Stephanie Pollack selected as MA Secretary of Transportation

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On January 13th, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Stephanie Pollack would become the new Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts. Stephanie was recruited to the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center in 2006 and soon assumed the role of Associate Director working alongside Director Barry Bluestone.  She headed up all of the transportation research projects at the Center […]

James Alan Fox: Give juvenile lifers a second chance

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Professor James Alan Fox addresses policies on youth offenders sentenced to life without parole.

Alicia Sasser Modestino on the Labor-Market

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“We def­i­nitely need to be using better, more real-​​time labor-​​market infor­ma­tion about where the jobs are, and we need to do this at a very local level,” said Alicia Sasser Mod­es­tino, a former senior econ­o­mist at the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Boston and now an asso­ciate pro­fessor at North­eastern University.

Professor Hoff Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to Study Payment Reform in Health Care

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Timothy Hoff, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems, and Health Policy, and a faculty member at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and D’Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB), has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the pre-eminent foundation funder of health services research in the United States.

Northeastern Study: Not Enough Spots In Massachusetts Vocational Schools

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Researchers at Northeastern University estimate that Massachusetts manufacturers will have to fill 100,000 jobs over the next decade just from retiring workers, let alone from any new jobs created.

Job market red hot for those with the right skills

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“The job picture looks better than it has in a while,” said Alan Clayton-Matthews, an economist at Northeastern University. “But you have to have the right skills. That’s the key. You have to have the right skills.”

‘Unnovation’ can move New England forward

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Catherine Tumber, a visiting scholar at Northeastern and author of “Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World,” says the glorification of knowledge work and innovation has meant that “manufacturing work and productive work of any kind has been disparaged.” In this regard, she tells me, “New England has been a chief violator.”

Mass. unemployment rate drops to 5.5%

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There was no shortage of good news in the Massachusetts jobs report for June, when unemployment dipped to 5.5 percent — its lowest rate in nearly six years — and when the growing number of people working in the state hovered at an all-time high.

A Message From Interim Director Matthias Ruth

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“As the Interim Director of the School, I am looking forward to making fundamental contributions to the issues we research, creating solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, and having lasting, positive impact on the people we reach – be they in classrooms, city halls or boardrooms, in our neighborhoods or around the world.”

Northeastern University report suggests need for future life science investment

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In a report conducted by Northeastern University, released last week, analysts said the state’s investment in life sciences had pushed Massachusetts to the top of the list when measuring population-controlled life science employment, with 113,678 people involved in the industry throughout the state in 2012.

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