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3Qs: The human rights impact of Hurricane Katrina

Beyond the phys­ical destruc­tion Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina caused along the Gulf Coast a decade ago, the storm ulti­mately led to wide­spread human rights vio­la­tions, according to Amnesty Inter­na­tional. Polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Thomas Vicino holds forth on the issues former Gulf Coast res­i­dents con­tinue to face today.

Narrow escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

Daniel Aldrich and his family nar­rowly escaped the wrath of the cat­a­strophic storm, which made land­fall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Since then, Aldrich, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern, has ded­i­cated his career to exam­ining com­mu­nity resilience, with a par­tic­ular focus on the impor­tance of social capital.

3Qs: Fixing Massachusetts’ troubled foster care system

The death of a 2-​​year-​​old foster child in Auburn, Mass­a­chu­setts, in August drew wide­spread atten­tion to the state’s trou­bled child wel­fare system. Pro­fes­sors Elise Dal­limore and Christie Rizzo address the crit­i­cism lev­eled at the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies and what changes should be made to improve the foster care system.

With her food truck rolling, Northeastern alumna now eyes Miss Universe pageant

Kinesha Goldson, AMD’11, recently burst onto the Boston food truck scene with her French macrons served from an eye-​​catching pink van. Later this week, she’ll com­pete for a spot on a more global scale: Jamaica’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 2015 Miss Uni­verse pageant.

Congressman tours Northeastern’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton received a com­pre­hen­sive overview of Northeastern’s robust port­folio of secu­rity research on Thursday after­noon and under­scored the impor­tance of pro­viding research funding in this area.

In Italy, students get a history lesson in science

On a new Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram this summer, North­eastern stu­dents learned about the sur­prising influ­ences of the two most sig­nif­i­cant rev­o­lu­tions of sci­en­tific thought.

3Qs: Law professor remembers civil rights icon

Civil rights activist Julian Bond, who co-​​​​founded the Stu­dent Non­vi­o­lent Coor­di­nating Com­mittee and served as chairman of the NAACP for 22 years, died on Sat­urday at the age of 75. An […]

New White House drug program to help combat ‘national crisis’

North­eastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky described the fed­eral government’s new Heroin Response Strategy, which looks to combat drug abuse through a public health approach, as a pos­i­tive devel­op­ment, but added that there is still more work to be done.

Carnivorous conchs to blame for oyster decline

David Kimbro, a marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has solved the mys­tery of why reefs in Florida inlets were expe­ri­encing large num­bers of oyster loss. Drought and sub­se­quent high salt levels in water led to a pop­u­la­tion spike in one of the oys­ters’ main preda­tors: conchs.

Internet reacts to unflattering Brady sketch

A court­room ren­dering of New Eng­land Patriots quar­ter­back Tom Brady received some unex­pected atten­tion online Wednesday. Here, law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed explains why these drawings—though not always flattering—are an impor­tant part of court proceedings.