In the Media
New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it
Stat -- 05/27/2020
Samuel Scarpino, an assistant professor at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute, said Worobey’s paper “confirms what a lot of what we were starting to suspect from the epidemiological data, that there were some early introductions in the West Coast that did not spark sustained transmission.”…
New research suggests coronavirus spread began in U.S. in mid-February
Axios -- 05/27/2020
The bottom line: “Everything is sort of lining up in the direction that if we’re serious about it, we can control this thing,” Samuel Scarpino, an assistant professor at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute, told STAT.
Missed Opportunities In Massachusetts’ COVID Response
WGBH -- 05/26/2020
It’s a choice with consequences, experts say. Sam Scarpino, who heads the Emergent Epidemics Lab at Northeastern University, says even that brief, final delay came at a cost.
New study says Massachusetts coronavirus rates are much higher than reported and could rise steeply
Boston Globe -- 05/26/2020
“Over 80 percent of [Massachusetts] hasn’t been infected yet,” said Samuel Scarpino, an epidemiologist at Northeastern University. “We’re going to be susceptible to another wave of infections.”…
Lori Loughlin Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Scam, Will Serve Two Months In Prison
WGBH -- 05/22/2020
WGBH News legal analyst and Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed sees the couple’s legal agreement with federal prosecutors as “a plea discount.”…
Boston University Prepares To Test Students, Faculty And Staff For Coronavirus
WBUR -- 05/22/2020
At an online forum Wednesday, Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun said his school would also conduct its own testing.
A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike
Wired -- 05/21/2020
“If I don’t think the government is telling the truth about Covid-19, I’m going to ignore even the most strongly worded evacuation orders,” says Daniel Aldrich, director of the security and resilience studies program and a professor of political science, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University. “And that might mean some people will stay at home who should evacuate.
You can’t turn the economy back on like a light switch
Vox -- 05/21/2020
“It’s not going to be a snap-back V-shaped recovery, at least for Main Street,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, an associate professor of public policy and economics at Northeastern University.
America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further
The Atlantic -- 05/21/2020
These inequities will likely widen. Even before the pandemic, inequalities in poverty and access to health care “were concentrated in southern parts of the country, and in states that are politically red,” says Tiffany Joseph, a sociologist at Northeastern University. Not coincidentally, she says, those same states have tended to take social-distancing measures less seriously and reopen earlier. The price of those decisions will be disproportionately paid by black people.
Higher ed leaders say resilience and change will be key
CommonWealth Magazine -- 05/21/2020
Northeastern has “the goal of a full reopening in the fall,” Aoun said. “But in order to do that it will not be business as usual.” He pointed to planning now underway to bring reduced density to every aspect of university life from classrooms to dormitories. …
The pandemic is testing sibling rivalry — and you
CNN -- 05/20/2020
“They can withstand a lot of negativity. Things that wouldn’t fly in a friendship. You would lose a friendship, but your sibling is there the next day,” said Laurie Kramer, a professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University.
‘Deteriorating economic outlook’ dims Massachusetts budget picture
WCVB TV -- 05/20/2020
Northeastern University professor Alan Clayton-Matthews, one of the economists who presented to legislators last month, said he has not yet updated his revenue projections as MTF had, but Michlewitz said it was likely that lawmakers would go back to people like Clayton-Matthews to have another discussion.