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  • Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice and the evolution of ‘tough love’ (+video)

    The Christian Science Monitor -- 04/04/2013

    Years ago, Rice’s behavior might have been shrugged off by many as “tough love,” but this time, “there was a certain sense of outrage” expressed by everyone from sports commentators to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, says Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Northeastern University’s Sport in Society, which advocates for social responsibility in sports.

  • Learning to Adapt

    Inside Higher Ed -- 04/04/2013

    “It’s not the strongest of the species that survives,” Charles Darwin once observed, “but the one most responsive to change.” If only it were true in higher education. It’s interesting to observe, isn’t it, how much higher education is still driven by a “brute force” model of delivery? As much as we might wish it were otherwise, postsecondary courses and degree programs are still largely delivered in a one-size-fits-all manner, and those students who can’t keep up are simply left behind, sometimes irretrievably so – the higher education equivalent of natural selection, some might say.

  • Meditation may make you more compassionate

    Times of India -- 04/02/2013

    Scientists have mostly focused on the benefits of meditation for the brain and the body, but a recent study has revealed that it also increases compassionate behavior. Several religious traditions have suggested that mediation does just that, but there has been no scientific proof until now. In this study, a team of researchers fromNortheastern University and Harvard Universityexamined the effects meditation would have on compassion and virtuous behavior, and the results were fascinating.

  • Immigrating into a New World

    Inside Higher Ed -- 04/02/2013

    Being first at anything is hard, but being first at college is a bewildering and sometimes terrifying experience. I work with a scholarship program at Northeastern University that funds students from underprivileged backgrounds; all are first-generation college attendees, most are from poor families, and with a few exceptions, either they or their parents are recent immigrants. This past week I gave a class simulation, offering a lecture on a complex political issue to a group of scholarship finalists. They were being judged on their responsiveness in the class, their ability to grasp the information and to process it. It was the end of a long interview day, and I could feel not only their exhaustion, but their need to prove themselves worthy of this award. I feel a close affinity with this group: my mother was an immigrant from a large–and poor–family from a coal-mining area in Scotland, and my paternal grandmother and great grandmother were both immigrants, settling in blue collar areas. We were definitely a working class family and my generation of siblings and cousins were the first to attend college, a point of pride, but also skepticism from the older folks.  …

  • Meditation Could Boost Compassion, Study Suggests

    Huffington Post -- 04/02/2013

    Meditation doesn’t just make you a better person mentally and physically, but it could also make you a better person when it comes to compassion. A new study from Northeastern University and Harvard University researchers shows thatmeditation can improve compassion and do-gooder behavior. The new findings are published in the journal Psychological Science. For the study, researchers tested study participants’ compassionate behavior after they underwent meditation sessions. Specifically, they did eight-week-long training sessions in two meditation types, after which they were tested to see if they would help someone (who was really an actor) in pain and using crutches while sitting in a fake waiting room.

  • Meditation May Make You Nicer

    Smithsonian Magazine -- 04/02/2013

    Traditional Buddhists meditate in the pursuit of enlightenment. Non-religious practitioners may try it out in order to find a bit of calm or perhaps to treat anxiety or depression. But whatever their motivation, people who meditate, new research shows, act nicer than those who don’t. Researchers from Harvard University and Northeastern University recruited around three dozen participants interested in meditation. Half of the group was put on a wait list, while the other half was split into two groups. These two groups participated in meditation sessions that promote calm and focus in the mind. Only one group, though, engaged in active discussion about Buddhist compassion and suffering.  …

  • Winthrop Roosevelt on the Oil Boom that Threatens His Great-Great-Grandfather’s Legacy

    The Daily Beast -- 04/02/2013

    My great-great-grandfather Theodore Roosevelt has the accurate reputation of being one of our country’s greatest conservationists. Images of TR embracing the great American outdoors by roping cattle on his ranch, hunting buffalo on the plains, and standing next to the Grand Canyon are just as ubiquitous in American history as the images of him working behind his desk in the Oval Office. His love for the natural world became one of his crowning policy achievements as president. To put it in context, the U.S. Forest Service once calculated that he preserved 230 million acres of land, or 84,000 acres for each day he was president.

  • Double ‘Shark Tank’ survivor got an entrepreneurial start at Northeastern -- 04/01/2013

    It’s not often that an entrepreneur strikes gold twice in a lifetime. In this case, the gold was an appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” a show that features business owners competing for investments from successful entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Rebecca Rescate, a 2002 Northeastern University graduate, was the first contestant in four seasons to appear twice on the show. Rescate’s route from student to inventor of CitiKitty, a cat toilet-training kit, was more a matter of necessity than choice, she said. She couldn’t picture herself working for someone else. Although she learned business skills in her first post-graduate job at a New York City software company, she was “bored to tears,” she said.

  • “White-Blooded” Icefish, 1927

    The Scientist -- 04/01/2013

    On December 1, 1927, zoologist Ditlef Rustad pulled ashore on Bouvet Island, 1,750 kilometers off the coast of Antarctica, as part of a Norwegian expedition to claim the remote, wind-whipped island as a whaling outpost. Later that month, casting nets into the frigid waters, Rustad hauled up a very strange-looking fish. It had no scales and was very pale, even translucent in parts. Behind its protruding, crocodile-like jaw, he saw gills that were milky instead of the usual crimson. And when Rustad cut open the fish, he saw that its blood was transparent, like ice water. “Blod farvelöst,” he wrote in his notebook—“colorless blood.” In a 1954 Nature paper, biochemist Johan Ruud confirmed that Chaenocephalus aceratus lacked red blood cells and hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen around the body and gives blood its red color. “It was a shocking discovery,” says William Detrich of Northeastern University, who has spent most of his career studying C. aceratus and the other 15 recognized species in the family Channichthyidae, or the Antarctic icefishes. “Among the 50,000 or so species of known vertebrates, these fish are the only examples that lack both hemoglobin and red blood cells.”…

  • Novartis Cancer-Drug Patent Denied by India Supreme Court

    Bloomberg -- 04/01/2013

    Brook Baker, a law professor at Northeastern University in Boston, said he doubts the pharmaceutical industry will pull back much on its investments in India based on the decision. The country will still grant 20 year patents on new, innovative drugs and a growing middle class with chronic diseases will provide many business opportunities, he said. “I think there is plenty of incentives for them to come to India,” Baker said in a telephone interview. “They always cry doomsday and say no one will invest in India because it isn’t an investor-friendly country. But companies will invest in India because they can make money there.”…