Data tells a compelling story

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By Matt Collette | Northeastern News | June 24, 2013

The jour­nal­ists behind The Boston Globe’s “68 Blocks” series, which takes an in-​​depth look at life in the city’s Bowdoin-​​Geneva neigh­bor­hood, knew they wanted hard data to play a key role in their work. But they didn’t want the series to read like a run­down of facts and fig­ures, according to Steve Wilmsen, enter­prise editor for the Globe’s Metro sec­tion. “We wanted it to seem like a story,” he said.

Wilmsen and a team of Globe jour­nal­ists behind the series served as the keynote speakers at this year’s Data Day, an event held on Northeastern’s campus Friday and orga­nized by the Mass­a­chu­setts Area Plan­ning Council, the Boston Indi­ca­tors Project, and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Their panel dis­cus­sion on how data fig­ured into the ground­breaking series kicked off a day of events for pol­i­cy­makers, researchers, and advo­cates aimed at teaching them how data can help guide and inform better public policy.

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Special Lecture: Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed

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Thursday, November 8 | 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Snell Library 90 | RSVP

Paul Tough is the author of the new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008.

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Paul has written extensively about education, child development, poverty, and politics, including cover stories in the New York Times Magazine on character education, the achievement gap, and the Obama administration’s poverty policies. He has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program “This American Life.” He was the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Slate, GQ, Esquire, and Geist, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.

Obama and Romney economic advisers spar on taxes, US aid

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Harvard economists offer rival visions

By Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe | September 14, 2012

In a Northeastern University classroom, the architect of President Obama’s stimulus plan and a key economic adviser to presidential candidate Mitt Romney laid out competing visions on how to repair the nation’s economy — the issue that has come to define the election campaign.

Lawrence Summers, a former Harvard University president, Treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton, and top economic adviser to Obama, told the audience government must help fuel a recovery, advocating for additional stimulus to repair schools, hire teachers, and rebuild airports.

On the other end sat N. Gregory Mankiw, who in addition to counseling Romney served as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. He said the key to a long-term recovery is tax reform, including a review of the necessity of popular tax breaks, such as the deduction for mortgage interest. Read More

Catalan president talks public transit, economy

Artur Mas, president of Catalonia, Spain

By | news@Northeastern | June 21, 2012

Artur Mas, the 129th pres­i­dent of the gov­ern­ment of Cat­alonia, Spain, said on Wednesday morning at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity that his com­mu­nity of roughly 7 mil­lion people strives to emu­late Mass­a­chu­setts’ eco­nomic success.

“We can learn from each other,” Mas said. “Of course we would love to have your [gross domestic product] and are envious of your uni­ver­si­ties and research centers.”

Mas addressed more than two dozen mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity and a con­tin­gent of reporters who gath­ered in the Raytheon Amphithe­ater for a trans­porta­tion sem­inar with Cat­alonian experts from gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sector. Later in the after­noon at the BIO Inter­na­tional Con­ven­tion in Boston, Mas signed an agree­ment with Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick to expand Catalonia’s inno­va­tion part­ner­ship with the state.

The World Class Cities Part­ner­ship, an ini­tia­tive of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, hosted the event. The goal of the WCCP is to bring together civic, busi­ness and aca­d­emic leaders from cities throughout the globe for the pur­pose of cre­ating sus­tain­able social change through policy research, and the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of best-practice solu­tions to common challenges. Read More

The Catalan Model: 21st Century Approaches to Sustainability and Financing of Public Transport

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The World Class Cities Partnership and School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs cordially invite you to join us Remarks by the honorable President Artur Mas of Catalonia June 20, 2012 8:30 am — 12:30 pm Raytheon Amphitheater RSVP BY JUNE 15th President Artur Mas, elected President in 2010, presides over the regional government of […]

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