Entire mountain ranges of data are growing all around, and they will either bury us or help us climb to new heights of understanding. It all depends on how we respond. This was the focus of a four-hour “hackathon” Wednesday night, sponsored by Northeastern to explore the intersection between public policy and Big Data analysis. The event, “Data Science, Journalism, and the Future of Justice,” was part of HUBweek, a series of more than 100 events that brought together the brightest minds in government, private industry, and academia to celebrate innovation in Boston.
Millennials—the generation born between 1981 and 2001—have largely grown up in a post-9/11, Great Recession-battered America: a climate that has left them with staggering debt and a distrust of established systems, argued Boston Globe journalist Evan Horowitz at this week’s Open Classroom. These voters, he said, could be a major influence in the presidential election.
Anthony Braga, newly appointed Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has been working in conjunction with the Boston Police Department for more than 20 years, analyzing policies and developing programs aimed at reducing the city’s violent crime rate.
Distinguished Professor David Lazer and his colleagues analyzed global-scale databases of news events and found them wanting. Their recommendations for improvements would enable researchers to build models anticipating everything from the escalation of conflicts to the progression of epidemics.
A team of faculty experts examined American attitudes about immigration during a panel discussion on Wednesday. Sentiments of accepting then rebuking immigrants has long been a pattern throughout American history, they said, though the tone of the rhetoric during this presidential race is new.
Knowing society’s constant demand for immediate, real-time information, assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp developed a model that uses tweets to gauge public opinion of candidates more quickly than traditional polls.
This weekend marked the 229th anniversary of the day the 39 men who drafted the Constitution met as a Constitutional Convention for the final time to sign it. Here are some interesting historical facts about it—including the case for why it should be in the summer—and how to celebrate it on campus.
While on co-op at East Somerville Main Streets, Jackson Ibelle, SSH’19, played an essential role in pulling off the nonprofit’s biggest fundraiser of the year: the Foodie Crawl, which takes place Tuesday.
Deogratias Niyizonkiza, the protagonist in author Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains, inspires first-year students to understand “the pain of others so you can work to never let people suffer like that again.” The book was this year’s selection for the university’s First Pages program.
In Fall 2016, Northeastern’s Open Classroom series will examine the U.S. presidential race from many different angles. Here are five reasons to attend.
A firestorm erupted this week in response to the pharmaceutical company Mylan’s sharp increase in the price of its EpiPen, a life-saving treatment for severe allergic reactions. The company quickly backtracked, announcing a rebate plan. Here, three Northeastern faculty members—pharmacist Tayla Rose, healthcare finance expert Steven Pizer, and health policy researcher Gary Young—explain the clinical, economic, and policy implications of the controversy.