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Transgender student shares coming-​​out story

Coming out was like showing people who I am for the very first time,” said Alex Ahmed, PhD’19. “I wasn’t a dif­ferent person, but there was some­thing about me that was very dif­ferent, some­thing that could change how you see me.”

Business professor recognized for entrepreneurship research

Kim­berly Eddle­ston in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness is one of four pro­fes­sors to be rec­og­nized with a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor­ship by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foun­da­tion. The award will sup­port her inno­v­a­tive research on family busi­nesses and the careers of entrepreneurs.

Northeastern students attend, reflect on pope’s visit

A del­e­ga­tion of 15 North­eastern stu­dents and staff trav­eled to Philadel­phia this weekend for the chance to see Pope Francis during his U.S. visit. Here, those stu­dents share a first-​​hand account of their trip.

Northeastern opens neighborhood center to connect Boston residents with university resources

The new center, which is called North­eastern Crossing and located on Tremont Street, will be for­mally unveiled on Monday. It will offer a variety of uni­ver­sity resources, from classes and work­shops to space for com­puter access and com­mu­nity events.

The pressing issues facing Europe

Hours after a divided Euro­pean Union voted Tuesday to dis­tribute 120,000 asylum-​​seekers among its member states, North­eastern con­vened a panel of experts to dis­cuss the migrant crisis as well as other pressing issues facing Europe.

New grant puts Northeastern at forefront of solving health challenges for women, children

The award, from the NIH and the EPA, will estab­lish a center in Puerto Rico that will study how pol­lu­tant expo­sure and psy­choso­cial risk fac­tors impact the health and devel­op­ment of chil­dren living on the island’s heavily con­t­a­m­i­nated northern coast.

The challenges and opportunities for women in politics

The three female polit­ical leaders who com­prised the panel for the fall semester’s first install­ment of the Women who Inspire Speaker Series, held Monday night in the Curry Stu­dent Center […]

Northeastern’s Beltway insiders

Over a recent six-​​day span, stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff par­tic­i­pated in three sep­a­rate White House events that rec­og­nized con­tri­bu­tions made in the areas of net­work part­ner­ships, inter­faith ser­vice, and HIV and AIDS aware­ness advocacy.

Student campaign pushes to eliminate single-​​use plastic bottles on campus

A goal of “NU Day, Same Bottle” is to edu­cate stu­dents on how small changes to simple daily rou­tines can have a big impact on the envi­ron­ment, says the campaign’s cre­ator, Alec Stransky, SSH’18.

Fashion, terrorism, and New York City

Alex Gilvarry’s award-​​winning satire From the Mem­oirs of a Non-​​Enemy Com­batant fol­lows Boy Her­nandez, a Fil­ipino fashion designer and Guan­tanamo Bay detainee. On Tuesday, Gilvarry dis­cussed his book with first-​​year stu­dents who read the novel as part of the university’s First Pages program.

Students find treasures among ‘trash’

I’m so excited we have a Swiffer WetJet now” was just one of the many dec­la­ra­tions of suc­cess heard on Sunday at Northeastern’s annual Trash2Treasure sale. Here’s what other pre­mium items stu­dents found.

New research challenges ‘broken windows theory’ of crime prediction

In a recently pub­lished study, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor Daniel T. O’Brien offered a new model for advancing the study of neigh­bor­hood dynamics. He lever­aged Big Data to shed new light on what fac­tors pre­dict crime in urban neigh­bor­hoods, finding that pri­vate conflict—not public disorder—is a strong indicator.

September’s can’t-miss campus events

As the new school year gets underway, North­eastern will be abuzz with campus events—from entre­pre­neurial oppor­tu­ni­ties to cooking demon­stra­tions and ath­letics events—that you won’t want to miss.

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.