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Researchers to address critical need in tracking young students’ progress

With a $1.6 mil­lion grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, North­eastern pro­fes­sors will develop a Web-​​based system that teachers can use to more easily track the progress of chil­dren with emo­tional or behavior disorders.

NASA competition boosts students’ passion for rockets

The North­eastern Uni­ver­sity chapter of the Amer­ican Insti­tute of Aero­nau­tics and Astro­nau­tics recently under­took its toughest mis­sion to date, and through it learned the power of teamwork.

Swiss Mountains beckon physics student for dream co-​​op

Working at the Large Hadron Col­lider has been Nick DePorzio’s dream since his senior year in high school. In a couple weeks, that dream will become a reality when the physics stu­dent starts his co-​​op at CERN, which hosts the famous par­ticle collider.

#TrueNortheastern: From co-​​ops to research, Northeastern ‘presents so many opportunities’

Sam Mount, E’17, will begin a co-​​op next month with Dimen­sion Ther­a­peu­tics, a com­pany ded­i­cated to advancing novel treat­ments for patients living with severe, genetic dis­or­ders asso­ci­ated with the liver. Here, he talks about how co-​​op and research oppor­tu­ni­ties broaden the aca­d­emic experience.

With NIH award, professor aims to ease a ‘bottleneck’ in vaccine development

North­eastern pro­fessor of chem­ical engi­neering Shashi Murthy has received a four-​​year, $1.4 mil­lion award from the National Insti­tutes of Health to develop a novel instru­ment that would auto­mate an impor­tant process used in cre­ating effec­tive vaccines.

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Students explore nanomedicine research on CaNCURE co-​​ops

Stu­dents in the first cohort of an exciting new cancer nanomed­i­cine research co-​​op pro­gram are wrap­ping up their expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, which they say have been nothing short of career-​​defining.

In Seattle, leaders talk strategies to diversify tech sector

To broaden the pipeline, we need to show people they can be com­puter sci­en­tists when they weren’t thinking about it before,” said Carla Brodley, dean of the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, who mod­er­ated a panel dis­cus­sion at North­eastern University-​​Seattle.

Take 5: Lessons from the slackline

Bio­chem­istry major Doug Pagani, S’18, tried out the slack­lines on Cen­ten­nial Common about a year ago, and now the hobby has become a true pas­sion. Here, he dis­cusses how to get started and how he’s improved his per­for­mance through exer­cise and under­standing the sci­ence of it all.

When curiosity leads to improved bikes, boogie boards, and Batsuits

For North­eastern asso­ciate vice provost for cur­riculum Katherine Ziemer, ques­tions like “why” and “what if” are the ulti­mate cat­a­lysts for solving prob­lems and making dis­cov­eries. To answer those ques­tions, she turns to the smallest unit of matter: the atom.

Researchers pinpoint epicenter of brain’s predictive ability

In recent years, sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that the human brain works on pre­dic­tions, con­trary to the pre­vi­ously accepted theory that it reacts to out­side sen­sa­tions. Now, in a paper pub­lished in Nature, Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett has reported finding the epi­center of those predictions.

Researchers’ discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease

A research team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis present in a new paper that they’ve iden­ti­fied drug-​​tolerant per­sister cells in the bac­terium that causes Lyme dis­ease. They also present a promising approach to poten­tially erad­i­cating this and other infections.

Northeastern hosts DC briefing on urban coastal sustainability

The uni­ver­sity, in part­ner­ship with U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, held a briefing on Capitol Hill last week where experts dis­cussed crit­ical research and policy issues focused on pro­tecting marine ecosystems.

Take 5: What makes a good business model?

Your inno­va­tion is nothing until you find a way to mon­e­tize it,” says Oleks Osiyevskyy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of entre­pre­neur­ship and inno­va­tion. “Unless you com­mer­cialize your inven­tion you won’t earn money nor will you change the world.”

Capstone project helps people who are blind navigate city intersections

Crossing a busy city inter­sec­tion can be a pre­car­ious task for any pedes­trian, a maze fraught with var­ious obsta­cles. A new app, designed by North­eastern engi­neering stu­dents, would help blind or visu­ally impaired people nav­i­gate that maze.

Researchers use mobile phone data to predict employment shocks

North­eastern com­pu­ta­tional social sci­en­tist David Lazer and his inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research team have demon­strated that mobile phone data can be used to pre­dict future unem­ploy­ment rates up to four months before the release of offi­cial reports and more accu­rately than tra­di­tional forecasts.

3Qs: Tesla’s Powerwall for home energy storage

Pro­fessor San­jeev Muk­erjee, director of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Center for Renew­able Energy Tech­nology, says the new Pow­er­wall lithium-​​ion bat­tery is a good first foray into home energy storage but notes that the “ulti­mate solu­tion” will require bringing down costs even further.

ISEC by the numbers

Here are some inter­esting fig­ures and fac­toids about Northeastern’s Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex. The uni­ver­sity on Thursday held a topping-​​off cer­e­mony for the state-​​of-​​the-​​art facility, which is cur­rently under con­struc­tion on Columbus Avenue.

How to battle disease using Big Data

When it comes to fighting dis­eases in the 21st cen­tury, Big Data is becoming an inte­gral weapon. At the fore­front of this battle is world-​​​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani, who […]

State honors Northeastern youth outreach program

Beach Sis­ters, an out­reach pro­gram at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center designed to help under­served school-​​aged girls develop sci­en­tific inquiry and cit­i­zen­ship skills, received an award at the Mass­a­chu­setts State House on Monday.

Meet the graduates: Annmarie Uliano

Inspired by her expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties, specif­i­cally those focused on research, Ann­marie Uliano, E’15, will pursue a master’s degree in indus­trial engi­neering starting this fall.

Here are this year’s coolest co-​​op video contest winners

The uni­ver­sity revealed the con­test win­ners on Wednesday after­noon at the Coop­er­a­tive Edu­ca­tion Awards, an annual cer­e­mony hon­oring the co-​​op accom­plish­ments of a dis­tin­guished group of high-​​achieving students.

3Qs: Graduate students map Nepal relief response

Grad­uate stu­dents in Joseph Guay’s Crisis Map­ping for Human­i­tarian Action course are doing their part to help with the Nepal earth­quake relief response by ana­lyzing and sharing data coming out of the region.

Northeastern community’s highest achievements honored

The uni­ver­sity rec­og­nized the impres­sive accom­plish­ments of stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, and alumni at the fifth annual Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion, which was held in Blackman Audi­to­rium on Thursday afternoon.

Marine science student wins Hollings Scholarship

Ben­jamin Moran, S’18, has been awarded the Ernest F. Hollings Schol­ar­ship by the National Oceanic and Atmos­pheric Admin­is­tra­tion. The schol­ar­ship includes a 10-​​week paid intern­ship working on a research project under the guid­ance of an NOAA mentor.