Who guided the national discussion on Ferguson?

New research from two North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors shows that in the days fol­lowing Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, everyday citizens—not politi­cians, celebri­ties, or other promi­nent public figures—were the ones who, using Twitter, shaped the national dialogue.

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.”