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In Slovenia, Northeastern students present research on international criminal tribunal

Inspired by an expe­ri­ence on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in 2014, a group of stu­dents exam­ined whether there is inherent bias in the Inter­na­tional Crim­inal Tri­bunal for the former Yugoslavia, which han­dles war crimes stem­ming from the con­flicts in the Balkans in the early 1990s.

Researchers challenge federal law in attempt to prevent ‘Big Data’ discrimination

Northeastern’s Alan Mis­love and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algo­rithms e-​​commerce and other web­sites use to ana­lyze user pro­file data, web-​​browsing choices, and other online infor­ma­tion may lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion. Now the ACLU has sued the gov­ern­ment on their and others’ behalf so they can con­tinue to do so without prosecution.

Northeastern community reflects on Pat Summitt’s historic legacy

Sum­mitt, who won eight national titles as head coach of the Ten­nessee women’s bas­ket­ball team, died Tuesday. Here, North­eastern fac­ulty and staff reflect on the life and legacy of Divi­sion 1 col­lege basketball’s win­ningest coach.

3Qs: SCOTUS rejects affirmative action challenge

In a win for affir­ma­tive action advo­cates, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a chal­lenge to a pro­gram at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas that con­siders race as a lim­ited factor in admis­sions deci­sions. Dan Urman, assis­tant teaching pro­fessor and director of the Doc­torate in Law and Policy pro­gram, exam­ines the court’s deci­sion and what it means for affir­ma­tive action.

The House sit-​​in: examining the political and cultural significance

Wednesday morning House Democ­rats, led by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, began a sit-​​in on the House floor demanding votes on gun-​​control leg­is­la­tion. C-​​SPAN picked up the live feeds that mem­bers streamed from their smart­phones after Repub­li­cans shut down the chamber. Here, North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers shed light on the sig­nif­i­cance of the protest and the role of social media in its impact.

Comfort dogs bring healing in times of tragedy

Twelve golden retrievers recently arrived in Orlando to bring com­fort to the sur­vivors and those grieving after the mass shooting at the gay night­club Pulse. Here, Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, who spe­cial­izes in the psy­chology of emo­tion, explains how dogs help bring our ner­vous sys­tems back into bal­ance and, at least tem­porarily, make us feel safe.

What Brexit could mean for Europe

The United Kingdom will hold a ref­er­endum on Thursday on whether Britain should leave the Euro­pean Union. If there is high voter turnout, “there is no ques­tion that the ‘remain’ side will easily win,” pre­dicts Northeastern’s Mai’a K. Davis Cross, an expert on Euro­pean pol­i­tics. Cross also cau­tions that a vote to leave could also “trigger the breakup of the United Kingdom.”