In the Media Archive - Page 824 of 825 - News @ Northeastern

  • FBI steps into case of gay candidate’s homicide

    USA Today -- 03/07/2013

    “If you look at state-by-state comparisons, you’ll see states … the Northeast region reports hundreds of hate crimes yearly,” said Jack Levin, a leading hate crime expert at Northeastern University in Boston. “Does that mean there are more hate crimes in Massachusetts than in Mississippi? Absolutely not.” Massachusetts reported 346 hate crimes in 2011. But FBI numbers don’t accurately depict the scope of the problem, Levin and other experts said. That’s because the agency relies on voluntary reporting.

  • Through a sensor, clearly: Complex systems made observable -- 03/07/2013

    A complex system can, in principle, be observable – that is, the system’s complete internal state can be reconstructed from its outputs, which would ostensibly involve describing in complete quantitative detail all of its internal state variables at once. In an actual experiment, however, such measurement is typically beyond our reach, and so is limited to a smaller number of those variables. Referred to as sensors (or sensor nodes), these key variables can be used to make the complete system observable. Recently, scientists at Northeastern University and MIT devised a graphical approach that first derives the math­e­mat­ical equa­tions describing a complex system’s dynamics, and then determines the key sensors for that system. Moreover, when applying their approach to biochemical reaction systems, the researchers discovered that the derived sensors were both necessary and sufficient to describe the complete system. The scientists conclude that their findings allow a systematic exploration of many diverse natural, technological and socioeconomic systems.

  • Ever-Tighter U.S. Abortion Limits Probe Boundary of Roe v. Wade

    Bloomberg -- 03/07/2013

    Wendy Parmet, associate dean at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, said in an e-mail she isn’t surprised by the Arkansas law because it is “the next step in a trend.” “What will be interesting is whether by going this far, anti-abortion opponents in Arkansas have overplayed their hand,” Parmet said in an e-mail.

  • Hot security skills of 2013

    MIS Asia -- 03/07/2013

    It will always be extremely important to be able to communicate with diverse audiences, says Young. Not only must CSOs make complex security issues understandable to the enterprise at large, they must also make it clear how important security risk, particularly digital risk management, is to the executive suite’s agenda. David Luzzi, executive director of Northeastern University’s Strategic Security Initiative, adds logical reasoning and the ability to inspect ideas as important skills to build on the foundation of excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • How Ashley Judd Can Overcome Daily Caller’s ‘Sexist’ Hollywood Stigma

    U.S. News & World Report -- 03/06/2013

    “Their job is being able to sell a role or a message and to do that you have to be able to articulate yourself and capitalize on your personality,” says Alan Schroeder, a professor at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism and author of Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House. “Innately, [entertainers] have a lot of those skills because that’s what they’ve be doing in their entertainment careers.”…

  • Google Glass: is it a threat to our privacy?

    The Guardian -- 03/06/2013

    Of course, the benefits wouldn’t accrue to the wearer. Google would sell the data (suitably anonymised, of course). And your smartphone already provides a huge amount of detail about you. Song Chaoming, a researcher at Northeastern University in Boston, has been analysing mobile phone records (including which base stations the phone connects to) and has developed an algorithm that can predict – with, he says, 93% accuracy – where its owner is at any time of the day (by triangulating from the strengths of the base station signals; that’s part of how your smartphone is able to show where you are on an onscreen map). He analysed the records of 50,000 people; the accuracy was never below 80%. When you consider that Chaoming was only doing this in his spare time, and that Google has teams of people whose only task is to develop better algorithms to work out where a phone’s owner is, and what they’re going to do based on their past activity and searches, you realise that if you’re using an Android phone, Google probably knows what you’re going to do before you do.

  • 5 Questions for Northeastern’s Peter Stokes

    Inside Higher Ed -- 03/05/2013

    Dr. Peter Stokes is currently the executive director of postsecondary innovation in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University.  Many of you probably got to know Peter during his tenure (almost 14 years!) in various leadership roles at Eduventures. Why interview Peter when we can skip the middleman and read exactly what is on his mind at his excellent IHE Peripheral Vision column? The reason I’m interested in chatting with Peter, and sharing our chat with you, is that I’m interested in non-traditional academic careers. Peter graciously agreed share his thoughts about his.

  • Hardening Our Defenses Against Cyberwarfare

    The Wall Street Journal -- 03/05/2013

    A common military tactic by which an attacker attempts to disable or weaken a target before an invasion is referred to as “prepping the battlefield.” Digital warfare is one way that foreign nation states disable critical infrastructure to make it vulnerable to conventional assaults. Stephen Flynn of Northeastern University, testifying last year before the House Committee on Homeland Security, described the cascading effect: “When transformers fail, so too will water distribution, waste management, transportation, communications and many emergency and government services,” Dr. Flynn said. He added: “Giving the average of twelve-month lead that is required to replace a damaged transformer today with a new one, if we had a mass damage of that scale at a local regional level the economic and society disruption would be enormous.”…

  • Why Immigration Reform Is a Big Senior Issue

    U.S. News & World Report -- 03/05/2013

    Worker shortages loom. “Our real problem is going to be finding enough people to fill the jobs we have, and not the other way around,” says Barry Bluestone, a labor expert at Northeastern University in Boston who heads the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Bluestone has researched the future employment landscape for seniors, and is doing research now on healthcare employment trends.

  • Want a smoke-free generation? Ban tobacco sales to anyone born this century, law prof says

    ABA Journal -- 03/05/2013

    If you want to cut tobacco deaths, you need look no further than federal legislation signed into law in 2009, according to a law professor. The Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act paves the way for two aggressive approaches, according to a New York Timesop-ed by Northeastern University law professor Richard Daynard. The law allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate nicotine yields, though the yields cannot be cut to zero, he says. “The FDA would be well within its authority to require nicotine content to be below addictive levels,” Daynard writes. “If the FDA insisted on the change, and cigarettes ceased to be addictive, ample evidence shows that most smokers would quit or switch to less toxic nicotine products. Current nonsmokers, moreover, would be far less likely to become addicted.”…