Student’s Public Health Initiative Brings Free Tampons to a Restroom Near You
Diya Khullar has a question. “Why do tampons and pads in public restrooms cost money when toilet paper, which is equally necessary, is free?” While toilet paper and paper towels are provided free of charge in every bathroom, tampons and sanitary pads are most often available to purchase from a dispenser in women’s bathrooms. Khullar, … ContinuedRead More
What Do Pokemon, Minecraft, and Dr. Who Have in Common? This Alumnus’ Startup
Amino, a social networking platform founded by two entrepreneurs who graduated from Northeastern University, has raised $45 million during its third round of financing. Amino centers on smartphone apps that connect users who share an interest in topics that appeal to relatively small groups of people, including Pokémon, Minecraft, and Dr. Who. “We are trying to connect … ContinuedRead More
This Tropical Disease is Second Only to Malaria as a Parasitic Killer. So Why Haven’t You Heard of it?
One form of the disease begins with large open sores that won’t heal, then migrates to the nose and lips, rotting them away like a form of leprosy and leaving the victim badly disfigured. Another strain isn’t nearly as visibly grotesque, but it’s far more deadly, attacking the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. The deadly … ContinuedRead More
He Once Turned Clay Pots into Acoustic Speakers. Now He Makes Smart Sensors For Health Applications.
Srinivas Tadigadapa recalls that he was “quite the tinkerer” when he was a child growing up in New Delhi. He was fascinated by the inner workings of electronics and appliances, he says, and once opened up an iron to explore its heating system. On another occasion, he found a creative way to crank up the … ContinuedRead More
From Paraguay to the Boston Ballet and Back: A Soloist Prepares for Life After Dancing
Diana De Ojeda started taking ballet when she was toddler in Asunción, Paraguay. She accompanied her aunt to and from her cousin’s ballet lessons. One day she, 3 years old at the time, asked if she could join. “And I never left,” she said, with a wide smile. It’s hardly a stretch to say the … ContinuedRead More
Northeastern Appoints James Hackney as New School of Law Dean
Northeastern University has appointed a new dean of the School of Law: James Hackney, an accomplished, long-serving professor in Northeastern’s law school and who has also held key administrative roles in more than two decades at the university. Hackney, who begins as dean on July 1, has served as associate dean for entrepreneurial programs and research … ContinuedRead More
This Northeastern Dean Knows the Secret to Success. And It Takes More Than Algorithms and Equations
Years ago, when her children were young, Nadine Aubry and her husband bought a minivan. The whole family was excited, said Aubry, dean of Northeastern’s College of Engineering. But while her husband found the car a pleasure to drive, Aubry did not. She never liked the driver’s seat. “My back was always hurting as soon … ContinuedRead More
As an Athlete, Tramaine Shaw Led Track and Field to a Conference Championship. As Coach, She Just Won Its Next One.
It was early May and Northeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams had just won their conference championships. But interim head coach Tramaine Shaw was so focused on coaching the Huskies that she didn’t immediately notice a parallel to her own career. Shaw, a hurdler, long-jumper, and relay racer, helped the Huskies win the program’s … ContinuedRead More
Who’s the Artist Behind That Giant Pair of Hands Holding a Paper Crane Outside Ruggles Station?
Local artist Silvia López Chavez is painting a 5,000-square-foot mural on the MBTA wall outside Ruggles Station, turning a nondescript space into a vibrant passageway to and from campus. The focal point is a pair of hands holding a paper crane, a reference to the ancient Japanese legend promising eternal happiness to anyone who folds 1,000 such origami models. “It’s about fulfilling your … ContinuedRead More
The autistic, non-binary, queer, law student fighting for disability justice
Lydia X. Z. Brown is angry. A gender non-binary, queer, disabled person of color, Brown is self-described as “multiply-marginalized.” And the third-year law student at Northeastern, whose resumé of activism and pro bono disability justice work spans nearly 20 pages, is angry that there is still a need for this type of effort. “I’m angry … ContinuedRead More
An actor in the Emmy-nominated TV show Stranger Things will deliver Northeastern University’s 2018 Commencement address on May 4 at TD Garden in Boston. A world record- setting sprinter will also deliver the address. So will a double below-the-knee amputee who pioneered the woven carbon-fiber prostheses that are now the international standard for amputee runners. So will … ContinuedRead More
How one alum is helping veterans get ready for tech jobs
As a mechanic and helicopter test pilot with the U.S. Army, Morgan Stanley earned his MBA from Northeastern while flying battlefield surveillance missions in Afghanistan and chasing down drug dealers in Central America. Now, after 20 years of service, he’s decided it’s time for a change, and his goal when he leaves the military on … ContinuedRead More