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  • Washington Post: Northeastern U. goes Northwest, hunting for master’s degree students

    The Washington Post -- 05/26/2013

    Why has Northeastern University opened two campuses in recent years far from its namesake geographic region? What would drive a well-regarded school in Boston to open branches in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) and the South (Charlotte, N.C.)? Northeastern, it turns out, is making a big play in master’s degrees. The university is a prime example of a trend toward the master’s illustrated in a story in Sunday’s Post. In 2004, Northeastern awarded 1,078 master’s degrees. By 2012, federal data show, the total had risen to 3,122. That’s a 190 percent increase. “The traditional two pillars for higher education have been undergraduate education and PhD research,” said Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun. But he said there is a vast market of professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills, including in Seattle and Charlotte. The master’s degree is the best way to help them, he said, with specialties in fields such as cybersecurity, health care and biotechnology.

  • Compassion Can Be Cultivated In The Brain, Study Finds

    Huffington Post -- 05/26/2013

    Of course, it shouldn’t be all too surprising that meditation boosts compassion in the brain. Past research — including a study published earlier this year by Harvard and Northeastern university researchers — shows that meditation can help to boost do-good behavior.  …

  • Collapsed bridge raises questions

    CNN -- 05/24/2013

    The Washington State bridge collapse reignites focus on the nation’s aging infrastructure. Dan Simon reports.  …

  • The Boy Scouts’ Half-Measure May Hasten the End of Discrimination

    Huffington Post -- 05/24/2013

    The compromise announced by the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday is untenable. And that is precisely why it’s good news. More than 60 percent of the organization’s national leadership voted to approve a policy ending discrimination against openly gay scouts while keeping in place the ban against gay adult leaders. With the BSA finally dragging itself into the late 20th century, can the 21st be far behind? The answer, I hope, is that the time to end discrimination has arrived. But it isn’t going to be accomplished without a lot of strife. As this story from the Associated Press makes clear, the organization seems likely to rip itself apart. Members of the homophobic religious right are already threatening to leave. John Stemberger, the founder of an anti-gay group called, went so far as to claim the BSA had caved in to “bullies” from Washington and Hollywood — a perniciously offensive twist given the bullying that many gay youths endure.

  • Stark prediction for aging bridges

    CNN -- 05/24/2013

    Homeland security expert Stephen Flynn says neglecting infrastructure may have dire consequences.  …

  • Northeastern University creates digital archive for marathon bombings -- 05/24/2013

    Researchers at Northeastern University are compiling a digital archive devoted to the Boston Marathon bombings, the university announced today in a statement. The “Our Marathon” project is sponsored by Northeastern’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, and will include photos, videos, and social media related to the attacks. The team will hold a series of public outreach events this summer to collect materials. The researchers are also exploring part­ner­ships with government officials, media orga­ni­za­tions, and other uni­ver­si­ties to expand the archive. Featured items include a tweet by the Boston Police Department announcing that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been captured, and a screenshot of a Facebook messageabout how the city had gone into lockdown. “This archive is really a way to help with healing process and pre­serve these mem­o­ries for the his­tor­ical record,” Ryan Cordell, an assis­tant pro­fessor of Eng­lish and Our Marathon’s project man­ager said in the statement. “We want to cap­ture as many mate­rials as we can that help tell the stories—not just the what hap­pened, but how people expe­ri­enced what happened.”…

  • New Economic Forecast Suggests Surge In Manufacturing

    WBUR -- 05/23/2013

    A new economic forecast released by the New England Economic Partnership offers an optimistic outlook for  Massachusetts and for the region as a whole over the next five years. Anchored by a projected rise in employment and deliberate but steady economic growth, the forecast points to a surge in manufacturing, of all things, as a catalyst. Guests Alan Clayton-Matthews, director of the New England Economic Partnership and an economist at Northeastern University.  …

  • Northeastern University announces $1 billion campaign -- 05/23/2013

    Northeastern University announced today that it is launching a campaign to raise $1 billion by 2017, according to a statement on the university’s website. The university said in the statement that it plans to fundraise $500 million in philanthropic donations and $500 mil­lion through gov­ern­ment and industry part­ner­ships. The “Empower” campaign will fund university-wide initiatives, particularly new co-op and research oppor­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents. “This his­toric cam­paign is about people empow­ering people,” Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun said in the statement. “Since 1898, we have cham­pi­oned inno­va­tion, entre­pre­neur­ship, ser­vice, and the inte­gra­tion of study and real world experience—a tra­di­tion rooted in our co-op pro­gram. Today these values are reflected in our global experiential education oppor­tu­ni­ties and use inspired research. Northeastern’s momentum has been extra­or­di­nary, and the best is yet to come.”…

  • Investigators review Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Twitter feed

    WCVB TV -- 05/23/2013

    Some of the messages are typical of a college-age teenager, talking about doing laundry and playing beer pong. But over time, Tsarnaev’s tweets are also evidence of a transformation. Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox analyzed Tsarnaev’s writings. “You see throughout these tweets a mixture of ordinary activities and partying for example,  yet a growing attachment to Islam, to Chechnya and a dislike and disdain for America,” said Fox. “What he was doing with his brother, allegedly in terms of preparing to bomb the marathon, was part of his life, not the totality of his life.”…

  • Lyme Research Alliance Awards $500,000 in Grants

    Newsday -- 05/22/2013

    With Lyme disease the fastest growing vector-borne illness in the nation, the urgency of advancing research is greater than ever before. Lyme Research Alliance is awarding half a million dollars to fund six promising studies to find a reliable diagnostic test and effective treatment options for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The Lyme Research Alliance (LRA), one of the nation’s leading private funders of Lyme disease research, today announced it will award six grants worth $500,000 to researchers focused on the epidemiology of, and treatment and cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The six grants were awarded to: Valeria C. Culotta, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD; Armin Alaedini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York; Ying Zhang, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD; Kim Lewis, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Director, Antimicrobial Discovery Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Alla Landa, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York, and Dr. Leticia Gutierrez, DVM, Ph.D. candidate, Biology Department, University of Missouri, St. Louis.  …