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Cancer research co-​​op points to exciting career path

Student Mark Naniong participated in groundbreaking research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for his second co-op position. Photo by Mariah Tauger. 

When Mark Nan­iong, S’14, began his co-op at the Boston-based Belfer Insti­tute for Applied Cancer Sci­ences at Dana-Farber Cancer Insti­tute last spring, becoming a sci­en­tist wasn’t on his radar. But his expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity at the world-renowned treat­ment and research facility gave him a rare oppor­tu­nity to con­duct cut­ting edge research that could have major impli­ca­tions for the gen­eral public—an impact that this fifth-year chem­istry major hopes to cul­ti­vate in a future career in patent law.

The project in which Nan­iong par­tic­i­pated recently pro­duced results that were reported in Sci­ence Express, the early online pub­li­ca­tion edi­tion of Sci­ence Mag­a­zine, one of the most pres­ti­gious aca­d­emic jour­nals in the field.

“Being on a project with such far-reaching appli­ca­tions has shown me that I want to be in a career that is closely linked with the excite­ment and the progress that inno­va­tion in sci­ence holds,” Nan­iong said.

While on co-op, Nan­iong spent hun­dreds of hours oper­ating one of the industry’s most high-tech robotic instru­ments. Referred to as the Biomek FX liquid han­dler, it allowed the student-researcher to trans­fect hun­dreds of cells with a lumi­nes­cent pro­tein and a drug called thalido­mide to see how it affected a cell’s function.

In the 1960s and 70s, thalido­mide was com­monly pre­scribed to preg­nant women for treating morning sick­ness and insomnia. But it was found to adversely affect more than 10,000 Amer­ican, Euro­pean, and Aus­tralian chil­dren who were born with limb and other severe, and often fatal, defects.

The drug was quickly pulled from clin­ical cir­cu­la­tion, but it has remained of interest to researchers, who dis­cov­ered in the early 1990s that it was also useful for treating mul­tiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects bone marrow. In 2006 it was approved for clin­ical treat­ment of the disease.

In order to develop new drugs that mimic thalidomide’s anti-cancer activ­i­ties but do not pro­duce birth defects, researchers began exam­ining the mech­a­nisms behind those two phe­nomena. The research that Nan­iong par­tic­i­pated in goes a long way toward untan­gling this puzzle.

A pro­tein called cere­blon is impor­tant for the devel­op­ment of normal limbs. In 2010 a group of Japanese researchers dis­cov­ered that lenalidomide—a drug closely related to thalidomide—caused birth defects by inac­ti­vating cere­blon. It was orig­i­nally believed that this was also the mech­a­nism that caused the drugs’ anti­cancer prop­er­ties, but the new Dana-Farber research shows that is not the case.

The lead author on the paper, Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., said that while the drugs’ anti­cancer prop­er­ties are also related to cere­blon, it is rather a down­stream effect of this pro­tein that causes the tumor cells to die.

According to Kaelin, this dis­tinc­tion could make it pos­sible for researchers to develop new thalidomide-like drugs that retain its anti-cancer prop­er­ties but not its “teratogenicity.”

As a member of Kaelin’s team, Nan­iong wit­nessed the ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion required to seeing a research project through to the end. “We’ve been for­tu­nate to recruit many great young sci­en­tists from Northeastern’s co-op pro­gram,” said Richard Mid­dleton, senior research sci­en­tist at the Belfer Insti­tute who holds a doc­toral degree in med­ical oncology. “Mark typ­i­fied our expe­ri­ence with these stu­dents. He was a tremen­dous help in val­i­dating and opti­mizing the robotic screening assay used to iden­tify the target of lenalidomde.”

“Working on a project with such large impli­ca­tions really showed me what it means to con­duct valu­able research,” he said. In the end, the expe­ri­ence helped him deter­mine a career path that aligned with his intel­lec­tual acuity and the excite­ment of being part of sci­en­tific innovations.

Written by Angela Herring

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From DJ to Def Jam

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Elie Lamazerolles is a third-year music industry major who just returned from a co-op with Island Def Jam Music Group in New York City. Originally from Brussels, Lamazerolles has been DJing at parties and clubs in Europe since the age of 15. Photo by Brooks Canaday. 

Elie Lamaze­rolles, AMD’15, has music in his blood. Back in his home country of Bel­gium, his grand­fa­ther was a jazz and blues radio host, a music lover with more than 500 records in his collection.

“As a child, I would go to my grand­par­ents’ and just listen to vinyl’s,” recalled Lamaze­rolles. “Jazz is a great foun­da­tion and start in music.”

At 13, he decided to invest in turnta­bles and exper­i­ment with DJing. Within two years, he had honed his skills so well that he was playing at par­ties and clubs every weekend.

Lamaze­rolles has con­tinued to pursue this pas­sion at North­eastern, where he is cur­rently a third-year music industry major with a con­cen­tra­tion in music recording. He is also a Husky Ambas­sador, exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for the Council for Uni­ver­sity Pro­grams, and host of a two-hour long DJ set on WRBB radio, a non­profit, free-form sta­tion run by students.

Last semester, he worked in the Artist and Reper­toire depart­ment at Island Def Jam Music Group, part of the Uni­versal Music Group, in New York City. The Island Def Jam Music Group was formed in 1999, when UMG merged Island Records and Def Jam Recordings.

He had two pri­mary jobs. The first was con­ducting research and combing through sales and air­play sta­tis­tics in a score of coun­tries. The second was working under Island Records Pres­i­dent David Massey to help his assis­tant with a variety of tasks for the record head. These respon­si­bil­i­ties granted him an inside look into the divi­sion respon­sible for talent scouting and over­seeing the devel­op­ment of recording artists.

“Working as a DJ across Europe for eight years has taught me about the per­for­mance side of the industry, but this co-op exposed me to a whole other side that I wasn’t aware of,” he said. “It really inspired me.”

Lamaze­rolles got prac­tical expe­ri­ence in the music industry through working as a DJ and his pro­gram at North­eastern was instru­mental to his under­standing of the busi­ness side of the industry. In his first year at North­eastern, he took classes in which he learned the basics of how the music industry func­tions. Those courses pre­pared him well for his co-op at Island Def Jam.

“When I started at the depart­ment, there was a lot that I already knew and under­stood, which allowed me to dive into my work as quickly as pos­sible,” he explained.

Becoming immersed in the job so quickly, he said, allowed him to get the most out of the expe­ri­ence, which also solid­i­fied his desire to work on the A&R side of the music industry after graduation.

Lamaze­rolles cred­ited his North­eastern class­room expe­ri­ences for teaching him about sub­jects that he encoun­tered first­hand on co-op. “At my co-op, I was able to apply these skills and con­tinue to build my knowl­edge through expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion,” he said.

Written by Jordana Torres

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Former Marine boasts score of eclectic talents

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Hochiang Wang, DMSB'14, is a Marine Corps veteran and treasurer of the Student Veterans Organization. Photo by Brooks Canaday - See more at: http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2014/01/former-marine/#sthash.nb7YW7R9.dpuf

 

Hochiang Wang, DMSB’14, always knew he would join the mil­i­tary, but it was a high school trip to the Marine Corps Wash­ington, D.C. bar­racks that helped solidify his decision.

There he saw a per­for­mance by “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, and was wowed by the pageantry of the 80-member band. A few years later, Wang found him­self playing trom­bone in the same group.

Wang started playing the trom­bone in the fourth grade but never dreamed it might lead him to the mil­i­tary. “I signed an open con­tract when I joined and when I told the Marines Corps I played the trom­bone, they said, ‘That’s what you will do for us,’” Wang explained.

He trav­eled all around the country per­forming, including at the Tour­na­ment of Roses parade. He first played with Marine Band San Diego and then with “The Commandant’s Own.” The Marine Corps music pro­gram, he noted, is kind of like its mar­keting and recruiting arm.

But his mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence was not just about music. As the load­master for the bar­racks, it was his job to strate­gi­cally load cargo onto planes, whether it was boxes or the Marines themselves.

Wang said he was very happy with his eight years of mil­i­tary ser­vice but felt like there was a lot more in the world to explore—college being one of them. He noted that the university’s sig­na­ture co-op pro­gram was a major factor in choosing Northeastern.

On campus, Wang serves as the trea­surer of the Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion. He is also working to estab­lish a speaker series in which stu­dent vet­erans would share their mil­i­tary expe­ri­ence with pro­fes­sionals and classes. Wang said eight stu­dent vet­erans have vol­un­teered and hopes to get the series rolling this semester.

“What I want people to realize is the mil­i­tary is not just a one-dimensional war fighting machine,” Wang explained. “The mis­sion is national defense, and there are var­ious oper­a­tional and sup­port roles that work together to ensure success.”

A busi­ness stu­dent with a con­cen­tra­tion in supply chain man­age­ment, Wang was a member of the North­eastern team that won the fifth annual Under­grad­uate Supply Chain Chal­lenge at Michigan State Uni­ver­sity in November. He also works as a research assis­tant for asso­ciate pro­fessor Gilbert Nyaga in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, who researches logis­tics strategy, supply chain rela­tion­ships, and new product launch.

He did his first co-op with EMC, a multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion that offers data storage and infor­ma­tion secu­rity, which sub­se­quently hired him ear­lier this year to work part time on cost-saving strate­gies in cus­tomer ser­vice logis­tics. Wang helped the com­pany iden­tify sub­stan­tial costs sav­ings by finding ways to improve ship­ping, stocking strategy, and realigning inven­tory with demand.

“To say I per­son­ally made it happen would of course be an exag­ger­a­tion,” Wang explained. “I simply iden­ti­fied the areas of oppor­tu­ni­ties by researching past per­for­mance and pre­sented the costs to ben­e­fits of imple­menting new ideas.”

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At Israeli consulate, alum helps cultivate relationships

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Northeastern alumnus Ross Parker is the director of press and political affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to New England. Photo by Mariah Tauger

North­eastern alumnus Ross Parker, CJ’13, and his friends jok­ingly agree: if Birthright Israel develops a major adver­tising cam­paign, then he would make for the quin­tes­sen­tial spokesperson.

Birthright is a 10-day edu­ca­tional trip to Israel aimed at strength­ening young Jewish people’s interest in the country’s cul­ture. After going on Birthright two years ago through North­eastern, Parker is now working for the Israeli gov­ern­ment as the director of press and polit­ical affairs at the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Israel to New England.

“I’m kind of the poster child for Birthright,” Parker said with a laugh.

When he came to North­eastern, Parker intended to work in crim­inal jus­tice after grad­u­a­tion. But it was a co-op at the Mass­a­chu­setts State­house, where he interned for a state sen­ator, that inspired him to pursue a career in pol­i­tics rather than law. Parker said it was inter­esting to see con­stituent issues trans­form into leg­isla­tive action.

In his final semester this spring, he interned with the Israeli con­sulate, an expe­ri­ence that later turned into a full-time position.

“I was kind of all in at that point after I worked in pol­i­tics for the first time,” Parker said.

At the con­sulate, his respon­si­bil­i­ties range from main­taining rela­tion­ships between his office and politi­cians throughout New Eng­land to mon­i­toring local media cov­erage about Israel and the Middle East. He even returned to campus last month to attend an event marking the pub­li­ca­tion of Prof. Bill Miles’ newest book, Afro-Jewish Encoun­ters: From Tim­buktu to the Indian Ocean and Beyond.

“There are def­i­nitely a varying degree of views [among the Jewish-American com­mu­nity],” said Parker, a former member of Huskies for Israel, Northeastern’s pro-Israel stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion. “You have to appre­ciate everyone’s opinion for what it is. That just comes with job of working for an Israeli gov­ern­ment office.”

Parker noted that his co-op expe­ri­ences have pre­pared him for his role at the con­sulate. “It was a seam­less tran­si­tion between school and work,” he explained. “Get­ting that expe­ri­ence doing intern­ships or co-ops equipped me with the skills to take on this kind of respon­si­bility a month after graduating.”

In the future, he hopes to return to Israel in a pro­fes­sional capacity, but he could not be hap­pier in his cur­rent role. “As a first job out of col­lege,” he said, “I couldn’t really have asked for more than this.”

Written by Joe O'Connell

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A life-​​saving relief mission

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Sam Manning, second from the far right, with other volunteers in Cebu City. Photo courtesy of Sam Manning.

Sam Manning’s co-op expe­ri­ence at a non­profit research orga­ni­za­tion in the Philip­pines turned into a life-saving relief mis­sion when a cat­a­strophic typhoon swept through the island country last month, killing more than 5,900 people and causing some $1.6 bil­lion in damages.

In the storm’s after­math, the fourth-year inter­na­tional affairs major pack­aged thou­sands of pounds of donated rice, noo­dles, and sar­dines to send to the sur­vivors. Many of them had lived in the sea­side city of Tacloban, where 150 mile-per-hour winds ripped tin roofs off homes, snapped trees in half, and tossed large ships ashore.

“Hearing sto­ries from people who had been in Tacloban and seeing the awful pic­tures of destroyed cities and streets lined with body bags com­pelled me to find a way to help the sur­vivors,” Man­ning said. “I can’t imagine going through the trauma that they were forced to face.”

The young human­i­tarian vol­un­teered in Manila and Cebu, two cities where the United Nations’ World Food Pro­gramme had estab­lished logis­tics hubs. In Cebu, he met a vol­un­teer who had trav­eled more than 2,000 miles from Japan to look for his best friend whom had gone missing in Ormoc, a city destroyed by the storm’s mas­sive surge.

One volunteer carries a 121-pound bag of rice into a sorting facility in Cebu City.

One vol­un­teer car­ries a 121-pound bag of rice into a sorting facility in Cebu City.

“I haven’t heard from him since,” Man­ning blogged. “While I hope that he was reunited with his best friend, I know that he helped a lot of others along the way.”

So, too, did Man­ning, whose work in Cebu was labor inten­sive, an exer­cise in strength and endurance. Over a two-day span, he helped carry thou­sands of 121-pound sacks of rice from large trucks to an indoor sorting facility.

A score of Fil­ipinos thanked Man­ning for his help, a ges­ture that did not go unno­ticed. “It’s impor­tant to give your time because every single pair of hands helped a lot,” Man­ning learned. “Never under­es­ti­mate what you can do. When you have the oppor­tu­nity to help, do your best to make an impact.”

His enthu­siasm for helping those in need dove­tails with his co-op work in the Philip­pines. As a research assis­tant for Inno­va­tions for Poverty Action, Man­ning is con­ducting a ran­dom­ized con­trolled trial to mea­sure the impact of expanding access to credit for small and medium enterprises—an expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity for which he received a Pres­i­den­tial Global Schol­ar­ship.

“This type of research is the first step toward answering dif­fi­cult ques­tions about how to most effi­ciently and effec­tively reduce global poverty,” he said.

Written by Jason Kornwitz

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An unforgettable day, from wire to wire

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Northeastern alumnus Kenneth Scola was working at The Boston Globe on his first co-op the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. It was an experience he said he will never forget. Photo via Thinkstock.

When North­eastern alumnus Ken­neth Scola thinks back to Nov. 22, 1963, the day Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy was killed, he remem­bers the sound of bells.

As the copy boy in The Boston Globe wire room that day, Scola’s first co-op, it was his job to read bul­letins from national news agen­cies and deliver them to the news­room copy desk. The then 19-year-old was all by him­self that after­noon 50 years ago when the bells on the wire machines started ringing, sig­naling major incoming news.

“Back then there were words that indi­cated varying degrees of impor­tance like ‘bul­letin’ and ‘flash,’” explained Scola, AS’67, who grad­u­ated with an Eng­lish degree and a jour­nalism minor. “‘Flash’ is the highest pri­ority, and I had never seen it before that day. I looked at the wire and saw, ‘The pres­i­dent has been shot.’”

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Ken­neth Scola

Scola, 69, said at first he wasn’t sure which pres­i­dent it was. All day he had read updates from Kennedy’s visit to Texas, but he didn’t think it could be the former Mass­a­chu­setts sen­ator and congressman.

When he real­ized exactly what hap­pened, Scola yelled out to Jim Keddy, the Globe’s slotman, and told him to get to the wire room. It was Keddy’s job to take the bul­letins from Scola and dis­tribute them to reporters.

“[After Keddy learned the pres­i­dent had been shot] he went back out to the news­room and I heard him say ‘Clear your desks, there’s only one story today,’” Scola said. “After that it was an amazing day to be at a news­paper. Everyone was working at full speed.”

Scola’s workday started at 5:45 a.m., and he was there until mid-afternoon after Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion. Like almost everyone else in the country, he recalled the newspaper’s staff hud­dling around the one tele­vi­sion in the news­room to watch the story unfold.

“It kind of took me aback to see some of these harden news­pa­permen, guys who had cov­ered mur­ders and other tragic sto­ries, in tears,” Scola said.

Fol­lowing his co-op, Scola worked for the Globe’s sports depart­ment for four years. He said he was very grateful for the real-world expe­ri­ence he received on that first co-op. “I never could have gotten the level of expe­ri­ence I received if I went to another school,” Scola explained. “The co-op job, I believe, was instru­mental in helping form my career.”

Scola went on to have a suc­cessful career in adver­tising, but said as a jour­nalism co-op stu­dent, there was no day “as exciting in a bizarre kind of way” than Nov. 22, 1963.

Written by Joe O'Connell

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Nursing volunteers ‘ready when the time comes’

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Northeastern’s School of Nursing and the American Red Cross have formed a first-of-its-kind partnership to equip students, faculty, and alumni with disaster-relief training. File photo

When dis­as­ters such as Super­storm Sandy or the Boston Marathon bomb­ings strike, vol­un­teers from Northeastern’s School of Nursing will now be equipped to join the front lines in helping those in need thanks to a new part­ner­ship with the Amer­ican Red Cross.

Ear­lier this month, Amer­ican Red Cross vol­un­teer rep­re­sen­ta­tives and trainers led a half-day intro­duc­tory course at the Curry Stu­dent Center as part of its cor­po­rate vol­un­teer pro­gram called “Ready When The Time Comes.” The pro­gram aims to train employees from part­nering orga­ni­za­tions and mobi­lize them as a community-based vol­un­teer force in response to a disaster.

“This part­ner­ship is a great way for stu­dents to learn new skills and to give back to their com­mu­nity,” said Carole Kenner, dean of the School of Nursing. “The Amer­ican Red Cross pro­vides a great ser­vice to our com­mu­nity and nation. It is an honor to be a part of their efforts.”

This marks the first time the Amer­ican Red Cross has part­nered with a nursing school for this pro­gram, according to Catherine O’Connor, a clin­ical instructor in the School of Nursing who is leading the ini­tia­tive. The 60 stu­dents, fac­ulty mem­bers, and alumni who par­tic­i­pated learned about the Red Cross’ mis­sion and were intro­duced to some of the fun­da­men­tals of volunteering.

The par­tic­i­pants were cer­ti­fied to vol­un­teer with the Amer­ican Red Cross during dis­as­ters and can now take addi­tional training in spe­cific roles such as working in shel­ters or being part of a field team.

“I think it builds a skill set that clin­i­cally we are not able to pro­vide them,” O’Connor said. “We can pro­vide a lot of ser­vices, but the Amer­ican Red Cross has a lot to teach us as well.”

The part­ner­ship was set in motion last year, when nursing stu­dents were unable to vol­un­teer in the Super­storm Sandy recovery effort because they didn’t have the proper training.

“This is the go-ahead to get cer­ti­fied in what­ever area we want to help with during a dis­aster,” said senior nursing stu­dent Bri­anna Faherty.

The pro­gram will be offered every semester to North­eastern nursing stu­dents, fac­ulty, and alumni. Last week’s training was for seniors, but O’Connor said she is hoping all nursing stu­dents can par­tic­i­pate in the future so they can take advan­tage of the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion while at Northeastern.

“We are hopeful this will be the start of a long part­ner­ship,” said Kelly Miller, a Red Cross vol­un­teer ser­vices pro­gram man­ager who helped train North­eastern stu­dents last week.

One of the main goals of the School of Nursing’s mis­sion is addressing urban health con­cerns and pro­viding care to under­served pop­u­la­tions such as the home­less, impov­er­ished, and elderly.

To help those in the Greater Boston area who cannot readily get health­care, the School of Nursing cre­ated the Health in Motion Van, a mobile clinic that pro­vides HIV tests, immu­niza­tions, and sup­port for refer­rals, among other services.

Justin Alves, a 2013 grad­uate of the School of Nursing who works on the van, par­tic­i­pated in the dis­aster pre­pared­ness training. He said North­eastern nurses’ med­ical skills and the Amer­ican Red Cross’ dis­aster man­age­ment exper­tise is a great match.

“On the van we deal with hos­pital sit­u­a­tions out­side of the hos­pital,” Alves explained. “And I think that is where our skill set is going to come in handy.”

The Red Cross part­ner­ship builds on other dis­aster assis­tance edu­ca­tion pro­grams for North­eastern nursing stu­dents. For instance, all stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in dis­aster training at Boston Med­ical Center under the direc­tion of Mau­reen McMahon, an alumna of the School of Nursing’s grad­uate program.

“With nursing stu­dents, the Amer­ican Red Cross is get­ting people who under­stand how to work with patients and how to talk to people from diverse cul­tures and socioe­co­nomic back­grounds,” O’Connor noted. “I’m very proud of the stu­dents we have here. They are people of action. And this is some­thing they will be able to use for the rest of their lives.”

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Northeastern, Santander renew global business partnership

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Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun and Roman Blanco, the U.S. CEO of the Santander Group, a Madrid-based financial services company, sign a three-year extension of Santander Universities’ support for the Bachelor of Science in International Business program. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

As part of the Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram, Phillip Turner spent a year in Madrid studying at a pri­vate uni­ver­sity and working on co-op with a dig­ital mar­keting con­sul­tancy. He learned to speak fluent Spanish and made a score of life­long friends from Europe.

“I enjoyed the adven­ture,” said Turner, a fifth-year senior who returned to North­eastern from co-op in August. “Every­thing was a little bit chal­lenging,” he added, noting the dif­fi­culty of adapting to the Spanish-speaking work environment.

Turner was among eight stu­dents in the BSIB pro­gram who gath­ered in a con­fer­ence room in the Egan Research Center on Thursday after­noon. The young global cit­i­zens dis­cussed their inter­na­tional expe­ri­ences over light fare and then met with North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun and Roman Blanco, the U.S. CEO of the San­tander Group, a Madrid-based finan­cial ser­vices company.

In the spring of 2010, North­eastern signed a gift agree­ment with San­tander that allowed the uni­ver­sity to expand the BSIB pro­gram to Brazil. On Thursday, stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff gath­ered to cel­e­brate the signing of a three-year exten­sion of San­tander Uni­ver­si­ties’ sup­port for the program.

The Northeastern-Santander part­ner­ship will give BSIB stu­dents the chance to explore their futures in for­eign coun­tries. “You never know what you will be doing in life, because what you study might not be what you prac­tice,” Aoun told them. “You don’t know today where you will end up.”

Blanco, for his part, described the part­ner­ship as a per­fect fit, saying that both insti­tu­tions com­prise “global cit­i­zens who strive for innovation.”

“This is a tremen­dous part­ner­ship because we’re both in the busi­ness of devel­oping global lead­er­ship,” added Hugh Courtney, dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness.

Estab­lished in 1994, the BSIB pro­gram offers stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to both study and work over­seas in the lan­guage of their host country, building upon the university’s global lead­er­ship in expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion. By training stu­dents to become future global man­agers, the pro­gram develops highly qual­i­fied pro­fes­sionals who bring a more com­pet­i­tive edge in world mar­kets to U.S. corporations.

The program—currently oper­ating in 10 coun­tries and ranked No. 8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—aims to broaden stu­dents’ cross-cultural aware­ness, increase their knowl­edge of a for­eign lan­guage, and bol­ster their under­standing of inter­na­tional busi­ness practices.

Nicholas Athanassiou, the academic director of the BSIB program since 2003, chats with Blanca Sainz, a third-year international student from Madrid.

Nicholas Athanas­siou, the aca­d­emic director of the BSIB pro­gram since 2003, chats with Blanca Sainz, a third-year inter­na­tional stu­dent from Madrid. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

Nicholas Athanas­siou, the aca­d­emic director of the pro­gram since 2003, urged prospec­tive stu­dents to con­sider the program’s career-long ben­e­fits. “We live in a glob­al­ized world and the best way to learn about where you live is to spend time away from where you’re from,” he said fol­lowing the formal por­tion of the hour­long event. Even if BSIB stu­dents choose to work in America, he said, “Spending time in inter­na­tional busi­ness over­seas will make you more effec­tive in your U.S. career.”

Blanca Sainz is a third-year inter­na­tional stu­dent from Madrid. She com­pleted her first two years of col­lege at the Catholic Insti­tute of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, Northeastern’s partner school in the BSIB-Spain pro­gram, and is a can­di­date for a degree in inter­na­tional busi­ness from both institutions.

Sainz chose the BSIB pro­gram for a chance to step out of her com­fort zone, saying that the oppor­tu­nity to study in two coun­ties has been a “life-changing expe­ri­ence that has allowed me to adapt to many new sit­u­a­tions and customs.”

Written by Jason Kornwitz

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Law school alumnus elected to Boston City Council

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Josh Zakim, a 2009 graduate of the Northeastern School of Law, was elected to the Boston City Council last week. Courtesy photo

Josh Zakim, an alumnus of Northeastern’s School of Law and the son of a well-known reli­gious and civil rights leader, has been elected to rep­re­sent Dis­trict 8 in the Boston City Council.

Zakim, who grad­u­ated from the law school in 2009, defeated Michael Nichols in the Nov. 5 city elec­tion. Zakim received about 52 per­cent of the vote to Nichols’ 47 per­cent. Dis­trict 8 com­prises Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway-Kenmore, Mis­sion Hill, and the West End.

“This is a new time in the city,” Zakim said in a phone inter­view last Thursday. “With a new mayor for the first time in 20 years, this is a great oppor­tu­nity to help shape the future of Boston.”

Zakim will offi­cially start his new job in Jan­uary. His list of to-dos includes making rent in his dis­trict more afford­able and finding a bal­ance between devel­op­ment and neigh­bor­hood needs.

“Rising rent costs is an issue across the city, but in areas like Mis­sion Hill and Fenway it’s forcing people and fam­i­lies to move away,” he said. “I want to help make Boston a city that pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties and is acces­sible to everyone.”

Although this is Zakim’s first foray into pol­i­tics, public ser­vice runs in his family. His father, Leonard Zakim, was a reli­gious and civil rights leader who served as the director of the New Eng­land region of the Anti-Defamation League. The iconic Zakim Bridge is named for Leonard, who died of bone marrow cancer in 1999.

Zakim said he came to North­eastern in part because of the co-op pro­gram, the cor­ner­stone of the university’s expe­ri­en­tial learning model. He was also impressed with the law school’s focus on public interest.

“North­eastern con­tinues to be a leading law school,” Zakim noted. “And whether grad­u­ates go into the pri­vate or public sector, they are gen­er­ally going into their legal career to do good.”

After grad­u­ating law school, Zakim worked for the Greater Boston Legal Ser­vices and rep­re­sented fam­i­lies that were at risk of losing their homes to fore­clo­sure. He also worked in the public finance group at Mintz Levin, a Boston-based law firm.

“Public ser­vice and social eco­nomic jus­tice have always been impor­tant to me,” Zakim explained. “The dis­trict has had such able rep­re­sen­ta­tion by Michael Ross, and I thought it was impor­tant we have someone at City Hall with sim­ilar values.”

Ross, who was elected to the city council in 2000, was one of four city coun­cilors to give up their seats this year in order to run for mayor. This elec­tion marked the first in two decades that Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s name was not on the ballot.

Written by Joe O'Connell

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Journalism student on the World Series roster

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Senior Anthony Gulizia is a member of The Boston Globe’s coverage staff for the World Series, which began Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

When the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Car­di­nals faced off in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night, North­eastern stu­dent Anthony Gulizia was there—though not as an anx­ious spec­tator. Instead, the senior jour­nalism major was wrap­ping up a busy day of writing and reporting as a member of The Boston Globe’s cov­erage staff.

Gulizia is also sched­uled to cover Game 2 on Thursday night as well as Games 6 and 7 if the series returns to Boston fol­lowing Games 3, 4, and 5 in St. Louis. “I’m very excited,” he said in an inter­view prior to Game 1. “It’s an incred­ible opportunity.”

For his Game 1 cov­erage, Gulizia wrote a piece about how Red Sox fans pre­pared for Wednesday’s cold weather at Fenway and St. Louis Car­di­nals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright’s strug­gles in his team’s 8–1 loss to the Sox on Wednesday night.

Gulizia, a Revere, Mass., native, first started writing for the Globe while on co-op in Jan­uary 2011, when he cov­ered high school bas­ket­ball and base­ball. After com­pleting his co-op, he con­tinued working for the Globe as a high school foot­ball cor­re­spon­dent that fall.

The fol­lowing spring, Gulizia began his second co-op as a web con­tent intern in the Boston Bruins’ com­mu­ni­ca­tions office, where he wrote sev­eral arti­cles a day for the team’s web­site. The oppor­tu­nity to expand his writing expe­ri­ence to pro­fes­sional sports and cover pro ath­letes, Gulizia said, opened the doors to more oppor­tu­ni­ties at the Globe after his co-op con­cluded. In addi­tion to high school sports, the Globe has since tabbed him to attend New Eng­land Patriots prac­tices and write about the Bruins and Red Sox.

Throughout Major League Baseball’s post­season this fall, Gulizia has written a variety of Red Sox-related side­bars and fea­tures for the Globe, including sto­ries on starting pitcher Jon Lester’s strong outing in Game 1 of the ALCS despite the loss, the fans’ inter­ac­tion with Fenway’s cher­ished Pesky Pole in right field, and stilt walker Brian Dwyer who per­forms out­side the park before home games.

“The Globe really beefs up its cov­erage during the play­offs,” said Gulizia, who tweets during the Sox play­offs games. “We’re out there cov­ering every angle of it that we can.”

Gulizia attrib­utes his growth as a sports reporter to Northeastern’s jour­nalism pro­gram and his experiential-learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, which include a one-year stint as sports editor for The Hunt­ington News. His pro­fes­sors bring a wealth of industry expe­ri­ence to the class­room, he said, while the university’s co-op pro­gram has allowed him to “get out there and do it” himself.

Overall, his sports jour­nalism assign­ments have taught him a valu­able lesson: how to write quickly on dead­line. This skill has only been ampli­fied during the base­ball play­offs, when he might have fewer than 30 min­utes to file a 500-word story. It’s a “chaotic envi­ron­ment,” Gulizia said, but one he thrives on, as those pressure-packed sit­u­a­tions serve as extra moti­va­tion for him to knock his story out of the park.

“It’s been far and away the most helpful expe­ri­ence I’ve had,” Gulizia said of cov­ering playoff base­ball this fall. “It’s all been part of the learning process for me.”

Written by Greg St. Martin

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