Freshman sees co-​​op as vital part of journey to become doctor

As a kid, Geena Huh liked to visit her father’s neu­ro­science lab, an expe­ri­ence that piqued her interest in med­i­cine. Now she’s a first-​​year phar­macy stu­dent at North­eastern. She chose the uni­ver­sity for its co-​​op pro­gram, which will afford her the oppor­tu­nity to work in the health field before enrolling in med­ical school.

Global Leadership alumnus is helping those most vulnerable in rural Nigeria

Ishaku Haruna grad­u­ated from the Global Lead­er­ship Pro­gram at the top of his class, with two master’s degrees and recog­ni­tion as Inter­na­tional Stu­dent of the Year. The pro­gram, he says, helped him see lead­er­ship “through the lens of ser­vice to humanity.” Now, his work in rural vil­lages in his native Nigeria is reaching the most vul­ner­able cit­i­zens. Here’s his story.

Alumna fights debilitating neurological diseases with science

Beth Stevens, an alumna and neu­ro­sci­en­tist, has spent her career researching dis­eases like Alzheimer’s and schiz­o­phrenia. On Thursday, the MacArthur “genius award” recip­ient joined Pres­i­dent Aoun to dis­cuss her success.

Northeastern celebrates achievements of D’Amore-McKim school’s 2016 graduate class

This country can’t suc­ceed without your skills,” Com­mence­ment speaker Sy Stern­berg told some 300 stu­dents at the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness’ grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Matthews Arena on Thursday night. “This country does not move for­ward without you.”

3Qs: Discovery of Earth-​​like planet suggests ‘we might not be alone’

A newly dis­cov­ered planet called Proxima b is tan­ta­liz­ingly close to Earth and lies within the right dis­tance of its star to sup­port life. For Cor­dula Robinson, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in the Geospa­tial Infor­ma­tion Tech­nology pro­gram, the dis­covery sug­gests that “life out­side of our solar system is a pos­si­bility.” Here, she explains why all of us should take note of our nearest inter­stellar neighbor.

3Qs: The legal fallout of American swimmers’ robbery claim in Brazil

Brazilian law enforce­ment offi­cials said on Thursday that the Amer­ican swim­mers who claimed to have been robbed at gun­point during the Rio de Janeiro Games had fab­ri­cated the story. We asked law pro­fessor Dan Danielsen to explain where this inter­na­tional drama might go from here, with a par­tic­ular focus on the legal con­se­quences facing the swim­mers and the tepid rela­tion­ship between Amer­ican and Brazilian officials.

3Qs: How ‘nomadic architecture’ will shape Rio’s Olympic legacy

Two venues at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro—the 12,000-seat Future Arena and the 15,000-seat Aquatic Stadium—will be dis­man­tled and rebuilt into entirely new build­ings fol­lowing the games. We asked assis­tant pro­fessor David Fannon, an archi­tect and building sci­en­tist, to explain how Rio’s reliance on “nomadic archi­tec­ture” might ben­efit Brazil in the decades to come.

The life and career of an engineering ‘genius’

Beaten by the KGB, branded an anti-​​Soviet activist, and black­balled from acad­emia, Alexander Gorlov fled the Soviet Union, immi­grating to America, where he joined the North­eastern fac­ulty in 1976. Gorlov died in June at the age of 85, leaving behind an impres­sive legacy of inven­tion and cre­ativity, including a tur­bine that gar­nered him inter­na­tional acclaim.

Women’s powerlifting club wins sport’s world cup

The team pushed and pulled its way to a dom­i­nating vic­tory in the Inter­na­tional Pow­er­lifting Federation’s inau­gural Uni­ver­sity Pow­er­lifting World Cup, which was held in Belarus last week. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team per­formed,” said club cap­tain Kelsey McCarthy. “It shows how hard we trained and how com­mitted we were.”

The terror in Nice and security across the EU

France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone ter­rorist sped a truck into a crowd of people gath­ered to watch Bastille Day fire­works. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 others. We asked North­eastern experts to ana­lyze these types of “lone wolf” ter­rorist attacks, the media’s use of graphic footage from the scene, and what the terror in Nice could mean for the Euro­pean Union’s secu­rity procedures.