State of Northeastern: ‘Never been stronger’

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun on Wednesday declared that North­eastern is stronger than ever, rec­og­nized the accom­plish­ments of “unsung heroes” in the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity, and revealed the out­come of the North­eastern GO stu­dent co-​​op contest.

New center targets nursing research, self-​​care technologies

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a five-​​year, $1.5 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to estab­lish a new center designed to advance nursing sci­en­tists’ research and effec­tive tech­nology inter­ven­tions for improving self-​​care and self-​​management for America’s older adults.

Generation Z and the future of higher education

North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun said Tuesday morning that the university’s new national survey of Gen­er­a­tion Z sheds light on key areas where higher edu­ca­tion must adapt to meet the needs of its customers—students—both now and in the future.

Northeastern appoints vice president for online programs

Chris Mal­lett will lead the direc­tion and growth of the university’s online and hybrid-​​learning pro­grams, dri­ving the university’s strategic vision in this space and over­seeing a team sup­porting all Northeastern’s col­leges in adding and growing their online programs.

Social entrepreneurship’s global impact

North­eastern con­vened more than 110 scholars and prac­ti­tioners from around the world for a con­fer­ence last week that explored the latest research in social entre­pre­neur­ship and the aca­d­emic, entre­pre­neurial, and prac­tical expe­ri­ence stu­dents gain from immersing them­selves in the social enter­prise sector.

Researchers discover new digestive strategy in shipworms

An inter­na­tional research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has dis­cov­ered a novel diges­tive strategy in a wood-​​boring clam. The break­through, the researchers say, may also be a game-​​changer for the indus­trial pro­duc­tion of clean biofuels.

First genome of an Antarctic notothenioid fish sequenced

North­eastern is part of an inter­na­tional research team that has sequenced the first genome of an Antarctic notothe­nioid fish. The break­through will shed light on the animal’s unique evo­lu­tionary adap­ta­tion to freezing waters.

A new tool to follow Ebola news on Twitter

A new Web tool co-​​developed by net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani and his team at Northeastern’s MoBS Lab pulls Twitter men­tions of Ebola-​​related key­words and dis­plays them on an inter­ac­tive world map—allowing the public to follow the latest news and dis­cus­sion in real time.