What Brexit could mean for Europe

The United Kingdom will hold a ref­er­endum on Thursday on whether Britain should leave the Euro­pean Union. If there is high voter turnout, “there is no ques­tion that the ‘remain’ side will easily win,” pre­dicts Northeastern’s Mai’a K. Davis Cross, an expert on Euro­pean pol­i­tics. Cross also cau­tions that a vote to leave could also “trigger the breakup of the United Kingdom.”

Stairway to court for Led Zeppelin

Was a musical com­pi­la­tion in the British rock band’s hit “Stairway to Heaven” stolen from another song? An ongoing court battle in Los Angeles is cen­tered on that claim. We asked teaching pro­fessor and enter­tain­ment attorney David Her­lihy what impact this could have on copy­right infringe­ment lit­i­ga­tion and Led Zeppelin’s reputation.

Hackathon to help nurses drive innovation in healthcare

As the startup cul­ture in health­care con­tinues to grow, North­eastern School of Nursing Dean Nancy Han­rahan sees an oppor­tu­nity for nurses to play a key role in devel­oping inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to improve patients’ health­care expe­ri­ences. North­eastern is hosting a three-​​day summit and hackathon starting today geared toward empow­ering nurses to drive that innovation.

Journalism students’ investigative reporting leads to Emmy Award

A team of North­eastern jour­nalism stu­dents con­tributed sub­stan­tially to inves­tiga­tive news reports that won a New Eng­land Emmy Award ear­lier this month. “The stu­dent con­tri­bu­tions were sig­nif­i­cant and made these inves­ti­ga­tions pos­sible,” said pro­fessor and WCVB reporter Mike Beaudet. “It really is expe­ri­en­tial learning at its best.”

Marine Science Center works to protect oceans’ ‘vital role in sustaining life on Earth’

In honor of World Oceans Day, we spoke with Marine Sci­ence Center director Geoff Trussell about ocean con­ser­va­tion and what the MSC is doing to help pro­tect our marine ecosystem.

The ecstasy of working underwater

Think your work envi­ron­ment is hectic? Imagine trying to com­plete a task with an air tank strapped to your back as you get tossed around by ocean swells. Working under­water can be daunting, but these three divers wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Law professor wins prestigious teaching award

Wendy Parmet, the Matthews Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor of Law, recently won the Jay Healey Health Law Teachers Award from the Amer­ican Society of Law, Med­i­cine, and Ethics in honor of her dis­tin­guished work as a health law jurist and educator.

3Qs: Why court ruling on emission reductions is ‘important and influential’

The Mass­a­chu­setts’ Supreme Judi­cial Court ruled recently, after hearing argu­ments from a North­eastern School of Law alumna, that the com­mon­wealth must specif­i­cally adhere to man­dates that call for sig­nif­i­cant emis­sion reduc­tions by 2020, a ruling that North­eastern envi­ron­mental law expert Lee Breck­endridge says is influ­en­tial and demon­strates the role courts can play in addressing cli­mate change.