The College of Science is very proud of its faculty and their research initiatives. Here is a list of some of the latest grant recipients.
COLLABORATIVE PROJECT WITH PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR AWARDED $300K
Research Associate Professor Karen Quigley, National Science Foundation, November 2014
Associate research professor Karen Quigley is working with faculty at the University of Pittsburgh on the project, “Collaborative Research: Threat Perception Following Mass Violence Events.” Northeastern University has been awarded $305,177 by the National Science Foundation for continued work on the project.
PHYSICS PROFESSORS AWARDED $170K
Professor Donald Heiman, National Science Foundation, July 2014
The National Science Foundation has awarded physics professor Donald Heiman $170,000 over two years for his project titled, “Half-Metallic Semiconducting Magnets with Gapless Dispersion and Antiferromagnetism.”
FIVE-YEAR, $1 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT AWARDED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Professor Srinivas Sridhar, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, July 2014
The National Cancer Institute through the National Institutes of Health has awarded Physics professor Sri Sridhar a five-year grant worth $1,155,905. It will help fund the project, “CaNCURE: Cancer Nanomedicine Co-ops for Undergraduate Research Experiences.”
$1.6M AWARDED BY NIH TO BIOLOGY PROFESSOR
Professor Erin Cram, National Institutes of Health, August 2014
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Associate Professor of Biology Erin Cram a four-year grant worth $1,622,250. It will help fund her project, “In Vivo analysis of Mechanotransduction.”
$304K AWARDED THE U.S. ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH AND MATERIEL COMMAND
Professor Sri Sridhar, May 2014
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has awarded $304,025 over the next two years to Prof. Sri Sridhar for his grant titled “PARP Inhibitor Nanotherapy for Ovarian Cancer” from the Ovarian Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense. Prof. Sridhar will be collaborating with Dr. Daniela Dinulescu at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
$100K AWARDED BY INTERNATIONAL HEALTH GROUP FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING NATIONS
Professors Michael Pollastri and Richard Wamai, IZUMI Foundation, May 2014
The IZUMI Foundation has awarded $100,000 over two years to the Integrated Initiative for Global Health, which is led by Professors Michael Pollastri and Richard Wamai. The IZUMI Foundation gives assistance to the world’s poorest people by supporting programs that improve health in developing countries. The Integrated Initiative for Global Health is focused on addressing the need for treatment of the world’s neglected diseases by combining a focus on developing new therapeutics and diagnostics with scholarship in public health policy and access to medicine.
DHHS/NIH AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR $4.5 MILLION
Professor Craig Ferris, Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, April 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development has awarded $4,555,974 over five years to psychology professor Craig Ferris for a project titled, “Developmental Consequences of Birth Interventions.”
PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR AWARDED NSF GRANT
Professor Rhea Eskew, National Science Foundation, February 2014
The National Science Foundation awarded a three-year, $478,354 grant to psychology professor Rhea Eskew. The award will support Eskew’s project titled, “Understanding Higher Order Color: Beyond the Cardinal Mechanisms.”
NSF CAREER AWARD GRANTED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Asst. Prof. Swastik Kar, National Science Foundation, January 2014
The National Science Foundation has given Swastik Kar, an assistant professor of physics, a $400,000 CAREER Award. The award is for four years, and will support Kar’s project titled, “Graphene-based Ultra-responsive Photo-sensing Devices.”
NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR CAREER AWARD
Asst. Prof. Paul Whitford, National Science Foundation, January 2014
Paul Whitford, an assistant professor of physics, was awarded a CAEER Award by the National Science Foundation. The award spans four years and totals $953,963. Whitford’s project is titled, “Disorder, tRNA composition and energy transduction in the ribosome.”
PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES TWO-YEAR GRANT FROM NIH
Asst. Prof. Heather Brenhouse, National Institutes of Health, September 2013
Assistant professor of psychology Heather Brenhouse was awarded a two-year grant worth $417,814 for her project, “Targeting and preventing a mechanistic basis of risk after early life stress.”
PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS FROM NSF
Matthews Distinguished University Professor Pran Nath, National Science Foundation, September 2013
Physics professor Pran Nath has received a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled, “Research in Elementary Particle Theory.”
NOAA AWARDS MES PROFESSOR $104K GRANT
Assoc. Prof. Justin Ries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), September 2013
Associate professor Justin Ries, of the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded $104575 by NOAA for work on his project, “Impact of global warming on Caribbean coral calcification.” Read more
MES PROFESSOR RECEIVES NSF GRANT
Assoc. Prof. Peter Rosen, Nation Science Foundation, September 2013
Peter Rosen, an associate professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded $43,079 by the National Science Foundation for his project, ”Coastal SEES (Track I), Collaborative: Sediment Supply in a Regime of Accelerated Coastal Erosion (SedS-RACE): Paleo-Perspectives, Anthropogenic Influences and Future Challenges.” This project is in collaboration with two proposals from the University of New Hampshire and Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.
PHYSICS CHAIR RECEIVES NSF GRANT
Prof. Paul Champion, National Science Foundation, September 2013
Professor and chair of the physics department Paul Champion has been awarded $636,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Scattering, Time Resolved Dynamics, and Electron-Nuclear coupling in Biomolecules.” Read more
INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC GROUP AWARDS PYSICS PROFESSOR $88K
Prof. Alain Karma, U.S. Israel Binational Science Foundation, September 2013
The U.S. Israel Binational Science Foundation awarded Professor Alain Karma $88,202 for his project, “Dynamic Fracture Instabilities: Lengthscales, Nonlinearity and Dimensionality.” The group writes on its website that it “promotes scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative research projects in a wide area of basic and applied scientific fields, for peaceful and non-profit purposes.”
NIH AWARDS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR MORE THAN $100K
Prof. George O’Doherty, Luna Innovations Incorporated/National Institutes of Health, August 2013
Luna Innovations Incorporated, in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, has awarded chemistry professor George O’Doherty $122,000 for his project, ”Development of RSK inhibitors as Novel Therapeutics for Yersinia pestis.”
PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $1.25 MILLION
Prof. Alain Karma, National Institutes of Health, August 2013
The National Institutes of Health and Rhode Island Hospital have awarded physics professor Alain Karma $1,257,873 for his project, “A Multi-Scale Approach to Cardiac Arrhythmia: from the Molecule to the Organ.”
MASSACHUSETTS AGENCY GRANTS PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARD
Asst. Prof. Latika Menon, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, July 2013
The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, along with the University of Massachusetts, awarded assistant professor of physics Latika Menon a $40,000 award through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Catalyst Grant Award Program. The award will be used for her project, “Titania Nanotubes for High-Performance Filtration Applications.”
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RENEWS PHYSICS PROFESSOR’S AWARD
Prof. Alain Karma, Department of Energy, July 2013
The Department of Energy has renewed Professor Alain Karma’s award for three more years for a total of $438,000. This is to help fund his project titled, “Bridging Atomistic and Continuum Scales in Phase-Field Modeling of Polycrystalline Pattern Evolution.”
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AWARDS $750K TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Asst Prof. Toyoko Orimoto, Department of Energy, July 2013
Assistant Professor of Physics Toyoko Orimoto was awarded $750,000 by the Department of Energy for her project titled, “Search for the Higgs and Physics Beyond the Standard Model with the CMS Electromagnetic.” Read more
SEVERAL CHEMISTRY PROFESSORS INCLUDED IN NSF GRANT
National Science Foundation, July 2013
Chemistry professor Carla Mattos is leading a team of several faculty members in the chemistry department that was awarded $300,000 for a project titled, “REU Site: Research Opportunities in Biological and Chemical Catalysis.” Along with Mattos, the team consists of Patricia (Pam) Mabrouk, Penny Beuning, John Engen, Graham Jones, George O’Doherty, May Jo Ondrechen, Oyindasola Oyelaran, Michael Pollastri, Eugene Smotkin, Ke Zhang, and Zhaohui Zhou.
NSF AWARDS COLLABORATIVE GRANT WITH CUNY
Prof. Sergey Kravchenko, National Science Foundation, July 2013
Professor Sergey Kravchenko has been awarded $200,000 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “Collaborative Research: Search for the Zero-Magnetic-Field Wigner Solid.” This project is in collaboration with Myriam Sarachik, of the The Research Foundation of CUNY.
In the abstract for the project, Kravchenko writes, “We plan to realize and investigate the long sought-after zero field Wigner crystal, thereby providing opportunities for studies in a heretofore unexplored region, and adding a deeper fundamental understanding of semiconductors – materials that are of great importance to our current technology.” Read more
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR GRANT
Assoc. Prof. Derek Isaacowitz, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, July 2013
The National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health, has awarded Associate Professor Derek Isaacowitz $422,075 over two years for his project titled, “Mobile Eye Tracking: Tool for Investigating Emotion Regulation Across Adulthood.” Read more
CHEMISTRY PROFESSORS AWARDED $313K FOR PROTEIN RESEARCH
Profs. Mary Jo Ondrechen and Penny Beuning, National Science Foundation, July 2013
The National Science Foundation has awarded Chemistry and Chemical Biology professor Mary Jo Ondrechen and associate professor Penny Beuning $313,000 for their project titled, “Chemical Signatures for the Discovery of Protein Function.” The award is part of the NSF’s Chemistry of Life Processes Program.
Their work will “develop, implement, and verify a novel method for predicting the biochemical function of proteins,” according to the project’s abstract. Read more
NSF AWARDS BIOLOGY/MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES PROFESSOR $570K
Prof. William Detrich, National Science Foundation, June 2013
The National Science Foundation awarded biology and marine and environmental sciences professor William Detrich $570,301 for his project titled, “Protein Folding and Embryogenesis in Antarctic Fishes: A Comparative Approach to Environmental Stress.” Read more
PHYSICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES $171K FROM NSF
Asst. Prof. Adrian Feiguin, National Science Foundation, May 2013
Assistant Professor Adrian Feiguin successfully transferred a $171,704 grant from the National Science Foundation from the University of Wyoming to Northeastern University. The grant is to continue work on his project titled, “Transport and Non-Equilibrium Physics in Strongly Correlated Systems.” It is part of the NSF’s CAREER program. Read more
Ph.D. STUDENT AWARDED $25K FELLOWSHIP
Paul Condon, Ph.D. candidate, Mind and Body Institute, April 2013
The Mind and Life Institute has awarded Ph.D. student Paul Condon a $25,000 fellowship. He will work with his mentor, David DeSteno, on their project “Contemplative Practice, Emotional Well-Being, and the Transformation of Hostility in the Lab and Real World.”
PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $60K
Prof. Srinivas Sridhar, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, March 2013
The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity is funding physics professor Srinivas Sridhar’s project “Multi-Modal Imaging Nanoplatforms for Image-Guided Therapies” through the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.
NSF AWARDS PHYSICS PROFESSOR $181K BY WAY OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Prof. Emanuella Barberis, National Science Foundation, January 2013
The National Science Foundation has named Emanuella Barberis and Northeastern University a subawardee on a grant given to Princeton University. Associate Professor Barberis has been awarded $181,778.
MORE THAN $250K TO BIOLOGY PROFESSOR FROM NSF
Prof. Slava Epstein, National Science Foundation, January 2013
The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $253,514 to biology professor Slava Epstein for his project “Functional and Molecular Analysis of Scout Cell Awakening.” Read more
NSF SUPPORTS MATH CONFERENCE WITH GRANT
Prof. Benjamin Webster, National Science Foundation, January 2013
The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $41,110 to math professor Benjamin Webster in support of the “International Conference on Algebra, Combinatorics and Representation Theory.” Read more
CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR AWARDED NEARLY $270K
Prof. Carla Mattos, National Science Foundation, January 2013
The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $264,954 to chemistry professor Carla Mattos for her project titled, “Mechanism of Intrinsic Hydrolysis in Small GTPases.” Read more
NIH AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR NEARLY $270K TO STUDY STEROIDS IN TEENS
Prof. Richard Melloni, National Institutes of Health, November 2012
Psychology professor Richard Melloni has been awarded $269,910 by the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Adolescent Anabolic Steroids, Vasopressin and Aggression.” From Melloni’s description of the project, “Considerable public attention has been focused on the issue of youth violence, particularly that associated with drug use. It is well documented that anabolic steroid use is associated with a higher incidence of aggression and violence, yet little is known about how these drugs produce the aggressive phenotype.” Read more
PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $182K TO STUDY DNA INTERACTIONS
Prof. Mark Williams, National Science Foundation, October 2012
Physics professor Mark Williams has been awarded $182,551 by the National Science Foundation for his project, “Quantifying Single Molecule DNA-ligand Interactions.” The goal of this project is to develop single molecule methods for the quantitative study of DNA interactions with small molecules and proteins and to use these methods to investigate specific biologically important systems. Read more
$50K TO CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR TO TEST ACIDS IN SOIL
Prof. Geoff Davies, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, October 2012
The board of trustees of the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation approved a grant of $50,000 for the National Soil Research Project led by chemistry professor Geoff Davies.
The project is testing soil samples to determine the amount of humic and fulvic acid present. These acids help retain water, act as pH buffers, improve soil texture and porosity, and regulate other soil functions. Read more
$50,000 FROM NSF I-CORPS AWARDED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Prof. Srinivas Sridhar, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, October 2012
The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) has awarded physics professor Srinivas Sridhar $50,000 for his project “Roadmap to Commercialization for Electric Field Encephalography.”
I-Corps is described as, “a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects.” I-Corps combines established entrepreneurs and a targeted curriculum, and is a public-private partnership program that “teaches grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants.”
Read more about Sridhar’s project here.
NSF INNOVATION CORPS AWARDS $50K TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Prof. Latika Menon, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, October 2012
Latika Menon, an associate professor in physics, was awarded $50,000 from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. Her project is titled, “Titania Nanotubes and Related Materials for Diverse Applications.”
The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is described as, “a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects.” I-Corps combines established entrepreneurs and a targeted curriculum, and is a public-private partnership program that “teaches grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants.”
NIH AWARDS $1.1M TO CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
Prof. John Engen, National Institutes of Health, September 2012
The National Institutes of Health awarded chemistry professor a four-year award of $1,182,160 for his project, “Extending the applications of hydrogen exchange mass spectrometry.”
$825K AWARDED TO PHYSICS PROFESSOR
Prof. Meni Wanunu, National Human Genome Research Institute, September 2012
NIH AWARDS BIOLOGY ASSISTANT PROFESSOR $95K
Prof. Veronica Godoy-Carter, National Institutes of Health, September 2012
National Institutes of Health has awarded $95,194 to biology assistant professor Veronica Godoy-Carter for her project, “Mechanisms to control the activity of low fidelity DNA polymerases.”
BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES NEARLY $660K
Prof. Slava Epstein, National Science Foundation, September 2012
The National Science Foundation has awarded $659,976 to biology professor Slava Epstein for his project, “Collaborative Research: Direction and Mechanisms of Seasonal Change in Arctic Microbial Communities.” Read more
NSF AWARDS $388K IN COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
Profs. Carla Mattos, Penny J. Beuning, Mary Jo Ondrechen, and Lee Makowski, National Science Foundation, August 2012
The National Science Foundation has awarded chemistry professors Carla Mattos, Penny J. Beuning, Mary Jo Ondrechen, along with electrical and computer engineering professor Lee Makowski, $388,723 for their project “MRI: Acquisition of X-Ray protein crystallography equipment at Northeastern University.” Read more
NIH AWARDS 3-YEAR FELLOWSHIP
Ian Kleckner, National Institutes of Health, August 2012
Ian Kleckner, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology, has received a fellowship for three years from the National Institutes of Health. He will be working on his project, “The Role Of Interoceptive Awareness In Affect And Related Mental Faculties.”
CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR RECEIVES ARMY GRANT
Prof. Eugene Smotkin, Army, August 2012
The Army has awarded chemistry professor Eugene Smotkin $27,863 for his project “Elucidating the Ionomer Electrified-Metal Interface.”
NIH AWARDS PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR $194K
Prof. Rebecca Shansky, National Institutes of Health, July 2012
Psychology professor Rebecca Shansky has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $194,375. It is designated for her project, “Sex Specific Neuroanatomical Markers Of Vulnerability In Animal Model Of PTSD.” Read more
MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $141K BY NSF
Prof. Valerio Toledano Laredo, National Science Foundation, July 2012
Mathematics professor Valerio Toledano Laredo has received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $141,372. It is designated for his project, “Casimir connections, Yangians and quantum loop algebras.” Read more
MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR RECEIVES $256K GRANT
Prof. Jonathan Weitsman, National Science Foundation, July 2012
The National Science Foundation has awarded $256,755 to Jonathan Weitsman, a professor in the mathematics department, for his project, “New Avenues in Symplectic Geometry and its Applications.” Read more
VISITING PHYSICS PROFESSOR AWARDED $798K
Prof. Oleg Batishchev, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development, July 2012
Visiting Research Professor Oleg Batishchev, physics, received a grant in the amount of $798,100 from Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD).
$503K AWARDED TO MARINE SCIENCE CENTER POST-DOCTORAL CANDIDATE
Steven Scyphers, National Science Foundation, July 2012
The National Science Foundation has awarded Steven Scyphers, a post-doctoral candidate at the Marine Science Center, a 3-year fellowship of $503,447 for his project, titled “Social-Ecological Resilience of Coastal Shoreline Ecosystems: Developing a Framework for Informed Decision-Making.” Read more
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARDS $300K TO COS CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR
Prof. George A. O’Doherty, National Science Foundation, July 2012
The National Science Foundation has awarded chemistry professor George O’Doherty a $300,000 grant for his project titled “De Novo Asymmetric Synthesis of Natural and Unnatural Carbohydrate Motifs.” Read more
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARDS $309K TO EXPLORE NEW GENERATION OF EFFICIENT ELECTRONICS
Prof. Swastik Kar, Prof. Yung Joon Jung, National Science Foundation, May 2012
The National Science Foundation has awarded physics Professor Swastik Kar and mechanical and industrial engineering Professor Yung Joon Jung a $309,000 grant to explore a phenomenon they discovered that could afford a new generation of extremely efficient electronics. Read more
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM AWARDS $560K TO PROF. SRIDHAR, DANA-FARBER
Prof. Sri Sridhar, Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program, April 2012
The United States Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program awarded Physics professor Sri Sridhar’s interdisciplinary group a three-year $560,000 grant for his project titled “Nano-Coated Brachytherapy Spacers For Biological In Situ Image Guided Radio Therapy.” This project is a joint collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
According to Prof. Sridhar, a number of prostate cancer patients are treated with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. The method developed by Prof. Sridhar and the team at Dana-Farber could make the combination therapy less toxic and possible more effective at curing prostate cancer.
The grant will allow Prof. Sridhar’s team to pursue this work in preclinical trials. The proposal beat out more than 900 others for one of 60 grants focusing on prostate cancer research. Read more
NSF AWARDS $565K TO ONDRECHEN, BEUNING FOR ENZYME RESEARCH
Prof. Mary Jo Ondrechen, Prof. Penny Beuning, National Science Foundation, February 2012
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Professors Mary Jo Ondrechen and Penny Beuning were recently awarded a $565,418 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled “Understanding Extended Active Sites in Enzymes.”
This research examines how individual amino acids in a protein molecule that are not in direct contact with the reacting substrate molecule still participate in enzyme catalysis. The goals of this study are to validate that their computational method accurately predicts the role of individual amino acid residues in the reaction and to understand how remote residues participate in the catalytic process.
Results from this research will help in the development of cleaner industrial processes, sustainable methods for enzymatic biofuel synthesis and protein engineering for drug synthesis and delivery.
NSF AWARDS $24K FOR AUSLANDER CONFERENCE
Prof. Gordana Todorov, Prof. Alexander Martsinkovsky, and Prof. Kiyoshi Igusa, National Science Foundation, December 2011
The National Science Foundation awarded $24,000 to Gordana Todorov, Alexander Martsinkovsky and Kiyoshi Igusa in the Department of Mathematics for the Maurice Auslander International Conference.
The Auslander conference will be held on April 25, 2012 through April 30, 2012 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod. The year’s distinguished speaker will be Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz from the University of Toronto.
The conference is expected to attract visitors from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Russia. The Distinguished Lectures are sponsored by Bernice Auslander, and the Conference is sponsored by National Science Foundation.
EMRI SIGNS 3-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH US ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY
Prof. Srinivas Sridhar and Prof. Swastik Kar, US Army Research Laboratory, December 2011
The Electronic Materials Research Institute at Northeastern University has signed a three-year cooperative research agreement with the United States Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, MD., to design graphene-based technology for use in low-cost infrared imaging applications for the military. The project is in collaboration with DARPA. Read more
NORTHEASTERN LEADS INTERNATIONAL TEAM IN $960K DEPT. OF ENERGY GRANT
Prof. Arun Bansil (COS), Department of Energy, October 2011
Northeastern University and College of Science professor Arun Bansil are leading an international research team recently awarded $960,000 by the Department of Energy to develop a new generation of theoretical tools to understand and model what happens when photons (light) are smashed into materials to obtain exotic new forms of matter.
The project includes 30 top-tier scientists from major universities and national labs such as Stanford, Berkeley and Princeton.
The research conducted with this grant is vital for fundamental science and impacts wide ranging applications to problems in energy, sustainability and the design of use-based materials with desirable properties.
UNDERSTANDING INTERDEPENDENT NETWORKS FOR REAL-WORLD APPLICATION
Prof. Alex Vespignani (COS) and Prof. David Lazer (CCIS), National Science Foundation, September 2011
Northeastern University professors Alex Vespignani (College of Science) and David Lazer (College of Computer and Information Sciences) have received $1.1 million of a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the complexity in natural, built and social systems. Vespignani and Lazer will be the first multidisciplinary group to study interdependent networks and develop new mathematical models and theories for these dynamic and ever-expanding systems. Vespignani and Lazer hope that information collected during this study will help address the consequences of disruptions and failures that could occur simultaneously in different critical infrastructures. This issue was recently addressed in a US Scientific Congressional Report. Boston University is also involved in this study.
DETECTING MINES WITH PROGRAMMABLE BACTERIA
Prof. Joseph Ayers, Biology Department & Marine Science Center, Office of Naval Research, August 2011
Northeastern University Prof. Joseph Ayers, working jointly with Boston University, Harvard Medical School and MIT, has been awarded a Multi-University Research Initiative grant from the Office of Naval Research to use principles of synthetic biology to create programmable bacteria that can operate as smart sensors to better detect agents of harm underwater. This research project will use Ayer’s already famous robotic lobsters as chaperones as well as directly interface them to microbiorobots– giving them the ability to “smell” explosive materials seeping from compromising underwater devices. This added sense is designed to help these robotic crustaceans detect, locate and destroy mines lurking on the ocean floor, without putting humans in harm’s way.
TRANSFORMING TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE LEARNING
Prof. David DeSteno, Psychology Department, National Science Foundation, August 2011
Northeastern University College of Science psychology professor David DeSteno has just received a four-year, $925,000 National Science Foundation grant to design and evaluate social robots to enhance language learning among preschool-aged children. Paul Harris of the Harvard School of Education and Cynthia Breazeal of the MIT Media Lab are co-PI’s for this study.
MATH AND SCIENCE TALENT SCHOLARS
Prof. Don King and Prof. Bob Case, Mathematics Department, National Science Foundation, July 2011
Professors Bob Case and Don King have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help students with heavy financial need pursue degrees — and ultimately careers — in math and science. Read more