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To architecture students, President Aoun underscores shifts in education toward being personalized, robot-​​proof

During a pre­sen­ta­tion to an archi­tec­ture class on Monday, Pres­i­dent Aoun dis­cussed every­thing from how higher edu­ca­tion has changed in the past decade to the vision that brought the soon-​​to-​​be-​​completed Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex to life. Here are some high­lights from the conversation.

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.

Should tech companies warn consumers that their products could be addictive?

Amer­i­cans reach for their smart­phones dozens of times per day. North­eastern phi­los­ophy pro­fessor John Basl says that tech com­pa­nies should warn con­sumers about the poten­tially addic­tive nature of their prod­ucts. But he also notes that “the internet has opened up new avenues for social interaction.”

New professor uses 3-​​D bioprinting to explore vascular disease

Nowa­days, 3-​​D printed objects are ubiq­ui­tous, from toys to office sup­plies to coffee mugs. But new North­eastern fac­ulty member Guohao Dai is pio­neering this tech­nology to bring bio­engi­neering solu­tions to chal­lenges in vas­cular biology. Specif­i­cally, he’s 3-​​D bio­printing live tissue.

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.