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Here’s what criminologists are missing when they predict crime rates

Criminologists have long contended that the prevalence of poverty, unemployment, and low-wage jobs in disadvantaged communities can help predict crime rates there. In recent years, they have also begun to explore the relationship between prison cycling, or the flow of people in and out of the prison system, and crime. Eileen Kirk, a doctoral student at Northeastern,…
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Published On: January 30, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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The Brexit deal failed. What happens now?

With 10 weeks to go before the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union, it’s unclear how—or whether—the U.K. will do it. The resounding defeatof British Prime Minister Theresa May’s exit deal by the British Parliament on Tuesday “means there has to be a serious rethinking of the deal,” said Mai’a Cross, an associate professor…
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Can data help make racial profiling by police a thing of the past?

When Jack McDevitt was asked to lead a study to determine whether police officers in Kansas engage in racial profiling, he didn’t have to think twice. McDevitt, who directs the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern, said similar studies he has conducted in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Seattle have resulted in improved relations between the local police…
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Published On: January 29, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Celebrating our 2018-19 new faculty

With the beginning of the new year and semester, Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities celebrates our new tenured and tenure-track faculty. These scholars expand our ongoing research, teaching, and public engagement with both local and global communities…
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Published On: January 31, 2019 | Tags: ,
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Want to know which hashtags will dominate in 2019? Look to what worked in 2018

In 2018, movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp brought the systemic sexual harassment of women to the level of public consciousness. The same year, #BlackLivesMatter shed light on race-based violence against black communities. The issues that will dominate in 2019 echo the scale of these movements, said Moya Bailey, an assistant professor at Northeastern who studies…
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Published On: January 28, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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Professor of Political Science Nick Beauchamp explains how the government shut down would affect you

As the United States steadily marches toward a budget shortage that would kick off a Christmastime government shutdown, a deal to bridge the spending gap is teetering in the balance. But what makes this looming shutdown different from others in the past few years, said Nick Beauchamp, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern, is who will…
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CRISPR has been used to create genetically modified babies. Ethicist Ronald Sandler explains why people are so upset about it?

The Chinese researcher who announced that he has created the first genetically edited human infants has clearly violated scientific and ethical norms, said Northeastern ethicist Ronald Sandler. “This is a pretty clear case of the unethical use of a powerful new technology,” said Sandler, a philosophy professor who directs the university’s Ethics Institute.“But the broader ethical issues…
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The US may be giving up on the Paris Accord on climate change, but these students aren’t

Emma Thornton wants you to imagine a world in which crops are shaded and fertilized by trees, coastal ecosystems protect communities from storm surges, and freshwater is purified by biodiverse wetlands. “Doesn’t it just make sense?” she asks. Thornton, a fourth-year environmental science student at Northeastern, reflected on the idea of societies someday using natural…
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Published On: January 23, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Asian Studies major Seaton Huang wins Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program scholarship

Northeastern student Seaton Huang won a scholarship from the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program to work, study, and volunteer in China for seven months. The program, which is funded by the United States Department of Education to support students and faculty who want to study a foreign language overseas, brought him to Xian, China, to study at…
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CSSH student Erin Bourque receives Pickering Fellowship

Three Northeastern seniors have received prestigious scholarships or fellowships that will support their graduate studies and advance their professional careers, in the fields of women’s health, bioengineering, and diplomacy. The awards recognize students who have strong academic records, leadership skills, and a commitment to public service. Erin Bourque, who is a combined major in international…
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Published On: January 22, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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