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‘West Memphis Three’ set free

Three men in their mid-​​30s have been released from prison after serving more than 17 years behind bars for the 1993 mur­ders of three 8-​​year-​​old Cub Scouts in West Mem­phis, Arkansas—a crime that new DNA evi­dence sug­gests they did not commit. We asked Jack Levin, the Brud­nick Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern…
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Published On: August 22, 2011 | Tags: ,
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The pursuit of happiness

When Julie Green­gard found out she would be researching hap­pi­ness on co-​​op with the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO) in Switzer­land, she was over­joyed. Naturally. “I’ll hap­pily research that,” the fourth-​​year human ser­vices major quipped. As a research assis­tant in the WHO’s health infor­matics and sta­tis­tics depart­ment, Green­gard scoured arti­cles and global studies on hap­pi­ness in older…
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Published On: August 17, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Preventing protests from turning violent

Riots erupted in London and throughout Eng­land ear­lier this month, exposing a broad dis­con­tent among Britain’s dis­ad­van­taged youth. We spoke with Gor­dana Rabren­ovic, asso­ciate pro­fessor of soci­ology and edu­ca­tion, and the asso­ciate director of the Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence and Con­flict, to dis­cuss what caused the riots and why the young people in Britain turned…
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Published On: August 12, 2011 | Tags: ,
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The answer is … an academic achiever

The answer first: “This Georgia res­i­dent is as familiar with the set of ‘Jeop­ardy!’ as he is with the layout of the Star­ship Enter­prise (though he’s seen only one of them in real life).” The cor­rect ques­tion: “Who is incoming freshman Brandon Welch?” Welch, who enters North­eastern this fall, made his way into the ranks of…
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Published On: August 9, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Fast Track to Environmental Career

Sydney Schneir, MA’11, has been awarded a pres­ti­gious fel­low­ship to work for the U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion in Wash­ington on a multibillion-​​dollar high-​​speed rail project pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. Schneir is among roughly 850 grad­uate stu­dents out of some 10,000 appli­cants selected for the U.S. Pres­i­den­tial Man­age­ment Fel­lows (PMF) pro­gram. The pro­gram was cre­ated more…
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Published On: August 8, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Faculty Reads, Volume One

Volume one of the fac­ulty reading list includes a variety of schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as African Amer­ican studies pro­fessor Robin Chandler’s book about gender-​​based vio­lence during wartime and jour­nalism pro­fessor Dan Kennedy’s per­sonal explo­ration of the cul­ture of dwarfism.  Title: “Women, War, and Vio­lence: Per­sonal Per­spec­tives and Global Activism” Author:…
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A Perilous Deal for the President

Ear­lier this week, Pres­i­dent Obama signed a bill passed by Con­gress that would raise the debt ceiling and avoid default. The com­bative nego­ti­a­tions that pre­ceded the deal, how­ever, high­lighted the deep polit­ical divide in Wash­ington. We asked Robert Gilbert, the Edward W. Brooke Pro­fessor in Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to examine the polit­ical cli­mate…
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Published On: August 3, 2011 | Tags: ,
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New Book Chronicles Jazz Legend

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities congratulates Leonard Brown, associate professor of African American Studies and music, on the publication of his new book, “Boston’s Jazz Legend: The Al Vega Story.” The biography is composed of Brown’s interviews and discussions with Vega over an eleven year period and includes commentary from family members and…
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Despite Debt Deal, Damage Done

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama reached a last-​​minute agree­ment on Tuesday to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and avoid default. How­ever, the crisis has dam­aged the United States’ standing in the world’s economy, according to Kamran Dad­khah, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics at North­eastern University. Will this debt crisis have a negative impact on the American…
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Published On: August 1, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Keeping ASL at Center of Deaf Culture

Recent budget cuts in Indiana and other parts of the U.S. have threat­ened the future of state schools for the deaf, cre­ating worry among deaf and hard-​​of-​​hearing fam­i­lies that their chil­dren will be pushed into main­stream schools where Amer­ican Sign Lan­guage (ASL) takes a back seat to new “speaking and lis­tening” tech­nolo­gies. Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of…
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