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A Common Flower With Uncommon Value

Two Northeastern professors studying the potential of the Madagascar periwinkle plant to yield new cancer-fighting drugs have received a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance their research. Carolyn Lee-Parsons, associate professor of chemical engineering, and Erin Cram, assistant professor of biology, are studying how the periwinkle regulates the production of medicinal alkaloids. They […]

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The Future Of Drug Development

John Engen, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, is at the forefront of research that will advance drug discovery and development by making it easier to analyze certain kinds of proteins, their role in disease, and their interactions with drugs and each other. Protein drugs, called biopharmaceuticals, represent the fastest growing segment of the […]

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Racing Down The Neural Highway

This weekend, two Northeastern University researchers will take part in a highly selective international competition that seeks to unravel the mysteries of the brain’s neural networks, thereby laying groundwork for breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience. Assistant professors Armen Stepanyants, of the physics department, and Deniz Erdogmus, of electrical and computer engineering, will lead separate teams in […]

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Exploring Behavioral Neurobiology

Professor Günther K.H. Zupanc, Chair of Northeastern’s Department of Biology, specializes in behavioral, developmental, and comparative neurobiology. This summer, a new edition of his textbook Behavioral Neurobiology: An Integrative Approach was published by Oxford University Press. Over the past few years, this book has emerged as the most frequently adopted text in neuroethology worldwide.  Here, Zupanc discusses his […]

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What Can A Wide-Eyed, Talking Robot Teach Us About Trust?

A lot, according to Northeastern psychology professor David DeSteno, and his colleagues, who are conducting innovative research to determine how humans decide to trust strangers — and if those decisions are accurate. (Read a Boston Globe article about this research.) The interdisciplinary research project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is being conducted in collaboration with Cynthia […]

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Ant Colonies Share Disease Resistance

A Northeastern University biology professor and her team of student researchers have discovered that the social feeding habits of carpenter ants reduce disease transmission and widespread infection within the colony, in much the same way that a mother’s milk helps her child boost his immune system against foreign organisms. The results of the study were published in […]

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Northeastern Appoints "Founding Dean" of New College of Science

Northeastern University has appointed Dr. J. Murray Gibson to be the founding dean of its College of Science, one of three new, distinct colleges being launched by the university this fall. As the College of Science’s first dean, Gibson has the opportunity to chart a new and innovative path, while building on Northeastern’s significant strengths across […]

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Food – and Water- Inspectors To The Stars

Every day, astronauts afloat somewhere beyond Earth’s atmosphere perform important research missions. Not only must these space explorers be provided with safe suits and reliable equipment, but their success also hinges on staying healthy by eating nutritious food and drinking clean water. That’s where Northeastern students Danielle Singleton and Grace Bacharach come in. Both chemistry majors, they […]

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The Path To Discovery

As an undergraduate at Northeastern, Dr. Andrew Schafer, LA’69 would often see the sun rise from a lab on campus. “I would do my experiments at night, not infrequently working in the lab until dawn, struggling mightily and often unsuccessfully to just learn basic techniques,” he said. “After washing and autoclaving my own glassware – […]

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Unlocking The Mysteries Of Crack Formation

In research published in the March 4 issue of the journal Nature, Northeastern University physicists have pioneered the development of large-scale computer simulations to assess how cracks form and proliferate in materials ranging from steel and glass to nanostructures and human bones. For years, scientists have tried to understand the propagation of cracks and how they […]

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