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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.