Take 5: The science of doping in sports

Reports of doping by Russia’s Olympic ath­letes con­tinue to grab head­lines. Just yes­terday, offi­cials con­firmed that 14 of the country’s ath­letes from the 2008 Games had been impli­cated by the I.O.C. in a re-​​testing of sam­ples. But doping in sports is not new. As early as the 8th cen­tury B.C., Greek ath­letes found ways to boost testos­terone to enhance per­for­mance, says Northeastern’s Rui Li, an expert on exer­cise phys­i­ology. Here, she talks about the sci­ence of doping and pos­sible mea­sures to stop it.

Researchers reveal inconsistent borders in online maps

Google and Bing maps of some coun­tries show users dif­ferent bor­ders based on where the users live. It’s how gov­ern­ments claim sov­er­eignty over dis­puted bor­ders. Researchers led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson have devel­oped a com­put­er­ized system to reveal the manip­u­la­tions: It crawls online maps con­tin­u­ously, tracking and recording every border shift over time.

As Canada wildfires rage, faculty experts examine the ramifications

Wild­fires con­tinue to rage for a third week in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province, the country’s oil-​​sands cap­ital. Some 96,000 people have been evac­u­ated from the area and 2,400 build­ings have been destroyed. We spoke with three North­eastern experts who share insight into how the cat­a­strophe will affect cli­mate change, the likely impact on U.S. con­sumers, and how the Fort McMurray com­mu­nity can recover.

3Qs: Experts contest claims of battery technology ‘breakthrough’

Recent research pub­lished in the pres­ti­gious journal Sci­ence described a break­through in lithium-​​battery tech­nology that could keep elec­tric cars going longer for less money. Northeastern’s K.M. Abraham, an expert on the topic, exam­ines the claims.

For one Northeastern family, Commencement brings together three generations

Nes­tled within the crowd at Northeastern’s Com­mence­ment cer­e­mony were three men with a tie that binds even more tightly than their shared sur­name: On that day, Jared Pike, AMD’16, joined his father, Glenn Pike, AS’86, and his grand­fa­ther, Richard Pike E’61, MBA’66, as a proud North­eastern graduate.

Meet the graduates: Julie Hugunin

A biology major in Northeastern’s Honors Pro­gram and a 2016 Pres­i­den­tial Global Fellow, Julie Hugunin plans to pursue an MD/​PhD pro­gram to com­bine her clin­ical and research inter­ests, informed by a holistic approach. “North­eastern is about putting your­self out there and being fear­less,” she says.

Meet the graduates: Colin Bernardo

Colin Bernardo is a human­i­tarian to the core. He com­pleted his bachelor’s in reha­bil­i­ta­tive sci­ence with honors and is now entering the clin­ical com­po­nent of Northeastern’s Doctor of Phys­ical Therapy pro­gram. His stellar aca­d­emic record, how­ever, marks just the begin­ning of a uni­ver­sity career driven by the desire to help others.

3Qs: What coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef means for the world

Marine sci­en­tists in Aus­tralia recently reported that 93 per­cent of the Great Bar­rier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the con­di­tion, typ­i­cally the result of warming ocean tem­per­a­tures, could lead to “the ocean’s equiv­a­lent of a rain­forest with no trees.”

Northeastern researchers work to keep hospital-​​acquired staph infections in check

Hospital-​​related staph infec­tions are ram­pant, with hun­dreds of thou­sands being reported in the U.S. each year. North­eastern researcher Kim Lewis and his col­leagues are at the fore­front of devel­oping new drugs to stop the trend.