3Qs: What a sham(e)—how to filter out fake news

The spread of fake news on Face­book has sud­denly become a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking vic­tory in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that mis­in­for­ma­tion on social media swung the elec­tion are van­ish­ingly small.”

Healthcare nonprofit works to ‘seed’ next generation of doctors, nurses

Vanessa Kerry, a global health­care rev­o­lu­tionary, dis­cussed the ins and outs of her inno­v­a­tive non­profit Seed Global Health at the latest install­ment of the Women Who Empower Speaker Series on Tuesday evening. “We think this is the new face of diplo­macy,” Kerry said. “We are com­mitted to raising the next gen­er­a­tion of well-​​trained doc­tors and nurses who can be agents of change for their countries.”

3Qs: Should the Electoral College be abolished?

Donald Trump won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion but nar­rowly lost the pop­ular vote, prompting some to ques­tion whether the Elec­toral Col­lege is good for democ­racy. William Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus of polit­ical sci­ence, calls the Elec­toral Col­lege a “ter­rible system that has no place in an age where democ­racy is ascendant.”

Post-​​election forum examines media’s campaign coverage

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff con­vened on Wednesday after­noon to dis­cuss the results of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Dis­cus­sion topics ranged from the cred­i­bility of the nation’s leading poll­sters to the freedom of the press under a Trump admin­is­tra­tion, but talk fre­quently returned to the media’s cov­erage of one of the dirt­iest polit­ical cam­paigns in the nation’s history.

New professor builds applications that combat cyberattacks

For net­work secu­rity expert Alina Oprea, col­lab­o­ra­tion is the solu­tion to stop­ping future cyber­at­tacks. “People in gov­ern­ment, acad­emia, and industry have the exper­tise to address dif­ferent parts of the problem,” she explains, “but we need to work together in order to have a broader impact.”

Would Abraham Lincoln have voted for Trump or Clinton?

To ease the ten­sion of Elec­tion Day, we asked seven fac­ulty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate a quirky thought exper­i­ment that chal­lenged each of them to con­sider how one well known but long dead person in their respec­tive fields would have voted in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occa­sion­ally hilarious.

It’s Homecoming week: Here’s what’s happening on campus

Home­coming has some­thing for everyone, from the sports fan and music afi­cionado to the polit­ical junkie and community-​​conscious human­i­tarian. Here is a day-​​by-​​day run­down of activ­i­ties and events for the entire week.

Northeastern, US Navy team up for ‘idea hackathon’

The U.S. Navy has turned to North­eastern for its exper­tise in dig­ital sto­ry­telling and data ana­lytics to iden­tify new ways to com­mu­ni­cate the Navy expe­ri­ence to mil­len­nials. Stu­dent coders, designers, and sto­ry­tellers can par­tic­i­pate in the inter­ac­tive hackathon, with prizes for the win­ners. The dead­line to sign up to par­tic­i­pate is today.

New book examines the emotional power of Emily Dickinson’s poetry

In her new book, Eng­lish pro­fessor Mary Loef­fel­holz argues that Emily Dickinson’s poems con­tinue to live on in the hearts and minds of readers due largely to their ability to com­fort those in times of sorrow. “She was a master of extending con­so­la­tion and recog­ni­tion to people in the wake of death,” Loef­fel­holz explains, “a master of acknowl­edging it, grieving it, and expressing it.”

Students, faculty praise global experience at Dialogue of Civilizations Fair

The most amazing thing I have ever done.” That’s how senior Christa Blomquist described her Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in Ice­land. At Thursday’s annual dia­logue fair, she was among the stu­dents and fac­ulty who extolled the virtues of living, working, and studying in an unfa­miliar country.