How serious is the threat posed by new ‘superbug’?

Reports of the arrival in the U.S. of a new superbug that is resis­tant to an antibi­otic of last resort have set off alarm bells among public health offi­cials. Last year, a team led by North­eastern pro­fessor Kim Lewis dis­cov­ered teixobactin, an antibi­otic that elim­i­nates bac­teria without encoun­tering any detectable resis­tance. We asked him to explain the new superbug, how wor­ried we should be, and how it might be stopped.

Law professor wins prestigious teaching award

Wendy Parmet, the Matthews Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Law, recently won the Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award from the Amer­ican Society of Law, Med­i­cine, and Ethics in honor of her dis­tin­guished work as a health law jurist and educator.

New campus mural from start to finish

Uni­ver­sity pho­tog­ra­phers were there to doc­u­ment Boston-​​based artist Cedric Dou­glas as he cre­ated a new mural on the Behrakis Health Sci­ences Center. The mural is the latest instal­la­tion in Northeastern’s Public Art Initiative.

3Qs: Why court ruling on emission reductions is ‘important and influential’

The Mass­a­chu­setts’ Supreme Judi­cial Court ruled recently, after hearing argu­ments from a North­eastern School of Law alumna, that the com­mon­wealth must specif­i­cally adhere to man­dates that call for sig­nif­i­cant emis­sion reduc­tions by 2020, a ruling that North­eastern envi­ron­mental law expert Lee Breck­endridge says is influ­en­tial and demon­strates the role courts can play in addressing cli­mate change.

Faculty, staff reflect on Muhammad Ali and his Northeastern ties

Jack Gri­nold, Northeastern’s leg­endary sports infor­ma­tion director, says watching the heavy­weight champ’s training ses­sions at Matthews Arena in 1964 “were some of the most delightful after­noons I’ve ever spent.” In 1994, Ali received an hon­orary doc­torate of public ser­vice from North­eastern. The trans­for­ma­tional sports figure died on Friday. Here, mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity reflect on Ali’s life and legacy.

Chemical engineering professor moonlights as webcomic artist

In 2008, Lucas Land­herr cre­ated a slice-​​of-​​life web­comic called “Sur­viving the World” as a way to “main­tain his sanity” while he worked toward becoming a pro­fessor. Today, his comic series—as well as his pen­chant for idio­syn­cratic humor—is shaping his pro­fes­sional life in ways that he never could have imagined.

Northeastern researchers find that Amazon might not always be pitching you the best prices

A team led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson shows that Amazon is much more likely to point buyers to sellers who use an auto­mated prac­tice called algo­rithmic pricing, even though those sellers’ prices may be higher than others’.

PhD student to study water access and control in Uganda through interviews—and equations

Matt Simonson got his under­grad­uate degree in math and inter­na­tional studies, but wasn’t sure they could be used together. That was until he found Northeastern’s first-​​in-​​the-​​nation doc­toral pro­gram in net­work science—and now he’s using math to under­stand human rela­tion­ships and tackle global challenges.