Squid-​​inspired electronic screens: How one professor builds tech solutions that replicate nature

Assis­tant pro­fessor Leila Deravi takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to inves­ti­gating the pro­teins that drive com­plex bio­log­ical sys­tems and building mate­rials in the lab that repli­cate those sys­tems. Among her research projects are optical dis­plays inspired by squids and a face cream that strengthens skin pro­teins to reduce wrinkles.

Losing by winning: Researchers use stories, video games to combat obesity

We’ve heard about the power of sto­ries to engage, delight, teach, chal­lenge, and help us under­stand our­selves. Now new research co-​​led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Amy Lu shows the power of sto­ries to help chil­dren fight obesity.

Fidel Castro’s death, his legacy, and what is next for US-​​Cuban relations

Fidel Castro, the Cuban rev­o­lu­tionary and con­tro­ver­sial global figure who defied the U.S. for decades, died Friday. “Castro is one of the tow­ering fig­ures of the Modern Era,” said pro­fessor José Buscaglia, a pio­neer in study abroad pro­grams by Amer­ican insti­tu­tions to Cuba. Here, Buscaglia and polit­ical sci­ence expert William Crotty reflect on Castro’s life and legacy.

Should tech companies warn consumers that their products could be addictive?

Amer­i­cans reach for their smart­phones dozens of times per day. North­eastern phi­los­ophy pro­fessor John Basl says that tech com­pa­nies should warn con­sumers about the poten­tially addic­tive nature of their prod­ucts. But he also notes that “the internet has opened up new avenues for social interaction.”

Student’s reporting part of award-​​winning Rio Olympics coverage on evictions

Grad­uate stu­dent Giulia Afiune, a native of Brazil, was part of a mul­ti­media jour­nalism project this summer that told the sto­ries of fam­i­lies evicted due to Rio Olympics con­struc­tion. This fall, that project won a pres­ti­gious national jour­nalism award in her home country.

Marijuana in Massachusetts, what happens now that it’s legal?

Mass­a­chu­setts voters ear­lier this month over­whelm­ingly approved the legal­iza­tion of recre­ational mar­i­juana. We asked drug policy expert Leo Beletsky what hap­pens next and how the Trump admin­is­tra­tion could impact the rollout of this new law, which takes effect Dec. 15.

3Qs: What a sham(e)—how to filter out fake news

The spread of fake news on Face­book has sud­denly become a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking vic­tory in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. John Wihbey, assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that mis­in­for­ma­tion on social media swung the elec­tion are van­ish­ingly small.”

A new Thanksgiving tradition’

North­eastern staff member Rachel Spiller will host four inter­na­tional stu­dents at her home in Cam­bridge, Mass­a­chu­setts, on Thanksgiving—a new tra­di­tion she and her family have wel­comed in recent years. “The set­ting and the food might be dif­ferent, but the sense of family and warmth is uni­versal,” she said.