Professor brings science to the art of persuasion

Assis­tant pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp has brought sci­ence to the art of crafting per­sua­sive text for things like adver­tise­ments and polit­ical talking points. A study found the algo­rithm he cre­ated gen­er­ated per­sua­sive text that shifted people’s opin­ions of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health­care law.

Transgender student shares coming-​​out story

Coming out was like showing people who I am for the very first time,” said Alex Ahmed, PhD’19. “I wasn’t a dif­ferent person, but there was some­thing about me that was very dif­ferent, some­thing that could change how you see me.”

Narrow escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

Daniel Aldrich and his family nar­rowly escaped the wrath of the cat­a­strophic storm, which made land­fall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Since then, Aldrich, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern, has ded­i­cated his career to exam­ining com­mu­nity resilience, with a par­tic­ular focus on the impor­tance of social capital.