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Professor to lead U.S. biomaterials research society

Thomas Web­ster, pro­fessor and chair of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, has been named pres­i­dent of the U.S. Society for Bio­ma­te­rials, a 3,000-plus-member orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to enhancing human health and quality of life through bio­ma­te­rials research.

The secret life of serotonin

Post-​​doctoral researcher Chris Skip­with has received two pres­ti­gious fel­low­ships to develop nanosen­sors that detect sero­tonin and other small mol­e­cules in order to gain a better under­standing of their role in car­dio­vas­cular disease.

Wherefore art thou, dear zooplankton?

Grad­uate stu­dent Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in con­junc­tion with Mis­sion 31, a month­long under­water expe­di­tion led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zoo­plankton on coral reefs.

The picture-​​perfect co-​​op

While on co-​​op in Cal­i­fornia, fourth-​​year busi­ness major Carlos Vil­lalobos was ‘bitten by the tech­nology bug.’ When he returned to campus, he co-​​founded Bökeh, a wire­less enabled camera lens that con­nects to the iPhone.

A simpler way to treat cancer

New research co-​​authored by pro­fessor Vladimir Torchilin and pub­lished in the journal Nature Med­i­cine on Sunday presents a straight­for­ward approach to destroying cancer cells that com­bines tra­di­tional strate­gies in a novel and syn­er­gistic way.

Northeastern awarded NIH grant to study links between contaminants, preterm birth

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a five-​​year, $13.5 mil­lion award from the National Insti­tutes of Health to con­tinue its inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, multi-​​university inves­ti­ga­tion into the com­plex rela­tion­ship between envi­ron­mental con­t­a­m­i­na­tion and preterm birth.

Student project targets memory impairment

For its senior cap­stone project, a team of engi­neering stu­dents devel­oped a pro­gram using Google Glass. The stu­dents say it could help memory-​​impaired indi­vid­uals iden­tify people they come in con­tact with and per­form daily tasks.

3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

A new policy from the National Insti­tutes of Health will require all bio­med­ical research funded by the NIH to be gender bal­anced. Here, Rebecca Shanksy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology whose research is focused in this space, dis­cusses the impli­ca­tions of the decision.