With new academic plan in place, State of the University highlights Northeastern’s ‘bold’ future

On Thursday, uni­ver­sity leaders, stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff under­scored Northeastern’s suc­cesses over the past decade and looked ahead to its future. The new aca­d­emic plan, Pres­i­dent Aoun said, “is nothing less than a roadmap for cre­ating the world’s first global uni­ver­sity system.”

ABC News political analyst to examine the 2016 campaign and the future of US politics during campus visit

ABC News chief polit­ical ana­lyst Matthew Dowd will address the numerous ways in which the 2016 elec­tion is trans­forming Amer­ican pol­i­tics. The inter­ac­tive discussion—“Election 2016: Where do we go from here?”—will take place on Friday at noon in Blackman Audi­to­rium and also will be shown live on Facebook.

Through disruptions, higher ed faces questions, opportunities

On Wednesday, Pres­i­dent Aoun led a dis­cus­sion with former Tufts and MIT pres­i­dents Lawrence Bacow and Susan Hock­field, respec­tively. The three talked careers, dis­rup­tions, and opportunities–both per­sonal and for the higher ed sector in general.

Driving, autonomously, into the future

At “The Future of…” pres­i­den­tial speaker series on Tuesday, Lyft chief tech­nology officer and North­eastern grad­uate Chris Lam­bert dis­cussed how autonomous vehi­cles are the future of transportation—and what that means for Lyft, for people, and for cities in America.

Panel discussion to focus on urban planning and development in Boston

Northeastern’s Real Estate Club will host a panel dis­cus­sion this evening on the past, present, and future of urban plan­ning and devel­op­ment in the university’s sur­rounding neigh­bor­hoods. Titled “Cranes and the Com­mu­nity,” the event will con­vene six experts with knowl­edge in fields ranging from archi­tec­ture to city planning.

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.

The ‘Uber’ of physical fitness

Mobility Pre­scrip­tion, a per­sonal fit­ness con­sulting firm founded by North­eastern alumnus Ryan Beauch­esne, serves clients of all shapes and sizes, from first-​​time lifters to pro­fes­sional ice hockey players. “We’re mobile,” says Beauch­esne. “We go directly to our clients’ homes.” This evening, he and fellow grad­uate Jimmy Heim will be run­ning a fit­ness boot camp for mem­bers of the uni­ver­sity community.

Two students named Oxfam America Change Leaders

Peyton Perry and Taj Akin­bode will spend the 2016–17 aca­d­emic year working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and social injus­tice through campus projects and pro­grams, har­nessing their pas­sion for human­i­tarian work and social change to spear­head spe­cial events for stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff.

Take 5: The future of healthcare

There isn’t one kind of cor­po­ra­tion that is respon­sible for why health­care is so expen­sive,” Ellen Zane, the CEO emer­itus of Tufts Med­ical Center, said at the latest install­ment of the Women who Empower Speaker Series. “You have to under­stand that it’s a con­flu­ence of many moving parts, so there’s not going to be one silver bullet that fixes it.”