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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 of immunologist Ellis Reinherz of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Northeastern’s John R. Engen, a professor of […]

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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, who spoke on Tuesday at Northeastern’s annual Biotechnology Entrepreneur Lecture Series. “It’s why we’re all […]

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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 issue may spread through the nation’s transportation infrastructure, for example, could shed light on mitigation […]

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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 learning. “You can watch a video, or play a computer game, but there’s no dynamic […]

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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 living cells and have been used to treat — and could potentially cure — some […]

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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 impossible,” explained Professor Geoffrey Davies, who co-directs the National Soil Research Project at Northeastern University. […]

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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 in Woburn, Mass., Batt has been involved in the design, development and testing of dozens […]

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Providing Context For Perceiving Emotion

It’s long been said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” According to new research by Lisa Feldman Barrett, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, that adage is certainly true when it’s applied to our ability to read emotions in a person’s facial expression. Barrett explains that for more than 50 years, scientists have […]

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A Global Push To Unlock The Genome

A Northeastern chemistry professor is a leader in the international effort to advance the understanding of human genetics and genomics by assigning each of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes for in-depth study by research groups in different countries. William Hancock, the Bradstreet Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry at Northeastern’s Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological […]

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World-Renowned Statistical Physicist Alessandro Vespignani Is The Weatherman of Network Science

In 2009, the newly appointed Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of Physics — with appointments in the College of Science, College of Computer and Information Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences — developed a computational model that accurately predicted the spread of the H1N1 virus. Taking a proactive approach to tracking the spread of […]

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