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Researchers’ discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

A research team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis present in a new paper that they’ve iden­ti­fied drug-​​tolerant per­sister cells in the bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease. They also present a promising approach to poten­tially erad­i­cating this and other infections.

FIFA hit with ‘red card’ over corruption charges

The U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice on Wednesday indicted 14 indi­vid­uals on charges alleging wide­spread cor­rup­tion at FIFA, inter­na­tional soccer’s gov­erning body. Law pro­fessor Roger Abrams exam­ines the crim­inal inves­ti­ga­tion and what it could mean for the sport.

Conflict resolution goes beyond peace agreement

Sarah Lom­bardo, SSH’15, Northeastern’s first-​​ever recip­ient of the pres­ti­gious Pick­ering Fel­low­ship, wants to use diplo­macy to help former com­bat­ants fol­lowing a conflict.

Researchers use mobile phone data to predict employment shocks

North­eastern com­pu­ta­tional social sci­en­tist David Lazer and his inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research team have demon­strated that mobile phone data can be used to pre­dict future unem­ploy­ment rates up to four months before the release of offi­cial reports and more accu­rately than tra­di­tional forecasts.

3Qs: Tesla’s Powerwall for home energy storage

Pro­fessor San­jeev Muk­erjee, director of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Center for Renew­able Energy Tech­nology, says the new Pow­er­wall lithium-​​ion bat­tery is a good first foray into home energy storage but notes that the “ulti­mate solu­tion” will require bringing down costs even further.

Mass. AG to law graduates: Your education ‘belongs to our whole community’

At Com­mence­ment, Mass­a­chu­setts Attorney Gen­eral Maura Healey, L’98, urged the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law’s newest grad­u­ates to believe in them­selves, embrace uncer­tainty, and remember that their edu­ca­tion belongs just as much to the entire com­mu­nity as it does to themselves.

3Qs: Ireland’s historic same-​​sex marriage vote

On Friday, Ire­land became the first country in the world to legalize same-​​sex mar­riage by pop­ular vote, a his­toric event for the tra­di­tion­ally con­ser­v­a­tive nation. North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Patrick Mullen dis­cusses what it was like to be on the Emerald Isle during the vote.