College of Science

3Qs: Listen to the words

Joanne Miller

Joanne Miller, Matthews Distinguished University Professor and chair of Northeastern’s Department of Psychology, was recently recognized for her pioneering research on human language processing in the field of speech perception.

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Posted in Psychology

What’s In A Grunt?

Maria Gendron and Lisa Feldman Barrett

New research by psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett suggests that different cultures do not hear the same emotions when they hear the same sounds. The “emotional grammar” of language is instead shaped by culture and local circumstances.

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3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

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A new policy from the National Institutes of Health will require all biomedical research funded by the NIH to be gender balanced. Rebecca Shanksy, an assistant professor of psychology whose research is focused in this space, discusses the implications of the decision.

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Researchers soak up data from Mission 31

Mission 31

As part of a month-long underwater research mission, graduate student Allison Matzelle will lead a project studying the flow of energy through one of the oldest organisms in the world: the giant barrel sponge.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences

Two COS students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

Justin Ries

Allison Matzelle and Tanya Rogers are among 2,000 awardees from a pool of more than 14,000 appli­cants to the pres­ti­gious National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Grad­uate Research Fel­low­ship pro­gram, which aims to help ensure the vitality of the human resource base of sci­ence and engi­neering in the United States.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences

Better science for better fisheries management

Jon Grabowski

Jon Grabowski, associate professor of marine and environmental science, has been working with other fish­eries sci­en­tists as well as econ­o­mists, social sci­en­tists, and policy makers to deter­mine the best strate­gies for dealing with the all of the North­east region’s fish­eries that impact habitat, which includes cod, had­dock, cusk, scal­lops, clams and other fish that live near the sea floor and are of sig­nif­i­cant socioe­co­nomic value to the region.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences

Kristian Teichert – A Goal to Reach and Teach High School Students

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College and high school students learning together? The thought of this intellectual cross-pollination is intriguing and the results are even more interesting. According to Kristian Teichert, a second-year College of Science student at Northeastern, this might be the future of education.

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Posted in Biochemistry

Prof. John Engen’s research featured in Cell


Congratulations to chemistry Prof. John Engen, whose sabbatical research was recently featured in Cell!

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Posted in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Uncategorized

Members of Congress visit Marine Science Center


The squirming claws of a blue lob­ster did not deter U.S. Reps. John Tierney and Katherine Clark from get­ting their hands dirty—and soaked—as they eagerly exam­ined the rare species on Wednesday at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences

Stuck in the middle with oysters and crabs

David Kimbro

Research from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity ecol­o­gist David Kimbro, along with colleagues Jon Grabowski and Randall Hughes, shows that the behavior of middle preda­tors in marine food webs plays an impor­tant role in the wel­fare of the whole system—and that, like our behavior, middle predator behavior is pretty fickle.

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Posted in Marine and Environmental Sciences