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.”

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.

Northeastern to launch innovative program in energy for underrepresented minority students

North­eastern researchers have received a $5 mil­lion grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to estab­lish an inno­v­a­tive schol­ar­ship and men­toring pro­gram that sup­ports col­lege transfer stu­dents from under­rep­re­sented back­grounds who are studying and doing research in energy.

Lost-​​and-​​found guide: campus locations, and what regularly turns up

In recent weeks, lost-​​and-​​found loca­tions have seen an upswing in lost items being turned in, including cell­phones, chargers, clothes, and flash drives. Here, we explain how lost-​​and-​​found works on campus and dole out some tips for helping you reclaim your lost stuff.

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.

Through disruptions, higher ed faces questions, opportunities

On Wednesday, Pres­i­dent Aoun led a dis­cus­sion with former Tufts and MIT pres­i­dents Lawrence Bacow and Susan Hock­field, respec­tively. The three talked careers, dis­rup­tions, and opportunities–both per­sonal and for the higher ed sector in general.

The ecosystems ecologist, a wonderer at heart

Asso­ciate pro­fessor Jen­nifer Bowen, a new fac­ulty member at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, studies the inter­con­nect­ed­ness between human activity and some of the world’s tiniest inhabitants—microbes—nestled in marine environments.

What to look for in the first presidential debate

Repub­lican Donald Trump and Demo­crat Hillary Clinton will face off tonight in their first of three sched­uled debates. We asked jour­nalism pro­fessor Alan Schroeder, an expert on tele­vised debates, about the keys for the can­di­dates, whether one of them has more to gain or lose, and the roles of both the mod­er­ator and real-​​time fact-​​checkers.

Study: 70M more firearms added to US gun stock over past 20 years

The esti­mated number of privately-​​owned guns in the U.S. grew to approx­i­mately 265 mil­lion between 1994 and 2015, with the majority of those new guns being hand­guns, according to a com­pre­hen­sive national survey co-​​led by North­eastern. Owners also now cite pro­tec­tion as a pri­mary reason of ownership.