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Hackathon examines power of Big Data to change lives

Entire moun­tain ranges of data are growing all around, and they will either bury us or help us climb to new heights of under­standing. It all depends on how we respond. This was the focus of a four-​​hour “hackathon” Wednesday night, spon­sored by North­eastern to explore the inter­sec­tion between public policy and Big Data analysis. The event, “Data Sci­ence, Jour­nalism, and the Future of Jus­tice,” was part of HUB­week, a series of more than 100 events that brought together the brightest minds in gov­ern­ment, pri­vate industry, and acad­emia to cel­e­brate inno­va­tion in Boston.

Study: Using Big Data to monitor societal events shows promise, but the coding tech needs work

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor David Lazer and his col­leagues ana­lyzed global-​​scale data­bases of news events and found them wanting. Their rec­om­men­da­tions for improve­ments would enable researchers to build models antic­i­pating every­thing from the esca­la­tion of con­flicts to the pro­gres­sion of epidemics.

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.

Tech enthusiast finds home at Northeastern

As a kid, Andrew Colgin liked to tinker with tech­nology. And now—surprise, surprise—he’s a first-​​year stu­dent in the university’s com­puter sci­ence pro­gram. “There are stu­dents all around me who like a lot of the same things that I do,” he says.

The ecosystems ecologist, a wonderer at heart

Asso­ciate pro­fessor Jen­nifer Bowen, a new fac­ulty member at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, studies the inter­con­nect­ed­ness between human activity and some of the world’s tiniest inhabitants—microbes—nestled in marine environments.

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.

Alumna fights debilitating neurological diseases with science

Beth Stevens, an alumna and neu­ro­sci­en­tist, has spent her career researching dis­eases like Alzheimer’s and schiz­o­phrenia. On Thursday, the MacArthur “genius award” recip­ient joined Pres­i­dent Aoun to dis­cuss her success.

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.