Advancing Northeastern’s leadership in drug discovery

Diomedes Logo­thetis, the new chair of the Depart­ment of Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences, has a vision: To advance Northeastern’s standing as a go-​​to insti­tu­tion for aca­d­emic researchers inter­ested in drug dis­covery. “We can be the engine dri­ving the under­standing of how new drugs act,” he says.

Undergraduate Lab Fair opens windows into worlds of research

When Andrew Tu, E’20, arrived at North­eastern last fall, he didn’t expect to be towing a 7.5-foot buoy by hand into the ocean come summer. But that world opened up to him at the Under­grad­uate Lab Fair when he learned about asso­ciate pro­fessor Ste­fano Basagni’s work on an under­water wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion network.

3Qs: Why Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are igniting and how to deal with the recall

Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors yes­terday announced a formal recall of some 1 mil­lion Sam­sung Galaxy Note 7 smart­phones after reports of the devices over­heating and igniting. North­eastern research pro­fessor K.M. Abraham, an expert on lithium-​​ion bat­tery tech­nology, explains the phe­nom­enon and how to respond to it.

New research offers ‘critical insights’ for treating, preventing Alzheimer’s disease

North­eastern pro­fessor Lee Makowski and his col­leagues sug­gest that Alzheimer’s dis­ease may progress not like falling domi­noes, with one mol­e­c­ular event sparking the for­ma­tion of plaques throughout the brain, but rather like a fire­works display.

Northeastern alumnus the genius behind life-​​saving EpiPen

Sheldon Kaplan “always wanted to be an engi­neer and to go to North­eastern,” recalls his son, Michael. Kaplan lived out those dreams, and the world-​​famous EpiPen he invented has saved count­less lives. Kaplan, who died in 2009, was inducted this year into the National Inven­tors Hall of Fame. Here’s his story.

App vs. website: Which best protects your privacy? It depends

Both apps and web­sites leak per­sonal infor­ma­tion, including names, gender, phone num­bers, and e-​​mail. But don’t despair. North­eastern researchers, led by assis­tant pro­fessor David Choffnes, have devel­oped an auto­mated system to help you know which plat­form to use for your online interactions.

A survivor’s story: From genocide to healthcare visionary

Deogra­tias Niy­i­zonkiza, the pro­tag­o­nist in author Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains, inspires first-​​year stu­dents to under­stand “the pain of others so you can work to never let people suffer like that again.” The book was this year’s selec­tion for the university’s First Pages program.

Fear not: The number of locally transmitted cases of Zika in US to be very small

North­eastern researchers project the prob­a­bility of locally trans­mitted Zika cases out­side of Florida to be extremely low, ‘just one or two.’ Much of the U.S. has no mos­qui­toes with Zika and will remain unaffected.

EpiPen’s pricing debacle and its impact on patients, insurers

A firestorm erupted this week in response to the phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pany Mylan’s sharp increase in the price of its EpiPen, a life-​​saving treat­ment for severe allergic reac­tions. The com­pany quickly back­tracked, announcing a rebate plan. Here, three North­eastern fac­ulty members—pharmacist Tayla Rose, health­care finance expert Steven Pizer, and health policy researcher Gary Young—explain the clin­ical, eco­nomic, and policy impli­ca­tions of the controversy.

Research sheds new light on proton behavior, draws praise from science community

A dis­covery by a research team led by Northeastern’s Paul Cham­pion upends the under­standing held for cen­turies of pro­tons’ behavior. The researchers—using an ultra­fast pulsed laser system designed at Northeastern—have revealed that pro­tons actu­ally tunnel through ther­mo­dy­namic bar­riers rather than travel over them. Sci­ence mag­a­zine, struck by the results, high­lighted the research in its “Editor’s Choice” column.

Influence of Young Scholars Program reverberates through time

As a rising high school senior, assis­tant pro­fessor Matthew Eck­elman, spent a summer at North­eastern sim­u­lating earth­quakes on a shaker table to eval­uate the sta­bility of land­fill liner sys­tems. Twenty-​​one years later, he’s come full circle, hosting young scholars in his lab, guiding them toward STEM careers.

Researchers find that Android apps can secretly track users’ whereabouts

New research led by North­eastern pro­fessor Gue­vara Noubir reveals that some Android apps may auto­mat­i­cally transmit sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion, such as the routes you travel, through the phone’s built-​​in sen­sors. A mali­cious devel­oper, he says, “can infer where you live, where you’ve been, where you are going.”