Researchers find racial, gender bias in online freelance marketplaces

In the “gig economy,” where algo­rithms drive matches between workers and cus­tomers, hiring someone should be bias free, right? Not so, according to new research led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson. The find­ings sug­gest racial and gender biases exhib­ited by two promi­nent online free­lance mar­ket­places, TaskRabbit and Fiverr.

Squid-​​inspired electronic screens: How one professor builds tech solutions that replicate nature

Assis­tant pro­fessor Leila Deravi takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to inves­ti­gating the pro­teins that drive com­plex bio­log­ical sys­tems and building mate­rials in the lab that repli­cate those sys­tems. Among her research projects are optical dis­plays inspired by squids and a face cream that strengthens skin pro­teins to reduce wrinkles.

Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

New professor uses 3-​​D bioprinting to explore vascular disease

Nowa­days, 3-​​D printed objects are ubiq­ui­tous, from toys to office sup­plies to coffee mugs. But new North­eastern fac­ulty member Guohao Dai is pio­neering this tech­nology to bring bio­engi­neering solu­tions to chal­lenges in vas­cular biology. Specif­i­cally, he’s 3-​​D bio­printing live tissue.

Rare book from Northeastern archives selected for ‘illuminated manuscripts’ display

A Dominican Prayer Book, cre­ated in the 15th cen­tury, from the North­eastern archives joins man­u­scripts span­ning the 9th to the 17th cen­turies in “the largest exhibit of pre-​​1600 man­u­scripts ever mounted in North America.” Stu­dents in a “His­tory of Books” class helped deter­mine the date of the book’s cre­ation, notes Gior­dana Mecagni, above, head of spe­cial col­lec­tions at Northeastern.

3Qs: Advice for handling strong emotions post-​​election

Psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett pro­vides per­spec­tive on the inten­sity of our emo­tions this elec­tion season, how the cam­paign might affect us psy­cho­log­i­cally over the long term, and how we can regain our equi­lib­rium as indi­vid­uals and as a nation.

New professor builds applications that combat cyberattacks

For net­work secu­rity expert Alina Oprea, col­lab­o­ra­tion is the solu­tion to stop­ping future cyber­at­tacks. “People in gov­ern­ment, acad­emia, and industry have the exper­tise to address dif­ferent parts of the problem,” she explains, “but we need to work together in order to have a broader impact.”

3Qs: Creating the world’s largest marine preserve and what it means for fishing, climate research

Last week, an agree­ment was reached by 24 nations and the Euro­pean Union to estab­lish the world’s largest marine pro­tected area, in the Ross Sea in Antarc­tica. The area, which […]

New book examines the emotional power of Emily Dickinson’s poetry

In her new book, Eng­lish pro­fessor Mary Loef­fel­holz argues that Emily Dickinson’s poems con­tinue to live on in the hearts and minds of readers due largely to their ability to com­fort those in times of sorrow. “She was a master of extending con­so­la­tion and recog­ni­tion to people in the wake of death,” Loef­fel­holz explains, “a master of acknowl­edging it, grieving it, and expressing it.”

Researchers link Facebook activity to living longer

Northeastern’s William R. Hobbs and col­leagues sug­gest that Face­book use is asso­ci­ated with longer life, par­tic­u­larly if the time spent online is mod­erate and the user’s online activ­i­ties reflect strong social inter­ac­tions in the offline world.