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Newtown Killer’s Obsessions, in Chilling Detail
The New York Times -- 03/28/2013
While the documents show that Mr. Lanza readily had access to weapons, a fact that was already known, by themselves they do not shed light on his motives, said Jack Levin, a professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University who has written several books on mass murders. But in many school shootings, the killers were often bullied or ostracized by their classmates, “and the motive is revenge,” Mr. Levin said in a telephone interview. And Mr. Lanza did have other traits in common with school gunmen, including social isolation and access to weapons and firearms training, Mr. Levin said. The clipping on the Northern Illinois shooting, Mr. Levin said, indicates that, like some mass murderers, he might have been inspired by past shootings.
Strong social ties impede spread of rumours
Wired -- 03/28/2013
Strong ties between individuals can actually hinder the spread of information through a network, a study has shown. A team of data scientists at Northeastern University in Boson led by Marton Karsai examined more than 600 million time-stamped mobile phone calls between six million people over six months in an unnamed European country. “Our results provide the counterintuitive evidence that strong ties may have a negative role in the spreading of information across networks,” says the study. The power of weak ties has been expounded since sociologist Mark Granovetter published a paper called “The Strength of Weak Ties” in 1973 — one of the most cited papers in social network theory. This paper — which asked several hundred people how they got their jobs — stated that information largely spreads through society between individuals with weak connections, instead of strong ties. The Northeastern team, however, was keen to examine how information spread when there were strong ties between individuals.
Women Fear Becoming ‘Bag Ladies’ Even When They’re Financially Secure, Says Study
Huffington Post -- 03/28/2013
Consequence: Leaders With “Feminine” Qualities Are More Valuable “The aim is to behave like a good coach, and channel your charisma to motivate others to be hardworking and creative. The model is not explicitly defined as feminine, but it echoes literature about male-female differences. A program at Columbia Business School, for example, teaches sensitive leadership and social intelligence, including better reading of facial expressions and body language. ‘We never explicitly say, “Develop your feminine side,” but it’s clear that’s what we’re advocating,’ says Jamie Ladge, a business professor at Northeastern University.”…
Announcing the Winners of 50 on Fire [Slideshow]
In the Media -- 03/27/2013
IDEA: Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator – Education Chris Wolfel IDEA: Northeastern University’s Venture Accelerator “This student run Venture Accelerator is working with over 110 Ventures and is run by 20 undergraduates. They have funded over $250,000 since inception in January 2010 and they are on track to fund $175,000+ in the 2012-2013 school year alone.”…
In Fight for Marriage Rights, ‘She’s Our Thurgood Marshall’
The New York Times -- 03/27/2013
The daughter of a pharmacist and a preschool teacher from Newburgh, N.Y., she had come out, with some difficulty, while an undergraduate at Hamilton College. There, Ms. Bonauto was harassed over her sexual orientation, which she said contributed to her desire to “make life better” for others. By 1990, with a law degree from Northeastern University, she was working for GLAD in Boston. She had been there less than a week when a gay couple approached her with the idea of suing to get married. She said no, the timing was not right. “I would have cases of somebody who goes to a Dunkin’ Donuts and the wait person realizes it was a gay person and goes nuts,” Ms. Bonauto recalled. How could she pursue a seeming luxury like marriage, she reasoned, when gay people were being discriminated against in housing, employment and adoption and being harassed by the police?…
Crisis in jobs for prime-age workers in the US: Not old, but ‘too old’
Al Jazeera -- 03/27/2013
Andrew Sum, professor of economics at Northeastern University, estimates that in 2012 there are six people looking for a full-time job for every one opening. What will people who have been out of work for over two years do? It may be 10 or 15 years before they can get on the Social Security they have earned.
Report hails Mass. biotech spending as job creator
The Boston Globe -- 03/26/2013
Northeastern University economists Barry Bluestone and Alan Clayton-Matthews, who wrote the report, noted the Massachusetts approach has focused on building an “ecosystem” of start-ups that can work with the state’s research universities and teaching hospitals. They said the $300 million spent by the state so far has spurred more than $1 billion in spending by private companies. Those businesses include eight of the world’s 10 largest pharmaceutical companies that have set up shop in the state — and created thousands of additional jobs — to buy what Bluestone calls “a front row seat” in the arena of cutting-edge biomedical research. “Here is a sector that grew right through the recession,” Bluestone, the director of Northeastern’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, said in an interview.
Report Is Bullish On State’s Life Sciences Investments
WBUR -- 03/26/2013
Based on those projections, each dollar in tax incentives awarded under the law will generate $1.66 in added tax revenue, according to the report, written by economists Barry Bluestone and Alan Clayton-Matthews of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University and released at a foundation forum on Tuesday morning.
$57M in Tax Credits Helped Create 2,500 Life Sciences Jobs … Maybe
WGBH -- 03/26/2013
Patrick joined researchers from Northeastern University who presented a report showing that the state has given out $56.6 million in tax credits, and life sciences companies have created 2,537 new jobs in Massachusetts. The news was, in part, a pitch to the private sector for help — encouraging investors to put money into clusters of firms over individual start-ups. “Innovation is a process,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, president of the Life Sciences Center and founder of Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions. “The job creation results were critical and we really have to think both short-term and long-term. And that’s really the reason for our approaching this with a portfolio of investments.” But it’s not clear whether tax credits are the direct cause of the life sciences sector growing at a faster pace than any other industry sector in the commonwealth. “The life sciences credit is probably as well designed as a credit like this can be,” said Peter Enrich a law professor at Northeastern. “But it suffers from one basic flaw, which is that there’s no way to tell whether the jobs it is subsidizing would have been here in the absence of the credit.” Enrich points out that companies can easily say they’re thinking about growing or moving to another state in order to attract tax credits and other incentives. But even if the Life Sciences Center isn’t on track to create the 250,000 jobs it had originally hoped for by 2018, it isn’t spending as much either. Thanks to state budget cuts, less than a third of the $1 billion pledged has been spent on tax credits, grants and loans.
Long-term joblessness hits older workers hard
The Boston Globe -- 03/25/2013
The number of people 45 and older who have been jobless for more than a year has quadrupled since 2007, accounting for nearly half of the 3.5 million Americans out of work for more than a year, according to the US Department of Labor. “Historically, we’ve never seen anything that comes close to this; these numbers are unbelievably high,” said Andrew Sum, director of Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies. “And the longer you’re unemployed, the more likely you are to leave the labor force, and the more likely it’s an early retirement for you.” This is not a sandy-beaches-and-sunsets type of retirement. After years of financial independence, many must lower standards of living, deplete savings, or rely on spouses’ earnings. The majority are older white men, according to the Labor Department, including many college-educated workers who rebounded from job losses earlier in their careers, only to see employment prospects dim in what should be their prime earning years.