3Qs: What using the name ‘Daesh,’ rather than ‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIL,’ really means

Three fac­ulty members—Jonathan Kaufman, director of the School of Jour­nalism, Shakir Mustafa, teaching pro­fessor of Arabic, and Heather Lit­tle­field, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in linguistics—explain the dif­fer­ences among the names ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh and why they matter.

World-​​renowned scholars launch Northeastern’s Network Science Institute

The Net­work Sci­ence Insti­tute, home of the nation’s first doc­toral pro­gram in net­work sci­ence, brings together an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of renowned North­eastern scholars to plumb the struc­ture and func­tion of sys­tems and develop inter­ven­tion strate­gies to improve the health and secu­rity of people around the world.

Northeastern reflects on sex, gender, and justice

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff con­vened on Tuesday evening to examine the growing need for gender jus­tice. “Recog­ni­tion of diver­sity and plu­rality is essen­tial to building a strong campus as well as a fully func­tioning society,” noted Uta Poiger, dean of the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Humanities.

Researchers develop a new tool to guide recovery from disasters

From a cyclone that knocked out swaths of the Indian Rail­ways Net­work to the winter storms that brought the MBTA system to its knees, an urgent need exists for sys­tem­atic strate­gies that speed the recovery of crit­ical life­lines in the wake of dis­as­ters. Thanks to North­eastern researchers, that need is being met.

Professor brings science to the art of persuasion

Assis­tant pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp has brought sci­ence to the art of crafting per­sua­sive text for things like adver­tise­ments and polit­ical talking points. A study found the algo­rithm he cre­ated gen­er­ated per­sua­sive text that shifted people’s opin­ions of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health­care law.

The pressing issues facing Europe

Hours after a divided Euro­pean Union voted Tuesday to dis­tribute 120,000 asylum-​​seekers among its member states, North­eastern con­vened a panel of experts to dis­cuss the migrant crisis as well as other pressing issues facing Europe.

The evolution of constitutional federalism

Asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Michael Tolley spent his Con­sti­tu­tion Day lec­ture exam­ining why “fed­er­alism is the car­dinal ques­tion of Amer­ican con­sti­tu­tional law,” as former Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wilson once put it. His lec­ture coin­cided with the day com­mem­o­rating the for­ma­tion and signing of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion 228 years ago.

3Qs: Why the Fed maintained interest rates, and what it means

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.

Student campaign pushes to eliminate single-​​use plastic bottles on campus

A goal of “NU Day, Same Bottle” is to edu­cate stu­dents on how small changes to simple daily rou­tines can have a big impact on the envi­ron­ment, says the campaign’s cre­ator, Alec Stransky, SSH’18.