Make your mark: Northeastern celebrates law school graduates

Com­mence­ment speaker Tracey McCain, senior vice pres­i­dent and head of legal at Sanofi Gen­zyme, chal­lenged grad­u­ates to make a dif­fer­ence in the world, and other speakers on Friday deliv­ered sim­i­larly inspiring mes­sages of cel­e­brating our dif­fer­ences, being curious about new dis­ci­plines, and devising cre­ative approaches to deliv­ering justice.

Meet the graduates: Jonathan Culpepper

Culpepper, who is grad­u­ating from the School of Law this year, says working on co-​​op and serving as pres­i­dent of the university’s chapter of the Black Law Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion shaped his skill set and career out­look. He will take the bar this summer and plans to pursue a career in health law.

Alumna’s Fulbright research abroad to focus on removing barriers to financial services

In Jan­uary, Kelsey Burhans will begin her nine-​​month Ful­bright fel­low­ship in Bolivia and then con­tinue onto Peru, where she will work closely with rural com­mu­ni­ties as well as micro­fi­nance orga­ni­za­tions, banks, and mobile money oper­a­tors to under­stand the common vari­ables that sup­port and inhibit progress toward expanding mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties’ access to finan­cial services.

Why gender diversity in the judicial system matters

Female chief jus­tices “have made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in their courts and the jus­tice sys­tems of our country,” says Dana Fabe, a North­eastern law school alumna who has served three terms on the Alaska Supreme Court. She explained why in her keynote address Friday at the eighth annual Women in the Law conference.

Biotech entrepreneurs pitch their startups

Biotech entre­pre­neur­ship took center stage at North­eastern on Friday, when four teams of grad­uate stu­dents pitched their star­tups to a panel of judges at a com­pe­ti­tion that wrapped up an eight-​​week boot camp. The win­ning pitches included a coating for med­ical implantable devices that would repel bac­teria, and 3-​​D mag­netic printing that would create cus­tomized, com­posite prosthetics.

CCIS dean’s own path spurs drive to increase student opportunities

Carla Brodley started col­lege as an eco­nomics major. She fin­ished with a double major in math and com­puter sci­ence, the result of a pro­gram­ming course she took during her sopho­more year. Brodley, the dean of the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, is being rec­og­nized Tuesday with a national men­toring award for her leading efforts to increase oppor­tu­ni­ties for students—particularly women and under­rep­re­sented groups.

Dean’s Medal recipient blends Pentagon experience with doctoral studies

Blurb: Through Northeastern’s Doctor of Law and Policy pro­gram, Hunter Hustus brought a crit­ical real-​​world chal­lenge from his work­place to his studies. That chal­lenge involved nuclear deter­rence decision-​​making, and his work­place is the Pen­tagon. At a hooding cer­e­mony last week, Hustus received the Dean’s Medal for Out­standing Doc­toral Work, the highest award pre­sented by the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies to doc­toral candidates.

Meet the graduates: Matt Connolly

Con­nolly started his first e-​​commerce busi­ness when he was just 14, and he later rebranded and expanded it while studying at North­eastern. He had a goal to one day work at Amazon. First he worked on co-​​op there, and soon he’ll be starting at the com­pany full time after grad­u­ating last week with a bachelor’s degree in busi­ness administration.