“The most amazing thing I have ever done.” That’s how senior Christa Blomquist described her Dialogue of Civilizations program in Iceland. At Thursday’s annual dialogue fair, she was among the students and faculty who extolled the virtues of living, working, and studying in an unfamiliar country.
Learning a new language is a very personal and profound experience that can help open the doors to new cultures, says applied linguistics expert Stacey Katz Bourns. She hopes to cultivate that mindset at Northeastern.
For ecological forecasters like Northeastern’s Brian Helmuth, mussels act as a barometer of climate change. That’s why Helmuth created “robomussels”—tiny robots that look like mussels but are outfitted with sensors to track temperature conditions.
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.