Afternoon at the ‘museum’

First-​​year engi­neering stu­dents cre­ated museum exhibits for middle schoolers in an effort to learn how to com­mu­ni­cate com­plex topics to younger audiences.

Museum Exhibition for Engineering and Technology

Marine researcher sticks to her roots

Jen­nifer Elliott, a doc­toral can­di­date at the Marine Sci­ence Center, is pur­suing research to deter­mine how best to reha­bil­i­tate the coral reefs in her home­land of Mau­ri­tius, a small island located in the Indian Ocean.

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A biological engine for human language

New research out of North­eastern psy­chology pro­fessor Iris Berent’s lab sug­gests that humans’ capacity for cre­ating lan­guage is encoded in our brains as a uni­versal set of rules.

Iris Berent

A beautiful, peculiar molecule

In the latest install­ment of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series, Nobel lau­reate Sir Harold Kroto dis­cussed his dis­covery of Buck­min­ster­fullerene with a standing-​​room-​​only audience.

Profiles in Innovation: Sir Harold Kroto

Career advice for future biotech leaders

At the sixth event in Northeastern’s Women Who Inspire series, CEOs of three of the area’s top phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pa­nies dis­cussed the chal­lenges and rewards of being a leader in the drug dis­covery industry.

Women who Inspire

The wonder of human movement

North­eastern pro­fessor Dagmar Sternad received the 50th annual Robert D. Klein Uni­ver­sity Lec­turer Award on Tuesday and dis­cussed her inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on how the brain con­trols the human body.

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Computing’s invisible challenge

Ning­fang Mi, an assis­tant pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, is exploring better ways of pre­dicting and man­aging demand for cloud com­puting resources.

Ningfang Mi

Give thanks, and prosper

In new a paper, North­eastern psy­chology researchers chal­lenge long-​​held beliefs about patience by showing that cul­ti­vating grat­i­tude can pro­mote impulse control—which many pre­vious studies have linked to better long-​​term outcomes.

David DeSteno

3Qs: Our fascination with mystery

Psy­chology pro­fessor John Coley dis­cusses how the need for expla­na­tion can drive society—and per­haps the media—to be con­sumed with curiosity into the unknown, like with the missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

John Coley

Last dance with Mary Jane

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­macy Ganesh Thakur is devel­oping com­pounds that have the same ben­e­fits as med­i­c­inal mar­i­juana but without the neg­a­tive side effects.

Ganesh Thakur