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Northeastern Grad Nominated to be Chief Justice of Mass. SJC

Roderick Ireland, a distinguished judge, Northeastern graduate and member of the faculty since 1978, has been nominated to be chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Gov. Deval Patrick announced the nomination today. Once approved by the Governor’s Council, Ireland, Ph.D. ’98, would be Massachusetts’ first African-American chief justice. In this position, Judge Ireland…
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Published On: November 4, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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Boost for American Sign Language Program

Northeastern’s American Sign Language program has received $4.5 million in federal funding to improve the quality of ASL-English interpreters, interpreter education programs and resources available to deaf and deaf-blind people. The Department of Education awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to Northeastern’s National Interpreter Education Center, and a five-year, $1.5 million grant to its Regional Interpreter Education…
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Published On: November 1, 2010 | Tags: ,
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Are These Guys Serious?

This weekend, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report’s Stephen Colbert will host the Rally to Restore Sanity and the March to Keep Fear Alive, respectively, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The much-publicized events are expected to draw large crowds, but what will they accomplish? Offering some perspective is Jeffrey Juris,…
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Published On: October 28, 2010 | Tags: ,
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Public Transit Policies May Lower Ridership

Extending public transportation to a metropolitan neighborhood for the first time can, in some cases, raise rents, bringing in a population of wealthier residents who would rather drive than take public transportation. That’s the conclusion of a report by the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, which found that new public transit…
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Published On: October 19, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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Workshop Highlights States' Roles in Environmental Protection

This October, Northeastern University hosted the workshop, “Environmental Policy in Massachusetts: Promoting Safe Development in a Time of Economic Uncertainty.” The workshop explored the key role that states play in advancing the dual—and sometimes competing—agendas of economic development and environmental quality. The springboard for discussions was four case studies developed by Northeastern’s Nanotechnology and Society…
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Published On: October 9, 2010 | Tags: ,,,
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Seminars on Government and the Marketplace

When and how should government play a role in the marketplace?  The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, with support from the Office of the Provost, held the first in a series of seven seminars to explore a question that often elicits more heat than light.  The seminar examined the broad role that state…
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Published On: September 28, 2010 | Tags: ,
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Senior Hears Call to Disarm

A co-op with the Geneva Forum in Switzerland got Northeastern University senior Kenny Iannuzzi excited about working for a global cause. “No matter what I do, it has to have some international tie to it,” said Iannuzzi, an international affairs major who returned from the experiential learning opportunity in June with a newfound interest in working for…
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Published On: September 27, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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Congressional Websites Muddy Stands on Issues

Congressional websites obscure lawmakers’ policy preferences, and lack input from constituents, according to a new study on the Internet’s impact on politics conducted by Northeastern University professor David Lazer and his colleagues. The researchers interviewed 100 congressional staff members who oversaw their office’s websites in 2006, and analyzed all House and Senate websites based on…
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Published On: September 14, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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A Taste of Teaching Whets Her Appetite

Northeastern student Alexandra Liu, not yet 19, already has plans to pursue a career in academia as a result of a life-changing experiential learning opportunity in China. Liu taught English to hundreds of students at the Yuelong and Yi Jia Qiao middle schools as well as the Longman English language-training center in Nantong, a city…
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Published On: August 19, 2010 | Tags: ,,,
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Northeastern Grad Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador To Iraq

Following his nomination by President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate has unanimously voted to confirm Northeastern alumnus James F. Jeffrey, BA ’69, as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Jeffrey, who received his bachelor’s degree in history from Northeastern, most recently served as the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, a post he assumed in October 2008. Jeffrey…
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Published On: August 18, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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