After much speculation, the Federal Reserve on Thursday announced that it would hold the line on U.S. interest rates, which have not increased in nearly a decade. Professor William Dickens, chair of the Department of Economics, discusses the Fed’s decision and what it all means.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman overturned New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension imposed by the NFL—and which Commissioner Roger Goodell later upheld—stemming from the “Deflategate” […]
Beyond the physical destruction Hurricane Katrina caused along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, the storm ultimately led to widespread human rights violations, according to Amnesty International. Political science professor Thomas Vicino holds forth on the issues former Gulf Coast residents continue to face today.
A decade after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, Northeastern professor Stephen Flynn examines how the catastrophic event vaulted our ability to recover from natural disasters into a national priority.
The death of a 2-year-old foster child in Auburn, Massachusetts, in August drew widespread attention to the state’s troubled child welfare system. Professors Elise Dallimore and Christie Rizzo address the criticism leveled at the Department of Children and Families and what changes should be made to improve the foster care system.
The stock market index plummeted more than 1,000 points moments after trading opened on Monday, and then drastically fluctuated throughout the day. Financial expert Jeffery Born explains the catalyst for “Black Monday” and what it means for you.
Civil rights activist Julian Bond, who co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as chairman of the NAACP for 22 years, died on Saturday at the age of 75. An […]
A recent outbreak of blue-green algae in the Charles River prompted officials to issue a health advisory. Here, water quality expert Ferdi Hellweger explains how this setback could impact the efforts to make the Charles River swimmable.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern, explains why misconceptions about emotion persist, how our emotional brains change as we age, and the role of context in what we feel.
Amílcar Barreto—an expert in Puerto Rican politics and an associate professor in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities—weighs in on the cash-poor island’s debt crisis and its impact on the 2016 presidential election.
Jonathan Kaufman, the new director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism, holds forth on what attracted him to the university, which media organizations journalism students should follow on Twitter, and what makes the best news stories.
Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first offshore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assistant professor who studies offshore wind structures, holds forth on the environmental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-resistant offshore wind turbines.
Public health law expert Wendy Parmet recently co-authored an article in the New England Journal of Medicine exploring the evolving landscape of vaccination policy. Here, she discusses what could come from a recently adopted law in California.
The NFL on Tuesday upheld Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension. School of Law professor Roger Abrams talks about what could come next on the legal landscape, and predicts “the beginning of the end” of Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL commissioner.
A recent news report suggests that more than 900 million Android phones could be at risk for cyberattacks. We asked Northeastern research scientist Collin Mulliner to offer up some strategies for keeping your device safe.
Valentine Moghadam, director of Northeastern’s International Affairs and Middle East Studies programs, holds forth on the deal’s biggest winners, Israel’s response, and Congress’ forthcoming review of the accord.
Web personalization expert Christo Wilson holds forth on Amazon Prime Day, the latest manufactured shopping day to promise big savings on scores of products, and offers up some tips for online shoppers looking to exercise their consumer freedom.
We asked Northeastern University–Seattle’s new director of computer science programs to discuss his vision for these programs and where the computer science industry is headed.
Northeastern assistant professor Mai’a K. Davis Cross, who studies European politics, explains how Greece’s debt crisis and “no” vote could make the EU stronger and more resilient over the long term.
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s victory in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is an experience the players and fans will not soon forget. We asked Northeastern women’s soccer head coach Tracey Leone, who has 29 international appearances under her belt, what it’s like playing for the red, white, and blue.
Could capital punishment one day be banned in the U.S.? We posed that question to Northeastern law professor Michael Meltsner, who assessed the Supreme Court’s capital punishment ruling Monday.
Matthews Distinguished Professor of Law Wendy Parmet discusses the implications of the court’s ruling on Thursday that federal subsidies can be offered to subscribers to President Obama’s healthcare law, regardless of whether the states in which they live have set up their own health insurance exchanges.
Max Abrahms says the Charleston massacre is an act of terrorism. Here, the terrorism theorist and Northeastern assistant professor of political science, explains why, and discusses the distinction between hate crimes and terrorism.
Northeastern associate professor Matthew Nisbet examines what Pope Francis’ encyclical means for the global climate change discussion and the 2016 presidential race in the U.S.
On Monday, the Supreme Court for the first time addressed the implications of free speech on social media. In the case Elonis v. United States, the court reversed the conviction […]
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday indicted 14 individuals on charges alleging widespread corruption at FIFA, international soccer’s governing body. Law professor Roger Abrams examines the criminal investigation and what it could mean for the sport.
Professor Sanjeev Mukerjee, director of the Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology, says the new Powerwall lithium-ion battery is a good first foray into home energy storage but notes that the “ultimate solution” will require bringing down costs even further.
On Friday, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, a historic event for the traditionally conservative nation. Northeastern associate professor Patrick Mullen discusses what it was like to be on the Emerald Isle during the vote.
Graduate students in Joseph Guay’s Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action course are doing their part to help with the Nepal earthquake relief response by analyzing and sharing data coming out of the region.
Nepal’s “harsh geography” will make the rescue and humanitarian aid efforts in response to the devastating earthquake rather challenging, but technology and social media are improving the efficiency of these efforts, says Northeastern associate professor Ozlem Ergun, an expert in large-scale networks.
Gabriel Arkles, a legal research and writing professor in the School of Law, discusses Jenner’s decision to come out as a transgender woman, the barriers facing the transgender rights movement, and the current state of resources and services for the transgender community.
Sentencing began Tuesday in the case of 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who a jury earlier this month found guilty of all 30 counts stemming from the deadly Boston Marathon bombings two […]
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert this week signed a new law that makes death by firing squad an alternative option for capital punishment. Northeastern law professor Michael Meltsner weighs in on the controversial law.
On Thursday, a photo of a party dress hit the Internet, and never has a garment been so polarizing. We turned to Peter Bex, a vision scientist and psychology professor, to explain why people can’t seem to agree on the color of the now infamous dress.
Scott Edmiston, interim chair of the theatre department, shares his vision for the department and discusses the impact of new co-op partnerships as well as the dramatic redesign of the Studio Theatre’s lobby.
Northeastern professor Brian Helmuth and a group of international researchers recently published a review paper in Climate Change Responses calling for a new approach to understanding and predicting the impact of climate change.