The Justice Department will be phasing out the use of private prisons, citing safety concerns as well as their lack of rehabilitative services. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incarceration expert, to explain how this directive might affect for-profit prisons at the state level and whether the presidential election could impact the DOJ’s new policy.
Brazilian law enforcement officials said on Thursday that the American swimmers who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Games had fabricated the story. We asked law professor Dan Danielsen to explain where this international drama might go from here, with a particular focus on the legal consequences facing the swimmers and the tepid relationship between American and Brazilian officials.
If you were using Facebook on a desktop last week, you may have noticed that your ad-blocking software was being blocked. That was a move by Facebook. We asked two Northeastern professors to explain how new strategies and technologies are changing the digital landscape for users, content providers, and advertisers.
Two venues at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the 12,000-seat Future Arena and the 15,000-seat Aquatic Stadium—will be dismantled and rebuilt into entirely new buildings following the games. We asked assistant professor David Fannon, an architect and building scientist, to explain how Rio’s reliance on “nomadic architecture” might benefit Brazil in the decades to come.
More than 11,000 athletes are competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, showcasing their superior skill in nearly 40 different sports. We asked Rachel Rodgers, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, to define the concept of greatness and explain how everyday people might tap into their own greatness, regardless of wealth, fame, or skill set.
The Olympic sailing competition began on Monday in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay, the site of extensive water pollution that officials have warned is a health risk for the athletes. Here, Geoff Trussell, director of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, explains how bad the pollution can be for the aquatic ecosystem and what needs to be done to fix the problem.
Over the past two weeks, courts in five states have ruled against voter ID and proof-of-citizenship laws, citing their discriminatory impact on minorities. Martha Davis, law professor and human rights expert, says that the court rulings will likely favor the Democrats, particularly in the swing states where restrictive voter laws have been struck down.
The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.
Who sets the rules for debates and what might we expect when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump finally meet on the same stage this fall? We spoke with journalism professor and presidential debate expert Alan Schroeder for his insight.
Northeastern professor and food policy expert Chris Bosso says there are honest arguments on each side of the debate over whether to label foods as having genetically modified ingredients. But he notes the new bill, signed into law last week, is “a poor solution to a complex problem.”
With news last week that money raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge helped fund breakthroughs in ALS research, we asked assistant professor of marketing Yakov Bart how social media has helped to elevate successful viral campaigns, and why Snapchat could be the future platform for those campaigns.
Russia this week played a leading role in the conversation about the U.S. presidential race, from its alleged role in hacking Democratic National Committee emails to Donald Trump’s comments that he hoped the country had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email. We asked Ryan Maness, an expert in Russian foreign policy and international cyberconflict and security, to examine what this could mean for the dynamic between the two nations.