, the A.I. is better than nothing.”…

  • Globe Editor Brian McGrory Accused Of Sexual Harassment

    WGBH -- 05/23/2018

    Filling in for Jim Braude on WGBH’s Greater Boston, Adam Reilly asked me and Northeastern University’s Dan Kennedy whether the Globe should be reporting this. “People are struggling to make sense out of what happened, how serious it is and what the Globe should do about it,” said Kennedy. “What Linda and John Henry might be doing is something that might not be shared at the next level down.”…

  • It is time to bring back the summer job. Here is why, and tips for finding one.

    The Washington Post -- 05/21/2018

    In fact, a study from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University showed teenagers who work while in high school have higher incomes later. Another study, by a team of neuroscientists, found people are much more careful when they manage their own money — such as that earned from a summer job — than they are when they handle other people’s money — like that given to them by their parents.

  • It’s Time to End College Majors as We Know Them

    Chronicle of Higher Education -- 05/21/2018

    Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University, in his book Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2017), has suggested a complementary learning model that he calls “humanics.” It blends technical, social, and data skills, and, in the process, develops “higher-order mental skills” like critical thinking, systems thinking, entrepreneurship, and cultural agility, enabling people to easily toggle among various jobs and tasks.

  • Experts: Time to focus on shooting deterrents

    Boston Herald -- 05/21/2018

    Although it was unclear yesterday what motivated the Santa Fe High School gunman to kill at least 10 people and wound at least 10 others, the “overwhelming majority” of school shooters are not mentally ill, said Jack Levin, co-director of Northeastern University’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict.

  • 50 years later, Harvard graduates look back on year of tumult and tragedy

    Boston Globe -- 05/21/2018

    “It was important to do things, to make a statement, and I was going to be a part of it,” said King, who lives in Hyde Park and has been a math professor at Northeastern University for 37 years.

  • Outcomes in school shootings can differ wildly despite presence of resource officers

    Chicago Tribune -- 05/21/2018

    Many experts — like James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University and author of several books on school violence — say that sworn law enforcement officers are the only people who should carry guns in schools.

  • From roots to rock: Gillette Stadium, Xfinity host growing list of attractions

    The Sun Chronicle -- 05/21/2018

    “The nominal price of a ticket for a particular performance is usually established by the artist and the manager, sometimes with input from the promoter,” writes John E. Kwoka, a professor at Northeastern University who has studied and written on the concert industry, in a published study.

  • A scientist calculated the ludicrous strength of Marvel villain Thanos

    The Washington Post -- 05/21/2018

    Because superhero blockbusters demand that philosophers must also pulverize, Thanos matches his big brain with bigger purple muscles. He doesn’t just look the brutish part. Based on a recent “whimsical by design” analysis, Northeastern University engineering assistant professor Steven Cranford calculated that Thanos is powerful enough to dead-lift the RMS Titanic.

  • New cyber brief proposes network for sharing cyber threat information with private sector

    Homeland Preparedness News -- 05/18/2018

    Knake, a senior fellow for cyber policy at CFR and a senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, noted that the Department of Defense already uses such a network for sharing intelligence with cleared defense contractors on threats to their companies. This system, he says, could be replicated as a way to share information with the financial sector, electricity suppliers, and other critical private-sector entities.