More than 11,000 athletes are competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, showcasing their superior skill in nearly 40 different sports. We asked Rachel Rodgers, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, to define the concept of greatness and explain how everyday people might tap into their own greatness, regardless of wealth, fame, or skill set.
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Over the past two weeks, courts in five states have ruled against voter ID and proof-of-citizenship laws, citing their discriminatory impact on minorities. Martha Davis, law professor and human rights expert, says that the court rulings will likely favor the Democrats, particularly in the swing states where restrictive voter laws have been struck down.
The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.
The 2016 Summer Olympics are finally here, opening this week in Rio de Janeiro amid a plethora of concerns, including the Zika virus, water contamination, and civil unrest. Here, Olympics expert and associate teaching professor Philip D’Agati explains what we can expect and says of the city, “Their planning hasn’t been that bad.”
With news last week that money raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge helped fund breakthroughs in ALS research, we asked assistant professor of marketing Yakov Bart how social media has helped to elevate successful viral campaigns, and why Snapchat could be the future platform for those campaigns.
Career services excellence, faculty research, and a graduate who is visually-impaired and has completed more than 30 triathlons are among our selection of tweets from the Northeastern community this week.
Russia this week played a leading role in the conversation about the U.S. presidential race, from its alleged role in hacking Democratic National Committee emails to Donald Trump’s comments that he hoped the country had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email. We asked Ryan Maness, an expert in Russian foreign policy and international cyberconflict and security, to examine what this could mean for the dynamic between the two nations.
“I came to Northeastern to study computer vision, and how they can look at an image or video and understand what it is looking at. For example, having a computer […]
A score of Twitter users were banned by the social media service last week for hurling a spate of vile remarks at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. To find out how online anonymity affects the way people act toward each other and what social media sites like Twitter could do to curb targeted attacks, we turned to Northeastern assistant professor Joseph Reagle, an expert on internet trolling.
Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. The media tycoon resigned on Thursday, just two weeks after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment. Here, Dan Kennedy, associate professor and a nationally known media commentator, talks about Ailes’ swift downfall and predicts that it “will stand as yet another milestone in the shift from traditional forms of media to digital.”
Susan Gold says playing Pokémon Go has “expanded her world” and triggered her journey to discover much more about her neighborhood and the city of Boston. Here, Gold, professor of the practice in the game design program and founder of Global Game Jam, explains how Pokémon Go has “broken the mold” and predicts where the technology is headed.
Northeastern’s new residence hall, data science research, and co-op love are among our selection of tweets from the Northeastern community this week.