New research challenges ‘broken windows theory’ of crime prediction

In a recently pub­lished study, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor Daniel T. O’Brien offered a new model for advancing the study of neigh­bor­hood dynamics. He lever­aged Big Data to shed new light on what fac­tors pre­dict crime in urban neigh­bor­hoods, finding that pri­vate conflict—not public disorder—is a strong indicator.

August 29, 2014 - Jake Pratt, left, S'15 (expected graduation December '14), pulled his brother, Max, through West Village as students moved in to their dormitories at the start of the school year.
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3Qs: The human rights impact of Hurricane Katrina

Beyond the phys­ical destruc­tion Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina caused along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, the storm ulti­mately led to wide­spread human rights vio­la­tions, according to Amnesty Inter­na­tional. Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Thomas Vicino holds forth on the issues former Gulf Coast res­i­dents con­tinue to face today.

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Edible coffee

Thanks in part to the resources at IDEA, Northeastern’s student-​​run ven­ture accel­er­ator, New Grounds Food was able to grow its coffee bar busi­ness and give people a way to have their coffee and eat it too. Video by Shirin Mozaf­fari and Evan Kutsko/​Northeastern University

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A tour of Boston on foot

Stu­dents meet in front of Ell Hall on Wednesday after­noon before leaving for a walking tour of Boston. Photo by Adam Glanzman/​Northeastern University

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