In the Media

  • Here’s a roundup of some events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Boston Globe -- 01/19/2021

    The annual MLK memorial breakfast, the nation’s oldest MLK celebration, is being held virtually in conjunction with Northeastern University for its 51st year. …

  • Boston Marathon Bomber Appeal Is Early Biden Test on Death Penalty

    Bloomberg -- 01/15/2021

    Daniel Medwed, criminal law professor at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, who supported Tsarnaev’s appeal in an amicus brief at the First Circuit, said he thinks it’s unlikely the Supreme Court will grant review, and that it’s also unlikely Biden would seek another death penalty trial if the First Circuit’s decision stands.

  • Mask-Wearing, Social Distancing Improve, But Too Slowly, Survey Shows

    NPR -- 01/15/2021

    “It’s good news-bad news,” says David Lazer of Northeastern University, who is helping run the survey with colleagues at Harvard, Rutgers and Northwestern universities. “The good news is we’ve improved a lot in terms of mask-wearing and social distancing. The bad news is, to bend the curve they really need to be much better,” Lazer says.

  • Op-Ed: Banning Trump from Twitter and Facebook isn’t nearly enough

    Los Angeles Times -- 01/15/2021

    Woodrow Hartzog is a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University.

  • In LA, ambulances circle for hours and ICUs are full. Is this what Covid-19 has in store for the rest of the country?

    Stat -- 01/15/2021

    “With the first wave, LA was the poster child on how to do things right,” said Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University who is based in Los Angeles. “Then we blew the lead.”…

  • Uncertain Returns: Economic recovery will come sooner in some sectors than others. Here’s what the experts say.

    Boston Business Journal -- 01/14/2021

    It may take a long time to get those jobs back: State GDP is already near pre-pandemic levels, but employment in Massachusetts is not expected to fully recover until late 2022, according to Alan Clayton-Matthews, a Northeastern University professor and an editor of the economics journal MassBenchmarks. “This has really exacerbated inequality, more than any other recession I can recall,” he said.

  • Local expert says Trump social media ban does not infringe on First Amendment rights

    WHDH 7 News -- 01/14/2021

    While some questioned the ban on the grounds of violating his First Amendment rights to free speech, Claudia Haupt, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Northeastern University said that is not the case. Haupt said the president’s rights would only have been violated if the state had limited his expression. “Now what we have here is private companies enforcing their own terms of service so, in this relationship, the First Amendment does not apply,” she explained.

  • Native American tribes receive COVID-19 vaccines, and health officials work to ease fears about taking it

    USA Today -- 01/14/2021

    People of color, including indigenous people, are more likely to rely on trusted voices within their own communities for information about the pandemic and the vaccine, a study by Northeastern University that tracked online behaviors suggests.

  • Covid-19 deaths are the highest they’ve ever been — and the more infectious variants could make things much worse

    Stat -- 01/14/2021

    Just as the arrival of vaccines was providing a light at the end of a tunnel, “this is like a last-minute twist that creates more problems,” said Northeastern University’s Alessandro Vespignani, who models how emerging diseases spread.

  • New Portland tech institute touts 3-year plan to attract 1,000 graduate students

    Bangor Daily News -- 01/14/2021

    The Roux Institute, a new graduate school and research center in Portland, outlined its three-year plan on Tuesday to attract 1,000 students and create 200 cooperative learning slots at Maine companies.