Witness videos and the conversation about race and policing

Police in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Ster­ling on Tuesday. A day later, police in Min­nesota fatally shot Phi­lando Castile. Both men were black. And both shoot­ings were cap­tured in grisly videos by bystanders—videos that quickly cir­cu­lated on social media. Here, law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey talks about the role tech­nology now plays in influ­encing the con­ver­sa­tion about race and policing, and the con­sti­tu­tional right of cit­i­zens to record law enforce­ment in public.

How to do a ‘digital detox’

We’ve all seen them—and per­haps been them—that person mean­dering through campus, eyes fixed on their phone rather than enjoying the world around them. Mariya Shiyko, assis­tant pro­fessor of applied psy­chology, offers tips on helping you con­quer your reliance on social media and technology.

Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, visualized

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday deliv­ered the final State of the Union address of his two-​​term pres­i­dency. To pro­vide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp, an expert on U.S. pol­i­tics and polit­ical method­ology who has devel­oped a new method to visu­alize the lan­guage and themes of polit­ical speeches.

The growth of physics research, and its changing impact on our lives

Over the past cen­tury, the dis­ci­pline of physics has expanded expo­nen­tially, crossing bound­aries into areas as diverse as biology and engi­neering. Net­work sci­en­tists in the lab of Albert-​​László Barabási ana­lyzed how this growth drives tech­no­log­ical break­throughs that improve our lives.

Researchers develop novel 3-​​D printing method for creating patient-​​specific medical devices

North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Ran­dall Erb and Joshua Martin, PhD ’17, have devel­oped an inno­v­a­tive 3-​​D printing tech­nology that could rev­o­lu­tionize impor­tant bio­med­ical equip­ment, enhancing treat­ment for everyone from pre­ma­ture babies to patients needing implants.

Demo Day celebrates student innovation

After seven weeks of intense devel­op­ment and prepa­ra­tion, the young entre­pre­neurs behind 16 star­tups pre­sented their ven­tures to the North­eastern com­mu­nity Monday night at the Husky Startup Challenge’s Demo Day.

The power of leaving your comfort zone

Taking advan­tage of oppor­tu­ni­ties and being your­self were among the lessons Marcy Reed, pres­i­dent of National Grid Mass­a­chu­setts, shared with fellow women in engi­neering and tech­nology at the Women Who Inspire Engi­neering Lead­er­ship Recep­tion on Tuesday night.

Three distinct careers, one definitive goal

At the first event in the 2014–15 Women Who Inspire speaker series, three busi­ness leaders dis­cussed their career paths and shared insight into how busi­ness­women can make sure their inno­v­a­tive ideas are being heard in the workplace.

Alum earns entrepreneurship award for startup

North­eastern post­doc­toral researcher Asan­terabi Malima, PhD’13, received the Entre­pre­neurial Award during Mass­a­chu­setts’ cel­e­bra­tion of Africa Week in recog­ni­tion of his founding a biotech firm and devel­oping a device that enables early, low-​​cost dis­ease detection.