Researchers mine ‘a tsunami of free data’ from space

Geospa­tial intel­li­gence is a rapidly growing field that har­nesses the power of today’s “tsunami of free data” and has a range of appli­ca­tions, from national secu­rity to human­i­tarian relief work to dis­aster response. North­eastern is home to one of just 17 U.S. Cen­ters of Aca­d­emic Excel­lence in Geospa­tial Sci­ences and is a bench­mark for online learning in this very tech­nical field.

Coast-​​to-​​coast collaboration targets food security

A team of 20 grad­uate stu­dents at Northeastern’s Boston and Seattle cam­puses spent the spring semester working together, col­lab­o­rating via Skype, GitHub, and Google Hang­outs to build a soft­ware plat­form aimed at con­necting a global com­mu­nity of farmers, researchers, and educators.

How to make the most out of your international co-​​op

Many North­eastern stu­dents are about to begin their first inter­na­tional co-​​op. To help them max­i­mize their expe­ri­ences, we asked six stu­dents who have done global co-​​ops to share the wisdom they’ve cul­ti­vated from having lived and worked abroad.

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.”

Northeastern partnership provides Boston Ballet dancers a ‘once-​​in-​​a-​​lifetime chance’

In May, two dancers in the North­eastern University-​​Boston Ballet Edu­ca­tion Pro­gram walked, in caps and gowns of regal black and gold, in the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony. “This pro­gram was such an incred­ible oppor­tu­nity for all of us,” says Boston Ballet prin­cipal dancer Kath­leen Breen Combes.

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.

Meet the graduates: Jonathan Culpepper

Culpepper, who is grad­u­ating from the School of Law this year, says working on co-​​op and serving as pres­i­dent of the university’s chapter of the Black Law Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion shaped his skill set and career out­look. He will take the bar this summer and plans to pursue a career in health law.

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.

Meet the graduates: Colleen Shea

Shea will grad­uate from the School of Law on Friday and then begin her new job as an attorney for the Dis­ability Law Center in Boston, where she will work to rep­re­sent low-​​income fam­i­lies in spe­cial edu­ca­tion cases. Here, she reflects on her past three years at North­eastern and looks ahead to her promising career in public interest law.

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.

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.