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New Location
Elliott Hall of the Innovation Campus Burlington, MA is closed for renovations. NU@Noon will be meeting in room 361 of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. This building is located up the main driveway before Elliot Hall on the right. Parking will be in the lower lot; there are handicap spaces available. Due to security protocols, each person will need a government-issued ID to enter the building. If you are not a U.S. citizen, contact our office to complete an online form in advance.


Fall 2017 Upcoming Events

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden 

Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 11 a.m.
11 French Dr., Boylston, MA | Bus departs Kostas Research Institute at 9:45 a.m. 
$35 per person; $47 w/bus

Kick off your autumn by taking in beautiful mountain views and seasonal flowers at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Learn more about the Gardens in a 45-minute guided orientation tour, and then explore the grounds on your own before heading to O’Connor’s Restaurant and Bar for a buffet luncheon. This event will take place rain or shine; in the case of extreme weather, the group will have access to the Conservatory.

How Our Perception of The World Affects Our Understanding of Global Change

Tuesday, Oct. 3 | 12 p.m.
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

The impacts of global change on ocean ecosystems are now pervasive. How well do we truly understand the ways in which a shifting climate affects non-human organisms? How might our anthropocentric view of the world cloud our understanding of what to expect in nature? Professor Helmuth will discuss how cutting-edge technology can be used to explore how coastal animals experience their environments, and how our perceptions of the world unconsciously frame the ways in which we talk about climate change and its impacts.

Speaker: Brian Helmuth, MS’91, Professor, Marine and Environmental Sciences and Public Policy and Urban Affairs, College of Science

Privacy and Security in a World Without Walls

Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 12 p.m.
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

In an increasingly digital world, we are surrounded by technology with sensors and internet connections. These devices can greatly improve health and safety, and make it easier to connect with friends and loved ones. However, they also pose a risk to our privacy and security in ways that we are often unaware of, and unable to mitigate. In his presentation, Professor Choffnes will cover recent trends in ubiquitous internet-connected devices, the risks they pose, and ongoing research to help address these issues.

Speaker: David Choffnes, Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science

Prosecutorial Ethics in the 21st Century

Tuesday, Oct. 17 | 12 p.m.
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

Prosecutors are arguably the most powerful players in the criminal justice system, deciding who to charge, with what crimes, and whether to offer a plea bargain. Yet, despite their vast power, prosecutors enjoy little accountability to the public. Ethical rules, in theory, serve as a safeguard against unchecked prosecutorial power. Professor Medwed will explore some of the most pressing ethical issues related to prosecutorial power in the United States.

Speaker: Daniel Medwed, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, School of Law

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Wednesday, Oct. 25 | 10:30 a.m.
66 Main St., Essex, MA | Bus departs Kostas Research Institute at 9:15 a.m.
$40 per person; $52 w/bus

This event has reached capacity. Register to be added to the wait list. 

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built the most two-masted wooden fishing schooners in the world. Explore the grounds and various exhibits including the old Essex Central School house, the Old Burying Ground, and the Shipyard, in a 90-minute guided tour. The tour will also cover the Lewis H. Story, a recreation of the Cebacco Boat, and Evelina M. Goulart, one of only seven historic Essex-built schooners. The day will conclude with a plated luncheon at Shea’s Riverside Restaurant & Bar.

Forbes House Museum

Wednesday, Nov. 1 | 11 a.m. 
215 Adams St., Milton, MA | Bus departs Kostas Research Institute at 9:45 a.m.
$40 per person; $52 w/ bus

Built in 1833 for Margaret Perkins Forbes by her sons, Captain Robert Bennet Forbes and John Murray Forbes, the Forbes House Museum contains the family treasures of four generations. View the China Trade collection of export porcelain, silver, paintings, and furniture brought home by Captain Forbes almost 200 years ago, as well as the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln memorabilia collected by the Captain’s granddaughter. A 60-minute guided tour will cover these collections, and explore the servant quarters of the home. The outing will end with a buffet luncheon at Novara.

Social Media and News: Understanding Changes in Our Communications Landscape

Thursday, Nov. 16 | 12 p.m.
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

From Facebook Live to fake news and presidential tweets, how has social media impacted the news today? New digital communication trends are constantly evolving. Professor Wihbey will lead you through how these trends impact politics, business, and education on a wider scale.

Speaker: John Wihbey, Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, College of Arts, Media and Design

Urban Engineering for a Sustainable Future

Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 12 p.m.
Kostas Research Institute, 141 South Bedford St., Burlington, MA
$6 per person

New developments in urban engineering help address natural disaster safety and global climate change through innovative and sustainable designs. Professor Hajjar will discuss current trends in city design, ongoing work at Northeastern, and the future of robot integration in the built environment.

Speaker: Jerry Hajjar, CDM Smith Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Holiday Brunch and The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec. 2 | 11 a.m.
Alumni Center, 716 Columbus Ave., 6th Fl., Boston
$90 per person

Transport yourself to a magical world of brave toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes, as you follow Clara on her adventure filled with colorful characters, breathtaking costumes and majestic scenery. This enchanting holiday classic set to the beloved music of Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Mikko Nissinen continues to enthrall audiences of all ages. Join us for a festive holiday brunch in the Alumni Center before the show. Includes shuttle from Alumni Center to and from the Boston Opera House.

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