Northeastern secures $20 million agreement with US Army to conduct critical defense research

The $20.4 mil­lion coop­er­a­tive agree­ment pro­vides a unique mech­a­nism for North­eastern to obtain expe­dited funding for research in designing and devel­oping advanced engi­neered mate­rials with secu­rity appli­ca­tions, and expands on the university’s lead­er­ship in secu­rity and resilience research.

Congressman tours Northeastern’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton received a com­pre­hen­sive overview of Northeastern’s robust port­folio of secu­rity research on Thursday after­noon and under­scored the impor­tance of pro­viding research funding in this area.

Four-​​star general praises Northeastern’s National Guard partnership

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen­eral Frank J. Grass vis­ited the uni­ver­sity on Thursday after­noon to cel­e­brate the part­ner­ship, which will enable guardsmen to earn their master’s degree in home­land secu­rity through the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies.

New master’s program to prepare future security professionals

North­eastern will launch a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary grad­uate pro­gram this fall to train the next gen­er­a­tion of secu­rity pro­fes­sionals to face the new and evolving chal­lenges of the 21st century.

3Qs: Who’s got your digital dossier?

North­eastern mobile sys­tems expert David Choffnes says data bro­kering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third par­ties, has blos­somed into a viable industry and is the reason many pop­ular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their per­sonal infor­ma­tion is shared.

New tools to get your smartphone up to speed

Dave Choffnes, an assis­tant pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, is devel­oping pro­grams that incen­tivize smart­phone users to share their data in order to improve the mobile Internet expe­ri­ence while still pro­tecting their privacy.

3Qs: When Web reviews aren’t what they seem

Crowd­sourced social media plat­forms such as Face­book and Yelp are increas­ingly being infil­trated by fake accounts and reviews that cloud the legit­i­macy of some online rating sys­tems. Assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson dubbed this phe­nom­enon “crowd­turfing,” and he’s deter­mined to make these sys­tems more secure.

Robotic inspectors on disaster duty

Jerry Hajjar, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is helping to design an autonomous low-​​flying vehicle capable of under­standing and pre­dicting struc­tural damage in unsafe and remote loca­tions fol­lowing dis­aster events and for longterm maintenance.

Global ecology as the next grand strategy

Retired Marine Colonel Mark Myk­leby said at a lec­ture at North­eastern on Tuesday that the nation’s biggest problem is global unsus­tain­ability and it will take behav­ioral change, not national strategy, to fix it.

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Resilient cities need resilient citizens

In the days after the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, dec­la­ra­tions of sup­port from across the country flooded my Face­book feed in the form of graphic memes, pho­tographs, and simple status updates […]

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Alert 101: Airport Screening Technologies

Here’s a great video pro­duced by the DHS Center of Excel­lence, ALERT, or Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​​​Related Threats (what is it about engi­neers and acronyms?!). ALERT 101 is a […]

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Emotion science for homeland security?

Ear­lier this month the Affec­tive Sci­ence Insti­tute hosted another great event called Reading the Face: Trans­lating Sci­ence to Secu­rity. Three emo­tion sci­en­tists, including Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, dis­cussed their unique […]

Former top US commander in Afghanistan to examine military’s role in interventions

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the uni­ver­sity will host retired Gen. David D. McK­iernan, who will draw on his dis­tin­guished mil­i­tary career for an engaging candid dis­cus­sion with the North­eastern community.

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A new strategy for landmine detection

Talk about making com­plex topics acces­sible to the gen­eral public — this video from PhD can­di­date Margery Hines does such a good job explaining ground pen­e­trating radar (GPR) for landmine […]

Students take first place in National Security Innovation Competition

Grad­uate stu­dents con­ducting research at North­eastern University’s Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​​​Related Threats (ALERT) Center have won first place in the 2012 National Secu­rity Inno­va­tion Com­pe­ti­tion held last month at […]

From undergraduate paper to global policy document

Co-​​op with secu­rity think tank in Switzer­land enables inter­na­tional affairs major to take her climate-​​change research to another level