In the Media
BC celebrates its decline in applications
The Boston Globe -- 03/02/2013
Harvard is up. MIT is up. Northeastern is up. UMass Amherst is up. Boston University is up. But at Boston College, the number of applications received for its incoming freshman class is down. And that’s just the way the school wants it.
Bloomberg Businessweek Apologizes for ‘Racist’ Cover
The Wrap -- 03/01/2013
Bloomberg Businessweek has apologized after its latest cover, showing black and Latino people wallowing in cash, drew offense at what many saw as racist depictions. The cover was for a story entitled “The Great American Housing Rebound,” which describes a return to the aggressive mortgage lending practices that created the last housing bubble. … “Racist is a label I try not to use lightly,” tweeted Dan Kennedy, a press critic and professor at Northeastern University. “This is racist. Nice work, Businessweek.”…
Advocates argue for more diverse state parole board
The Boston Globe -- 02/28/2013
Two civil rights advocates argued Wednesday against the reappointment of state parole board member Lucy Soto-Abbe, saying she is wrong for the panel because of her background as a longtime victim witness advocate and tendency to deny parole. Addressing the Governor’s Council, attorneys Patricia Garin and Leslie Walker said they would like to see more candidates like Tonomey Coleman, a criminal defense attorney. He was nominated to the board earlier this month, along with Soto-Abbe, by Governor Deval Patrick. “We need to have a more diverse parole board with people on it that are going to stand up and think of some creative things to do to change this system,” said Garin, the co-director of The Prisoners Assistance Project at Northeastern University Law School, during Soto-Abbe’s reappointment hearing at the State House.
Group: Green energy leads to job creation
The Business Journal -- 02/27/2013
Renewable-energy advocates need to emphasize economic development and jobs as they lobby North Carolina’s legislators to protect the state’s most important green-energy initiatives, saysMichael Youth, policy director of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association. Youth spoke Wednesday to a crowd of about 50 at Northeastern University’s“Sustainable Energy: Policy and Practice” forum at the university’s Charlotte campus. He was paired with Joan Fitzgerald of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the school’s Local Leaders Global Impact series. The discussion was moderated by Charlotte Business Journal senior staff writer Erik Spanberg. The Charlotte Business Journal is a sister publication of The Business Journal.
Tadpoles See with Extra Eyes
The Scientist -- 02/27/2013
The findings may also have implications for designing functional artificial or regenerated limbs and organs, noted Günther Zupanc, a neurobiologist at Northeastern University, who also did not participate in the study. “If they don’t connect to the brain, they’re useless,” Zupanc explained. The new research provides clues about “what kind of instructions we need to provide to the body” to make that connection.
Climate Change Series: The Role Of Transportation
WBUR -- 02/27/2013
The transportation of people and goods from one place to another creates about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Of that, 80 percent comes from cars and trucks. What are the prospects for reducing those emissions? How is global climate change already affecting existing transportation systems? And how will it affect the ways we build and maintain bridges, roads, tunnels and transit systems for the rest of the century? Noted transportation and environmental practitioners Stephanie Pollack and Al Biehlerdiscuss what’s gone wrong — and what’s starting to go right.
Full Show: Fung Wah, Lil Poopy, Emerson Fraternity Raises Money for Transgender Brother’s Surgery
WGBH Boston Public Radio -- 02/27/2013
Segment 3: Since state authorities started investigating his parents for child abuse earlier this week, everyone seems to have developed an opinion on 9-year-old Brockton rapper Lil Poopy. Authorities reportedly started investigating Lil Poopy’s parents after viewing a music video in which he appears in sexually suggestive situations. Northeastern University associate professor of music Emmett G. Price III joined Jim and Margery to talk about the controversy surrounding Lil Poopy and whether a double standard applies.
BPR: Charlie Baker, Candidate for Mayor John Connolly, the First Girl to Win a State Wrestling Title
WGBH Boston Public Radio -- 02/26/2013
Much hangs in the balance in Red Sox Nation. Roger Abrams, former Major League Baseball salary arbitrator and current Northeastern Law Professor, joined us on the line from spring training in Florida. … What do you think of women competing in traditionally “male” sports? North Andover High School student Danielle Coughlin made national headlines when she became the first girl to win a state title in wrestling last week. Jim and Margery spoke with Coughlin and her coach, Carl Cincotta, before turning to two sports experts: Dan Lebowitz, the director of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, and Shira Springer, the sports enterprise and investigative reporter for The Boston Globe. …
Beyond Awareness: The Fight Against Rare Diseases
WBUR -- 02/26/2013
Did you know that February 28 is Rare Disease Day? Probably not, despite the fact that more than 700,000 classified rare disorders affect nearly 30 million Americans. Whether it’s finding specialists who can diagnose us, advocating for our needs, or getting effective medications when blockbuster drugs get much of the funding, rare disease patients live beyond the fray in many senses.
NFTE Teacher Training — The Key to the Replication of Entrepreneurial Education, Part 4: The Teachers
Huffington Post -- 02/26/2013
Maxine Roca, a graduate of Northeastern University — famous for experiential education — was a teacher with Teach for America and ended up becoming a recruiter at her old high school, Bishop Loghian, before taking over a classroom. She had the insight that many people were nervous about going to a gym and did not know how to use the equipment, so her company would give introductory classes to people getting them used to the gym life.