In the Media
Should governments require utilities to make the electric grid more stormproof?
The Wall Street Journal -- 11/13/2017
Jennie C. Stephens, the dean’s professor of sustainability science and policy at Northeastern University and associate director of Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, argues for greater regulation to strengthen the grid.
Massachusetts’ criminal justice overhaul must remove barriers to finding employment
WGBH -- 11/13/2017
The Massachusetts House and Senate are currently debating legislation that would improve many of the problems with our state’s criminal justice system. The measure is controversial, which is no surprise. Reducing unnecessary prosecutions and prison time while ensuring public safety poses challenges.
Muslim, Jewish, and LGBT victims increasingly targeted as hate crimes spike across country
New York Daily News -- 11/13/2017
Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, said the statistics reflected the “cumulative effect” of an increase in hate crimes directed at Muslims, immigrants, gay people and others since 9/11. President Trump’s 2016 campaign fed into the trend, he said.
Court renamed after state’s 1st black high court justice
Associated Press -- 11/12/2017
A Massachusetts courthouse has been renamed in honor of the first African American to sit on the state’s highest court. The Hamden County Hall of Justice in Springfield will now be called the Roderick L. Ireland Courthouse. A renaming ceremony was held on Friday. Ireland is now a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern University.
Tough-talking sheriffs raise their voices in Trump era
The Washington Post -- 11/12/2017
“Members of law enforcement and sheriffs seem to be more comfortable articulating controversial, pro-incarceration views than in recent years,” said Daniel Medwed, a law and criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston. “When you have a president who feels comfortable saying things that people would not have said in previous regimes, it emboldens other people to say those things.”…
Are mass killings and domestic violence linked?
San Antonio Express-News -- 11/12/2017
James Alan Fox, a researcher at Northeastern University, said most mass killings are not preceded by a history of domestic violence. “Let’s just say hypothetically that domestic violence was present in a majority of those cases,” he said. “There are 10 million cases of domestic violence every year. There are 24 mass shootings every year. That’s one in a half-million.”…
The ‘Cold War’ between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. Here are five things you should know about it
PRI -- 11/12/2017
As the threat from a common enemy “has imploded, tensions between these historic adversaries have escalated,” said Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston.
Northeastern celebrates its veterans
WGBH -- 11/11/2017
As students went to and from class Friday on Northeastern’s campus, a red, white and blue wreath decorated the university’s veterans memorial. It was placed there after the school’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, during which more than 100 students, veterans, alumni, family and community members gathered to celebrate those who serve their country.
Tracing the education of Michelangelo
The Wall Street Journal -- 11/11/2017
Northeastern professor Cammy Brothers discusses the Met’s new exhibition on Michelangelo, which shows how the master used drawing to experiment, refine and expand his work—both on and off the page.
Consider MBA scholarships that reward military service
U.S. News & World Report -- 11/10/2017
Sometimes, business school applicants with a military background qualify for more than enough service-related scholarship money to attend graduate school for free. If you want reassurance that it is possible, consider the story of John Healy, a first-year MBA student at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business who received a full ride by capitalizing on service-related scholarship programs. Healy, a husband and father of two who spent 10 years in the U.S. Army and now serves in the U.S. Army Reserve, maximized his scholarship opportunities by choosing a business school that participates in the federal Yellow Ribbon Program.
Addressing inmate addiction must be a priority
CommonWealth Magazine -- 11/10/2017
The criminal justice reforms recently passed by the Massachusetts Senate and released by the House Committee on Ways and Means provide sensible reform to failed criminal justice approaches, including doing away with some mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses. These reforms are both pragmatic and just. By shifting the focus away from laws and prosecutorial strategies that have not produced results, the Commonwealth has an opportunity to return critical discretion to its judges and encourage local innovation. Conversely, the possible inclusion of new mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking resulting in overdose deaths cuts at complete cross-purposes to the intent of this legislation.
On gun violence, blaming mental illness may only deepen stigma
The Christian Science Monitor -- 11/10/2017
Only 3 percent to 5 percent of violent acts can be attributed to a person living with a severe mental illness, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, while people linked to those illnesses are actually 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. Of 88 mass shooters – those who had killed four or more people in the US – since 1966, only 14.8 percent were diagnosed as psychotic, according to 2015 paper by Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, a gun violence expert who maintains a database of indiscriminate mass shootings.