In The News
Sessions thinks harsher sentencing will stop the opioid epidemic. He’s wrong.
Mic -- 05/12/2017
Drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, a law professor at Northeastern University, told Politico the Trump administration’s plan to criminalize the nation’s drug crisis — combined with plans to cut funding for treatment and research — “will certainly make the situation much worse.”…
Why the long sleeves trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon
Fashion Magazine -- 05/11/2017
In short, the long and short of the sleeve trend is that there is no short of it. Nor is there any shortage of it. And it will be a long while before we see our hands again. According to Frances McSherry, fashion historian at Boston’s Northeastern University, there are many historical precedents for the extra-long sleeve. “The 12th- and 13th-century kirtles, cotes and surcotes had long sleeves that signified the wearers were of higher status because they could afford more fabric and a better tailor,” she says.
Is your non-verbal communication style ruining your job interviews?
Forbes -- 05/11/2017
For every interview you have, when your interviewer comes to greet you, ensure that you look them in the eye. In a study by Northeastern University, “Those who consistently made eye contact while speaking were considered more intelligent than those who did not.” It’s good to practice making eye contact. Get used to looking directly into people’s eyes when you first meet them. Notice the color of the other person’s eyes as an exercise. Pretty soon, this will become a natural habit…
‘Molecular prosthetics’ can replace missing proteins to treat disease
Science Daily -- 05/11/2017
Researchers have demonstrated that a small molecule can transport iron in human cells and live animals when proteins that normally do the same job are missing, a condition that often causes severe anemia in patients. Such “molecular prosthetics” might treat a host of incurable diseases caused by protein deficiencies, such as anemias, cystic fibrosis or certain types of heart disease. Researchers at the University of Illinois and collaborators at Harvard Medical School and Northeastern University will publish their work in the May 12 issue of the journal Science.
Addiction specialists blast Price comment on opioids
Politico -- 05/11/2017
Addiction specialists and public health officials on Thursday chided Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for belittling the use of medications considered the standard of care for the treatment of opioid addiction. Methadone users have faced stigma for decades, and Price’s statement “goes against decades of evidence that has been extremely difficult to translate into policy,” said Northeastern University health law professor Leo Beletsky. Obamacare made maintenance therapy an essential health benefit, but only 10 percent of those who need it get it, he said.
France is fighting photoshopped fashion. Sort of.
Vice -- 05/11/2017
A study conducted by the Model Alliance, a labor advocacy group for models, with researchers from Northeastern University and Harvard University found that 64.1 percent of a pool of models surveyed at New York’s Fashion Week had been asked to lose weight by their agencies, while 48.7 percent routinely fasted or restricted their diets to lose weight quickly before gigs and 31.2 percent said they had eating disorders.
How Twitter can predict flu outbreaks 6 weeks in advance
CNN -- 05/11/2017
A team from Northeastern University developed a new model to predict the spread of the flu in real time using Twitter. The researchers collected location data from more than 50 million tweets that contained words related to the flu, like coughing and vomiting. The data gave the researchers an idea of early flu activity around the country. “The initial conditions of an epidemic are very important. To make an analogy, you need to know where a hurricane is to reflect its future path,” Alessandro Vespignani, a professor at Northeastern and a coauthor of the paper, told CNNTech.
Biosensors could help improve autism diagnosis, treatments
Heathline -- 05/10/2017
Matthew Goodwin, PhD, an assistant professor at Northeastern University, tells Healthline that using data from wearable biosensors “can predict with about 79-80 percent accuracy based on the last three minutes of your physiology whether or not you are going to aggress to someone else or aggress to yourself” within the next minute. Goodwin presented his findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research in San Francisco.
Don’t use our brand
Inside Higher Ed -- 05/10/2017
Louisiana State University has asked its athletes not to wear the institution’s gear or use its “branding” if they share public opinions about the case of Alton Sterling, a black man whom Baton Rouge police fatally shot last year. Likely, LSU wanted to ensure athletes’ positions on the case wouldn’t be confused for the university’s, said Ari Cohn, director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Individual Rights Defense Program. Dan Lebowitz, executive director for the Center for the Study of Sport in Society, at Northeastern University, expressed a similar sentiment. LSU could enhance its brand by encouraging conversation about national problems, like the conversation around civil rights, Lebowitz said.
Advocates seek cross-reporting of abuse
Boston Globe -- 05/10/2017
On Tuesday, as part of Humane Lobby Day, animal advocates went to the State House to talk to legislators about animal welfare bills. One key provision they’re backing: a requirement that animal abuse be reported by human service agencies such as the Department of Children and Families, and that animal control officers report suspected abuse of children, the elderly, and the disabled. A Northeastern University study found that someone who has committed animal abuse is five times more likely to commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses.
Phoenix serial killings suspect: ‘I’m innocent’
Associated Press -- 05/10/2017
Police say Saucedo killed nine people and carried out 12 shootings from August 2015 to July 2016, gunning down victims after dark as they stood outside their homes or sat in their cars. Most of the killings were in a diverse, mostly Latino neighborhood. Jack Levin, a retired professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University in Boston and the author of several books on serial killings, said most serial killers are in their 30s and 40s and their crimes rarely involve guns. “Multiple homicides are much more likely to be committed by someone who is older, who has led a life of frustration over decades and has decided to get even with society,” Levin said.
Boston’s street art is hitting a growth spurt. Here’s the man behind it.
Boston Globe -- 05/10/2017
If it’s art, and it’s outdoors, Cedric Douglas either knows all about it — who made it, how it got there, and what it means — or he put it there himself. Last year, Douglas turned a bland wall at Northeastern University’s Behrakis Health Sciences Center into an explosion of colors and shapes, with a giant Tyrannosaurus rex at the heart of the mural. The project was part of the school’s public art initiative launched in 2014. Douglas also took dozens of people unfamiliar with street art on citywide tours of murals that are hiding in plain sight.