3Qs: Experts contest claims of battery technology ‘breakthrough’

Recent research pub­lished in the pres­ti­gious journal Sci­ence described a break­through in lithium-​​battery tech­nology that could keep elec­tric cars going longer for less money. Northeastern’s K.M. Abraham, an expert on the topic, exam­ines the claims.

Here’s your one-​​stop-​​shop for tracking Boston’s food trucks

As the food truck industry con­tinues to grow in Boston, one group of recent North­eastern grad­u­ates has devel­oped a web­site that tracks the mobile eateries’ sched­ules and loca­tions in real time.

Meet the graduates: Julie Hugunin

A biology major in Northeastern’s Honors Pro­gram and a 2016 Pres­i­den­tial Global Fellow, Julie Hugunin plans to pursue an MD/​PhD pro­gram to com­bine her clin­ical and research inter­ests, informed by a holistic approach. “North­eastern is about putting your­self out there and being fear­less,” she says.

Most-​​ever students receive doctorates at hooding ceremony

At Northeastern’s Doctor of Phi­los­ophy Hooding and Grad­u­a­tion Cer­e­mony on Thursday, the uni­ver­sity con­ferred degrees upon doc­toral can­di­dates in fields ranging from inter­dis­ci­pli­nary engi­neering and phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences to psy­chology, com­puter sci­ence, and economics.

3Qs: What coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef means for the world

Marine sci­en­tists in Aus­tralia recently reported that 93 per­cent of the Great Bar­rier Reef is now bleached. Northeastern’s Steven Vollmer explains why the con­di­tion, typ­i­cally the result of warming ocean tem­per­a­tures, could lead to “the ocean’s equiv­a­lent of a rain­forest with no trees.”

Student project reimagines Forsyth Street as iconic green space

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern stu­dents have com­bined their knowl­edge of engi­neering and archi­tec­ture to create a plan to revi­talize Forsyth Street, trans­forming it from a prime thor­ough­fare for cars and buses into a lush green space for pedes­trians and bicyclists.

3Qs: How to overcome the global drug problem

The United Nations Gen­eral Assembly recently con­vened a spe­cial ses­sion on drugs, marking its first meeting on the topic since 1998. We asked North­eastern drug policy expert Leo Beletsky, who spoke at one of the session’s side events, to reflect on the his­toric meeting and the future of drug policy reform.

Northeastern researchers work to keep hospital-​​acquired staph infections in check

Hospital-​​related staph infec­tions are ram­pant, with hun­dreds of thou­sands being reported in the U.S. each year. North­eastern researcher Kim Lewis and his col­leagues are at the fore­front of devel­oping new drugs to stop the trend.