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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.

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.

Chew on this: How we believe our meat is raised can influence how it tastes

New research from North­eastern psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett shows that our beliefs about how farm ani­mals are raised—whether on “fac­tory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-​​eating expe­ri­ence, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influ­ences not only how you inter­pret what you see but also very lit­er­ally what you see,” Bar­rett said.

The ‘Uber’ of physical fitness

Mobility Pre­scrip­tion, a per­sonal fit­ness con­sulting firm founded by North­eastern alumnus Ryan Beauch­esne, serves clients of all shapes and sizes, from first-​​time lifters to pro­fes­sional ice hockey players. “We’re mobile,” says Beauch­esne. “We go directly to our clients’ homes.” This evening, he and fellow grad­uate Jimmy Heim will be run­ning a fit­ness boot camp for mem­bers of the uni­ver­sity community.

Underreporting of Zika is rife; researchers project epidemic’s spread

A team led by North­eastern pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani responded to a “call to arms” to model the spread of the Zika virus, revealing the dis­parity between the number of reported cases and the number of pro­jected cases of this largely asymp­to­matic dis­ease. The results will help coun­tries in the Amer­icas plan a response.

Coast-​​to-​​coast collaboration targets food security

A team of 20 grad­uate stu­dents at Northeastern’s Boston and Seattle cam­puses spent the spring semester working together, col­lab­o­rating via Skype, GitHub, and Google Hang­outs to build a soft­ware plat­form aimed at con­necting a global com­mu­nity of farmers, researchers, and educators.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences head lauds Northeastern’s interdisciplinary approach

You cannot do envi­ron­mental health work if you don’t work with the com­mu­nity,” said Linda Birn­baum, director of the National Insti­tute of Envi­ron­mental Health Sci­ences, during remarks on campus on Monday. She lauded North­eastern, with its emphasis on inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and prac­tice, for doing just that, and noted Northeastern’s con­tri­bu­tions to a multi-​​country study of Zika.

3Qs: Will ‘superbug’ in Rio’s waters harm Olympic athletes?

A new study from a team of Brazilian sci­en­tists has found that a drug-​​resistant bac­terium has been growing off two city beaches bor­dering Gua­n­abara Bay, where Olympic sailors will com­pete next month. We asked Daniel Faber, pro­fessor of soci­ology and director of Northeastern’s Envi­ron­mental Jus­tice Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, to dis­cuss the social, polit­ical, and sci­en­tific impli­ca­tions of the findings.

Northeastern receives $9M grant to fast track the discovery of new antibiotics

A team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Biology Kim Lewis received a five-​​year, $9 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tute of Health’s National Insti­tute of Allergy and Infec­tious Dis­eases to launch a novel plat­form for devel­oping antibi­otics that kill pathogens without encoun­tering resistance.

Comfort dogs bring healing in times of tragedy

Twelve golden retrievers recently arrived in Orlando to bring com­fort to the sur­vivors and those grieving after the mass shooting at the gay night­club Pulse. Here, Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, who spe­cial­izes in the psy­chology of emo­tion, explains how dogs help bring our ner­vous sys­tems back into bal­ance and, at least tem­porarily, make us feel safe.