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Northeastern’s top news stories of 2012

Over the course of the last year, News@Northeastern has reported a variety of stories showcasing entrepreneurship, innovative research, global initiatives, campus events, and the significant accomplishments of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Speaking up
Jan. 3
Twin sisters at Northeastern created a campaign whose mission is to overcome the stigma attached to mental illness in Kuwait.

Forecasting the spread of emerging diseases
Feb. 1
World-renowned statistical physicist Alessandro Vespignani was installed as Northeastern University’s Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of Physics.

Northeastern leads congressional briefing on cybersecurity
March 22
As lawmakers considered national cybersecurity legislation, university experts traveled to Washington to examine how to combat cyberthreats.

A ‘Catalyst’ for innovation
March 27
A program launched in March by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Northeastern Fund will help student-based organizations raise money for innovative and inspiring projects.

Going beyond ‘Jeopardy!’
March 29
As the third speaker in Northeastern’s presidential speaker series, Profiles in Innovation, IBM Watson creator David Ferrucci discussed the supercomputer’s potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry.

Showcasing research, innovation and entrepreneurship
March 30
RISE:2012, the university’s research, scholarship, and innovation expo held, highlighted a wide range of student and faculty research.

Cannes you hear me now?
April 5
A short film by Northeastern student Joel Marsh was selected to be screened at the 65th annual Cannes International Film Festival in May.

Northeastern student to travel into space
April 26
In 2014, Northeastern student Justin Dowd will travel to outer space, a result of winning the Metro Race for Space Competition.

‘Experiential learning is a way of life’
May 4
Gen. Colin Powell joined President Joseph E. Aoun in celebrating Northeastern’s Class of 2012 at the university’s 110th Commencement.

Northeastern University moves forward with new graduate campus in Seattle
May 8
The university announced in May that it would launch its second graduate campus, and that a Seattle-based chief executive would serve as dean.

Northeastern designated by the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations
May 25
The cybersecurity curriculum will prepare select students for highly specialized jobs in federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies that investigate cybercrimes.

Why ‘trickle-up’ innovation may shape the global economy
July 18
Ravi Ramamurti, a Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy, explains why reverse innovation in emerging markets may shape the globe’s innovation landscape.

Northeastern receives $60 million gift to name School of Business
Sept. 12
Two alumni—Richard D’Amore, BA’76, and Alan McKim, MBA’88—joined forces to make the largest philanthropic investment in the university’s history. In honor of their combined gift, the College of Business Administration was renamed the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Global challenges take center stage at Millennium Campus Conference
Sept. 17
The event, held in September and hosted by Northeastern, drew global leaders and more than 1,200 college students from around the world.

Leading by example, ROTC cadet earns prestigious honor
Oct. 9
Northeastern senior Patrick Lupfer placed No. 1 out of 5,579 fellow ROTC cadets on the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s National Order of Merit List.

Innovation on display at largest-ever NEXPO
Oct. 19
Representatives from more than 40 ventures showcased their businesses at IDEA’s entrepreneurships expo, which was attended by some 500 people.

‘The future of the country’
Nov. 7
At an Election 2012 watch party, an enthusiastic yet anxious group of students came together to share the monumental moment with their fellow Huskies.

Veterans honored and remembered at Northeastern
Nov. 13
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano joined the Northeastern community for a Veterans Day Ceremony to recognize the men and women who have served their country.

‘Wake-up call’ for higher education
Nov. 28
At a forum in Washington D.C., President Joseph E. Aoun said higher education must keep its social compact with Americans and continue to innovate to meet the needs of students. The event followed the release of a Northeastern University survey showing that strong public support for American higher education is coupled with a clear call for the system to change.

Northeastern to explore smoke-free campus
Dec. 5
The university convened a committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff to explore the possibility of implementing a smoke-free campus policy.

Behind the lens with Taylor Swift
Dec. 11
Northeastern student Emily Tebbetts earned the opportunity of a lifetime after winning a Sony contest to become the singer’s personal photographer for a day.