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Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle.


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Try to make this the only time you see a ransomware warning notice. Christiaan Colen/flickr

It’s easier to defend against ransomware than you might think

Ransomware – which encrypts your files and offers to sell you the key – operates differently from other malicious software. Those differences turn out to give potential victims a fighting chance.
Indonesian schoolchildren show off the mark indicating they’ve just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world’s ‘neglected’ diseases. CDC Global

Combating ‘neglected’ diseases using nature’s apothecary

The 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine went to research on remedies derived from natural compounds. Academia is continuing the fight against 'neglected' diseases by similarly hunting for new drugs in nature.
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The problem with rating people on the new app Peeple

Peeple is getting called the Yelp of rating people. The cofounders say it will be a positive place that turns character into currency. But does it make sense to rate people as we rate restaurants?
Making waves: the pope in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican City earlier this month. Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Pope Francis climate advocate: reframing the debate

Warning of “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem,” Pope Francis in an encyclical to be released this week (and already leaked) calls for aggressive action to combat climate change and other environmental…
On climate change and other environmental problems, students would benefit from engaging with a greater diversity of ideas and perspectives, conclude the authors of a new study. S. McClanahan/flickr

A call for greater diversity of thought in environmental studies courses

Even before Jacqueline Ho enrolled in her first environmental studies course at college, her thinking about climate change had been shaped during her years growing up in Singapore reading books by the…
Workshops that teach scientists about public communication and advocacy are growing in popularity. Career ambition rather than politics appears to be a main motivation behind scientists' desire to engage the public. SISSA

Inside America’s science lobby: What motivates AAAS members to engage the public?

At their annual meetings last month, leaders of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) urged their members to advocate on behalf of federal funding for scientific research, actions…
On climate change and other environmental problems, the humanities, creative arts, and media professions are a key resource for generating critical understanding, inspiration, and collaboration. The Dawn of the Anthropocene -- New York City, September 2014.-- L. Reese

Universities in the Anthropocene: engaging students and communities

There is a growing movement among writers, scientists, and scholars to pin a new label on our modern era. According to these thinkers, pressing environmental problems like climate change are a sign that…
Bills, bills, bills. bills and stethoscope via vichie81/Shutterstock

Why medical debt – and bankruptcy – are growing problems

Burdensomely high medical costs are often blamed for pushing many Americans into bankruptcy. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau some 43 million Americans have unpaid medical debt on…
At UN climate change negotiations, human rights issues are increasingly the focus.

Talking climate change in Lima: who is pushing for what

Senior officials representing nearly 200 countries gather in Lima, Peru this week for the final stages of United Nations-led climate change talks. The meetings, which began December 1, are intended to…
MSNBC and Fox News skew perceptions, promote polarization. MSNBC 1/31/2014

Keystone falls short in Senate, cable news battle continues

In the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening, supporters of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed by a single vote to pass a bill approving the project. The controversial pipeline is intended to link the Alberta oil…

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