Category Archives: Kudos

Rachel Rosenbloom answers 3Qs: What’s next on immigration reform?

Tens of thou­sands of unac­com­pa­nied chil­dren from Cen­tral America have ille­gally crossed the U.S. southern boarder in the past nine months, fleeing coun­tries such as El Sal­vador, Hon­duras, and Guatemala to escape poverty and vio­lence. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has called the issue a “human­i­tarian sit­u­a­tion.” It’s also a sit­u­a­tion that has major polit­ical impli­ca­tions ahead of the U.S. midterm elec­tions this fall. Here, Rachel Rosen­bloom, an immi­gra­tion policy expert and asso­ciate pro­fessor of law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, explains the cause of this surge and what the fed­eral government’s next step should be.

Purnima Ratilal on where are the whales?

When it comes to mon­i­toring the abun­dance and behav­iors of whales, most research and con­ser­va­tion efforts rely on visual obser­va­tions. People go out on a boat and sys­tem­at­i­cally scan the ocean, clip­board in hand. “But the ocean is very vast, and it takes time to do this kind of survey,” said Purnima Ratilal, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Elec­trical and Com­puter Engi­neering at Northeastern.

Jamie Ladge on Co-​​op in the Classroom

Ladge, Jamie- Pic- FinalJamie Ladge, assis­tant pro­fessor in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, dis­cusses why coop makes class­room expe­ri­ences better. “Someone always has some­thing to say after they’ve been on a coop expe­ri­ence and it brings the mate­rials that I teach to life.”

Marilyn Minus on Stronger Kevlar to Better Biology

Assistant professor Marilyn Minus has received a grant to expand her nanomaterial templating process to design better synthetic collagen fibers and better flame-retardant coatings.

Julia Flanders on when history goes digital

Julia Flanders, who runs the University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Group and is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of English at Northeastern, is co-director of a multi-university project known as TAPAS, which stands for TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service. The project will provide low-cost publishing and storage services for users at all levels and fields to create, curate, and share high-quality data using open-source tools.

Wendy Parmet Answers 3Qs: Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision

Parmet, Wendy- PicOn Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that requiring for-profit corporations to pay for employees’ insurance coverage of contraceptive care violates a federal law protecting religious freedom. Here, Wendy Parmet, the George J. and Kath­leen Waters Matthews Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor oLaw and asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs, offers fur­ther insight into the sig­nif­i­cance of the case and what it could mean for the Afford­able Care Act.

Loretta Fernandez Talks on a Simpler Way to Test for Water Pollution

Fernandez, Loretta- FinalNortheastern assistant professor Loretta Fernandez’ water quality samplers are deceptively simple: they’re providing powerful data about the contamination levels of polluted waterways.

Irina Todorova on How Culture and History Influence Vaccination Decisions

Todorova, Irina- Picture- FinalNortheastern Associate Clinical Professor and Interim director of the Masters in Public Health Program Irina Todorova was recently elected as Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society for her contributions to the field of health psychology.

Sara Wylie is Re-​​making Science

Wylie, Sara- Picture- FinalNortheastern assistant professor, Sara Wylie, attended the first-ever White House Maker Faire, where she presented grassroots science tools developed by Public Lab, the nonprofit she co-founded in 2010.

Randall Hughes on the noisy world of mud crabs

Hughes, Randall- Picture 1Randall Hughes is an assistant professor of marine and environmental sciences at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center. Her team’s work—as well as that of researchers around the globe—has shown that the visual and chem­ical cues that fish dis­patch into their envi­ron­ment can cause prey, such as mud crabs and shrimp-​​like crus­taceans called amphipods, to go into hiding. But, until now, no one had ever studied the way prey species react to fishes’ auditory cues.