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Winners of the 2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the CSSH 2018-19 Outstanding Teaching Awards: Chris Parsons, Assistant Professor, Department of History. With this award, the college recognizes Chris Parsons as an innovative and passionate teacher who challenges his students to examine the connections between historical studies and the world today. His courses…
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Published On: February 19, 2019 |
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We’ve lost something important in the age of screens. 3D printers can bring it back.

It was a long-running tradition in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cigar factories in Florida would bring in a reader, or lector, to read the news aloud to workers as they plied their meticulous craft. The closest thing we have now to the oral tradition of reading are podcasts and storytime in school, says Sari Altschuler,…
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Published On: February 14, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Northeastern professor taking a ‘fresh look’ at state of gang activity in Boston

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

Anthony Braga has spent nearly 25 years of his career working with the Boston Police Department to examine crime, gangs, and efforts to reduce violence in the city. Now, he is teaming up with the department again to study the current state of gang activity in Boston and the strategies being used to curtail gang-related crime….
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Published On: February 13, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Algorithms can lead to more efficient public transit. Here’s how you may already be helping.

Riders of Boston’s public transportation system use the Transit app to plan trips, get real-time information on service, and set alerts for departure times. These interactions provide data about how riders use the app and navigate the transit system, known as the MBTA. But little has been done with this treasure trove of information in the two…
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Published On: February 7, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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In his State of the Union address, Trump makes his pitch for the border in the language of unity

President Donald Trump kicked off a State of the Union address delayed by an unprecedented government shutdown by championing policies that “the Democrats would have no choice but to applaud,” said Nicholas Beauchamp, an assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University. The president, faced with a standoff over border security and with a deadline for a second partial…
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Published On: February 6, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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What to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address

On Tuesday night, President Trump will deliver the State of the Union, a speech originally scheduled for Jan. 29, until House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rescinded his invitation amid the month-long partial government shutdown. The occasion marks Trump’s first address to the Democrat-controlled House chamber and follows a contentious partisan battle over his proposed border wall…
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Published On: February 5, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Human trafficking happens every day in the U.S. Why do we hear about it only at the Super Bowl?

It’s a phenomenon that happens year after year. As hundreds of thousands of football fans flood into designated cities across the United States in anticipation of the Super Bowl, ranks of human traffickers bring sex- and labor-workers to meet the demands of the crowds, says Amy Farrell, an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern…
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You step inside an old closet. It’s 1896 again.

It’s 10 a.m. on a Thursday morning in late January, and Ryan Cordell is preparing to print Walt Whitman’s poem “A Font of Type.” But he’s not at his computer Googling the poem or typing out the words. He’s standing in Northeastern’s new letterpress studio in Holmes Hall at the university’s Boston campus. Letterpress printing, which began in the 15th century, uses…
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How to stop the spread of fake news for the 2020 election campaign

In order to stop the spread of fake news for the 2020 U.S. elections, social media companies may need to limit how frequently its users are allowed to post, said David Lazer, a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science at Northeastern, who recently published a new report on fake news during the 2016 election….
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Trump agreed to reopen the government. What does that mean for the coast guard?

A temporary deal between President Trump and Democrats Friday ended a month-long partial government shutdown that affected hundreds of thousands of federal workers. Members of the Coast Guard were among those who have been working for weeks without pay, because unlike the other branches of the United States military, the Coast Guard receives funding from…
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Published On: January 31, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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