Give the gift of voice

In a recent talk at TED Women, asso­ciate pro­fessor Rupal Patel announced The Human Voice­bank Ini­tia­tive: a crowd-​​sourced plat­form that will help give per­son­al­ized syn­thetic voices to people with severe speech impairments.

A case for ‘not playing it safe’

The world is a source of learning and enlight­en­ment and you cannot ignore it,” North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun told mem­bers of the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion on Wednesday evening.

Your iPhone gets emotional

Vir­tual humans, rela­tional robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-​​tracking tech­nolo­gies were among the inno­v­a­tive research projects high­lighted at a day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern that explored the inter­sec­tion of emo­tion sci­ence and technology.

Mandela’s life, local ties celebrated

Civic leaders, activists, and human­i­tar­ians con­vened in the Blackman Audi­to­rium on Thursday after­noon to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Man­dela, the former South African pres­i­dent and anti-​​apartheid icon who passed away last month.

A tribute to the dream

In a cer­e­mony on Thursday after­noon fea­turing sev­eral moving per­for­mances and a con­ver­sa­tion with civil rights pio­neer Bob Moses, the North­eastern com­mu­nity hon­ored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and com­mem­o­rated the 50th anniver­sary of the Civil Rights Act.

The global water crisis

In the first ses­sion of the semester-​​long Open Class­room series on the world’s water crisis, Shafik Islam, the director of the Water Diplo­macy Ini­tia­tive at Tufts Uni­ver­sity, posed a chilling ques­tion: “Will water lead to war?”

Northeastern celebrates Mandela’s life, legacy

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff gath­ered in the Sacred Space on Thursday after­noon to com­mem­o­rate the life and legacy of Nelson Man­dela, the former South African pres­i­dent and anti-​​apartheid icon who died last week at the age of 95.

Never heard me before’

At a TED­Women talk on Thursday, North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Rupal Patel described a new project to give per­son­al­ized voices to the voiceless.

Why AIDS remains a huge global problem

In cel­e­bra­tion of World AIDS Day, a panel of North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers joined del­e­gates in the U.S. Depart­ment of State Inter­na­tional Vis­itor Lead­er­ship Pro­gram to dis­cuss the fight against the spread of HIV/​AIDS.

Welcome to the genome era

Alan Guttmacher, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Insti­tute of Child Health and Human Devel­op­ment, dis­cussed the future impli­ca­tions of the Human Genome Project with a score of North­eastern stu­dents and researchers.

The case against killer robots

We’re on a course toward fully automating war­fare,” warned roboti­cist Noel Sharkey, who deliv­ered a recent lec­ture on the polit­ical, eth­ical, and legal impli­ca­tions of Terminator-​​like weapons.