In the Media

  • Life, Death And The Lazarus Drug: Confronting America’s Opioid Crisis

    NPR -- 11/01/2018

    This week on Hidden Brain, the podcast talks with users, families, and researchers, including Northeastern’s Leo Beletsky, about risky drug use. …

  • Any piece of technology that stores information could be compromised—even obsolete devices that get thrown out with the garbage

    In the Media -- 11/01/2018

    The risks created by easily accessible software are increasingly coming into focus. Recent research from Northeastern University in Boston has found that apps for Android phones were acting beyond their terms of use by recording users’ screens and sending that information back to the company. Of the 17,260 apps researched, they found over half had the potential to exfiltrate data collected through the phone’s camera, microphone or ability to record the device’s screen.

  • Can Trump end birthright citizenship? I asked 11 legal experts.

    Vox -- 11/01/2018

    Northeastern professor Jessica Silbey says, “The rule of citizenship acquired by birth by being born within the United States is the law of the Constitution. It is the first sentence of the 14th Amendment: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” As such, it cannot be changed through executive order or legislation, but only by amending the Constitution.”…

  • The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

    EdSurge -- 11/01/2018

    Sean Gallagher, founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, discusses online degrees.

  • Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront

    NPR -- 11/01/2018

    Researchers say one reason there is so much stigma around drug use is that many people view addiction as a moral weakness. Leo Beletsky, a public health researcher from Northeastern University, says stigma enters the political discourse “around personal responsibility versus coddling and enabling.”…

  • How Many Guns Do Americans Own?

    Wall Street Journal -- 11/01/2018

    Ms. Azrael is one of the researchers behind the 2015 National Firearms Survey, conducted by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Northeastern University, which provided some of the most up-to-date estimates of who owns guns in the U.S.

  • Got a friend trying to sell you things you don’t want? Here’s how to just say no

    Boston Globe -- 11/01/2018

    “We don’t want to hurt feelings,” said Northeastern University marketing professor Jay Mulki, who studies personal selling. “It’s like when you go to someone’s house, and even if the baby is ugly, you are not going to say the baby is ugly. You are going to say, ‘Ahh, look at the cute baby.’ ”…

  • How to criticize the press—responsibly

    Columbia Journalism Review -- 11/01/2018

    Northeastern University journalism professor and longtime media reporter and critic Dan Kennedy tells me that, of the hundreds of journalists he knows or has written about, he can probably count the number of bad apples he’s encountered—people who plagiarize or fabricate—on one hand. The rest “are absolutely trying to do the best job that they can, oftentimes under very difficult circumstances,” he says.

  • Suicide Is Twice as Common as Homicide in the U.S.—and More Often Involves Guns—New Study Says

    Fortune -- 11/01/2018

     Led by researchers at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and UW, the first-of-its kind national research study investigates the significant gap between the public’s perception and the difficult realities of firearm death rates, which the study author point out could potentially lead to further danger.

  • ‘Saviors of the white race’: Perpetrators of hate crimes see themselves as heroes, researchers say

    The Washington Post -- 11/01/2018

    There are four commonly cited types of hate crimes, conceived by Northeastern University researchers in 2002 and now used by the National Institute of Justice and taught at the FBI Academy… To create the typology, the Northeastern researchers first analyzed 169 hate crimes that had been reported to Boston police in 1991 and 1992. A later study, published in 2002, found that one-fourth of the crimes were defensive and two-thirds were thrill-seeking in type.

  • Why Do You Get Goosebumps When You’re Scared? These 3 Studies Explain The Link

    Bustle -- 11/01/2018

    Another study from Northeastern University in Boston found that some people actually have the ability to induce goosebumps, which would have been a valuable tool for staying safe in primitive times. The study found that people who were able to induce goosebumps, known scientifically as voluntarily generated piloerection, were more emotionally open.

  • How your data is used to create the perfect midterm election ad

    CNET News -- 11/01/2018

    Alan Mislove, a professor at Northeastern University, found that you can target a specific individual for an ad. Advertisers can upload a list of 15 different fields on Facebook’s advertising platform — phone number, name, date of birth, address and more — and the social network then matches that information against its user base of more than 2 billion people. If your information matches, you become part of that audience, Mislove said. Facebook will tell advertisers how many users they’ve matched, but it doesn’t provide those users’ names, he said.