Northeastern celebrates achievements of D’Amore-McKim school’s 2016 graduate class

This country can’t suc­ceed without your skills,” Com­mence­ment speaker Sy Stern­berg told some 300 stu­dents at the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness’ grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Matthews Arena on Thursday night. “This country does not move for­ward without you.”

3Qs: What the Lochte saga can teach us about branding

After get­ting dropped by all his major spon­sors, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte signed a new endorse­ment deal with a little-​​known cough drop com­pany. It’s a poten­tially low-​​risk, high-​​reward move for both the ath­lete and the brand, says pro­fessor Bruce Clark.

3Qs: Discovery of Earth-​​like planet suggests ‘we might not be alone’

A newly dis­cov­ered planet called Proxima b is tan­ta­liz­ingly close to Earth and lies within the right dis­tance of its star to sup­port life. For Cor­dula Robinson, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in the Geospa­tial Infor­ma­tion Tech­nology pro­gram, the dis­covery sug­gests that “life out­side of our solar system is a pos­si­bility.” Here, she explains why all of us should take note of our nearest inter­stellar neighbor.

Chew on this: How we believe our meat is raised can influence how it tastes

New research from North­eastern psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett shows that our beliefs about how farm ani­mals are raised—whether on “fac­tory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-​​eating expe­ri­ence, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influ­ences not only how you inter­pret what you see but also very lit­er­ally what you see,” Bar­rett said.

3Qs: Exploration and collaboration are taking gaming to the next level

Two of the most unique—and poten­tially revolutionary—games of all-​​time were released this summer, in “Pokémon Go” and “No Man’s Sky.” The seem­ingly very dif­ferent games share a striking sim­i­larity that says a lot about the future of the gaming industry. Here, Casper Harteveld, assis­tant pro­fessor of game design, explains why.

3Qs: Will states follow Feds’ lead on phasing out private prisons?

The Jus­tice Depart­ment will be phasing out the use of pri­vate prisons, citing safety con­cerns as well as their lack of reha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incar­cer­a­tion expert, to explain how this direc­tive might affect for-​​profit prisons at the state level and whether the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion could impact the DOJ’s new policy.

3Qs: The legal fallout of American swimmers’ robbery claim in Brazil

Brazilian law enforce­ment offi­cials said on Thursday that the Amer­ican swim­mers who claimed to have been robbed at gun­point during the Rio de Janeiro Games had fab­ri­cated the story. We asked law pro­fessor Dan Danielsen to explain where this inter­na­tional drama might go from here, with a par­tic­ular focus on the legal con­se­quences facing the swim­mers and the tepid rela­tion­ship between Amer­ican and Brazilian officials.

The ‘Uber’ of physical fitness

Mobility Pre­scrip­tion, a per­sonal fit­ness con­sulting firm founded by North­eastern alumnus Ryan Beauch­esne, serves clients of all shapes and sizes, from first-​​time lifters to pro­fes­sional ice hockey players. “We’re mobile,” says Beauch­esne. “We go directly to our clients’ homes.” This evening, he and fellow grad­uate Jimmy Heim will be run­ning a fit­ness boot camp for mem­bers of the uni­ver­sity community.

New startup wants to make moving easy

North­eastern stu­dent Alvaro Perez and his co-​​founders of a new online mar­ket­place called Dibind are working to stream­line the moving process, making it easier for col­lege stu­dents to buy, sell, or donate used fur­ni­ture with the click of a button. “We believe that we have a holistic solu­tion to the move-​​in and move-​​out process,” says Perez.

3Qs: How ‘nomadic architecture’ will shape Rio’s Olympic legacy

Two venues at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the 12,000-seat Future Arena and the 15,000-seat Aquatic Stadium—will be dis­man­tled and rebuilt into entirely new build­ings fol­lowing the games. We asked assis­tant pro­fessor David Fannon, an archi­tect and building sci­en­tist, to explain how Rio’s reliance on “nomadic archi­tec­ture” might ben­efit Brazil in the decades to come.

3Qs: What is greatness—and how do you achieve it?

More than 11,000 ath­letes are com­peting at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, show­casing their supe­rior skill in nearly 40 dif­ferent sports. We asked Rachel Rodgers, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Applied Psy­chology, to define the con­cept of great­ness and explain how everyday people might tap into their own great­ness, regard­less of wealth, fame, or skill set.

3Qs: Why voting rights rulings will help the Democrats at the polls

Over the past two weeks, courts in five states have ruled against voter ID and proof-​​of-​​citizenship laws, citing their dis­crim­i­na­tory impact on minori­ties. Martha Davis, law pro­fessor and human rights expert, says that the court rul­ings will likely favor the Democ­rats, par­tic­u­larly in the swing states where restric­tive voter laws have been struck down.