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3Qs: 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.

How to battle disease using Big Data

When it comes to fighting dis­eases in the 21st cen­tury, Big Data is becoming an inte­gral weapon. At the fore­front of this battle is world-​​​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani, who […]

Northeastern will invest $26 million to transform city park

In a unique public-​​​​private part­ner­ship, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the City of Boston will build together a state-​​​​of-​​​​the-​​​​art ath­letic com­plex that will expand recre­ation oppor­tu­ni­ties for both North­eastern stu­dents and Boston […]

State honors Northeastern youth outreach program

Beach Sis­ters, an out­reach pro­gram at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center designed to help under­served school-​​aged girls develop sci­en­tific inquiry and cit­i­zen­ship skills, received an award at the Mass­a­chu­setts State House on Monday.

Meet the graduates: Annmarie Uliano

Inspired by her expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, specif­i­cally those focused on research, Ann­marie Uliano, E’15, will pursue a master’s degree in indus­trial engi­neering starting this fall.

3Qs: Graduate students map Nepal relief response

Grad­uate stu­dents in Joseph Guay’s Crisis Map­ping for Human­i­tarian Action course are doing their part to help with the Nepal earth­quake relief response by ana­lyzing and sharing data coming out of the region.

It’s game on at Northeastern

There’s no stop­ping Pres­i­dent Aoun when it comes to public art ideas — murals or dig­ital video games. Starting tonight, Krentzman Quad will be trans­formed into a larger-​​than-​​life out­door arcade, with three dif­ferent video games avail­able to play on over­sized LED screens. OhHeck­Yeah @ North­eastern begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

How to turn a student into an engineer

Kelly O’Connell, E’16, and Jake Ver­gara, E’17, reflected on their life-​​changing work for Northeastern’s stu­dent chapter of Engi­neers Without Bor­ders, focusing on how their expe­ri­ences have shaped their engi­neering skills, global per­spec­tives, and co-​​ops.

3Qs: The aid response to Nepal

Nepal’s “harsh geog­raphy” will make the rescue and human­i­tarian aid efforts in response to the dev­as­tating earth­quake rather chal­lenging, but tech­nology and social media are improving the effi­ciency of these efforts, says North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Ozlem Ergun, an expert in large-​​scale networks.

Meet the graduates: Jordan Lieberman

Each day this week, as the campus com­mu­nity pre­pares for Friday’s Com­mence­ment, we’ll intro­duce you to a member of the grad­u­ating class. Jordan Lieberman, a fifth-​​year D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness major, found his pas­sion at the cross­roads of pol­i­tics and busi­ness. After grad­u­a­tion, he’ll move to Ari­zona to start a career with Raytheon.

To battle natural hazards, interdisciplinary research team turns to resilient, sustainable buildings

A team of North­eastern researchers has received a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant to develop a deci­sion frame­work for designing build­ings that are both resilient and sus­tain­able in the face of mul­tiple envi­ron­mental haz­ards like earth­quakes, flooding, and heavy winds.

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.