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2011 year in review, through the lens

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY

Amritha Mangalat (left) practices dance moves with fellow Huskies and local youth during the Northeastern’s King Day of Service & Leadership. The annual event, in which students volunteer on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods, is held each January to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

BEANPOT

The Northeastern men’s hockey team battled then top-ranked Boston College in the Beanpot championship in February at TD Garden. The thrilling game ended in a 7-6 overtime loss for the Huskies. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

LET IT SNOW

A series of major storms throughout January and February left Northeastern’s campus covered in a deep blanket of snow. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Innovative research by pharmaceutical sciences professor Heather Clark and her students shows how an iPhone could be used to monitor nanosensors injected into the skin that fluoresce based on a person’s glucose and sodium levels in the blood — a noninvasive way for patients with diabetes or kidney problems to monitor their condition. Photo by Christopher Huang.

ICE CARVING

Teams of students and staff sculpted, picked and chain sawed their way through giant blocks of ice at the annual International Ice Carving Competition in Krentzman Quad. (For more, watch the video here.) Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP EXPO
Students and faculty showcased their innovative work at the 2011 Research and Scholarship Expo in April. More than 300 posters were spread throughout the Cabot Physical Education Center, highlighting research in numerous disciplines, including biology, engineering, architecture and computer science. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

COMMENCEMENT

The Class of 2011 celebrated at Northeastern University’s 109th commencement, where speakers challenged graduating seniors to embrace risk and face the future with determination, passion and a broad view of the world. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

KOSTAS INSTITUTE

In September, President Joseph E. Aoun presided over the unveiling of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at the university’s campus in Burlington, Mass. The secure, state-of-the-art research facility, funded by a $12 million investment from alumnus George J. Kostas, E’43, H’07, will help advance Northeastern’s leadership in security research. Photo by Christopher Huang.

MOVE-IN

Patricia Catala, a member of the Class of 2014 from Puerto Rico, joined thousands of fellow students arriving on campus for move-in weekend in September. Photo by Christopher Huang.

NEW FACULTY DINNER

President Joseph E. Aoun and other university leaders welcomed new faculty members at a reception in September. Northeastern added 58 new tenured/tenure-track faculty members this academic year. Photo by Christopher Huang.

ROCK CLIMBING ON CENTENNIAL COMMON

Students scale a rock wall brought to campus for the annual Camping on the Quad event hosted by the Northeastern University Huskiers and Outing Club. Photo by Mike Mazzanti.

REGIONAL CAMPUSES

In October, Northeastern launched a regional campus in Charlotte — the first in series of campuses planned for selected American cities. The campuses will offer advanced degrees and foster research collaborations aligned with local economic development goals. President Joseph E. Aoun said the initiative will advance a model of higher education “beyond the traditional boundaries of place” to meet the growing challenges of higher education in the 21st century. Photo by Patrick Schneider.

FROM CO-OP TO CAREER

An international co-op experience in Greece inspired fourth-year chemistry major Victoria Ronga (seen here inserting a sample into the probe of a nuclear magnetic resonance machine) to pursue a career as a food chemist. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

PROFILES IN INNOVATION
This fall, Northeastern unveiled the new Presidential Speaker Series entitled Profiles in Innovation. The events, hosted by President Joseph E. Aoun, bring the world’s most creative minds to campus for conversations on innovation and entrepreneurship. The first two speakers were iRobot cofounder and CEO Colin Angle and airspace sculptor Janet Echelman, and fun videos featuring President Aoun were shown at each event.