Transgender student shares coming-​​out story

Coming out was like showing people who I am for the very first time,” said Alex Ahmed, PhD’19. “I wasn’t a dif­ferent person, but there was some­thing about me that was very dif­ferent, some­thing that could change how you see me.”

New grant puts Northeastern at forefront of solving health challenges for women, children

The award, from the NIH and the EPA, will estab­lish a center in Puerto Rico that will study how pol­lu­tant expo­sure and psy­choso­cial risk fac­tors impact the health and devel­op­ment of chil­dren living on the island’s heavily con­t­a­m­i­nated northern coast.

Fashion, terrorism, and New York City

Alex Gilvarry’s award-​​winning satire From the Mem­oirs of a Non-​​Enemy Com­batant fol­lows Boy Her­nandez, a Fil­ipino fashion designer and Guan­tanamo Bay detainee. On Tuesday, Gilvarry dis­cussed his book with first-​​year stu­dents who read the novel as part of the university’s First Pages program.

Narrow escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

Daniel Aldrich and his family nar­rowly escaped the wrath of the cat­a­strophic storm, which made land­fall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Since then, Aldrich, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern, has ded­i­cated his career to exam­ining com­mu­nity resilience, with a par­tic­ular focus on the impor­tance of social capital.

Congressman tours Northeastern’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton received a com­pre­hen­sive overview of Northeastern’s robust port­folio of secu­rity research on Thursday after­noon and under­scored the impor­tance of pro­viding research funding in this area.

3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

Northeastern community reacts to new Boy Scouts policy

Stu­dents and fac­ulty described the group’s deci­sion to lift its ban on openly gay leaders while allowing church-​​sponsored units to con­tinue excluding gays for reli­gious rea­sons in unequiv­o­cally strong terms. “Claiming ‘morality’ or ‘reli­gious beliefs’ cannot over­ride basic prin­ci­ples of equality,” noted soci­ology pro­fessor Suzanna Walters.

Two humanitarians bring hope to promising students in Kenya

Chelsey Gold­berg, SSH’16, and Alexa Arm­strong, S’16, spent 10 days in Kenya, where they doled out school sup­plies to stu­dious kids and made life-​​changing dona­tions to the par­tic­u­larly needy. “I can’t believe you’re here,” one 14 year-​​old girl told Goldberg.

3Qs: Online shoppers ‘Primed’ for huge deals

Web per­son­al­iza­tion expert Christo Wilson holds forth on Amazon Prime Day, the latest man­u­fac­tured shop­ping day to promise big sav­ings on scores of prod­ucts, and offers up some tips for online shop­pers looking to exer­cise their con­sumer freedom.

Northeastern ‘Disruptivator’ wants to improve musculoskeletal health

More than 100 mil­lion adults suffer from debil­i­tating mus­cu­loskeletal con­di­tions. Now one North­eastern student—a doctor of phys­ical therapy can­di­date named Lauren Jarmusz—is working to counter the health scourge, cofounding a startup aimed at con­necting people with doc­tors who spe­cialize in the field.

Preparatory program offers Boston youth a second chance to succeed

Northeastern’s Foun­da­tion Year pro­gram, which helps Boston high school grad­u­ates pre­pare for col­lege suc­cess, has trans­formed the life of Prince Kalu and hun­dreds of other stu­dents. “I owe every­thing I have to this pro­gram,” he says.

Students reflect on once-​​in-​​a-​​lifetime global experience

Pres­i­dent Aoun’s first two Global Offi­cers recently returned to campus for a brief respite from trav­eling the world. Their col­lec­tive esprit was high, their desire to share per­sonal anec­dotes and life-​​defining lessons par­tic­u­larly strong.

Take 5: What makes a good business model?

Your inno­va­tion is nothing until you find a way to mon­e­tize it,” says Oleks Osiyevskyy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of entre­pre­neur­ship and inno­va­tion. “Unless you com­mer­cialize your inven­tion you won’t earn money nor will you change the world.”

Researchers use mobile phone data to predict employment shocks

North­eastern com­pu­ta­tional social sci­en­tist David Lazer and his inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research team have demon­strated that mobile phone data can be used to pre­dict future unem­ploy­ment rates up to four months before the release of offi­cial reports and more accu­rately than tra­di­tional forecasts.