Nobel laureate to join Northeastern faculty

Sir Richard Roberts, a Nobel lau­reate and glob­ally rec­og­nized leader in genomics and mol­e­c­ular biology, has joined the uni­ver­sity as a Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Science.

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Snow falls differently on the nanoscale

Pro­fessor Hanchen Huang’s new theory of nanorod crystal growth could be a game-​​changer for nanoscale research and have big impli­ca­tions for a range of com­mer­cial prod­ucts, from glue to pop­ular hand­held devices.

Hanchen Huang

When healthy habits become risky business

People tend to adopt risky behav­iors after get­ting vac­ci­nated against trans­mis­sible dis­eases, but how does this behavior affect the spread of infec­tions? In new research, North­eastern fac­ulty are taking a closer look.

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3Qs: When Web reviews aren’t what they seem

Crowd­sourced social media plat­forms such as Face­book and Yelp are increas­ingly being infil­trated by fake accounts and reviews that cloud the legit­i­macy of some online rating sys­tems. Assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson dubbed this phe­nom­enon “crowd­turfing,” and he’s deter­mined to make these sys­tems more secure.

Christo Wilson

3Qs: Could circuits’ face-​​lift mean faster, smaller phones?

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering Nian Sun has devel­oped a method for power effi­ciently tuning the induc­tors of inductor – capac­itor tank cir­cuits widely used in cell phones and other radio-​​frequency devices allowing a much large tun­able fre­quency range, a feat that has eluded sci­en­tists for decades.

Nian Sun

Take 5: Stress management tips for 2014

Is reducing stress on your list of New Year’s res­o­lu­tions for 2014? If so, take a look at what North­eastern psy­chol­o­gist Chieh Li has to say on the sub­ject. It may not be what you’re expecting.

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3Qs: New ways to treat injuries like Gronk’s

Pro­fessor Thomas Web­ster, chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, is exploring nanomed­i­cine approaches that could have a major impact on healing sports injuries like those suf­fered by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his ACL and MCL.

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The plight of the modern coalminer

Open-​​pit coalminers who drive heavy-​​duty vehi­cles face a unique brand of whole-​​body vibra­tion caused by oper­ating this equip­ment. Backed by a new grant from the Alpha Foun­da­tion, phys­ical therapy pro­fessor Jack Den­ner­lein will explore its effect on the body.

Jack Dennerlein

Better strategies to treat dementia

Every dementia patient requires a nuanced form of care, according to Alice Bonner, a newly appointed asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Nursing and a leading expert in treating dementia.

Alice Bonner