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Researchers plan to 3D-print a lunar landing pad using the moon’s own materials, with the aim of building a permanent base on the moon. But first they need to analyze what moon dust is made of (and nope, it’s not cheese).

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A rendering of a multi-purpose construction system on the moon.
From Mali to Greenland, these Northwestern researchers are studying tiny creatures and sometimes unseen changes to develop important research conclusions.

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In her senior honors thesis, art history major Elizabeth Dudley explores the influence of technology — from the invention of the sewing machine to the rise of social media — on fashion and aesthetic trends. She focuses on cottagecore, an aesthetic reflecting a pastoral way of life that exploded in popularity during the pandemic.

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Elizabeth Dudley smiles in a forested area wearing a floral crown and an off-shoulder smocked white top with a dark pink spaghetti-strapped dress over it.
Haiti is embroiled in a humanitarian crisis, with gangs controlling around 95% of the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Freelance journalist and Haitian democracy activist Monique Clesca ’81 MS, who has been sheltering in place at her home in Port-au-Prince, spoke with Northwestern Magazine about the origins of the crisis and how the country might restore stability, democracy and equity.

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Monique Clesca leans up against a wall in Miami. She is smiling and wearing a white blouse. Her hair is in a bun.

Flex Time

Spring 2024
All-time leading scorer Boo Buie has become the face of Northwestern men’s basketball, helping to usher in a golden era for the program. In 2023–24 Buie was a unanimous selection for the All-Big Ten First Team, earning every vote from both media and coaches, as he led the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and only the third time in program history.

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Basketball player Boo Buie, in a white Northwestern jersey with the number 0, flexes during a game.
With a Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant, senior global health and neuroscience double major Elizabeth Hyun traveled to five post-conflict nations in 10 weeks to study how historical context contributes to trauma diagnoses.

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Elizabeth Hyun smiles in Seoul, South Korea

A Sweet Study

Winter 2024
Students in the Maple Syrup and Climate Change course tap sugar, silver and Norway maple trees on campus to examine the local effects of climate change on soil and plant life. They also learn about the maple syrup industry, including maple tapping by both Native American and non-Native harvesters, farmers and companies, as well as how Indigenous people today use maple tapping for food sovereignty.

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All That Jazz

Winter 2024
This winter, Nitasha Tamar Sharma offers a new Black studies course for students: New Black Music in Chicago: Artists’ Reflections on Music, Race and Entrepreneurship. Students will organize a free public jazz event for the community, which will take place March 4 as part of the Department of Black Studies’ annual Leon Forrest Lecture Series.

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Portrait of grammy-nominated harpist Brandee Younger playing the harp
Each year, Northwestern Formula Racing designs and manufactures a Formula-style race car. At a Society of Automotive Engineers competition each spring, Northwestern students race their car against hundreds of other college teams’ entries.

Pedal to the metal

Team smiles around a Northwestern branded race car
From the Lima Art Museum in Peru to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, professors share their favorite sights and experiences across the globe.

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