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Rail Lines Bring Housing Clashes
The Wall Street Journal -- 06/10/2013
Professors at Northeastern University in Boston examined 42 neighborhoods in 12 U.S. cities in 2010 and found that housing costs near rail stops increased after light-rail service started in many markets. “A new transit station can set in motion a cycle of unintended consequences in which core transit users…are priced out in favor of higher-income, car-owning residents,” the authors wrote.
A Tax Fight in Pittsburgh and the Future of Non-Profit Hospitals Nationwide
Time -- 06/10/2013
But local Pittsburgh politics aside, large non-profit health systems are getting new attention from city and state tax officials across the country facing budget crises. “The fact is hospitals are coming under more scrutiny,” says Gary Young, director of Northeastern University’s Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research. “The city’s willingness to take on a hospital with the cachet that UPMC has is sending a chill down the spines of many hospitals around the country who are saying, ‘If this is happening in Pittsburgh, what could happen with us?’” The requirements to be a tax-exempt non-profit in Pennsylvania are tougher to meet than in many other states, but generally, health care systems must have a charitable mission and benefit the local community. In exchange, they are effectively subsidized by taxpayers. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), beginning next year, hospitals that are exempt from federal taxes must develop and submit to the Internal Revenue Service detailed assessments of the health care needs of their local communities, along with plans to help meet those needs. Young is the lead author of a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2013 that found that in 2009, tax-exempt hospitals spent just 7.5 percent of their operating expenses on community benefits. “We are, to some degree, moving into a new era in terms of some of the expectations we have for hospitals that have tax exempt status,” says Young. “Pittsburgh could be a watershed event.” …
Hate Was Alive and Well in Massachusetts Before the Marathon Bombing
Huffington Post -- 06/10/2013
In fact, many of the most infamous violent attacks have been acts committed by individuals, not by groups. Think the Oklahoma City bombing, the first World Trade Center attack, the underwear bomber who was thwarted, and the countless campus and school shootings that have claimed the lives of many. All of these acts were plotted, planned and carried out by individuals, not by well-funded, politicized groups. “Most hate crimes are perpetuated by youngsters who operate alone,” said Jack Levin, Ph.D., a professor at the Irving and Betty Brudnick school of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in the documentary Puzzles: When Hate Came to Town, which is now making its way through the country via screenings. When 18-year-old Jacob Robida walked into a gay bar in New Bedford, Mass., with a gun and a hatchet, he acted alone. Several LGBT patrons were seriously injured by the violent acts of an angry, homophobic, sorely misguided teenager, in addition to the deaths of a police officer and a female companion, after which Robida took his own, young life.
How The Law School Where I’m An Associate Dean Justifies Its Existence
Business Insider -- 06/10/2013
There’s been a lot of public and private handwringing within the legal establishment in recent years. There’s anxiety — and outrage — over the spiraling cost of legal education and the diminishing opportunities and salaries for recent law school grads. And there’s no small dissatisfaction with the ability of those grads to actually practice the law. Couple that with the downsizing of major law firms and the outsourcing of much of the grunt work of the legal profession to machines and foreign labor, and you have a true crisis of faith. But the challenges facing us are no different from those facing many other contemporary industries. Email and other electronic communications are killing the post office. Amazon has changed how we shop for just about everything, with ominous implications for mom and pop stores and big box retailers alike. …
A Crisis in the Humanities?
Chronicle of Higher Education -- 06/10/2013
(Guest post! Ben Schmidt is the visiting graduate fellow at the Cultural Observatory at Harvard, and a graduate student in history at Princeton University. His research is in intellectual and cultural history and the use of computational techniques for historical research. He writes about digital humanities on the blog Sapping Attention. Beginning fall 2013, he will be an assistant professor of history at Northeastern University. He blogs at Sapping Attention. I’m glad to have him here to give his analysis of the crisis in the humanities. Thanks, Ben!). Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about falling enrollments in the humanities disciplines. The news hook is a Harvard report about declining enrollments in the humanities; the moral they draw is that humanities enrollments are collapsing because the degrees don’t immediately lend themselves to post-graduate jobs. (Never mind that the Harvard report makes clear that the real competition is with the social sciences, not the 1% of humanities-curious first-years who major in computer science). …
Watchdogs urge better reporting of cruise ship crime
USA Today -- 06/10/2013
James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston and former consultant to the International Council of Cruise Lines, has testified before congress about cruise ship safety. He said cruises are safe vacation destinations, especially compared with other locations tourists choose, and says crime rates at sea are much lower than on land. “Despite the fact that there is a high level of alcohol consumption, they have very low rates of violence, and that’s owing to the fact that there’s a large number of security personnel and even security cameras,” Fox said. “… Also the demographics of a cruise population is different than the general population. It tends to be more family population, elderly population. (There’s) not typically gang bangers on a cruise ship. “It’s not a cross-section of the general population, and that actually is in favor of cruise ships, in terms of safety.”…
Boston Globe: Northeastern’s 3-D printing lab is for all to use
The Boston Globe -- 06/10/2013
Along with researching papers or studying for exams, Northeastern University students will soon be able to go to the library and create their own iPhone cases or dorm room lamps. The school is opening a 3-D printing lab this fall within its library to give all students access to this trendy manufacturing technology, which has been tucked away in engineering and design labs. “This is a technology that’s moving out there,” said Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern. The ongoing evolution of 3-D printers — they are becoming smaller, cheaper, and easier to use — has prompted universities, high schools, and local governments to add these devices as their libraries push into the digital age. The modern library, Director said, is “not just a place where you store books, and information doesn’t just come in 2-D physical forms. Information comes in all sorts of forms. Now, it’s in 3-D.” 3-D printing is really more of a manufacturing operation than traditional printing. Using special software, professionals and tinkerers alike can design objects or random shapes, and the printer creates three-dimensional versions of them by extruding successive layers of plastic filament. Northeastern’s lab will be part of the school’s newly opened Digital Media Commons at Snell Library. The dozen or so machines will include full-size and smaller desktop printers, 3-D scanners, and laser cutters, from manufacturers such as MakerBot Industries LLC, whose Replicator 2 printer costs about $2,000. Many universities are ordering them, said Jenifer Howard, a spokeswoman for New York-based MakerBot. Overall demand for the printers has been so high that MakerBot opened a second factory last week. So far, it has sold more than 20,000 MakerBots, which are small enough to sit on a desk.
Sen. Warren: Congress must block student rate hike
USA Today -- 06/08/2013
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congressman John Tierney plan to join students and professors to highlight a July 1 deadline when the interest rate on federal students loans are set to double if Congress doesn’t act first. The interest rate on federal student loans is currently set at 3.4%. Warren and Tierney have introduced a bill intended to stop that rate from doubling. The bill would let students pay the same interest rate on their government loans that is offered to major banks. On Monday morning, Warren and Tierney are hosting an event at Northeastern University to discuss the potential rate hike. The two Democrats plan to meet with Northeastern President Joseph Aoun, teachers and students at the university’s visitor center. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.
New grads drawn to new businesses
The Boston Globe -- 06/07/2013
At Northeastern, Sean Casto said students from across the campus — from architecture to engineering — constantly talk about start-ups. He started his mobile-app company, PreApps.com, while in school and, with a small amount of seed funding, is running it out of a small Newbury Street office with two part-time employees and five college interns. Casto, 23, is well aware the odds are against him. But in the world of start-ups, failure is often synonymous with experience and could lead to the founding of another business or a job in a similar company. In the long run, he said, “you can’t succeed without failing.”…
Mind Meld! Top Brain-Controlled Techs
Discovery News -- 06/06/2013
Neuroscientists are racing to perfect brain-computer interfaces and as they do, the line between sci-fi and reality blurs. Iron Man exoskeletons, Matrix-style brain downloads and Vulcan mind-melds feel within reach. “I think nothing is impossible up front,” said Deniz Erdogmus, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University specializing in noninvasive brain-computer interfaces or BCI for short. He and his colleagues are developing a brain-controlled keyboard to help people with speech impairments communicate rapidly. While we’re not at Spock level yet, Erdogmus shares some of the most promising brain-controlled tech out there.