Transgender student shares coming-​​out story

Coming out was like showing people who I am for the very first time,” said Alex Ahmed, PhD’19. “I wasn’t a dif­ferent person, but there was some­thing about me that was very dif­ferent, some­thing that could change how you see me.”

Narrow escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

Daniel Aldrich and his family nar­rowly escaped the wrath of the cat­a­strophic storm, which made land­fall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Since then, Aldrich, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern, has ded­i­cated his career to exam­ining com­mu­nity resilience, with a par­tic­ular focus on the impor­tance of social capital.

Take 5: What students need to know about new media, political campaigns, and global co-​​op

Jonathan Kaufman, the new director of the School of Jour­nalism in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, shares how he fol­lows the news, what jour­nalism stu­dents should know before going on global co-​​op, and about the 2016 cam­paign course he’s teaching in the spring.

3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

Northeastern community reacts to new Boy Scouts policy

Stu­dents and fac­ulty described the group’s deci­sion to lift its ban on openly gay leaders while allowing church-​​sponsored units to con­tinue excluding gays for reli­gious rea­sons in unequiv­o­cally strong terms. “Claiming ‘morality’ or ‘reli­gious beliefs’ cannot over­ride basic prin­ci­ples of equality,” noted soci­ology pro­fessor Suzanna Walters.

Professor turns into coral polyp for Comic-​​Con

Mark Pat­terson is dis­cussing Aquaman at a Comic-​​Con 2015 panel on Friday. But on Thursday he attended the pop-​​culture con­ven­tion in cos­tume as a coral polyp, raising aware­ness about the dan­gers of microplas­tics in the ocean and Northeastern’s research to address the problem.

Researchers to address critical need in tracking young students’ progress

With a $1.6 mil­lion grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, North­eastern pro­fes­sors will develop a Web-​​based system that teachers can use to more easily track the progress of chil­dren with emo­tional or behavior disorders.

Preparatory program offers Boston youth a second chance to succeed

Northeastern’s Foun­da­tion Year pro­gram, which helps Boston high school grad­u­ates pre­pare for col­lege suc­cess, has trans­formed the life of Prince Kalu and hun­dreds of other stu­dents. “I owe every­thing I have to this pro­gram,” he says.

Researchers’ discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

A research team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis present in a new paper that they’ve iden­ti­fied drug-​​tolerant per­sister cells in the bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease. They also present a promising approach to poten­tially erad­i­cating this and other infections.

Researchers use mobile phone data to predict employment shocks

North­eastern com­pu­ta­tional social sci­en­tist David Lazer and his inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research team have demon­strated that mobile phone data can be used to pre­dict future unem­ploy­ment rates up to four months before the release of offi­cial reports and more accu­rately than tra­di­tional forecasts.

Northeastern community’s highest achievements honored

The uni­ver­sity rec­og­nized the impres­sive accom­plish­ments of stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, and alumni at the fifth annual Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion, which was held in Blackman Audi­to­rium on Thursday afternoon.

To battle natural hazards, interdisciplinary research team turns to resilient, sustainable buildings

A team of North­eastern researchers has received a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant to develop a deci­sion frame­work for designing build­ings that are both resilient and sus­tain­able in the face of mul­tiple envi­ron­mental haz­ards like earth­quakes, flooding, and heavy winds.

Northeastern’s commitment to academic priorities, student life highlight Faculty Senate meeting

Uni­ver­sity leaders on Wednesday pre­sented the Fac­ulty Senate with an overview of the fiscal year 2016 budget, which will advance Northeastern’s com­mit­ment to under­grad­uate and grad­uate edu­ca­tion, fac­ulty hiring, stu­dent life, research, and improving its phys­ical and tech­nology resources.