Researchers find racial, gender bias in online freelance marketplaces

In the “gig economy,” where algo­rithms drive matches between workers and cus­tomers, hiring someone should be bias free, right? Not so, according to new research led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson. The find­ings sug­gest racial and gender biases exhib­ited by two promi­nent online free­lance mar­ket­places, TaskRabbit and Fiverr.

Squid-​​inspired electronic screens: How one professor builds tech solutions that replicate nature

Assis­tant pro­fessor Leila Deravi takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to inves­ti­gating the pro­teins that drive com­plex bio­log­ical sys­tems and building mate­rials in the lab that repli­cate those sys­tems. Among her research projects are optical dis­plays inspired by squids and a face cream that strengthens skin pro­teins to reduce wrinkles.

Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

Rare book from Northeastern archives selected for ‘illuminated manuscripts’ display

A Dominican Prayer Book, cre­ated in the 15th cen­tury, from the North­eastern archives joins man­u­scripts span­ning the 9th to the 17th cen­turies in “the largest exhibit of pre-​​1600 man­u­scripts ever mounted in North America.” Stu­dents in a “His­tory of Books” class helped deter­mine the date of the book’s cre­ation, notes Gior­dana Mecagni, above, head of spe­cial col­lec­tions at Northeastern.

3Qs: Advice for handling strong emotions post-​​election

Psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett pro­vides per­spec­tive on the inten­sity of our emo­tions this elec­tion season, how the cam­paign might affect us psy­cho­log­i­cally over the long term, and how we can regain our equi­lib­rium as indi­vid­uals and as a nation.

New student: ‘Discipline of dance formed my character’

Nicole Szom­stein, SSH’21, never stops moving, whether she’s lending her exper­tise to Bal­letRox, a dance school ded­i­cated to bringing the art­form to Boston youth or double majoring in polit­ical sci­ence and jour­nalism at Northeastern.

3Qs: Creating the world’s largest marine preserve and what it means for fishing, climate research

Last week, an agree­ment was reached by 24 nations and the Euro­pean Union to estab­lish the world’s largest marine pro­tected area, in the Ross Sea in Antarc­tica. The area, which […]

Researchers link Facebook activity to living longer

Northeastern’s William R. Hobbs and col­leagues sug­gest that Face­book use is asso­ci­ated with longer life, par­tic­u­larly if the time spent online is mod­erate and the user’s online activ­i­ties reflect strong social inter­ac­tions in the offline world.

Researchers tracking Ebola’s spread win first Aspen Institute Italia Award

[alt blurb:] North­eastern pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani led an inter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tive effort to track the spread of Ebola in Liberia. The Aspen Insti­tute award, Vespig­nani says, “is intended to foster the idea of sci­ence without bor­ders, sci­ence as a global endeavor. Its themes align closely with those of Northeastern.”

Structure of the brain’s ‘marijuana receptor’ revealed

New research by an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team, including Northeastern’s Alexan­dros Makriyannis, reveals how THC—the psy­choac­tive ingre­dient in marijuana—gets into brain cells. The find­ings open the door to the devel­op­ment of new med­ica­tions, free from side effects, for con­di­tions from pain and obe­sity to neu­ro­log­ical dis­eases and addiction.