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From Northeastern Lab Bench to Field Test in Africa

A North­eastern Uni­ver­sity team will travel to Cameroon this fall to test a device designed by stu­dents to help poor farmers pre­serve their food using solar power — an endeavor that they hope will ulti­mately result in new oppor­tu­ni­ties for entre­pre­neur­ship and healthier living in the western African country. Starting in Sep­tember, senior Delaney Ban­nister, who…
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Published On: June 16, 2011 | Tags: ,,,
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Economy Favors Romney in GOP Race

Repub­lican hope­fuls faced off at Monday’s GOP pres­i­den­tial debate in New Hamp­shire, after which most pun­dits voted front-​​runner Mitt Romney best in show. William Crotty, the Thomas P O’Neill pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern and expert in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, explains Repub­li­cans‘ pri­mary cam­paign issues, the tac­tics used by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to stand out in…
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Published On: June 15, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Postcard from Lisbon

James Eggers Class of 2013, inter­na­tional affairs major Par­tic­i­pating in Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in Portugal Here in Lisbon, we are taking lan­guage classes and our after­noons are ded­i­cated to learning more about the cul­ture of the Por­tuguese people through site visits. The site visits are phe­nom­enal. We have been able to go to the…
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Published On: June 10, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Disasters Alter our Perception of Risk

Mary King, a member of the soci­ology and anthro­pology fac­ulty, is an expert on how com­mu­ni­ties and indi­vid­uals weigh danger and risk when making deci­sions. She says that a major dis­aster, such as the recent flooding along the Mis­sis­sippi River or the dev­as­tating tor­nado in Joplin, Mo., forces a com­mu­nity to reex­amine its per­cep­tion of…
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Published On: June 2, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Billionaires Need a Giving Philosophy

From world hunger to global warming and the arts, there are numerous causes that indi­vid­uals, foun­da­tions and NGOs choose to sup­port. And even in an economy that has been slow to recover, bil­lion­aires are con­tin­uing to pledge sig­nif­i­cant por­tions of their wealth to phil­an­thropy. But when con­sid­ering what phil­an­thropies to sup­port, a North­eastern pro­fessor says…
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Published On: June 1, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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For Middle East Peace, More Heat Than Light

The prospects for peace between Israel and Pales­tine, and U.S. policy on the com­pli­cated issue, cap­tured the world’s atten­tion ear­lier this month, as Pres­i­dent Obama deliv­ered a major speech on the Middle East, fol­lowed by a day­long meeting between the pres­i­dent and Israeli Prime Min­ister Ben­jamin Netanyahu and Netanyahu’s sub­se­quent address to Con­gress. Kim­berly Jones,…
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Published On: May 27, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Partnering with UN to Fight Official Corruption

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity held a work­shop this week at which scholars and leaders from around the globe came together at the Egan Research Center to dis­cuss the devel­op­ment of a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind cur­riculum for courses on pre­venting cor­rup­tion in the public sphere, along with other courses. The three-​​day event, enti­tled the Inter­na­tional Work­shop on the Devel­op­ment of…
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Published On: May 23, 2011 | Tags: ,,
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Scandal Detracts from Serious International Business

Dominique Strauss-​​Kahn resigned last week as the head of the Inter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF) amid alle­ga­tions of sexual assault in New York City — leading to larger ques­tions of how this will affect French pol­i­tics and finan­cial mat­ters across Europe. Natalie Bor­mann, a vis­iting assis­tant pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, assesses the impli­ca­tions…
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Larger Issues in Debt-​​Limit Debate

On Monday, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Tim­othy Gei­thner told Con­gress the U.S. has reached its debt ceiling — the limit on how much money the gov­ern­ment can borrow. Not only has raising this limit been at times a con­tentious polit­ical issue, it also raises larger issues related to the U.S. economy’s long-​​term health, says Kamran Dad­khah, asso­ciate…
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Published On: May 18, 2011 | Tags: ,
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Analyzing the Impact of Co-Op

While on co-op, Northeastern economics major Georgiy Kupovykh earned significant real-world experience collecting and analyzing data for Brightcove, a company that produces an online video platform. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkBTli1GuDI – Courtesy of Northeastern News

Published On: May 14, 2011 | Tags: ,
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