Empowered by Torch program, student wants to inspire others as teacher

Northeastern’s Torch Scholars Pro­gram will cel­e­brate its 10-​​year anniver­sary with a cer­e­mony on Thursday evening. “When I talk about Torch, I get emo­tional,” says rising senior Greykia Harris. “I don’t think I could’ve ever come this far in my life without it.”

3Qs: When hate and terror collide

Was the mas­sacre at a gay night­club in Orlando on Sunday morning a hate crime or an act of ter­rorism? Both, according to Gor­dana Rabren­ovic, director of Northeastern’s Brud­nick Center on Vio­lence and Con­flict, who char­ac­ter­ized the attack as a “mass shooting that sin­gled out a par­tic­ular group of people.”

3Qs: What’s the key to keeping the world safe?

I have never been as con­cerned with the world as I am today,” says North­eastern pro­fessor Denise Garcia, who is taking a group of stu­dents to the 11th Inter­na­tional Secu­rity Forum in Geneva this week. Here, she dis­cusses the con­fer­ence, the United States’ stock­pile of nuclear weapons, and the biggest secu­rity threats facing the world today.

Researchers mine Twitter to reveal Congress’ ideological divide on climate change

Senate Democ­rats are three times more likely to follow science-​​related Twitter accounts than their Repub­lican peers, according to a new study led by Northeastern’s Brian Hel­muth. The research shows the growing divide between par­ties on the issue of cli­mate change, but also pro­vides hope, says Hel­muth, pointing to indi­vid­uals who cross the aisle and bridge the gap.

Global ties unite students in European culture, politics group

The news junkies and global cit­i­zens in Euro­pean Con­ver­sa­tions do not always see eye-​​to-​​eye, par­tic­u­larly when they’re debating hot-​​button issues like the Paris attacks or Greece’s debt crisis. “But everyone is respectful,” Matt Springer, the organization’s vice president-​​elect, says of the discussions.

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.

Alumna’s Fulbright research abroad to focus on removing barriers to financial services

In Jan­uary, Kelsey Burhans will begin her nine-​​month Ful­bright fel­low­ship in Bolivia and then con­tinue onto Peru, where she will work closely with rural com­mu­ni­ties as well as micro­fi­nance orga­ni­za­tions, banks, and mobile money oper­a­tors to under­stand the common vari­ables that sup­port and inhibit progress toward expanding mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties’ access to finan­cial services.

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.

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.

Student group harnesses the power of play to foster peace

The young human­i­tar­ians in Peace Through Play work with hun­dreds of chil­dren in K-​​8 schools and group homes in Boston’s Rox­bury, Dorch­ester, Mis­sion Hill, and South End neigh­bor­hoods. “Play pro­vides a forum in which they can learn how to work coop­er­a­tively and func­tion as pos­i­tive mem­bers of their com­mu­ni­ties,” says group member Stephanie Roberts.