World-Renowned Researcher Elected To The Academy of Europe

World-renowned statistical physicist Alessandro Vespignani has been elected to the physics and engineering sciences branch of the Academy of Europe for his research on the spread of epidemics. Members of the academy — which promotes learning, education and research —

Smashing Photons Into Matter

Northeastern University physics professor Arun Bansil has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the United States Department of Energy to develop the next generation of theoretical tools to understand what happens when photons are smashed into materials that transform

Nanotechnology’s Reach, From Swords To Solar Cells

Nanotechnology may be an emerging field of study, but it’s actually been around for a number of centuries, said Murray Gibson, founding dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University. To make swords, blacksmiths would bang away at iron

Neutralizing HIV Function

Northeastern researchers have played a key role in studying how antibodies that neutralize HIV function are structured, a further step in ongoing global efforts by scientists to develop a vaccine for the pandemic virus that causes AIDS. Working under the leadership

In Biotech And Health Sciences, Values Above All Else

Mark Levin, who has built and operated biotechnology companies for more than 25 years, says new businesses must strive to create value. “That’s the most important thing,” said the co-founder and partner of the venture capital firm Third Rock Ventures,

Understanding Complex Networks

Northeastern University network scientistsDavid Lazer and Alessandro Vespignani have been awarded $1.1 million as part of a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to analyze the interdependence between complex networks in natural, social and technological systems. Understanding how an

Robotic Dragon, An Unlikely Teacher

David DeSteno, an associate professor of psychology at Northeastern, and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, are examining how social robots can aid preschoolers in language learning, which DeSteno said, isn’t possible with current computer-based

Facilitating The Next Frontier of Medical Science

Northeastern University recently hosted top researchers, advocates and industry experts earlier this month for an engaging discussion about the future of biopharmaceuticals, considered by many to be the cutting edge of medical science in America. Biopharmaceuticals, or biologics, are created from

Getting The Dirt On Our Nation’s Soil

They are piled on shelves, strewn across tables and tucked into filing cabinets lining the lab in Hurtig Hall, hundreds of small plastic bags of farm soil—Just don’t call it dirt. “If you think about it, without soil, life is

Scientific Discovery And Self Discovery

Emily Batt can sketch a design for a new product in the morning, create a computer model by midday and have a working prototype generated by a 3-D printer in the evening. Since she started working at Fikst Product Development

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