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.
Philadelphia recently became the first major U.S. city to pass a soft drink tax, and a new report from Beverage Marketing Corp. found that bottled water will soon surpass soda as the nation’s most popular beverage. Here, Janice Maras, research manager in the Department of Health Sciences, who specializes in dietary data analysis, explains how a soda tax might affect dietary habits and what kind of long-term impact the declining popularity of soft drinks will have on the nation’s obesity epidemic.
Trump’s recent move to revoke the press credentials for The Washington Post will backfire on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, says Jonathan Kaufmann, director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism. “Banning the Post from his rallies can only hurt Trump,” he explains. “Reporters are resourceful and they will get the news.”
Was the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday morning a hate crime or an act of terrorism? Both, according to Gordana Rabrenovic, director of Northeastern’s Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, who characterized the attack as a “mass shooting that singled out a particular group of people.”
“I have never been as concerned with the world as I am today,” says Northeastern professor Denise Garcia, who is taking a group of students to the 11th International Security Forum in Geneva this week. Here, she discusses the conference, the United States’ stockpile of nuclear weapons, and the biggest security threats facing the world today.
The Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court ruled recently, after hearing arguments from a Northeastern School of Law alumna, that the commonwealth must specifically adhere to mandates that call for significant emission reductions by 2020, a ruling that Northeastern environmental law expert Lee Breckendridge says is influential and demonstrates the role courts can play in addressing climate change.
Scrubbing is a misnomer, says David Choffnes, professor in the College of Computer and Information Science. It’s more like adding a coat of paint to an already tarnished online reputation.
Recent research published in the prestigious journal Science described a breakthrough in lithium-battery technology that could keep electric cars going longer for less money. Northeastern’s K.M. Abraham, an expert on the topic, examines the claims.
Marine scientists in Australia recently reported that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the condition, typically the result of warming ocean temperatures, could lead to “the ocean’s equivalent of a rainforest with no trees.”
The United Nations General Assembly recently convened a special session on drugs, marking its first meeting on the topic since 1998. We asked Northeastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, who spoke at one of the session’s side events, to reflect on the historic meeting and the future of drug policy reform.
The gap in lifespan between the rich and the poor has grown rapidly in recent years, with the richest Americans gaining three years since 2000 but the poorest gaining none. […]
Criminal justice professor Nikos Passas, an expert in the study of corruption and illicit financial flows, discusses the international fallout from the Panama Papers, which show how public officials have used offshore bank accounts to conceal their wealth or avoid taxes.