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.

Dagmar_Sternad

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

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them

Nobel lau­reate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Sci­ence, dis­cussed his love for bac­teria and their sym­biosis with people on Monday after­noon at his inau­gural lec­ture, after which he con­versed with Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

Roberts_Bacteria

When smaller is better

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences Tania Konry has devel­oped a system that effi­ciently tests for a wide range of bio­log­ical spec­i­mens. Whether you’re looking for com­plex cancer cell bio­markers in a sample or simple bac­teria in drinking water, the system costs sig­nif­i­cantly less than stan­dard approaches and spits out results in a frac­tion of the time.

Tali Konry