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  • Immigration Reform In Jeopardy?

    Huffington Post -- 04/24/2013

    In the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings, numerous politicians are calling the Gang of 8’s push for immigration reform into question. What lessons can advocates learn from 2001? Hosted by: Alicia Menendez Guests: Christopher Bail @chris_bail (Ann Arbor, MI) Assistant Professor of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill David Leopold @DavidLeopold (Cleveland, OH) General Counsel and Past President of American Immigration Lawyers Association Elise Foley @elisefoley (Washington, DC) HuffPost Politics and Immigration Reporter Shari Robertson & Michael Camerini @HDWN (New York, NY)Documentary Filmmakers Stephen E. Flynn (Boston, MA) Founding Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security and Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University.

  • Here’s How Little Math Americans Actually Use at Work

    The Atlantic -- 04/24/2013

    Remember sitting through high school math class while the teacher droned on about polynomial equations and thinking there wasn’t a chance you’d ever use any of it in life? Well, if you’re like most Americans, chances are your 17-year-old self was absolutely correct. As it turns out, less than a quarter of U.S. workers report using math any more complicated than basic fractions and percentages during the course of their jobs. The graphs below are based on survey data compiled by Northeastern University sociologist Michael Handel. Handel surveyed about 2,300 workers first from 2004 through 2006, then again between 2007 and 2009. The catchall category of “any more advanced” math includes algebra through calculus. And as you can see, most workers aren’t doing a whole lot of high-level computations.

  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy—At Work

    U.S. News & World Report -- 04/22/2013

    Avoid the negative. There’s nothing more demoralizing than negative talk at the office. Whether such grousing is fueled bypolitics or gossip, no good can come of it. Lynne Sarikas, executive director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University, suggests steering clear of being sucked in by nattering nabobs. “Some people just have to have something to complain about and will always find a new grievance to air to anyone who will listen,” she says. “Don’t fuel their fire. Don’t have more contact with them than absolutely necessary.”  …

  • What Does Modern Prejudice Look Like?

    NPR -- 04/22/2013

    In each case, however, Banaji, Greenwald and DiTomaso might argue, we strengthen existing patterns of advantage and disadvantage because our friends, neighbors and children’s classmates are overwhelmingly likely to share our own racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. When we help someone from one of these in-groups, we don’t stop to ask: Whom are we not helping? Banaji tells a story in the book about a friend, Carla Kaplan, now a professor at Northeastern University. At the time, both Banaji and Kaplan were faculty members at Yale. Banaji says that Kaplan had a passion — quilting. “You would often see her, sitting in the back of a lecture, quilting away, while she listened to a talk,” Banaji says. In the book, Banaji writes that Kaplan once had a terrible kitchen accident.

  • The Role of Strategic Thinking in Legal Training

    The New York Law Journal -- 04/22/2013

    Leaders of law firms and law schools today find themselves relentlessly focused on where law practice is headed. If they are not building structures that prepare aspiring professionals to thrive over several decades, then they are not doing their jobs. Yet such leaders must readily acknowledge that their own careers within the legal profession offered insufficient formal training in the skills and habits needed to plan strategy for the world of 2025 and beyond. For those entering the profession today, this is one of many aspects of core preparation that absolutely must change. As the path to professional success is re-imagined, the starting point for lawyers hoping to flourish is that they be responsive to client needs and sensitive to public values. The question is how can new lawyers both within law schools and law firms be best trained to ensure that client concerns are paramount and that an appreciation for the public good informs legal advice. Of course, the hallmarks of great lawyering will always remain: knowledge of the law, rigorous analysis, strong listening skills, and clarity of written and oral communication. However, more is needed to educate tomorrow’s first-rate professionals. Indeed, challenging and imaginative education in school and at work constitutes the best solution to the current struggles confronting our profession and America’s law schools. Here are some ways to improve lawyer training.  …

  • Four things Boston teaches us about handling terror

    CNN -- 04/22/2013

    Editor’s note: Stephen Flynn is founding co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security and a professor of political science at Northeastern University. The views expressed are his own. The twin bombings at the Boston marathon and the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers captivated the nation last week.  Nearly a dozen years after 9/11, a great American city was once again under attack. The response by Bostonians was to care for the wounded, support efforts by law enforcement to identify and apprehend the culprits, and take back their lives. As Fenway Park roared back to live on Saturday, fans armed with “Boston Strong” signs, cheered on their home team who had swapped out “Red Sox” for “Boston” on their uniforms. The people of Boston have shown the nation how to cope with the new face of terrorism. “Boston is a tough and resilient town,” President Barack Obama rightly observed, and resilience is the critical ingredient for confronting this ongoing risk. Terrorism’s primary appeal for an adversary is its potential to cause the targeted society to overreact in costly, disruptive, and self-destructive ways.  So when an attack is met with fearlessness, selflessness, and competence, it fails. The British and Israelis have learned this lesson and practice it. As an Israeli friend reminded me shortly after the bombs went off on the finish line of the Boston marathon: “The most effective way to cope (with) and to beat terror is to return as fast as you can to routine.”…

  • Boston Lockdown ‘Extraordinary’ But Prudent, Experts Say

    NPR -- 04/22/2013

    “The payoff to the would-be terrorists is the most disruption you can get,” says Stephen Flynn, who directs Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. “So on the one hand, you’re trying to obviously safeguard life and property. On the other, you want to make sure that you’re not creating, essentially, future motivation for follow-on attacks to take place because [of] the possibility [that] if you carry out one of these horrific acts, you can shut down a major city.” Flynn says he also believes officials made the right call given the circumstances, noting there is no rule book for dealing with armed individuals who may be carrying explosives.

  • Parkinson’s disease ‘cure’ is shot up the nose

    Daily Mirror -- 04/22/2013

    A possible cure to Parkinson’s disease has been developed to be taken through sufferers’ noses. The devastating disorder is caused by the death of dopamine neurons in a key area of the brain. But a gene that restores and protects dopamine can halt Parkinson’s if administered direct to the brain. It was thought this was only possible by surgical injection. But now a team at Dr Barbara Waszczak’s lab at Northeastern University in Boston has come up with a nasal treatment. Rats given the therapy  carried on producing a protein nourishing dopamine for long periods, avoiding the need for redosing. Dr Waszczak’s said it “may provide an effective and non-invasive” therapy. Parkinson’s, which leads to tremors, affects more than one per cent of over-60s. Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, 71, was diagnosed with the disease in 1984.  …

  • Agony, Ecstasy, Irony: The Fight For The Soul Of College A Cappella

    NPR -- 04/22/2013

    Saturday night at Town Hall in New York, the Nor’easters of Northeastern University in Boston were crowned national champions at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), the entirely real battle dramatized in last summer’s surprise hit Pitch Perfect. On the same night, the organizers announced from the stage that 19 Entertainment, which produces American Idol, was creating a reality series following the groups through the competition. And NBC has announced that it’s bringing back The Sing-Off, its a cappella series that was previously believed to be dead. Thus, the Saturday night competition took place while this style of music is having a bit of a moment, from which its advocates didn’t shy away — “This is the real Pitch Perfect,” went the on-stage introduction.

  • The Greenest Colleges: 2013 Princeton Review List

    Huffington Post -- 04/22/2013

    With a nod to Earth Day, the Princeton Review has released its guide to 322 of the greenest colleges in the United States, with help from the Center for Green Schools at at the U.S. Green Building Council. Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing, said in a release that students have increasingly considered colleges’ environmental footprints before committing to a school. “Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said. The guide celebrates the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the country, making honorable mention of the top 21, which are included in the slideshow below.