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Northwestern in the Media

November 30, 2021
Find trending news opportunities for sharing faculty expertise, and check out our weekly update of Northwestern community members making headlines.

Your Colleagues in the News

Check out the top-reaching stories of academic impact in traditional media. Metrics draw from English-language print, broadcast and online global media outlets.

Top stories (Nov. 18-24*)

  • Several faculty  most notably, Feinberg's Robert Murphy and Elizabeth McNally  discuss the FDA's new guidance on COVID-19 booster shots. They were cited in 29 stories for a reach of 5 million. Top outlets include The New York Times, NBC News and U.S. News.

  • Northwestern Law's Deborah Tuerkheimer comments on the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. Tuerkheimer was cited in 56 stories for a reach of 3.3 million. Top outlets include Reuters.

  • Researchers led by McCormick's Florian Willomitzer have invented a high-resolution camera that can see around corners and through scattering media, such as skin, fog or potentially even the human skull. Willomitzer was cited in 23 stories for a reach of 3.2 million. Top outlets include the Daily Mail, Newsweek, Mashable and IFL Science

*To allow time for data processing and validation, the reporting period for top stories and quantitative media metrics runs Thursday-Wednesday.

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In the spotlight

Read in-depth coverage of Northwestern faculty work and research.

Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till

100th birthday of Mamie Till-Mobley, mother of Emmett Till, marked with creation of new institute at Northwestern

From Chicago Tribune

On the 100th birthday of Mamie Till-Mobley, mother of a teenager slain in Mississippi in 1955, members of the Till family and Medill professor Chris Benson marked the milestone by announcing a new institute dedicated to preserving the family’s legacy. The Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Institute is aimed at carrying on Till-Mobley’s educational activism by exploring new ways to reach and teach one another.

Trending News

These are the trending topics in the news and on social media that we’re keeping our eyes on this week. If you have a viewpoint or expertise on any of the topics below and you’re willing to talk to reporters about them, email us at

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Vaccine inequity may give rise to more COVID-19 variants

Scientists and academics have long called on wealthy nations to share vaccines around the world — not only to protect people in those countries, but also to reduce the risk of new mutant variants emerging that could evade vaccines for everyone. Despite these warnings, this is exactly what appears to have happened, some of these experts say. The new omicron variant emerged in southern Africa with a large number of mutations that experts say may allow it to transmit more easily and possibly reduce existing immunity.

NATO warns Russia to avoid costly mistake in Ukraine

Trump lawyer asks court to keep records away from U.S. Capitol riot panel

A lawyer for former President Donald Trump asked a U.S. appeals court to keep records about his conversations and actions before and during the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of his supporters away from congressional investigators.

Roe v. Wade on the line as Supreme Court takes up Mississippi abortion rights case

Supreme Court justices gather this week to consider a question that has roiled the political sphere for decades and become a major feature of every modern-day judicial confirmation hearing: should Roe v. Wade be overturned? Front and center at oral arguments will be a Mississippi law that bars abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, that has the court considering whether a woman has a constitutional right to end a pregnancy.

Ghislaine Maxwell trial opens

Opening statements began this week in the federal sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the once prominent socialite accused of helping disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein exploit and abuse multiple girls over nearly a decade.

NU Voices

Read perspectives from Northwestern faculty in national media.

Vaccine syringe

How religious liberty was distorted in the age of COVID-19

From Andrew Koppelman, The Hill

"Supreme Court advocate Douglas Laycock helped craft today’s First Amendment law. Yet in the COVID-19 cases, the Court’s conservative majority risks turning the free exercise of religion into something Laycock never imagined: a right to kill people," Koppelman writes in The Hill.


About the Northwestern in the Media briefing

This weekly newsletter combines previous communications distributed by the Office of Global Marketing and Communications, including the news summary and the morning briefing. 

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