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.

Students find life calling through co-​​op

Co-​​op doesn’t just pro­vide stu­dents with pre­mier expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties. It also helps many find their life’s pur­pose, said sev­eral Col­lege of Sci­ence stu­dents who shared their sto­ries at last week’s Spring Co-​​op Expo.

Empowerfest preview for faculty, staff

A spe­cial pre­view of Empow­er­fest fea­turing inter­ac­tive exhibits will be held Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Cabot Center. The event coin­cides with the university-​​wide launch of Northeastern’s $1 bil­lion Empower campaign.

Top students continue to choose Northeastern

At Wednesday’s Fac­ulty Senate meeting, Philomena Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent for Enroll­ment Man­age­ment and Stu­dent Life, said Northeastern’s emphasis on expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion, global engage­ment, and flex­ible pro­grams con­tinues to attract top stu­dents from the U.S. and around the world.

Bright young minds, renowned thought leaders take aim at global problems

North­eastern hosted the fifth annual Mil­len­nium Campus Con­fer­ence over the weekend, con­vening world-​​renowned speakers and more than 1,000 col­lege stu­dents to dis­cuss solu­tions to the world’s greatest problems.

Crowdfunding drug discovery

The secrecy model that dom­i­nates drug dis­covery doesn’t work for neglected trop­ical dis­eases, which affect more than 1 bil­lion people each year. Asso­ciate pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri hopes to shift that par­a­digm with a new plat­form for secure data-​​sharing.

3Qs: The effect of antibiotic resistant bacteria

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion recently released a new report on the impact of antibi­otic resis­tant bac­teria on national health. We asked assis­tant pro­fessor Betsy Hirsch to explain its sig­nif­i­cance and what it means for the public.

Global ecology as the next grand strategy

Retired Marine Colonel Mark Myk­leby said at a lec­ture at North­eastern on Tuesday that the nation’s biggest problem is global unsus­tain­ability and it will take behav­ioral change, not national strategy, to fix it.