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Students’ tech-​​based proposals ‘enable’ elderly and severely disabled

Stu­dents in the “Enabling Engi­neering” tech­nical elec­tive recently pre­sented their design pro­posals to fac­ulty, peers, and project men­tors. The epony­mous stu­dent group may bring all of them to fruition.

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New grant to advance sleeping sickness treatment research

Asso­ciate pro­fessor of chem­istry and chem­ical biology Michael Pol­lastri has received a five-​​year, $2.5 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to advance his research into a treat­ment for sleeping sickness.

Social networks’ hidden resources

Assis­tant pro­fessor Brooke Fou­cault Welles is studying how people can better under­stand and leverage their social net­works to iden­tify valu­able and pre­vi­ously unno­ticed con­nec­tions or resources. She says this work could be par­tic­u­larly valu­able for the military.

And the gingerbread houses came crumbling down

Build not to fail” is a lesson all civil engi­neers are taught. But failure was the only option at the annual student-​​run gin­ger­bread house com­pe­ti­tion and oh was it sweet fun!

Student dives in for Caribbean fish

Visit the New Eng­land Aquarium and you may see a fish caught by North­eastern stu­dent Alfred Kyrollos, who was part of a bian­nual fish col­lecting expe­di­tion in the Bahamas in October.

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.