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Handball Adds Local Flavor to Co-op in Germany

Michael Waite’s co-op work in Germany – engaging in political outreach and helping to run a small business – gave him some pretty full days. Considering Waite also played for a German handball team and bonded with his foreign teammates, the senior sociology major came away with a profound international experience. “It was really a true two-for-one,”…
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Published On: December 9, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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Global Environment Affects Crime Gender Gap

While women in general commit far fewer violent crimes than men, a new study by a Northeastern University professor finds the difference between the genders is much smaller in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The research on the violent crime “gender gap” appears in the December issue of the journal American Sociological Review. The study, coauthored by Gregory…
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Published On: December 7, 2010 | Tags: ,,
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Battling HIV/AIDS and the Healthcare Crisis in Africa

The spread of HIV/AIDS across Africa has had a devastating effect for decades. Richard Wamai, assistant professor of African American studies, is researching how a range of interventions – particularly male circumcision – can offer hope for the continent’s future in HIV prevention. “HIV prevalence across Africa really varies by patterns of male circumcision more than…
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Published On: November 22, 2010 | Tags: ,,,
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The Social Perspective on Climate Change

Over the summer, Northeastern University senior Sarah Tishler asked herself what citizens of the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu would do if rising sea levels threatened to displace its modest population, as some climate-change experts predict. “What happens to people when Tuvalu goes underwater?” said Tishler, a triple major in international affairs, psychology and French. “Are they still considered…
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Published On: November 18, 2010 | Tags: ,,,,
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Differing Visions of Multiculturalism at Odds in Europe

The government of Germany has announced that it will place more stringent demands on all immigrants in an effort to better integrate them into society. Since then, a growing debate about multiculturalism has brought to light issues of religious and cultural intolerance in Germany and across the globe. Associate Professor of International Affairs Berna Turam,…
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Published On: November 12, 2010 | Tags: ,
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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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