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Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle.

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Three influential college presidents: Charles Eliot of Harvard (in office 1869-1909), Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago (1929-45) and Drew Faust of Harvard (2007-18). AP Photo/Edward Kitch/Charles Krupa

Do college presidents still matter?

A former president of Northeastern and scholar of higher education shares his perspectives on what has – and hasn't – changed in the role of the college president.
Multicultural friendships formed in college help develop students’ cultural agility. Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com

The decline in foreign students hurts America’s future

International student integration can (and should) be fostered on college campuses for the sake of national security and professional readiness.
Manchester, England, May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

How social ties make us resilient to trauma

In the wake of the suicide bombing in Manchester, England, an expert on social networks explains why ties to other people help societies recover from traumatic events.
A NASA Valkyrie robot picks up an item with its hand. Northeastern University

Making robots that can work with their hands

For robots to be most useful when working alongside humans, we'll have to figure out how to make robots that can literally lend us a hand when our own two are not enough.
Walt Disney used defaults to get children to eat healthier foods, but not all nudges have consumers’ interests at heart. Gary Kazanjian/AP Photo

‘Default’ choices have big impact, but how to make sure they’re used ethically?

Defaults are powerful tools that policymakers and marketers can use to nudge us to make certain choices, whether in our interest or in theirs. How do we ensure they're used responsibly?
Trump poses with his brain trust. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

White House in turmoil shows why Trump’s no CEO

He campaigned on the notion that his business experience would equip him to 'make America great again,' but running a family company is poor training for the presidency.
Trump and Netanyahu participate in a joint news conference on Feb. 15, 2017. P Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Netanyahu’s meeting with Trump: Good for Israeli-Palestinian peace?

Israeli settlements are one main reason many observers are increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Can Trump break through?
Most cases of Zika are asymptomatic. Airman Magazine/U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/Flickr

Zika virus: Only a few small outbreaks likely to occur in the continental US

A computer model suggests that while more cases of Zika can be expected in the continental U.S. outbreaks will probably be small and are not projected to spread.
Togolese fabric markets are increasingly stocked with low-cost Chinese reproductions. Koko Masseme

West Africans ditch Dutch wax prints for Chinese ‘real-fakes

Togolese consumers are increasingly choosing Chinese replicas over 'authentic' Dutch wax prints. Their choice raises fundamental questions about the notion of intellectual property.
What are the implications of peer review on competition in science? PROChristian Guthier

Here’s how competition makes peer review more unfair

Peer review is a crucial part of the academic publication system. It is also a critical part of the hiring and evaluation process. What's the problem with peer review?
Try to make this the only time you see a ransomware warning notice. Christiaan Colen/flickr

It’s easier to defend against ransomware than you might think

Ransomware – which encrypts your files and offers to sell you the key – operates differently from other malicious software. Those differences turn out to give potential victims a fighting chance.
Indonesian schoolchildren show off the mark indicating they’ve just taken anti-filariasis medication, a drug that prevents just one of the world’s ‘neglected’ diseases. CDC Global

Combating ‘neglected’ diseases using nature’s apothecary

The 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine went to research on remedies derived from natural compounds. Academia is continuing the fight against 'neglected' diseases by similarly hunting for new drugs in nature.

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