Northeastern celebrates scholarly excellence

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff were rec­og­nized on Wednesday after­noon at the university’s annual Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion for their extra­or­di­nary achieve­ments and pas­sion for their work.

Lessons learned from the financial crisis

Global finan­cial experts reflected on the causes of the Great Reces­sion and 2008’s global finan­cial crisis and pre­sented advice to avoid sim­ilar calami­ties at a day­long con­fer­ence orga­nized by North­eastern students.

Gallery 360 exhibit returns to kindergarten

Learning by Design traces the influ­ence that the Kinder­garten movement—the rev­o­lu­tionary edu­ca­tional system devel­oped Friedrich Frobel in Germany—had on cul­ture and the impact it had in laying the grounds for mod­ernist art, archi­tec­ture, and design.

Northeastern hosts Knesset delegation

The six del­e­ga­tion mem­bers, who rep­re­sent the polit­ical spec­trum in Israel and were brought to the U.S. by the Rud­erman Family Foun­da­tion, par­tic­i­pated in a town-​​hall event Tuesday night at North­eastern. Knesset mem­bers dis­cussed a range of topics in a spir­ited yet civil discussion.

McGovern: more focus needed on human rights

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-​​Mass., a leading voice in Wash­ington on human rights issues, vis­ited North­eastern on Friday to dis­cuss his work advo­cating for human rights across the globe and what still needs to be done.

The battle for Ukraine

In a lec­ture Wednesday, Mitchell Oren­stein, chair of the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, dis­cussed the tur­moil in the Eastern Euro­pean country and what it means from a geopo­lit­ical standpoint.

Who has claim to art plundered during the Holocaust?

On Tuesday, a panel of experts dis­cussed the com­plex issues sur­rounding the fate of plun­dered, hidden, or van­ished works of art during the Holo­caust and World War II. The event was part of Northeastern’s Holo­caust Aware­ness Week.

Infographic: Northeastern’s Alternative Spring Break

More than 180 stu­dent, fac­ulty, and staff vol­un­teers are doing com­mu­nity ser­vice projects across the U.S. and in four other coun­tries this week for Alter­na­tive Spring Break. Check out this info­graphic for a closer look at their impact.

On Spring Break, students spring into action

This week, 186 mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity will par­tic­i­pate in ser­vice projects in 15 com­mu­ni­ties across the U.S. and four other coun­tries for Alter­na­tive Spring Break—a week­long immer­sive living and vol­un­teering experience.

Can illicit nuclear trade be stopped?

The illicit trade of nuclear com­modi­ties world­wide is “likely to con­tinue unless fairly stren­uous mit­i­gating efforts are under­taken,” David Albright, a glob­ally rec­og­nized expert in nuclear pro­lif­er­a­tion, told the North­eastern com­mu­nity last week.

Turning water into rice

Last summer, a group of North­eastern stu­dents devel­oped a busi­ness pro­posal to help feed orphans in Bali. Last week, the plan was accepted to the upcoming Clinton Global Ini­tia­tive Uni­ver­sity Conference.

Global co-​​op: paying it forward

Helping pedi­atric burn vic­tims in China, adding to an eco-village’s infra­struc­ture in Costa Rica, working on a Hol­ly­wood movie in South Africa. These were just some of the unique expe­ri­ences stu­dents shared with their peers at last Thursday’s Inter­na­tional Co-​​op Fair.

3Qs: What to watch for in Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia have begun. We asked Philip D’Agati, an expert in patri­o­tism, pol­i­tics, and the Olympics, in the Depart­ment of Polit­ical Sci­ence, to dis­cuss Russia’s role as host and which Olympic events he has his eye on.

Your global passport to cultural exploration

The Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Insti­tute kicked off Carnevale 2014 on Monday evening, begin­ning a two-​​month cel­e­bra­tion of the campus’ cul­tural diversity.

Beanpot rivalry boosts Relay For Life efforts

The Relay For Life groups led by stu­dents at North­eastern, BU, BC, and Har­vard are engaging in a friendly com­pe­ti­tion to raise the most money for the Amer­ican Cancer Society before the Beanpot cham­pi­onship game on Feb. 10.

Northeastern ranked America’s greenest university

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity con­tinues to gain recog­ni­tion for its long-​​standing com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability, placing first among Amer­ican uni­ver­si­ties and third overall world­wide in this year’s Green­Metric Ranking of World Uni­ver­si­ties.

Northeastern honors King’s legacy

The John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Insti­tute cel­e­brated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, the day that would have marked the civil rights leader’s 85th birthday.

3Qs: Target’s security breach

Asso­ciate pro­fessor and cyber­se­cu­rity expert Engin Kirda dis­cusses the data secu­rity breach at Target last week that affected up to 40 mil­lion cus­tomers and how cyber­at­tacks have evolved in recent years.