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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.

Two students named Oxfam America Change Leaders

Peyton Perry and Taj Akin­bode will spend the 2016–17 aca­d­emic year working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and social injus­tice through campus projects and pro­grams, har­nessing their pas­sion for human­i­tarian work and social change to spear­head spe­cial events for stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff.

New student-​​run publication highlights global experiences

The Global Journal, pro­duced entirely by North­eastern stu­dents, sheds light on what it’s like to work, study, and live abroad, with a par­tic­ular focus on co-​​op, Dia­logue pro­grams, and N.U.in expe­ri­ences in coun­tries ranging from India, Cam­bodia, and Costa Rica to France, Ire­land, and Zambia.

Why gender diversity in the judicial system matters

Female chief jus­tices “have made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in their courts and the jus­tice sys­tems of our country,” says Dana Fabe, a North­eastern law school alumna who has served three terms on the Alaska Supreme Court. She explained why in her keynote address Friday at the eighth annual Women in the Law conference.

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.

The scientific reality of Game of Thrones fantasy

Fic­tion is often inspired by fact, and fan­tasy grounded in reality. That’s no more evi­dent than in Game of Thrones itself, where a deadly poison, a dis­fig­uring dis­ease, and a fiercely loyal species of animal have been inspired by real world beasts, brews, and afflic­tions. Here, Rebecca Certner, a PhD can­di­date in the Vollmer Lab at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, offers a look at the sci­ence behind the show’s epic fantasyland.

Northeastern’s coolest co-​​ops

North­eastern stu­dents engage in co-​​op oppor­tu­ni­ties in some pretty cool places, doing some pretty cool things. Each year, stu­dents submit videos that illus­trate why they think their co-​​op is the best—or the “coolest.” Check out this year’s win­ning videos, which high­light some pow­erful exam­ples of our stu­dents’ exciting co-​​ops all around the globe.