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NUPD chief: National shootings ‘disturbing,’ but present opportunity to form stronger bonds between police and communities

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Chief of Police Michael Davis has been a part of a range of efforts and ini­tia­tives at the national level exam­ining law enforce­ment prac­tices, par­tic­u­larly those involving race and policing.

Student climbing his way through American Ninja Warrior

North­eastern stu­dent and cham­pion climber Josh Levin zipped through the opening round of Amer­ican Ninja War­rior. Tonight, he’ll be on campus for a viewing party with the North­eastern com­mu­nity as NBC airs the show’s Los Angeles finals, in which Levin com­peted. Here, Levin, who’s won nearly 20 climbing national cham­pi­onships, describes how he aced the first Amer­ican Ninja War­rior course.

Witness videos and the conversation about race and policing

Police in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Ster­ling on Tuesday. A day later, police in Min­nesota fatally shot Phi­lando Castile. Both men were black. And both shoot­ings were cap­tured in grisly videos by bystanders—videos that quickly cir­cu­lated on social media. Here, law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey talks about the role tech­nology now plays in influ­encing the con­ver­sa­tion about race and policing, and the con­sti­tu­tional right of cit­i­zens to record law enforce­ment in public.

Professor explores diplomacy nuance in new book

Pro­fessor Mary Thompson-​​Jones knows the intri­ca­cies of diplo­macy oper­a­tions, with more than two decades of expe­ri­ence in for­eign policy. In her new book, To the Sec­re­tary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s For­eign Policy Dis­con­nect, she explores the intri­ca­cies exposed by the 2010 Wik­iLeaks scandal.

3Qs: Trapped in social media ‘echo chambers’

Social media has become a go-​​to plat­form for people to express their opin­ions on the hot topics of the day. But in many cases, people are sharing those thoughts with those who have sim­ilar opin­ions. Here, assis­tant pro­fessor Brooke Fou­cault Welles explains how this trend cor­re­lates to offline debates.

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.