New professor studies energy in the emerging interdisciplinary field of sustainability science

Jennie Stephens’ research focuses on the global energy tran­si­tion away from fossil fuels toward renewables—particularly, under­standing the social dynamics of inte­grating wind power, solar, and smart grid into energy systems.

Northeastern’s newest artist-​​in-​​residence puts mural in students’ hands

Bay Area muralist Susan Cer­vantes and artists from her orga­ni­za­tion, Precita Eyes, say they serve as a “bridge” between art and the com­mu­nity, and they’re doing just that by col­lab­o­rating with stu­dents to design and paint the university’s newest mural on the Latino/​a Stu­dent Cul­tural Center as part of North­eastern Public Art Ini­tia­tive. Here’s how you can get involved.

Hackathon examines power of Big Data to change lives

Entire moun­tain ranges of data are growing all around, and they will either bury us or help us climb to new heights of under­standing. It all depends on how we respond. This was the focus of a four-​​hour “hackathon” Wednesday night, spon­sored by North­eastern to explore the inter­sec­tion between public policy and Big Data analysis. The event, “Data Sci­ence, Jour­nalism, and the Future of Jus­tice,” was part of HUB­week, a series of more than 100 events that brought together the brightest minds in gov­ern­ment, pri­vate industry, and acad­emia to cel­e­brate inno­va­tion in Boston.

Millennials, shaped by ‘a nation in distress,’ pose a unique challenge to presidential candidates

Millennials—the gen­er­a­tion born between 1981 and 2001—have largely grown up in a post-​​9/​11, Great Recession-​​battered America: a cli­mate that has left them with stag­gering debt and a dis­trust of estab­lished sys­tems, argued Boston Globe jour­nalist Evan Horowitz at this week’s Open Class­room. These voters, he said, could be a major influ­ence in the pres­i­den­tial election.

New professor has made crime prevention his life’s work

Anthony Braga, newly appointed Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor and director of the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, has been working in con­junc­tion with the Boston Police Depart­ment for more than 20 years, ana­lyzing poli­cies and devel­oping pro­grams aimed at reducing the city’s vio­lent crime rate.