Northeastern alumna, a pioneering neuroscientist, named MacArthur Fellow

Beth Stevens, BPH’93, dis­cov­ered a key func­tion of microglia, a lesser-​​known type of brain cell, that is prompting a shift in thinking about brain devel­op­ment in healthy states as well as in neu­ro­log­ical dis­or­ders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor brings science to the art of persuasion

Assis­tant pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp has brought sci­ence to the art of crafting per­sua­sive text for things like adver­tise­ments and polit­ical talking points. A study found the algo­rithm he cre­ated gen­er­ated per­sua­sive text that shifted people’s opin­ions of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health­care law.

3Qs: When classic TV shows make a comeback

There’s a growing trend of reviving classic TV shows. So why can’t we resist watching when our favorite shows, like X-​​Files, from years ago return to TV? “It’s like vis­iting with old friends,” says asso­ciate pro­fessor of media and screen studies Joanne Morreale.