In the Media
US traces, tells of Whitey Bulger’s arsenal on the run
The Boston Globe -- 02/08/2013
Glenn Pierce, the acting director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy at Northeastern University, said that guns can easily be bought in some states from private sellers without any paper trail and that universal background checks would slow down the flow of guns to some people who should not have them. “The highly motivated, highly knowledgeable individual is more likely to beat the system even if it’s a little harder,” Pierce said. “We’re really looking at whether you can stop the less motivated individuals.”…
The U.S. Long-Term Unemployment Crisis Stumps Economists
Bloomberg Businessweek -- 02/07/2013
One way to visualize this issue is to compare U.S. unemployment with job openings since 2001. The result can be seen on the attached chart: a scorpion-shaped curve that tracks the swelling ranks of the long-term jobless. The chart’s creators were Rand Ghayad, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Northeastern University, and his adviser, labor economist William Dickens. Their work was part of a report they wrote that was published last year by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. It was so striking that the Boston Fed named Ghayad a visiting fellow.
The Scary Truth About How Much Climate Change is Costing You
National Journal -- 02/07/2013
“Up until recently, the debate was, how much does it cost us to address climate change—and the cost of acting overwhelmed us,” says Matthias Ruth, an economist at Northeastern University who has published a series of reports on the economic impact of climate change on various states. “The cost of inaction is at the same order of magnitude, if not higher, than doing something about it.”…
Older women staying on the job to make up lost time
Reuters -- 02/07/2013
Rising longevity and the aging baby boom partially explain the trend. Almost 75 percent of 55- to 64-year-olds will be working in 2018, compared with 65 percent in 2008, forecasts Northeastern University economist Barry Bluestone. Likewise, he thinks 30 percent of Americans age 65 to 74 will be working at that point, up from 25 percent in 2008.
Investigators Pinpoint a Short Circuit Within a 787 Dreamliner Battery
Wired -- 02/07/2013
Boeing, along with investigators in the United States and Japan, have focused on the lithium-ion battery from the start. And today’s announcement that the problem appears to have started with a short circuit within a cell is exactly what battery expert Dr. K.M. Abraham suggested was the problem when we spoke with him last month. The lithium-ion cells within the 787 batteries use a graphite-coated copper anode and a lithium cobalt oxide-coated aluminum cathode. The anode and cathode are separated by a very thin polyethylene film known as the separator. …
For Northeastern, history not an obstacle
The Boston Globe -- 02/06/2013
It’s not often that a college hockey team has time to savor a victory. Usually, it’s back to work right away, getting ready for the next game. In the case of Northeastern’s win over Boston University in the semifinals of Monday’s 61st Beanpot at TD Garden, coach Jim Madigan said he wanted his players to enjoy the accomplishment before setting their sights on the next opponent: UMass, on the road, Friday.
Smith scores 19, Ford’s late heroics help Northeastern rally past Hofstra for 62-57 win
The Washington Post -- 02/06/2013
Joel Smith scored 19 points, Quincy Ford scored four of his 15 points and had a crucial block in the last 11 seconds and Colonial Athletic Association leader Northeastern rallied past Hofstra 62-57 Wednesday night. The Huskies (15-8, 10-1), who also beat the Pride 65-60 on Jan. 16, trailed 44-38 with 7:26 left when they launched a 15-3 spurt. Smith made three of his four 3-pointers in the spree, capping it with a layup with 3:30 to go for a 53-47 lead.
Kevin Roy’s hat trick gets NU into Beanpot final
The Boston Globe -- 02/05/2013
It was a play that would be frowned upon in youth hockey. And yet, there was the pass by Boston University’s Ben Rosen, the puck going far too close to an open goalmouth, the goalie in no position to do anything when Northeastern’s Kevin Roy intercepted the puck and poked it in. Sure, Rosen was attempting a pass to teammate Sean Escobedo. But with the goal unoccupied it was risky at best, and calamitous at worst. And in looking at Rosen’s face once the puck had crossed the goal line, the BU player knew just how badly he had erred.
Northeastern University Stuns No. 3 Boston University 4-1 in Women’s Beanpot Semifinal
NESN -- 02/05/2013
The Northeastern University women’s hockey team will defend their Beanpot trophy after upsetting No. 3 Boston University 4-1 Tuesday night. Right from the outset the Huskies built a comfortable lead as a result of goals from sophomore forward Kendall Coyne and fourth-year forward Kasey Pickett. Coyne’s three goals were too much for the Terriers to handle as she captured her third hat trick in the past three games. …
Climate Change Series: Mitigating The Damage
WBUR -- 02/05/2013
Mitigating climate change doesn’t sound as monumental as ending, or reversing climate change. But with global phenomenon already “contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than $1.2 trillion… annually,” according to the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, MIT professor Henry “Jake” Jacoby explains why efforts to mitigate climate change may be crucial to determining the next generation’s quality of life.