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What The Handmaid’s Tale can teach us about the future

*Note: This piece contains spoilers for Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as the Hulu series by the same name. Science fiction stories such as The Handmaid’s Tale, which returned to Hulu for its third season in June, offer audiences the chance to imagine how society morphed from its present state into the strange dystopian…
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Published On: June 11, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,
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How to prevent opioid addiction before it begins

How likely is a patient to become addicted to prescription opioids? Can Suboxone, a medication designed to quell cravings for opioids, be used to prevent addiction? And what can we do to get unused opioid medication off the streets? Northeastern researchers in business, health sciences, engineering, and public policy are working together to answer these…
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Published On: June 10, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Remembering D-Day 75 years later

Timothy Brown, a history professor at Northeastern, reflects on the D-Day Landing and the Normandy campaign on the 75th anniversary. Watch the video on News@Northeastern.

Published On: June 6, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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He dreamed of being a screenwriter. So he built software to make it easier.

Jason Louro says he’s wanted to be a filmmaker since he was 10 years old. In the summer of 2018, he decided it was finally time to sit down and write his own screenplay. There was only one problem: He didn’t know how, or where, to start. “I looked online for software to help me…
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Published On: June 5, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Healthcare policies have consequences. She has spent seven years understanding them.

Through her research that was aimed at examining immigrants’ access to healthcare, Northeastern professor Tiffany Joseph came to learn about a green-card holder who is eligible for Medicaid. Though she is a legal resident, a woman using the pseudonym Mariana was afraid that her coverage would negatively affect her application for citizenship, so she disenrolled. When she…
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Published On: June 3, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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French colonists in the New World didn’t just carry muskets—they wore gardening gloves

Some colonies are named after the place their homesick settlers came from. Other names, like Georgia or Jamestown, were a gesture to butter up whoever funded the voyage. Only some places actually share vegetation or terrain with the homeland after which they were named, and no amount of reframing will change that. But as Northeastern…
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Published On: May 31, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Here’s what Mueller’s statement was not

Intense political partisanship in the United States has rendered Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s report into a debate over whether President Donald J. Trump committed a crime. Trump himself, the White House, and most Congressional Republicans say he didn’t, while Democratic legislators and presidential candidates say he did. The fervor overshadows two key aspects of Mueller’s role and his report, say…
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Published On: May 30, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Spring semester in London program takes an interdisciplinary look at Data, Ethics, and Culture

by Ben Hosking Gabriela Compagni (BA, Philosophy ’21) had many options for studying abroad, but when she saw the opportunity to study data, ethics, and culture in London, she didn’t give it a second thought: “I knew I had to go, and I’m so glad I happened upon it.” Compagni and seven other Northeastern students…
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Published On: May 29, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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What’s next for the Alabama abortion law

The most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the nation has been signed into law inAlabama, but stands little chance of overturning a person’s constitutional right to abortion established by Roe v. Wade, say two legal scholars at Northeastern University. The Alabama law, which is set to go into effect in six months, would make abortion and attempted abortion a felony, except in cases where “abortion is…
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Published On: May 20, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Do more broken windows mean more crime?

More than 35 years ago, researchers theorized that graffiti, abandoned buildings, panhandling, and other signs of disorder in neighborhoods create an environment that leads people to commit more crime. In the “broken windows theory,” as it has come to be known, such characteristics convey the message that these places aren’t monitored and crime will go…
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Published On: May 17, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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