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.
The university has been honored with the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
“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.”
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.
Professor and post-disaster recovery expert Daniel Aldrich discusses this week’s earthquake in Italy, what the country has and hasn’t done to protect itself against seismic activity, and what it will take for the affected communities to heal.
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.