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  • NU’s Bouve College Celebrates 50th Anniversary on Nov. 2

    WCVB TV -- 08/22/2013

    Northeastern University’s School of Nursing, part of its acclaimed Bouvé College of Health Sciences, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on November 2, 2013 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston at 6 p.m. Boston’s WCVB-TV reporter Rhondella Richardson, a Northeastern alumna, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Afaf I. Meleis, the Dean of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, will deliver a keynote address entitled, “Leading Through Partnering: Global Health for the Future.” During the event, the School of Nursing will honor Sharon Gale, CEO of the Organization of Nurse Leaders, as a Distinguished Alumna Awardee; Jane Aroian, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Nursing Administration Program, as a Distinguished Faculty Awardeee; and Jeanette Ives Erickson, Chief Nurse and Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Mass General Hospital, as a Distinguished Health Care Professional.  …

  • Typewriters Used By John Lennon, Ernest Hemingway On Display At Northeastern

    Boston Magazine -- 08/22/2013

    Although iPads and computers have made the daily use of typewriters, for most people, all but extinct, the fascination with the machines remains based on their historical context. Through September 25, a new exhibit, hosted by the Gallery 360 at Northeastern University, will be open to the public and will feature typewriters once owned by literary greats like Ernest Hemingway, and musical composers such as John Lennon. Other typewriters on display will be ones used by Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Barbara Streisand, Joe DiMaggio and the infamous “Unabomber,” Ted Kaczynski, who spent months in his hideaway in the woods compiling his thoughts on one of the devices. Owned by Los Angeles collector Steve Soboroff, it will be the first time the 14-typewriter exhibit will be on “formal” display, and will also be the collection’s East Coast debut. “I love people who are the best at what they do,” said Soboroff in a statement. “The idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters… it gives me the chills.”…

  • For College Students, So Many Health Plans to Choose From

    The New York Times -- 08/22/2013

    It’s important, however, to check specifics. Self-insured college plans — those in which the school pays claims directly, instead of hiring an insurance company to do so — don’t have to meet the law’s essential-benefits requirement, said Sara Collins, a health insurance expert at the Commonwealth Fund. But again, some colleges are meeting them anyway. Northeastern University in Boston, for instance, says that even though it is self-insured, its health plan will include benefits that “meet or exceed” the law’s requirements. (There had been concern that students eligible for student health plans at self-insured schools — which are in the minority — wouldn’t qualify for financial help on the new state-based health exchanges, which open for business Oct. 1 for coverage starting in January. But the federal government cleared up that confusion in recent regulations. As long as students at self-insured colleges don’t enroll in the school’s health plan, they may still qualify for subsidized coverage on an exchange, according to Kaiser Health News.)  …

  • Okla. killing fits ‘shared misunderstanding’: Column

    USA Today -- 08/22/2013

    The senseless killing of Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old senior attending college in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship, has sent shock waves around the world, especially in the victim’s homeland of Australia. While out for a run on the afternoon of August 16, Lane was shot in the back during an unprovoked attack. It isn’t just the randomness that has Australian officials calling for a nationwide boycott on travel to the United States but also the apparent motive for the assault. Allegedly, the three teens arrested in connection to the crime were bored and seeking something fun to do. Armed with a revolver and with free time, the trio trolled the neighborhood looking for trouble — and they found it. Deeper motivation Unfortunately, this would hardly be the first time that a group of youngsters has committed awful acts of violence purely for entertainment. But the motivation typically goes deeper than a temporary thrill at the expense of some ill-fated target. One of the distinguishing features to juvenile murder is the dominant role of group dynamics. Based on an analysis of FBI data for 2006-11, 35% of homicides implicating a juvenile offender included multiple perpetrators, more than twice as high as the percentage for adults.

  • Mersen Receives Research Grant From NSF for Photovoltaic Installations

    Control Design -- 08/21/2013

    Mersen and Northeastern University in Boston have formed a joint partnership that aims to study the translation of smart fault detection methods for photovoltaic (PV) installations. The findings will narrow the technology gap by helping to identify and protect against dangerous electrical faults in solar PV installations, according to Mersen. The team’s research in the development of these smart power protection devices would not be possible without a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is the second sponsorship the team has received from NSF in support of the partnership.

  • Elderly More Likely to Be Employed Than Teens

    The Wall Street Journal -- 08/21/2013

    The decline in youth employment is part of a broader shift in working patterns. Americans are entering the workforce later and staying in it longer than at any time in history. Andrew Sum, a Northeastern University economist and expert in youth employment, points to a remarkable statistic: A decade ago, a 16- or 17-year-old boy was twice as likely to have a job as his 70-year-old grandfather. Today, the grandfather is actually more likely to have a job than the boy. That’s an amazing shift in so short a period of time. What’s going on? For young adults in their late teens and early 20s, rising rates of college attendance are a big part of the story. But that’s less of a factor for kids still in high school. Some high-schoolers may be opting out of work in order to focus on college application-boosting extra-curricular activities, but the decline in employment has been most pronounced among teens from low-income families, not the middle class. Nor does the minimum wage—often cited as a major barrier to youth employment—appear to be a driving force: Much of the decline came in the early 2000s, when the minimum wage was flat.

  • Fast-food worker strikes coming to Los Angeles; higher wages sought

    Los Angeles Times -- 08/21/2013

    Fast-food workers have long struggled to form unions, according to Ed Wertheim, an associate business professor at Northeastern University. Employees cycle in and out of the industry at “tremendously high” rates — greater than 75% turnover each year, he said. “The mind-set among the vast majority of these workers is that they’re not going to be in it for the long haul as a career,” he said. “And they’re certainly viewed as being easily replaceable.” If activists manage to substantially raise the minimum wage, workers’ jobs could be at stake, according to the right-leaning Employment Policies Institute. Eateries forced to pay higher salaries could start swapping human labor for cheaper automated technology, the group said. And costs could rise along the fast-food supply chain as workers in the fuel, cleaning and agriculture industries also benefited from a federal minimum wage hike, DeFife said. Two-thirds of a typical restaurant’s expenses come from labor and food costs.

  • Ask The Airline Pilot — What Are Your Questions For Patrick Smith?

    WGBH Boston Public Radio -- 08/21/2013

    Also on BPR: How much vacation time is enough? Margery and Sue asked callers how much they need, and how much they get. The Boston Globe’s Alex Beam joined Margery and Sue for Open Mic. Diane Valle joined the show to talk about her ambitious plan to plant daffodil bulbs along the Boston Marathon route — all the way from Hopkinton to Copley Square. Jack Levin, professor of criminology and sociology at Northeastern, found out that we have more empathy for puppies and babies than we do other adults.

  • ‘Recovery’ leaving jobless stranded

    The Lowell Sun -- 08/20/2013

    Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, said it now takes typical jobless workers about 30 weeks to land a new one. “We have never seen anything like this,” he told us recently. And the jobs people are find are often part-time positions. Sum noted that the spike in the number of people looking for work in June suggested that people were seeing their unemployment benefits run out. Mike Gerry, deputy director of the North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, said that region has been hit harder than other areas of the state in part because some out-of-work residents have shown a reluctance to travel for low-paying jobs. “For the lower-paying jobs, it’s not economically feasible to spend half your paycheck on transportation costs,” Gerry noted. That of course also accounts for part of the higher unemployment rate in Lowell, and other urban centers like Worcester, Springfield and Brockton.  …

  • Save the filibuster!

    Politico -- 08/20/2013

    They are at it again. Republicans in the Senate are taking the unsupportable position that three existing D.C. Federal Circuit Court vacancies should not be filled. They claim that President Obama wants to “pack” the court, FDR style. But their real concern is about the ideological direction of the court, not its size. Back home in Nevada, a frustrated majority leader, Harry Reid, is yet again suggesting that he might employ the “nuclear option.” That’s the parliamentary sleight of hand that could allow the Democrats to ignore Senate rules and precedents, end the debate, and change the rules with a simple majority vote. Existing Senate rules say this requires 67 votes.  …