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Northeastern students awarded two Truman, nine Fulbright Scholarships

They’re traveling to South Korea, Germany, Spain, and beyond. They’re serving underrepresented populations, searching for answers to some of the most vexing diseases, and fighting for gender equality. They’re Northeastern’s Truman Scholars and Fulbright Scholars. It’s a record-breaking year for academic honorees at Northeastern. The university boasts two Truman Scholars in a year when more…
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Published On: April 17, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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She studies school shootings, murder-suicides, and homicide trends

Emma Fridel’s research has uncovered that school shootings have been declining since the 1990s. She has also discovered that people who live in economically disadvantaged areas are less likely to take their own life after they kill somebody they know. And her work has revealed that between 2015-2017, there was an uptick in romantic partners…
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Published On: April 16, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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American democracy is a dumpster fire. We can still save it.

Ask David Lazer what he thinks about the current state of American democracy, and he’ll show you a picture of a burning dumpster. He can tell you why: Polarization is on the rise, trust in the news media is down, and the disparity between rich and poor has intensified. But unlike some, when Lazer peers into the…
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All these Brexit extensions are getting to the point of ridiculousness

With yet another extension on Brexit, it’s clear that there’s extreme internal turmoil within the United Kingdom’s government. But it’s only serving to make the bond among the 27 other member states in the European Union stronger, says Northeastern political science professor Mai’a Cross. “Brexit, if anything, has solidified a sense of commonality among the other E.U. member-states. It’s confirmation that…
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Published On: April 12, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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He took a close look at an 80-year-old study that led to a shocking result

Forty years ago, a researcher made a shocking discovery about a Massachusetts program designed to prevent crime among young people who lived in urban areas. It had achieved the opposite result. Those who received counseling, mentoring, and other services intended to steer them away from a life of crime were found, years later, to have…
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Domestic Violence Homicides appear to be on the rise. Are guns the reason?

Since the early 1990s, the number of murders had been steadily dropping. Then in 2015, it jumped up, and it continued escalating in 2016 before falling again. What happened? Were those figures an aberration, or are they a worrisome sign of an upward trend? The latest research paper of Northeastern criminologist James Alan Fox draws a number…
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Published On: April 9, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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Artificial intelligence can reflect human bias but it can also help undo it

Algorithmic predictions are ubiquitous these days—think of Amazon recommending a book based on past purchases. More controversial use arises when algorithms incorporate not just personal history, but information about people generally, blurring the lines of personal causation and broad, population-level trends. More and more decisions are made using machine learning algorithms, which, in theory, can…
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Published On: April 2, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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From ‘never again’ to again and again

Northeastern will host a series of events next week in remembrance of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and to bring awareness in order to help prevent future genocides. Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week, which runs April 1-5, continues the university’s annual tradition of remembering the Holocaust, and reflecting on its significance and…
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Published On: March 29, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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How a ‘crazy’ idea became a Boston-wide student theater festival

Tiffany Jieting Yu had a big idea. She wanted to start a theater festival for young, emerging playwrights, actors, and directors that wasn’t exclusive to just one institution or college—something that she couldn’t find anyone else doing. “Is this crazy?” she texted a friend. “Yes. But DO IT,” came the reply. That was in November….
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Published On: March 27, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Living her best life as an artist in New York City

Art surrounds Emily Shanny everywhere she goes. From the schools and studios in which she teaches yoga, to the recording studio in Brooklyn where she makes music, down to the notebooks that contain her etchings. More than a hobby, art is a lifestyle for the Northeastern graduate. When she’s not performing on stage, she’s painting…
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Published On: March 26, 2019 | Tags: ,,
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