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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Pokémon Go, powerlifting in Belarus, and putting the ‘Spotlight’ on a Pulitzer Prize-winning alumnus are among our selection of tweets from the Northeastern community this week.
A new study from a team of Brazilian scientists has found that a drug-resistant bacterium has been growing off two city beaches bordering Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailors will compete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, professor of sociology and director of Northeastern’s Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, to discuss the social, political, and scientific implications of the findings.
Seven members of Northeastern’s powerlifting club will showcase their strength, determination, and no-quit attitude at the inaugural University Powerlifting World Cup in Belarus next week. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m looking forward to representing the U.S.,” says Binglei Zhou, a second-year powerlifter on the team who holds the country’s collegiate deadlifting record.
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.
Britain voted to leave the European Union on Thursday, prompting Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his intent to resign and sending global markets into a tailspin. Here, Mai’a K. Davis Cross, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, explains what the British exit might mean for the EU and the U.K. going forward.
Aoun will be honored this week at the Academy of International Business conference for his contributions to international business education. He will also lead a panel discussion on globalizing education.
The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on Thursday on whether Britain should leave the European Union. If there is high voter turnout, “there is no question that the ‘remain’ side will easily win,” predicts Northeastern’s Mai’a K. Davis Cross, an expert on European politics. Cross also cautions that a vote to leave could also “trigger the breakup of the United Kingdom.”