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  • BitTorrent study challenges videogame piracy misconceptions

    Wired -- 05/16/2013

    A large-scale analysis of BItTorrent file-sharing of videogames has shown that the number of illicit digital copies is not as high as reported by industry trade organisations. Anders Drachen from the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University and the PLAIT Lab at Northeastern University as well as Robert Veitch from the Department of IT Management at Copenhagen Business School analysed a the filesharing of some 173 computer games over a three-month period between 2010 and 2011.

  • Northeastern U. Goes Smoke-Free — Inside And Out

    WBUR -- 05/16/2013

    WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports that starting this fall, Northeastern University will join a growing number of college campuses that are smoke-free, both inside and out. Northeastern Dean of Health Sciences Terry Fulmer says going smoke-free will save student’s lives. “If you smoke when you’re younger, you’re more likely to be addicted for life,” Fulmer said. “So now is our opportunity to help them not get in a habit that will potentially be fatal.” Northeastern will use peer pressure and a campus education campaign — as opposed to penalties — to enforce the new policy. There’s a free smoking cessation program for students and most faculty and staff can enroll through their insurance plan. Dean Fulmer says she does expect the ban on smoking to affect admissions.

  • Northeastern University says it’s readying to butt out

    Metro Boston -- 05/16/2013

    The university formally announced Tuesday that it will be among the first colleges in the Boston area to implement a campus-wide ban on smoking. While other Greater Boston colleges ban smoking within so many feet of a building or just on their medical campuses, Northeastern’s new policy bans smoking on all campus grounds. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm and I think people basically understand this is a public health service,” said Terry Fulmer, dead of the university’s Bouve College of Health Sciences. Fulmer also co-chaired the 10-person committee that examined instituting a smoke-free campus policy.

  • Northeastern University announces plans to adopt a smoke-free policy for fall 2013 -- 05/16/2013

    Northeastern University plans to adopt a smoke-free policy for the upcoming fall semester, according to an e-mail sent today to the university community. Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Terry Fulmer wrote that last month, a committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff, proposed that the university adopt a smoke-free policy for the fall 2013. The proposal has been approved, she wrote. “I am pleased to tell you that we have received approval to move forward,” she wrote. “We will announce this policy change tomorrow; I wanted to share the news with you in advance.” Fulmer also said the policy demonstrates the university’s dedication to the health of its community members.

  • How Facebook Used Science To Design More Emotional Emoticons

    Popsci -- 05/16/2013

    In 1872, Charles Darwin published The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, a book that cataloged emotional expressions in humans and their link to the animal world. In the book, Darwin described more than 50 universal emotions. Now Facebook, with the help of a psychologist who studies emotions and a Pixar illustrator, has turned some of the emotions Darwin described in the 19th century into a set of emoticons. The hope: to create emoticons that better capture the vast range of human emotion. “This all began we were looking at the kind of issues people were reporting to Facebook,” Facebook engineer Arturo Bejar tells Popular Science. “The reports had to do with things Facebook didn’t need to act on, but things people should address–what should happen when you say something that’s upsetting to me or put up a photo I didn’t like?” Around that time, he met Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley who studies emotions and social interaction, and invited him to become a scientific partner with Facebook in early 2012, “getting people to be kinder and more polite to make for more compassionate communication,” as Keltner describes. They started looking at how compassion research could help Facebook address the kind of interpersonal conflicts the company saw emerge in issue reporting. When people inserted a little more emotion into their messages asking friends to take down photos, Facebook found, the friend was more likely to respond or comply rather than just ignore the message.

  • A Proposal to Make the Micro Apartment a Little More Livable

    The Atlantic Cities -- 05/16/2013

    Micro apartments are rapidly becoming the favorite affordable housing solution for young professionals and moderate-income renters in high-cost, crowded cities like New York and San Francisco. But the reality of living in less than 400 square feet is seldom as charming as all those pictures of custom Swedish furniture suggest. The reality looks more like this: Your bed is also your dining table. Your bathroom would fit on an airplane. And you can never invite your friends over for drinks. So how do you turn the micro apartment into something more humane (without, that is, exponentially driving up the costs that make micro apartments necessary in the first place)? One model has been to try to create shared common spaces. Sure, you don’t have a living room, but there’s an all-purpose lounge in the basement!…

  • Northeastern University students offer a vision for a Dudley Square parcel -- 05/16/2013

    With all the work happening in and around Roxbury’s Dudley Square, three Northeastern University students have created their own vision for a parcel in the neighborhood. Ryan Matthew, Mark Munroe, and Chris Marciano, all recent graduates of the university’s undergraduate architecture program, designed a series of buildings for the neighborhood that they think can provide affordable housing for young professionals, space for the community’s many families, and even a few luxury lofts.

  • Boston scientists earn Hughes Institute investigator status

    Boston Globe -- 05/16/2013

    It’s well known that Massachusetts fights above its weight when it comes to science. It rakes in more biomedical research funding per capita from the National Institutes of Health than any other state. A recent paper by Northeastern University scientists analyzed citations in scientific papers and found that Boston is the leading city in the production and consumption of physics research worldwide.

  • Board seeks to ease veterans’ transition to the classroom

    Boston Globe -- 05/16/2013

    When Marine Corps heavy machine gunner Erik DeGiorgi returned to his native Plymouth in 2005, the South Shore town seemed nearly as foreign as the endless valleys his unit cleared in Afghanistan. “I had changed. I didn’t know how to even communicate with my friends and family here,” he said. “Our unit in Afghanistan, we were the first ones there. Our job was to push north and gain territory, and it was just day-to-day. Coming back was an extreme change and I didn’t know how to deal with it . . . I was hugely adrift.” But on Saturday, DeGiorgi stood at a podium in front of fellow veterans and high-level political leaders as an Ivy League student, a successful entrepreneur, and the point person of a new state initiative to help Massachusetts’s roughly 8,500 student veterans.

  • In Mass., only 1 in 4 teens expected to land a job this summer

    The Berkshire Eagle -- 05/16/2013

    The economy is moving toward recovery, but summer job prospects for the state’s youngest workers are dismal. The number of teens with jobs in Massachusetts fell 28 percent between 1999 and 2012. This summer, only one in four teens between the ages of 16 and 19 is projected to find a job, according to a report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University.