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Fall 2018

Features

Northwestern’s oaks — the eyebrow of beauty.

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Meet the four 2018 Northwestern Alumni Medalists.

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Famous entertainment alumni return for gala.

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commfest a starry night brings together famous entertainment alumni

Northwestern honored the 50th anniversary of the Bursar's Office takeover.

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A new academic year brings a renewed burst of energy to the Northwestern community.

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Vadim Backman has developed a strategy for detecting cancer in its earliest stage.

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If you want to break into the music business, Thom Russo would like to bend your ear.

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Voices

The goal of the redesign was to reflect the spirit of Northwestern in a more flexible and engaging format.

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Threats against journalists — on the rise both in the United States and around the world — are contributing to an erosion of trust in a free press that is the oxygen of any self-governed democracy.

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Sound Off

Telling Truths

Four Northwestern professors discuss recent misinformation campaigns and their impact on American democracy.

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What Inspires Me

Seeking Solutions

Climate scientist Yarrow Axford finds hope in her problem-solving students.

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Discovery

Warmer temperatures push bees to their physiological limits, may drive local extinction.

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paul caradonna bee researcher

Innovation

Prize-winning NUMiX uses professor’s patented technology to solve water treatment challenges.

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Invention

It's in the Bag

Three Kellogg grads teamed up to launch Cariset, a startup that makes a high-fashion, high-function leather backpack for women.

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News

Cognitive behavioral therapy programs help reduce violent crime, increase graduation rates.

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'Cat Tales

The Bridge Project

Robert Kath ’88 and Paolo Mazzucato ’88 initiated the first cinematic co-production between students in the United States and students in the Soviet Union.

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Purple Pantry provides groceries to students who don’t have enough to eat.

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Northwestern musicians tour Asia, professor Michael Rakowitz unveils the Lamassu at the Fourth Plinth and circumnavigator Hannah Whitehouse studies El Sistema around the world.

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Alumni

The new Northwestern Alumni Association president chats about his University experience and the future of the NAA.

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samir mayekar

My Northwestern Direction

Antonia Cereijido reflects on the influence — and legacy — of Medill professor Cecilia Vaisman.

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"We Will" Update

After surpassing its initial Campaign goal in record time, Northwestern is expanding its target — and its impact.

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Reaching Higher

Dedicated Donors

Bon and Holly French have seen the “We Will” Campaign’s impact firsthand and hope to inspire additional giving through their support.

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New facilities are transforming life for student-athletes.

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Alumni entrepreneurs such as Adam Hughes are paying it forward by signing Northwestern’s new Founders’ Pledge.

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People

Lifelong surfer Sam Ballam shares a few of his favorite breaks.

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Longtime chaplain Timothy Stevens helped transform religious life on campus.

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During three weeks in 2017, Miki Sawada crisscrossed the largest U.S. state, playing classical music on her Gather Hear Alaska tour.

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miki sawada

Law alumni couple call on family history to bring back Blocki Perfume Co.

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Bomani McClendon helped a San Francisco–based art collective create giant glowing mushrooms for Burning Man.

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Jared Knopman has developed a minimally invasive, first-line treatment for a life-threatening condition.

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New York Times cocktail writer Robert Simonson shares his favorite three-ingredient drinks in a new recipe book.

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Sam Kleiner's new book profiles the pilots who flew iconic shark-nosed P-40 fighters in combat after Pearl Harbor.

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Back Story

Balancing Act

Mark Vadik went from entertainment law to moviemaking — and he couldn’t be happier.

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These popular films in the 1960s starred former Northwestern students and alumni.

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These rock and jazz acts played Northwestern in the 1980s.

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New book from Hana Schank ’93 and Elizabeth Wallace ’93 explores the challenge that women face of finding a meaningful career while balancing familial obligations.

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schank and wallace

The former viola performance major turned Broadway star won the 2018 Tony Award for best performance by an actress in a musical for The Band’s Visit.

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tony award winner katrina lenk

Online Exclusives

Longtime audio engineer and professor Benj Kanters now focuses on hearing conservation.

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