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Study finds human trafficking is judged unevenly by law, public

In the first-​​ever report on the effi­cacy of the nation’s anti-​​human traf­ficking efforts, co-​​authored by North­eastern crim­i­nol­o­gist Amy Far­rell, researchers found that com­pre­hen­sive laws that invested in fiscal and human resources—not harsher crim­inal penalties—increased arrests and prosecutions.

How to follow through on learning a new skill in the new year

Whether it’s learning to speak a new lan­guage or play a new instru­ment, Susan Ambrose, Northeastern’s senior vice provost for under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion and expe­ri­en­tial learning, sug­gests a step-​​by-​​step approach for broad­ening your horizons.

Researchers launch a new model of healthcare that links nursing and dentistry

Asso­ciate pro­fessor Maria Dolce, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Har­vard School of Dental Med­i­cine, is bringing nursing and dental stu­dents together to put into prac­tice the role that oral health plays in overall health.

Who guided the national discussion on Ferguson?

New research from two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors shows that in the days fol­lowing Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, everyday citizens—not politi­cians, celebri­ties, or other promi­nent public figures—were the ones who, using Twitter, shaped the national dialogue.

3Qs: Debating the ethics of Rolling Stone’s controversial ‘El Chapo’ interview

Rolling Stone on Sat­urday pub­lished an article by Oscar-​​winning actor and activist Sean Penn that sparked a national debate about jour­nal­istic ethics. We spoke with John Wihbey, an assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media at North­eastern, who exam­ines the inter­view with noted Mex­ican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, visualized

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday deliv­ered the final State of the Union address of his two-​​term pres­i­dency. To pro­vide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp, an expert on U.S. pol­i­tics and polit­ical method­ology who has devel­oped a new method to visu­alize the lan­guage and themes of polit­ical speeches.