3Qs: How to tame the Twitter haters

A score of Twitter users were banned by the social media ser­vice last week for hurling a spate of vile remarks at Ghost­busters star Leslie Jones. To find out how online anonymity affects the way people act toward each other and what social media sites like Twitter could do to curb tar­geted attacks, we turned to North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Joseph Reagle, an expert on internet trolling.

3Qs: What can a crime drama teach us about justice?

Law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey will dis­cuss the his­tory of law in Amer­ican film on Wednesday at a Law Library of Con­gress event. Here, she looks at the pit­falls of crime shows, names her favorite legal drama, and explains how the depic­tion of law in film has changed over the past 125 years.

3Qs: Why for-​​profit prisons are on the rise

Pri­vate prisons are a par­tic­u­larly hot topic these days, the set­ting of the Net­flix dramedy Orange is the New Black and the sub­ject of a recent 35,000-word Mother Jones exposé. Here, Natasha Frost, asso­ciate pro­fessor in Northeastern’s School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, explains how for-​​profit prisons are changing the crim­inal jus­tice system.

3Qs: Will ‘superbug’ in Rio’s waters harm Olympic athletes?

A new study from a team of Brazilian sci­en­tists has found that a drug-​​resistant bac­terium has been growing off two city beaches bor­dering Gua­n­abara Bay, where Olympic sailors will com­pete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, pro­fessor of soci­ology and director of Northeastern’s Envi­ron­mental Jus­tice Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, to dis­cuss the social, polit­ical, and sci­en­tific impli­ca­tions of the findings.

3Qs: Donald Trump’s acrimonious relationship with the press

Trump’s recent move to revoke the press cre­den­tials for The Wash­ington Post will back­fire on the pre­sump­tive Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial nom­inee, says Jonathan Kauf­mann, director of Northeastern’s School of Jour­nalism. “Ban­ning the Post from his ral­lies can only hurt Trump,” he explains. “Reporters are resourceful and they will get the news.”

Northeastern honors community’s highest achievements

The uni­ver­sity cel­e­brated the highest achieve­ments of stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff at the sixth annual Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion on Thursday after­noon in East Village.

Antarctic island named after Northeastern professor

William Det­rich has been making research trips to Palmer Sta­tion in Antarc­tica for more than 30 years. Now, in recog­ni­tion of his notable dis­cov­eries, a small island less than a mile away from the research facility has been com­mem­o­ra­tively named after him.

3Qs: How politicians are using your data to influence your vote

The cam­paign for Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ted Cruz is working with a British data com­pany to develop behavior-​​based models of Amer­ican voters. As voters head to the polls today as part of Super Tuesday, we asked pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp if the prac­tice, called micro­tar­geting, is the quin­tes­sen­tial form of polit­ical per­sua­sion or simply a dirty trick played on the unwit­ting public.

Northeastern professor testifies at House hearing on countering terrorism financing

Nikos Passas, an inter­na­tional finan­cial crime expert, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday telling mem­bers of a House Finan­cial Ser­vices Com­mittee task force that the global threat of trade-​​based money laun­dering is serious but that effec­tive responses are within reach.

3Qs: When true crime becomes a pop culture phenomenon

On Wednesday, the man whose con­vic­tion was pro­filed on the hugely pop­ular “Serial” pod­cast, returns to court for a post-​​conviction hearing. Here, law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed, an expert in wrongful con­vic­tions, says that “Serial” and Making a Mur­derer have high­lighted some of the chief flaws in our crim­inal jus­tice system. But he also says that he is dis­mayed by how the pro­grams pre­sented their cases.