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Northeastern researcher’s work leads to popular theory bearing his name

It’s not every day that a sci­en­tist gets a theory named after him. But when seis­mol­o­gists learned of North­eastern pro­fessor George Adams’s theory to help pre­dict earth­quake damage, they knew just what to call it: Adams Instability.

Northeastern’s Beltway insiders

Over a recent six-​​day span, stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff par­tic­i­pated in three sep­a­rate White House events that rec­og­nized con­tri­bu­tions made in the areas of net­work part­ner­ships, inter­faith ser­vice, and HIV and AIDS aware­ness advocacy.

Raytheon CEO: cybersecurity must be a top priority for businesses

Cyber­se­cu­rity is now some­thing that we must treat in our busi­nesses just like we watch our bal­ance sheets,” Thomas A. Kennedy, chairman and CEO of Raytheon Com­pany, said Tuesday morning as the keynote speaker at North­eastern University’s CEO Break­fast Forum.

Northeastern secures $20 million agreement with US Army to conduct critical defense research

The $20.4 mil­lion coop­er­a­tive agree­ment pro­vides a unique mech­a­nism for North­eastern to obtain expe­dited funding for research in designing and devel­oping advanced engi­neered mate­rials with secu­rity appli­ca­tions, and expands on the university’s lead­er­ship in secu­rity and resilience research.

Research hub in the making

Con­struc­tion con­tinues at Northeastern’s Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex on Columbus Avenue. The 220,000-square-foot facility is sched­uled to open next year. Here, uni­ver­sity pho­tog­ra­pher Adam Glanzman gives you an inside look at the progress being made on the research hub.

Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease

Chem­istry doc­toral stu­dent Dana Klug makes pos­sible drug options the way a chef makes a gourmet dish—adding an atom of hydrogen here, removing an atom of nitrogen there—to stop a deadly par­a­site in its tracks.

Congressman tours Northeastern’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton received a com­pre­hen­sive overview of Northeastern’s robust port­folio of secu­rity research on Thursday after­noon and under­scored the impor­tance of pro­viding research funding in this area.

In Italy, students get a history lesson in science

On a new Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram this summer, North­eastern stu­dents learned about the sur­prising influ­ences of the two most sig­nif­i­cant rev­o­lu­tions of sci­en­tific thought.

Sesame Street’ will be brought to you by the letters H, B, and O

The beloved children’s show will now share a channel with Game of Thrones and True Detec­tive. But com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies lec­turer Tim Ouil­lette says this move shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Carnivorous conchs to blame for oyster decline

David Kimbro, a marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has solved the mys­tery of why reefs in Florida inlets were expe­ri­encing large num­bers of oyster loss. Drought and sub­se­quent high salt levels in water led to a pop­u­la­tion spike in one of the oys­ters’ main preda­tors: conchs.

Northeastern program preps Boston teens for calculus

For six weeks this summer, some 120 stu­dents from Boston Public Schools made an early morning trek from across the city to Northeastern’s campus, where they engaged in a math enrich­ment pro­gram designed to pre­pare them for cal­culus courses in high school.

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Underwater crustaceans could solve missing plane mystery

As author­i­ties con­tinue to debate the topic, marine sci­ence expert Brian Hel­muth explains how bar­na­cles on a recently dis­cov­ered frag­ment of an air­plane wing could help inves­ti­ga­tors deter­mine if the debris came from missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

Congressman praises Northeastern’s commitment to STEM education

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III vis­ited campus on Wednesday to observe the university’s efforts to bol­ster interest and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math education.

3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

North­eastern physi­cists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar led a research team whose novel work has poten­tial appli­ca­tions for improved cell­phone cam­eras and tiny tran­sis­tors that when mul­ti­plied by the bil­lions could fuel computers.

How communities can prep for ‘the big one’

The Pacific North­west report­edly could be dev­as­tated by a major earth­quake in the coming decades. But according to one North­eastern expert in com­mu­nity and infra­struc­ture resilience, no part of the U.S. is safe from nat­ural catastrophe.

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Is ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ still valid?

North­eastern net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási reveals the truth behind six degrees of separation—and why the number doesn’t matter.

P.K. Agarwal appointed regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University-​​Silicon Valley

P.K. Agarwal, an accom­plished exec­u­tive whose dis­tin­guished career in high tech spans the public, pri­vate, and non­profit sec­tors, will oversee the series of edu­ca­tional hubs that North­eastern will embed in select com­pa­nies across the Bay Area.

Professor turns into coral polyp for Comic-​​Con

Mark Pat­terson is dis­cussing Aquaman at a Comic-​​Con 2015 panel on Friday. But on Thursday he attended the pop-​​culture con­ven­tion in cos­tume as a coral polyp, raising aware­ness about the dan­gers of microplas­tics in the ocean and Northeastern’s research to address the problem.