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Trump restores American trust with allies in the Middle East
The Epoch Times -- 05/25/2017
Trump did not mention “democracy” in the speech—he noted that he promised in his inaugural address that “America will not seek to impose our way of life on others”—and said his vision for those gathered together at the summit was one of peace, security, and prosperity. According to Max Abrahms, professor of political science at Northeastern University, “When Trump goes to the Muslim world and says he is a realist, that is very welcome news” to national leaders. The United States, Abrahms points out, has had a history of trying to overthrow regimes that don’t share our ideology. Realism does not base policy on spreading an ideology.
Dining halls at Harvard and Stanford are using their kitchens as ‘living laboratories’ to change the eating habits of students
Business Insider -- 05/25/2017
Northeastern, which feeds 20,000 people a day, has gone even further. Its community is already consuming 25% more produce, twice the whole grains, 30% less sodium, and 10% less soda. The Boston-based university is also tackling food waste. Starting this fall, dining halls will no longer feature trays. “Right now, all students are on an all-you-care-to-eat model, so they tend to pile up stuff on their trays that they often don’t eat,” says Maureen Timmons, Northeastern’s Director of Dining Services. The hope is that going tray-less will lead to less excess. Northeastern is also experimenting with signs in dining halls that will remind students to take only what they can eat.
From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads
Associated Press -- 05/25/2017
Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, told graduates of Boston’s Northeastern University to combat the “assault on the truth” by some world leaders. “To all of you: Be the generation that changes this toxic brew of polarization and partisanship that we’re drowning in and that threatens to destroy our civilizations and our democracies and our societies. Bad things do happen when good people do nothing, so let us all be good people determined to do something.” Amanpour, who has covered major conflicts around the world, added that students shouldn’t fear compromise.
Jeff Sessions says renewing the war on drugs will also reduce violent crime. Experts aren’t so sure.
The Trace -- 05/24/2017
Drugs do, in fact, fuel crime. Dealers often turn to violence to carve out territories and enforce loyalty. And chronic drug users sometimes turn to crime to support their habits. But research has shown that boosting drug crime prosecutions often does not lead to a reduction in violent crime — and that in some instances, it can actually spark more of it. “It’s pretty clear that there’s a correlation between drug arrests, crackdowns on drug markets and increase in violent crimes,” said Leo Beletsky, a professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University. “[But] the relationship is not inverse, as law enforcement would claim, but symbiotic — one causes the other, or at least they go hand-in-hand.”…
How social ties make us resilient to trauma
The Conversation -- 05/23/2017
Once again we find ourselves mourning the loss of innocents and wondering how our societies can find normalcy in a world of suicide attacks, car rammings and mass shootings. Many pundits have already called for the United Kingdom and other societies to increase their levels of security, add more police officers and install security personnel, bag checks and metal detectors in public places. Hardening our society is one way to make us more resilient to hazards – that is, to allow us to bounce back from adversity more quickly. But we cannot armor our societies against all threats.
Warby Parker co-founders tell new grads it’s fine to make it up as you go along
Fast Company -- 05/23/2017
Before Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa started Warby Parker with their fellow cofounders Jeff Raider and Andy Hunt, they felt the way a lot of new grads do: extremely well-educated in a narrow range of really specific things. “Three of us had management consulting and finance backgrounds, and the other came from a nonprofit,” Gilboa told Northeastern University’s graduate-degree recipients in a commencement address with Blumenthal earlier this month.
Fearless, defiant, detested: Meet the Boston jaywalker
Boston Globe -- 05/23/2017
“Boston is without question the most lawless city when it comes to pedestrians,” said Peter Furth, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University. “It’s an annoying thing, but that is not the cause of our fatalities.” He said that Walsh’s comments that pedestrians should remove their headphones and quit darting in and out of traffic are undercut by data that show that at least four of the 15 pedestrians killed in Boston last year were older than 65. Two others were children under 3. “The idea that pedestrians jaywalking makes for an unsafe environment is not borne out by the data,” Furth said.
Don’t tune out the Gardner Museum’s new sound art installations
Boston Magazine -- 05/23/2017
The public installation “Harmonic Conduits” connects two of these urban landscapes through their sounds. Ruggles Station and Haley House Bakery Café in Lower Roxbury each have the sounds of their environments recorded, and then transmitted to each other through “tuning tubes” and played aloud live. Additionally, sounds from Northeastern University’s campus will play at the Roxbury side of Ruggles station. “Harmonic Conduits” is a collaboration between the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Northeastern University, Haley House Bakery Café, and the MBTA, and it was created by sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger.
Echo from Boston bombings: Stay strong, Manchester
CNN -- 05/23/2017
As someone who has not been personally affected by a terrorist attack, I would not presume to give advice to the people of Manchester on this terrible day after. But as a resident of the Boston area — and one among the thousands who rallied to the side of our city in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings — I have some thoughts about how a community can come together after a tragedy like this, writes Dan Kennedy, associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.
Trump’s budget makes it official: He’s doing little to nothing about the opioid epidemic
Vox -- 05/23/2017
More broadly, Trump has done nothing to address the structural issues behind drug addiction — the poverty, joblessness, deteriorating communities, and other common contributors to despair that lead to drug addiction. “If you look at overall public health trends, there are a lot of things like alcohol use and suicide that have increased in concert with opioid use,” said Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University. “That speaks to underlying, larger problems.”…
Superior Court judge at center of St. Paul’s scandal
Boston Globe -- 05/23/2017
Daniel Medwed, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law, said that Gordon could not be faulted for aiming to protect a client’s reputation, as long as he did not break laws or cross ethical boundaries. But he said the very notion that Gordon worked for the school as an outside counsel erases any possibility that he could have conducted an independent investigation. “You might have some inherent conflict because the person writing the checks, the school, might have a self-interest in the [investigation] coming out in a certain way,” he said. “That means your independence is inherently compromised.”…
Local researchers hope to have Lyme antibodies available by 2020
Fox 25 -- 05/23/2017
This research might be good news for the public, but some Lyme patients have felt let down by the medical community, saying the disease is often misdiagnosed. There is also some frustration that a vaccine has been available for dogs for years. Northeastern University professor Brandon Dionne, who studies the pharmaceutical industry, said a human vaccine was pulled about 15 years ago when some patients experienced bad side effects and demand dried up.