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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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Youths Shore Up Their Science Knowledge

From the coastal shores of Northeastern’s Marine Science Center (MSC) in Nahant, Mass., high school students this summer found themselves contributing to a massive global mission to assess ocean life. The experiential learning opportunity for the young biologists was part of the center’s Coastal Ocean Science Academy, a two-week summer program run each summer that introduces […]

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A ‘Ray’ Of Light On Complex Systems

Ginestra Bianconi, an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University, was part of a team of scientists who discovered an innovative way of using external stimuli, such as x-rays, to bring disorganized oxygen atoms to a state of equilibrium in only one day—a process that would normally take months to accomplish. The findings — published […]

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Nurturing A Seed Of Discovery

Network scientists at Northeastern University have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues in cell biology and interactive data acquisition to create the first large-scale map of a plant’s protein network. The results of the study were published in the July 29 issue of Science magazine. The team’s research findings — which could eventually be applied […]

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