How to turn a student into an engineer

Kelly O’Connell, E’16, and Jake Ver­gara, E’17, reflected on their life-​​changing work for Northeastern’s stu­dent chapter of Engi­neers Without Bor­ders, focusing on how their expe­ri­ences have shaped their engi­neering skills, global per­spec­tives, and co-​​ops.

Northeastern community’s highest achievements honored

The uni­ver­sity rec­og­nized the impres­sive accom­plish­ments of stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, and alumni at the fifth annual Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion, which was held in Blackman Audi­to­rium on Thursday afternoon.

Northeastern announces year-​​end award winners

A score of stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff will be rec­og­nized for their impres­sive achieve­ments at the Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion, which will be held in the Blackman Audi­to­rium on April 23. Here’s a com­pre­hen­sive list of the honorees.

Four-​​star general praises Northeastern’s National Guard partnership

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen­eral Frank J. Grass vis­ited the uni­ver­sity on Thursday after­noon to cel­e­brate the part­ner­ship, which will enable guardsmen to earn their master’s degree in home­land secu­rity through the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies.

Should human organs be for sale?

I’m not arguing that all body prod­ucts should be col­lected and dis­trib­uted in the same way,” says Kara Swanson, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, “but I think that his­tory sug­gests that we would be well-​​served by set­ting aside our instinc­tive fear of paid body prod­ucts as an his­toric artifact.”

Communication devices ‘enable’ children with disabilities

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty have com­bined their knowl­edge of engi­neering and phys­ical therapy to design, develop, and then deliver two low-​​cost com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices to dis­abled kids living at a pair of orphan­ages in Ecuador.

Northeastern researchers find inhaling supplemental oxygen can awaken anti-​​tumor cells

Immuno­phys­i­ology researcher Michail Sitkovsky and his col­leagues have found that sup­ple­mental oxy­gena­tion could dra­mat­i­cally increase the sur­vival rate of patients with cancer. The break­through find­ings were pub­lished Wednesday in Sci­ence Trans­la­tional Med­i­cine.

Students advocate on Beacon Hill for need-​​based financial aid programs

A group of North­eastern stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in Stu­dent Finan­cial Aid Day at the State House, meeting with state sen­a­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives to advo­cate con­tinued sup­port of need-​​based finan­cial aid programs.

President Aoun and inventor Robert Langer talk innovation

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun on Wednesday after­noon sat down with Langer — inventor, entre­pre­neur, and engi­neer extra­or­di­naire — to dis­cuss Langer’s awe-​​inspiring ability to har­ness the power of sci­ence and engi­neering to develop drug delivery sys­tems and life-​​saving technologies.

SOTU language analysis reveals history’s ‘twists and turns’

Ben Schmidt, an assis­tant pro­fessor of his­tory and a core fac­ulty member in the NU Lab for Texts, Maps, and Net­works, con­ducted a word-​​by-​​word analysis of Pres­i­dent Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.