Wherefore art thou, dear zooplankton?

Grad­uate stu­dent Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in con­junc­tion with Mis­sion 31, a month­long under­water expe­di­tion led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zoo­plankton on coral reefs.

A simpler way to treat cancer

New research co-​​authored by pro­fessor Vladimir Torchilin and pub­lished in the journal Nature Med­i­cine on Sunday presents a straight­for­ward approach to destroying cancer cells that com­bines tra­di­tional strate­gies in a novel and syn­er­gistic way.

Blog:  iNSolution

Guest post: The a-​​capella-​​singing salamander scientist

Today’s guest post comes to you from the capable hands of blos­soming sci­ence writer Gwen Schanker, AMD’18. Schanker just com­pleted her first year at North­eastern, where she studies jour­nalism and […]

3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

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

Three students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

Doc­toral stu­dents Allison Matzelle, Jen­nifer Morales, and Tanya Rogers have been named 2014 grad­uate research fel­lows by the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. The pro­gram sup­ports out­standing grad­uate stu­dents in NSF-​​supported sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math­e­matics disciplines.

Can current stimulate smarts?

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers are part of an inter­na­tional, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary
 team exploring a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind approach to improve human intel­li­gence by stim­u­lating the 
brain with low-​​level tran­scra­nial cur­rent applied to the scalp.

Better science for better fisheries management

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Jon Grabowski, an expert in marine sci­ence and fish­eries and a member of the New Eng­land Fishery Man­age­ment Council’s Habitat Plan Devel­op­ment Team, is working with fish­eries sci­en­tists and man­agers to develop tools that will enhance fish­eries habitat management.

A course correction for transportation thinking

Pro­fessor Tim Cress­well has received a $1 mil­lion grant to build upon his work in mobility theory by exam­ining urban trans­porta­tion infra­struc­tures and trends in 14 coun­tries. The goal is to under­stand how cur­rent and emerging ideas influ­ence a larger global dis­cus­sion around mobility in areas such as policy, health, secu­rity, sus­tain­ability, and social justice.

Members of Congress visit Marine Science Center

U.S. Reps. John Tierney and Katherine Clark, as well as staff mem­bers from U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Eliz­a­beth Warren’s offices, vis­ited Northeastern’s unique urban coastal research facility in Nahant on Wednesday to learn more about the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary work taking place there.

Blog:  iNSolution

Why sit? The case against chairs

I’m cur­rently sit­ting at my standing desk as I write this after walking back from an inter­view on campus. I’m glad that I walked there–I could have just done it […]

How climate talks can be more successful

New research from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity phi­los­ophy pro­fes­sors sug­gests that global cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions would be more suc­cessful if coun­tries worked together out­side of global bar­gaining venues.

Blog:  iNSolution

Antarctic co-​​op: The mission

This is a guest blog post by Eileen Sheehan, a bio­chem­istry stu­dent at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who is on co-​​​​op at Palmer Sta­tion, Antarc­tica. She will pro­viding a series of guest […]

Stuck in the middle with oysters and crabs

New research from marine sci­en­tists at North­eastern 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.

Next stop: space

Rachael Tompa wants to be an astro­naut. The senior chose North­eastern because of its co-​​op pro­gram, which led to her expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity at NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory in Cal­i­fornia. Her next stop? Prob­ably the Inter­na­tional Space Station.

A 50-​​year scientific legacy

North­eastern pro­fessor Barry Karger, whose con­tri­bu­tions to ana­lyt­ical chem­istry helped enable the sequencing of the human genome, will receive the Arnold O. Beckman Medal and Award for Out­standing Sci­en­tific Achieve­ments in the Field of Elec­tro­driven Sep­a­ra­tion Tech­niques later this month.

How to fix the Internet’s plumbing problem

Edmund Yeh, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, is working to design a better Internet, one that’s more equipped to meet its growing traffic demands. His approach: create a net­work of Internet drains.

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.