New research by an interdisciplinary team, including Northeastern’s Alexandros Makriyannis, reveals how THC—the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—gets into brain cells. The findings open the door to the development of new medications, free from side effects, for conditions from pain and obesity to neurological diseases and addiction.
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With the field of cybersecurity changing almost daily, it can be hard for prospective employees to keep up with what they should know. Here, experts offer five tips for those looking to break into the cybersecurity industry.
Apple created a stir when it announced it had eliminated the headphone jack from its latest iPhone model, pushing many users to wireless headphones. Here, Tommaso Melodia, director of Northeastern’s Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Laboratory, explains the science behind Bluetooth headphones and how their quality compares to wired devices.
Tanay Patri has only been on campus for six weeks, but he’s already joined three student groups and picked out the company for which he would like to do his first co-op. “I want to build relationships with my peers and find my passion as soon as I can,” he says.
Northeastern researchers have received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an innovative scholarship and mentoring program that supports college transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds who are studying and doing research in energy.
The National Institutes of Health recognized Nikolai Slavov, assistant professor of bioengineering, with its New Innovator Award. On winning the award, Slavov said, “There is this momentum and enthusiasm for taking smart risks among both the faculty and students at Northeastern—asking big questions and doing whatever is required to contribute to their resolution.”
University Distinguished Professor Albert-László Barabási brings his expertise at modeling complex networks to an interdisciplinary research group focused on ending coronary heart disease.
Jennie Stephens’ research focuses on the global energy transition away from fossil fuels toward renewables—particularly, understanding the social dynamics of integrating wind power, solar, and smart grid into energy systems.
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.
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.