3Qs: Why for-​​profit prisons are on the rise

Pri­vate prisons are a par­tic­u­larly hot topic these days, the set­ting of the Net­flix dramedy Orange is the New Black and the sub­ject of a recent 35,000-word Mother Jones exposé. Here, Natasha Frost, asso­ciate pro­fessor in Northeastern’s School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, explains how for-​​profit prisons are changing the crim­inal jus­tice system.

3Qs: Will ‘superbug’ in Rio’s waters harm Olympic athletes?

A new study from a team of Brazilian sci­en­tists has found that a drug-​​resistant bac­terium has been growing off two city beaches bor­dering Gua­n­abara Bay, where Olympic sailors will com­pete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, pro­fessor of soci­ology and director of Northeastern’s Envi­ron­mental Jus­tice Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, to dis­cuss the social, polit­ical, and sci­en­tific impli­ca­tions of the findings.

Students design levitating pod for Hyperloop contest that could revolutionize the future of transportation

Stu­dents from North­eastern and five other top uni­ver­si­ties have joined forces to form Open­Loop, a team ded­i­cated to designing, building, and testing the best scaled-​​down ver­sion of the futur­istic Hyper­loop, a novel mode of com­muter and cargo trans­port that travels close to the speed of sound. Their approach takes the com­pe­ti­tion to new heights.

NUPD chief: National shootings ‘disturbing,’ but present opportunity to form stronger bonds between police and communities

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Chief of Police Michael Davis has been a part of a range of efforts and ini­tia­tives at the national level exam­ining law enforce­ment prac­tices, par­tic­u­larly those involving race and policing.

Hugh Courtney to conclude tenure as dean of D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Courtney, who was appointed dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness in 2012, has cul­ti­vated a pio­neering entre­pre­neurial ecosystem, led the devel­op­ment of new grad­uate pro­grams, and hired out­standing fac­ulty. He will con­clude his tenure as dean during the 2016–17 aca­d­emic year, and will remain a tenured member of the fac­ulty afterward.

Northeastern to invest $25 million of endowment funds in environmental sustainability

A rec­og­nized leader in sus­tain­ability prac­tices, edu­ca­tion, and research, North­eastern will take an inno­v­a­tive addi­tional step to address the global chal­lenge of cli­mate change.

Northeastern receives $9M grant to fast track the discovery of new antibiotics

A team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Biology Kim Lewis received a five-​​year, $9 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tute of Health’s National Insti­tute of Allergy and Infec­tious Dis­eases to launch a novel plat­form for devel­oping antibi­otics that kill pathogens without encoun­tering resistance.

Student climbing his way through American Ninja Warrior

North­eastern stu­dent and cham­pion climber Josh Levin zipped through the opening round of Amer­ican Ninja War­rior. Tonight, he’ll be on campus for a viewing party with the North­eastern com­mu­nity as NBC airs the show’s Los Angeles finals, in which Levin com­peted. Here, Levin, who’s won nearly 20 climbing national cham­pi­onships, describes how he aced the first Amer­ican Ninja War­rior course.

Witness videos and the conversation about race and policing

Police in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Ster­ling on Tuesday. A day later, police in Min­nesota fatally shot Phi­lando Castile. Both men were black. And both shoot­ings were cap­tured in grisly videos by bystanders—videos that quickly cir­cu­lated on social media. Here, law pro­fessor Jes­sica Silbey talks about the role tech­nology now plays in influ­encing the con­ver­sa­tion about race and policing, and the con­sti­tu­tional right of cit­i­zens to record law enforce­ment in public.

Professor explores diplomacy nuance in new book

Pro­fessor Mary Thompson-​​Jones knows the intri­ca­cies of diplo­macy oper­a­tions, with more than two decades of expe­ri­ence in for­eign policy. In her new book, To the Sec­re­tary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America’s For­eign Policy Dis­con­nect, she explores the intri­ca­cies exposed by the 2010 Wik­iLeaks scandal.