What President Obama’s legacy will look like

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address this evening in Chicago. We asked four North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers to reflect on how Obama will be remem­bered, with a par­tic­ular focus on his impact on health­care, human rights, and Amer­ican culture.

The stories that are likely to make headlines in 2017

In the first install­ment of our two-​​part series looking at some of the big sto­ries and bright ideas primed to make head­lines in the new year, fac­ulty experts explain that polit­i­cally moti­vated cyber­at­tacks will con­tinue, inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to cli­mate change are on the horizon, and bipar­tisan sup­port for health­care leg­is­la­tion is possible.

3Qs: What’s next for ‘Obamacare’ under President Trump?

Donald Trump cam­paigned on a promise to repeal and replace Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law. But it’s unclear what his plan would entail. We asked Wendy Parmet, a leading expert in public health law, to weigh in on what health­care might look like under Pres­i­dent Trump, who on Monday appointed an out­spoken ‘Oba­macare’ critic to be his sec­re­tary of health and human services.

A survivor’s story: From genocide to healthcare visionary

Deogra­tias Niy­i­zonkiza, the pro­tag­o­nist in author Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains, inspires first-​​year stu­dents to under­stand “the pain of others so you can work to never let people suffer like that again.” The book was this year’s selec­tion for the university’s First Pages program.

Hackathon to help nurses drive innovation in healthcare

As the startup cul­ture in health­care con­tinues to grow, North­eastern School of Nursing Dean Nancy Han­rahan sees an oppor­tu­nity for nurses to play a key role in devel­oping inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to improve patients’ health­care expe­ri­ences. North­eastern is hosting a three-​​day summit and hackathon starting today geared toward empow­ering nurses to drive that innovation.

New center targets nursing research, self-​​care technologies

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a five-​​year, $1.5 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to estab­lish a new center designed to advance nursing sci­en­tists’ research and effec­tive tech­nology inter­ven­tions for improving self-​​care and self-​​management for America’s older adults.

Health professionals talk experiences on front lines of Ebola outbreak

During a keynote address at North­eastern on Tuesday, an epi­demi­ol­o­gist at Boston Med­ical Center who has admin­is­tered care to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, noted that more help is needed in Africa to pro­vide health­care ser­vices, adding that “We need help with everything.”

Three distinct careers, one definitive goal

At the first event in the 2014–15 Women Who Inspire speaker series, three busi­ness leaders dis­cussed their career paths and shared insight into how busi­ness­women can make sure their inno­v­a­tive ideas are being heard in the workplace.

Virtual healthcare agents, at your service

North­eastern con­vened an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers for the 2014 Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gent Vir­tual Agents, where experts dis­cussed and show­cased avatars that could be used in a variety of health­care applications.

Professor to lead U.S. biomaterials research society

Thomas Web­ster, pro­fessor and chair of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, has been named pres­i­dent of the U.S. Society for Bio­ma­te­rials, a 3,000-plus-member orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to enhancing human health and quality of life through bio­ma­te­rials research.