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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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Targeting Diseases Beyond Our Borders

Northeastern University researchers recently returned from a four-day workshop in Kenya, where they worked with local health experts to develop strategies for combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) throughout the African nation. Principal investigator Richard Wamai, an assistant professor of public health in African American studies, and Michael Pollastri, an associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, […]

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For Marine Biology Students, A Sea Change

As part of the Three Seas program at Northeastern University, student Stephanie June partook in a diving expedition to examine coral reefs off the coast of Panama. But her fondest memory of the underwater excursion had nothing to do with exploring the so-called “rainforests of the sea.” That’s because midway through her deep-water dive, she […]

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Her ‘Musical Awakening’

Six years ago, Sabrina Rabello, a postdoctoral research associate for Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research, began playing the piano to escape from the “very introspective” world of applied mathematics. But what began as an escape has blossomed into a professional avocation. Now a jazz singer-songwriter, Rabello has recorded two albums and played more than […]

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Using Math To Explore The Universe

Alina Marian, a new associate professor of mathematics in Northeastern University’s College of Science, thinks of geometry not just the study of shapes but a look into heart of the universe and its origins. “It’s the most abstract end of science—it’s mathematics at its core,” said Marian of her research, which is tied to the […]

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Shaking Up The Heme Molecule

Experimenters at Northeastern University and Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new technique for studying the vibrational properties of a protein at low frequencies. The team of researchers, led by Northeastern University physics Prof. Tim Sage, found a way to measure low-frequency vibrations of iron-based heme molecules by using the X-ray Science Division 3-ID x-ray […]

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Ice Cream, But Hold The Ice

For making economical ice cream, liquid nitrogen certainly isn’t the best choice. But for the budding chemist looking to make a tasty treat from scratch — and draw a sizable crowd on campus while doing it — it beats plain old ice any day. “It’s a rather expensive way to make ice cream, but it […]

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Developing Bacterial Robots For Hazardous Duty

Northeastern University biology professor Joseph Ayers is part of a team of scientists who have received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to create a fleet of micro-robots designed to locate explosive compounds from hundreds of thousands of live mines that have been hidden underwater since World War I. “The primary […]

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