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Gita Pullapilly and her husband and filmmaking partner Aron Gaudet hope movie theater audiences are ready to laugh. Their counterfeit coupon crime caper, Queenpins, starring Kristen Bell and Vince Vaughn, opens in theaters nationwide Sept.

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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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Jesse Humpal drifted in and out of special education classes as a child. He almost failed out of his undergraduate program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and at Northwestern, where Humpal has earned two master’s degrees and a PhD, he almost threw in the towel on higher education entirely during a course on linear regression.

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Chris Oh always wanted to help people. As a physician and educator, he applies his Northwestern physics training to explain topics as varied as gravitational waves and the importance of ventilation in the fight against COVID-19.

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Chicago Children’s Choir president and artistic director Josephine Lee ’07 MMus believes music can transcend barriers and elevate the boundless potential of young people.

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Cincinnati Reds baseball operations analyst Katie Krall ’18 works on player acquisition and development to create a cohesive and competitive club.

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As part of the New York Times’ Visual Investigations team, Evan Hill ’07 and his peers are pioneering a new form of reporting called open-source journalism. Using the incalculable amounts of data that turn up online every day, the journalists blend together disparate elements to tell a broader story.

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Northwestern Alumni Association President and trustee Larry Irving ’76 shares why he is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion and discusses the importance of listening to alumni and students.

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Genuine Generosity

Spring 2021
After a fire destroyed most of an Evanston family’s possessions, graduate student Jeron Dorsey stepped up to help. He donated an entire two-week paycheck and continues to connect with the family.

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