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Photos of the year: 2021

2021 was a year of inspiration, perseverance, and growth, and News@Northeastern’s award-winning photographers worked tirelessly to capture it all—including new achievements for Northeastern, life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and cutting-edge research. Have another look back before moving on to 2022.

On Jan. 5, Northeastern received 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to administer to Phase One individuals including health care workers, first responders, and police. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Students walk though campus. Photo Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Portraits of Northeastern students Kai Doran, Liz Peart, and Joy for a story about people living 'Outside of the Binary.' Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
The Northeastern women won their fourth straight Hockey East championship with a 6-2 victory over Providence College in the title game at Matthews Arena. Photos by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
The Northeastern Class of 2021 celebrated Commencement in five ceremonies across a weekend in the unique setting of Fenway Park in Boston. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
The milestone of one million coronavirus tests was celebrated by lab technicians in Northeastern's Life Science Testing Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, on April 27, 2021. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Yi Zheng, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern, holds one sample desalination filter made of cow manure and another made of hornet nests in his lab in the Mugar Life Sciences Building. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
A member of the Northeastern community walks in the rain as tropical storm Elsa hits Boston. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
The Northeastern doctoral hooding ceremony takes place in Matthews Arena. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Kobe the husky and Bean the dachshund meet at Northeastern's Fall Fest. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
The Northeastern sailing team practices on the Charles River. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Graduate student Hanan Mohamed uses augmented reality to build a marine pump in the Forsyth building. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Northeastern University announced the signing of 8-year-old Simon Valencia-Devin as the newest member of the Huskies men's ice hockey program at Matthews Arena on Nov. 15, 2021. Simon comes to Northeastern through a partnership with Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Mask on. Mask off. Now, put your mask on again. Don’t leave your house. Hug your grandparents. Stop hugging Grandma. Trying to navigate the renewed risks of the pandemic amidst the Delta variant may make your head spin. “We are in a situation where the ground rules have changed,” says Rory Smead, associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
The sun rises over William E. Carter Playground. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Tropical storm Elsa brings heavy rain to Northeastern’s Boston campus. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Dulani Kankanamge, president of the women’s rugby team, practices on William E. Carter Playground. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
The Veterans Day event marked the 70th anniversary for Northeastern’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, as well as the 15th anniversary of the dedication of the plaza on which the university’s Veterans Memorial stands. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
A new sustainability seminar lets students propose their own sustainability program. They learn to think critically and propose solutions, says Jacob Glickel, who works in the Office of Sustainability. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
ROTC member Grant Gordon, who studies criminal justice and political science, works outside on Centennial Common. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Why can't we vaccinate the world? With 7.9 billion people worldwide, some 5.57 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally. But in low-income countries, only 1.9% of the population has received even one dose. At the root of that vaccine inequity, say Northeastern experts, is an issue of who is calling the metaphorical shots and why. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Flowers begin to bloom on Northeastern’s Boston campus. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Albert-László Barabási, Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and university distinguished professor of physics at Northeastern, with a model from the Network Science Institute. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, joins the graduating student procession just days before the Commencement exercises on May 8 and 9. Each weekday, students have donned their caps and gowns to proceed along a route through campus to enjoy interactive exhibits of sights and sounds created just for them. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Dwayne Gyateng, who studies business, juggles a soccer ball at William E. Carter Playground. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Scenes of the Boston campus. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
The Northeastern community gathers for a moment of reflection for nine minutes and 29 seconds in memory of George Floyd on Centennial Common. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
David Femi Lamptey, who studies computer engineering, and Nita Akoh, who studies neuroscience, pose for a portrait at Northeastern University. Lamptey and Akoh are, respectively, the new vice president and president of the Northeastern African Student Organization. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
A bumblebee stays busy, pollinating flowers next to William E. Carter Playground at the Boston campus. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
A student walks past Curry Student Center. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
A student studies in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
The Northeastern Class of 2021 celebrates Commencement at Fenway Park in Boston. Photos by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
President Joseph E. Aoun and other university leaders welcomed incoming freshmen, Northeastern's class of 2025, to campus at the President's Convocation, held in Matthews Arena. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Ademidun Ajibade, a second-year international affairs grad student, saw immigration through a different lens while on co-op in Greece. 'I like to consider myself as a global citizen, so my impact on the world is not determined nor restricted to Nigeria,' says Ajibade. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
A member of the Northeastern community is reflected in a puddle while walking though Snell Quad on a rainy Monday. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Northeastern Climbing team president Brynnydd Hamilton, who studies physics, practices at Central Rock Gym in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Aniyah Smith’s strong showing in the Husky Startup Challenge inspired her to launch a startup, Push Beauty, that is developing inclusive and accessible cosmetics for a diverse population. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Developing new disease treatments can take years. That's why Northeastern researcher Deisy Morselli Gysi and her colleagues looked at existing drugs to treat COVID-19. And now they have four strong contenders. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Casey Brown, an administrative specialist at Northeastern, and NUPD officer Joseph Mathews train with the department’s incoming community resource dog, Cooper, a golden retriever, at Golden Opportunities for Independence in Walpole. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Emily Man (seen here) has joined with a Northeastern classmate, Valeria Martinuzzi, to earn an inaugural Innovator Award for their development of an affordable and safe contraceptive for women. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Baxter, a three-year-old French bulldog, cools off in the koi pond outside Curry Student Center. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
A newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could trigger fewer allergic reactions and help some recipients avoid headaches, sore muscles, and other adverse effects that can plague recipients who get a second inoculation shot required by Moderna or Pfizer. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Northeastern University on Nov. 11, 2021 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor past and present members of the university community who have served their country. Remarks were given by Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, U.S. Army, as well as other distinguished speakers. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Doctoral candidate Jagatpreet Nir and robotics students Stephen Alt and Syed Mohammad Ajad work in the robotics lab located in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex building. Nir, Alt and Ajad are three of six students who will participate in an inaugural summer school robotics program in Denmark. Photos by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Sarah Bernt, who graduated from Northeastern in 2019, has been selected for the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which sends future American leaders to the island of Ireland for a year of graduate study. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Northeastern University celebrated its undergraduate and graduate 2020 Commencement ceremonies at Matthews Arena on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, Speakers included Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, Ming Tsai, a James Beard Award-winning chef, and student speakers. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Researchers work at the Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
A red-tailed hawk scans the surroundings outside Curry Student Center. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Khailah Nichole-Robin Griffin drew from her own experiences while launching UnorthoDOCx, a nonprofit organization that helps non-traditional pre-medical students. Khailah is among 19 winners of inaugural Innovator Awards offered by the university’s Women Who Empower diversity and entrepreneurship program. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Edward Geisinger, assistant professor of biology at Northeastern, takes samples in the Geisinger lab in the Mugar Life Sciences building. The Geisinger lab, which just received a NIH grant, investigates the molecular basis of antibiotic resistance and disease development in infections with hospital-acquired pathogens. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Aliyah Jackson, a second-year psychology major, says her work with young adults with disabilities opened her eyes to the many obstacles they have to navigate every day. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Koi fish swim amid fallen leaves in the pond next to Curry Student Center. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Northeastern's move into a new London campus marks another global milestone. Photos by Suzanne Plunkett for Northeastern University
Outdoor scenes at the Boston campus. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Morning rain is captured on top of foliage on Northeastern’s Boston campus. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, poses for a portrait. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University
Graduating seniors visit some of the interactive displays along the procession route on the Boston campus, which started at West Village and concluded at Matthews Arena. Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
A Northeastern University police officer holds a rose during the Twentieth Anniversary Time of Remembrance: September 11, 2001 event held at the Candace Lee Williams Sept. 11th Memorial Marker, between Ell Hall and the D’Amore=McKim School of Business on Sept. 11, 2021. The event included moments of reflection, a reading of the names, and remarks by students, faculty, and staff. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Nia Grace, owner of The Underground Cafe + Lounge, receives a hug during the grand opening event. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

 

 

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