What President Obama’s legacy will look like

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address this evening in Chicago. We asked four North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers to reflect on how Obama will be remem­bered, with a par­tic­ular focus on his impact on health­care, human rights, and Amer­ican culture.

Built for Northeastern

Gen­erate, the student-​​led product devel­op­ment studio, helps entre­pre­neurs in the North­eastern com­mu­nity advance their ven­tures by building pro­to­types based on their inno­v­a­tive ideas and con­cepts. “Our vision is to build, inspire, and edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of entre­pre­neurial product builders at North­eastern,” says Gen­erate exec­u­tive director Mina Iskarous.

How memories shape our perception of the present

New fac­ulty member J. Ben­jamin Hutchinson explores how our expe­ri­ences from the past influ­ence what we pay atten­tion to in the present. His find­ings could con­tribute to our under­standing of ADHD and other learning con­di­tions as well as lead to strate­gies to help people stay focused when attending to a task.

Alumni behind former IDEA venture receive $19M to take business to next level

Ben Anderson and Yin Wang, the co-​​founders of Amino, a mobile-​​based social ser­vice aimed at con­necting users with niche inter­ests, won’t rest until their product is in the hands of every single smartphone-​​wielding cus­tomer in the world. With the help of $19 mil­lion in recent funding, the startup just might achieve that goal.

New study finds 1 in 5 US gun owners obtained firearm without background check

The national survey, which was led by North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Miller and his col­leagues at Har­vard, also found that the share of gun owners who acquired firearms via pri­vate sale in the past two years without back­ground checks was sig­nif­i­cantly larger in states without laws reg­u­lating such purchases.

3Qs: What can we expect in the new congressional session?

The latest leg­isla­tive ses­sion is only hours old, but already wrought with con­tro­versy. Nicholas Beauchamp, an expert in U.S. pol­i­tics, says this is only the begin­ning, and advises onlookers to keep an eye out for ten­sion, dis­cord, and the deploy­ment of uncon­ven­tional polit­ical tac­tics over the coming year.

What’s next for sports, politics, and TV in 2017?

In the second install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries primed to make head­lines in the new year, North­eastern experts explain that Donald Trump will put “America first,” athlete-​​led social activism will heat up, and fran­chise reboots will take over your TV.