Category Archives: Kudos
Electrical and computer engineer professor, Octavia Camps, ALERT consultant and director of Breast Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, Richard Moore, professor and ALERT director Michael Silevitch and John Beaty, Director of Technology at ALERT Advanced video analytics technology developed by researchers in Northeastern’s ALERT Center, help TSA agents make better use of data collected by surveillance cameras at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Lisa Feldman Barrett compiled data that scientists have collected over the years, confirming that yes, love is indeed a kind of drug. Shir Atzil, a postdoctoral research associate in Barrett’s lab, explains the findings.
Northeastern researchers are investigating the heart from a variety of perspectives. Assistant professor of chemical engineering Eno Ebong implies that if the heart muscle were a tree, then she would be interested in its vascular roots. In particular, she’s investigating how blood vessel plaque growth—a precursor to heart attack—can be controlled by reinforcing the protective sugar coat, called the glycocalyx, that lines our blood vessels.
Virtual humans, relational robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-tracking technologies were among the innovative research projects highlighted at a daylong conference at Northeastern that explored the intersection of emotion science and technology. The minds behind most of these projects discussed their research throughout the day during panel discussions with experts from a range of disciplines including game design, psychology, and health sciences.
Mindy Lubber is the president of Ceres, a nonprofit organization that’s mobilizing businesses to integrate sustainability into their bottom lines. She manages a $10 trillion investment fund focused on evaluating the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Marcy Reed, Wendi Goldsmith, and Mindy Lubber discussed how their leadership is inspiring a new era for sustainability at the fifth event in Northesatern’s Women Who Inspire series.
There are examples of art imitating nature all around us—whether it’s Monet’s pastel Water Lilies or Chihuly’s glassblown Seaforms, the human conception of natural phenomena dazzles but does not often surprise. Yet when associate professor of physics Latika Menon peered under the electron microscope last fall, she discovered the exact opposite.
If you grew up in the Northeast you know that there are good days for making snowballs and there are bad days for making snowballs. You know that sometimes, despite your best efforts to squeeze the snow into a perfectly rounded orb, it just won’t stick. J. Murray Gibson, founding dean of the College of Science, tells us why. The problem, he said, is that the temperature of the snow is too cold for you to weld it into a self-contained ball.
Approximately 50 percent of the nursing home population suffers from dementia, said Alice Bonner, an associate professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences’ School of Nursing. While evidence suggests that anti-psychotic medications are ineffective at best and often have serious side effects, many nursing home residents are still treated with these drugs. Bonner would know. In 2011—as director of the Division of Nursing Homes at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid—she helped establish the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, a public-private initiative focused on the overuse of antipsychotic medications.
“Never heard me before.” That’s what William, a 9-year-old boy with a speech-language disorder, said the first time he used the prosthetic voice that Northeastern associate professor Rupal Patel made just for him. In San Francisco on Thursday, Patel, who has joint appointments in the Bouvé College of Health Science and the College of Computer and Information Science, shared William’s story with thousands of viewers at TEDWomen.
Cell biologist Jeanne Lawrence’s revolutionary recent discovery of a gene that effectively turns off the chromosome responsible for Down syndrome set the scientific world abuzz. On Monday night at Northeastern, she described how her finding was just as surprising as her journey to becoming a scientist.