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John Henry Pace coordinated the reveal of Ford’s new all-electric pickup truck.

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In this season of celebration, we’re honoring our soon-to-be undergraduate and graduate alumni, and commemorating their time at the University. We reached out to the #NU2021 community via social media to ask for reflections on their time at Northwestern.

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After Parker Levinson ’18 graduated from Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences with degrees in environmental science and African studies, her job search took her down a less traditional path: a field research gig studying primates and leatherback sea turtles in a jungle on an island off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, in central Africa. Almost two years later, Levinson is preparing for her third field season in Antartica, studying penguins and seals.

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Materials scientist and engineer Sossina Haile couldn’t have predicted that the cost of solar and wind energy would plummet in recent years, or that places like California would start paying customers to take electricity because their supply outstripped demand. But once those things happened, she had a solution.

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Historian Jim Bendat ’71 has attended four of the last five presidential inaugurations and been part of media coverage of the event since 2000. The former Los Angeles County public defender is the author of "Democracy's Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789-2013." We asked Bendat to share some of his favorite inauguration anecdotes and to reflect on how this year’s event will be unlike any other in our history.

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Seeing her own family members treated unfairly in health care settings gave Melissa Simon ’06 the resolve to become a doctor and change health care from the inside. Today, she combines research and community outreach to reduce gaps in health care services for medically underserved communities.

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Conductor, composer and arranger Kevin Vondrak talks about his new arrangement of Northwestern's “Alma Mater,” his love of a cappella, and how his job as a conductor and artistic associate with The Crossing, a grammy winning choir based in Philadelphia, has changed during COVID-19.

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In order to avoid being deported to Korea, in the midst of a pandemic, world-class pianist EunAe Lee must convince Immigration and Naturalization Service officials that her unique gifts at the piano are an asset to the music community here in the U.S.

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Molly Beucher ’08 and her friend Georgia Maguire trekked 500 miles across Morocco on miniature motorbikes. Partnering with Education for All Morocco, an organization focused on educating young girls in remote areas, Beucher and Maguire's seven-day adventure took them through desert, mountains and gorges of the North African country.

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Scientist, entrepreneur and investor Sinan Aral discusses how he became interested in social media research, outlines some of his most important findings and reflects on the Northwestern professors who impacted him most.

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