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Writer, activist Naomi Klein says radical action needed on climate crisis

Klein spoke at North­eastern last week about her new book, in which she pins the blame for cli­mate change largely on cap­i­talism and argues that rad­ical change spurred by a pow­erful social move­ment is the nec­es­sary response to the situation.

I feel like I’ve made an actual impact on the world’

While studying at North­eastern, Christie Civetta, SSH’15, has worked throughout the world to tackle the pre­ven­tion of sui­cide and drug abuse. She’ll share her journey with her fellow grad­u­ates on May 8 when she delivers her Com­mence­ment address.

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.

Gordon Engineering Leadership Program presented with prestigious national award

The National Academy of Engi­neering on Friday for­mally pre­sented cur­rent director Simon Pitts and founding director Michael Sile­vitch with the 2015 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Inno­va­tion in Engi­neering and Tech­nology Edu­ca­tion for their lead­er­ship and impact on Northeastern’s Gordon Engi­neering Lead­er­ship Program.

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.

Research, entrepreneurship at Northeastern celebrated at RISE:2015

Stu­dents and fac­ulty across many dis­ci­plines pre­sented their schol­arly research, inno­v­a­tive thinking, and entre­pre­neurial endeavors at the annual expo, where many young researchers were hon­ored with pres­ti­gious awards.

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.

Law school alumna to argue landmark Supreme Court same-​​sex marriage case

Mary Bonauto, L’87, has been selected by the attor­neys for gay and les­bian plain­tiffs to argue for over­turning same-​​sex mar­riage bans, based on the rights afforded by the 14th amendment.