And the winners are…

The breadth and depth of Northeastern’s research and entre­pre­neurial spirit was on full dis­play Thursday at RISE:2016, the university’s Research, Inno­va­tion, and Schol­ar­ship Expo. Industry leaders judged some 400 projects, which detailed the work of more than 900 North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty. The judges sub­mitted their rat­ings and the top award win­ners were rec­og­nized at an after­noon recep­tion in East Village.

What social media data could tell us about the future

Can a flow of infor­ma­tion across Twitter signal when a momen­tous event is about to occur? Northeastern’s Alessandro Vespig­nani and an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of sci­en­tists devel­oped a method to find out. Their find­ings rep­re­sent an ini­tial step in con­structing models to detect trouble before it’s too late.

Student group brings joy to people with disabilities

Northeastern’s stu­dent chapter of Best Bud­dies Inter­na­tional counts more than 40 young human­i­tar­ians who vol­un­teer to enhance the lives of people with intel­lec­tual and devel­op­mental dis­abil­i­ties. Alex Linden, BHS’17, and Melissa Jacques, S’17, are two of those human­i­tar­ians. On Friday, they’ll help host Northeastern’s inau­gural “Spe­cial Spirit” bas­ket­ball game.

Researchers investigate four promising new treatments for Lyme disease

North­eastern researcher Kim Lewis and his team have launched an all-​​out effort to find a cure for Lyme dis­ease, which afflicts nearly 300,000 new people in the U.S. each year. Their efforts aim to bring relief to all patients, including those who suffer from a debil­i­tating chronic ver­sion of the disease.

Northeastern students share how cancer has affected them

Thou­sands of North­eastern stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff will flock to Matthews Arena on Friday for the university’s sev­enth annual Relay for Life fundraiser for the Amer­ican Cancer Society. Here, stu­dents reflect on how cancer has affected their lives.

Antarctic island named after Northeastern professor

William Det­rich has been making research trips to Palmer Sta­tion in Antarc­tica for more than 30 years. Now, in recog­ni­tion of his notable dis­cov­eries, a small island less than a mile away from the research facility has been com­mem­o­ra­tively named after him.