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These students are making science easier to understand on Wikipedia, one article at a time

Headshot of Prof. Cecelia Musselman

Bridging the gap between science and communication is very important, but scientists rarely communicate their work effectively enough for a broad audience to understand. That’s the principle that underpins an unusual task Cecelia Musselman assigns to students in her “Advanced Writing for the Sciences” course. Students earning a degree in science are in a unique position to translate scientific…
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Published On: August 15, 2018 | Tags: ,
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We can print plastic guns. But should we?

Image of plastic gun created through 3-D printing technology

A debate is raging in the United States about plastic guns. Should the government prevent people from using 3-D printing technology to build plastic guns? Should the citizens who have blueprints for making plastic guns be allowed to upload them for public use? These are questions for the courts to decide, and they’re doing just that on Friday in…
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Published On: August 10, 2018 | Tags: ,
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Northeastern will train religious scholars to work more effectively with the media

Students walk through campus

When it comes to writing about religion for the general public, the media and religious scholars are equally at a loss. Both sides struggle to convey cultural insights in a way that won’t fan the flames of a cultural war. To bridge this chasm, Northeastern will launch a program that will train religious scholars to…
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Northeastern library pioneers new methods of Big Data scholarship in effort to digitize history

Photo of Boston by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Dan Cohen has a vision for the future of the Northeastern library. Cohen, dean of the libraries and vice provost for information collaboration, wants to transform Northeastern’s vast archive of print and photographic data into a standardized digital form that will allow scholars to use modern Big Data techniques to analyze 300-year-old information. And now, thanks…
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Published On: August 8, 2018 | Tags:
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Row, row, row your boat to gold…

Peter Arata, on the far right, helped his U.S. team snag gold in a race that came down to mere seconds. Photo courtesy of Northeastern Athletics.

Northeastern rower Peter Arata won a gold medal for the United States and Madison Mailey took the top prize for Canada at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships last weekend. Arata, rowing on a team of four with a coxswain, helped the U.S. team snag gold in a race that came down to mere seconds. Mailey, rowing for the…
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Published On: August 3, 2018 | Tags: ,
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Boston police to expand use of body cameras after Northeastern report shows they boost trust, lead to fairer trials

Illustration of a police officer wearing a body camera

Police body cameras can improve trust between officers and citizens while providing valuable evidence to ensure fairer trial results, according to a Northeastern study of a year-long pilot project involving police body cameras in Boston. “The basic takeaway is that body cameras generate a small but significant benefit in terms of civility, without interfering with the way…
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Published On: August 2, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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Nigerian-born student vows to fight homelessness in the United States

Jessica Ofurie, political science and economics major

When Jessica Ofurie came to the United States from Nigeria five years ago, she already knew she wanted to be a lawyer and dedicate herself to public service. She did not yet know that homelessness in America was the issue she would take on, because she had no idea of how widespread the problem is….
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Published On: July 31, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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New study on firearm caliber questions the notion that ‘guns don’t kill people’

Anthony Braga, Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

The likelihood that a shooting will be fatal is directly related to the caliber of the firearm used, according to a new study released Friday by Northeastern University and Duke University. The researchers conclude that in their sample of 367 shooting cases in Boston during a five-year period, there would have been nearly 40 percent fewer deaths…
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Published On: July 27, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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How swimming has changed her life, in and out of the pool

Carly Schnabel, captain of the women's swimming and diving team

Roy Coates, who has coached the women’s swimming and diving team at Northeastern for more than two decades, said rising senior Carly Schnabel is “the best competitor and most driven person” he’s ever instructed. “She strives to be excellent, but without being demonstrative about it,” Coates said of Schnabel, the co-captain of the team. “From the second practice begins,…
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Published On: July 26, 2018 | Tags: ,
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Take that! Advice to incoming freshmen

Jessica Ofurie, student of Political Science and Economics

As they enter the final lap of their undergraduate education, we asked four students what advice they would give to freshmen who are about to begin the race. What do they wish they knew when they were at the starting line that would have helped them pace themselves better during that important first lap?  …
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Published On: July 23, 2018 | Tags: ,,
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