With new academic plan in place, State of the University highlights Northeastern’s ‘bold’ future

On Thursday, uni­ver­sity leaders, stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff under­scored Northeastern’s suc­cesses over the past decade and looked ahead to its future. The new aca­d­emic plan, Pres­i­dent Aoun said, “is nothing less than a roadmap for cre­ating the world’s first global uni­ver­sity system.”

Structure of the brain’s ‘marijuana receptor’ revealed

New research by an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team, including Northeastern’s Alexan­dros Makriyannis, reveals how THC—the psy­choac­tive ingre­dient in marijuana—gets into brain cells. The find­ings open the door to the devel­op­ment of new med­ica­tions, free from side effects, for con­di­tions from pain and obe­sity to neu­ro­log­ical dis­eases and addiction.

Northeastern launches Professional Advancement Network to help professionals thrive in a dynamic workforce

The new edu­ca­tional plat­form offers hun­dreds of degree pro­grams, cer­tifi­cates and boot­camps to address the increas­ingly com­plex needs of learners and the pressing talent demands of employers.

Bob Dylan: a ‘singular phenomenon,’ and now a Nobel laureate

Bob Dylan made his­tory when he was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in lit­er­a­ture, becoming the first musi­cian to receive the honor. We spoke with music industry expert David Her­lihy about Dylan’s influ­ence and the rela­tion­ship between music and literature.

ABC News political analyst to examine the 2016 campaign and the future of US politics during campus visit

ABC News chief polit­ical ana­lyst Matthew Dowd will address the numerous ways in which the 2016 elec­tion is trans­forming Amer­ican pol­i­tics. The inter­ac­tive discussion—“Election 2016: Where do we go from here?”—will take place on Friday at noon in Blackman Audi­to­rium and also will be shown live on Facebook.

Global climate deal to phase out fast-​​growing pollutant. What happens next?

More than 170 coun­tries reached a land­mark cli­mate deal last weekend to limit the use of a chem­ical used in air con­di­tioners and refrig­er­a­tors that’s been called the world’s fastest-​​growing cli­mate pol­lu­tant. North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Eck­elman weighs in on the deal’s sig­nif­i­cance and the envi­ron­mental trade offs that come with replacing one tech­nology with another.

Take 5: Tips for breaking into the cybersecurity industry

With the field of cyber­se­cu­rity changing almost daily, it can be hard for prospec­tive employees to keep up with what they should know. Here, experts offer five tips for those looking to break into the cyber­se­cu­rity industry.

The art of political speechwriting—from a former White House speechwriter

Alan Stone was the archi­tect of many pres­i­den­tial speeches in the early 1990s. As the 2016 cam­paign enters the home stretch, we asked him to share his expe­ri­ences, tips, and what it’s like to hear a pres­i­dent speak words you’ve written.