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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences head lauds Northeastern’s interdisciplinary approach

You cannot do envi­ron­mental health work if you don’t work with the com­mu­nity,” said Linda Birn­baum, director of the National Insti­tute of Envi­ron­mental Health Sci­ences, during remarks on campus on Monday. She lauded North­eastern, with its emphasis on inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and prac­tice, for doing just that, and noted Northeastern’s con­tri­bu­tions to a multi-​​country study of Zika.

Students design levitating pod for Hyperloop contest that could revolutionize the future of transportation

Stu­dents from North­eastern and five other top uni­ver­si­ties have joined forces to form Open­Loop, a team ded­i­cated to designing, building, and testing the best scaled-​​down ver­sion of the futur­istic Hyper­loop, a novel mode of com­muter and cargo trans­port that travels close to the speed of sound. Their approach takes the com­pe­ti­tion to new heights.

Northeastern to invest $25 million of endowment funds in environmental sustainability

A rec­og­nized leader in sus­tain­ability prac­tices, edu­ca­tion, and research, North­eastern will take an inno­v­a­tive addi­tional step to address the global chal­lenge of cli­mate change.

Northeastern receives $9M grant to fast track the discovery of new antibiotics

A team led by Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Biology Kim Lewis received a five-​​year, $9 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tute of Health’s National Insti­tute of Allergy and Infec­tious Dis­eases to launch a novel plat­form for devel­oping antibi­otics that kill pathogens without encoun­tering resistance.

Miniature flying robots automatically inspect, analyze, and assess damage to infrastructure

Northeastern’s Jerome Hajjar and col­leagues are devel­oping a sophis­ti­cated system that uses autonomous small flying robots cou­pled with 3-​​D imaging and state-​​of-​​the art plan­ning, mod­eling, and analysis to inspect struc­tures from bridges to build­ings and auto­mat­i­cally iden­tify prob­lems, track their progress, and assess the need for follow-​​up.

Researchers challenge federal law in attempt to prevent ‘Big Data’ discrimination

Northeastern’s Alan Mis­love and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algo­rithms e-​​commerce and other web­sites use to ana­lyze user pro­file data, web-​​browsing choices, and other online infor­ma­tion may lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion. Now the ACLU has sued the gov­ern­ment on their and others’ behalf so they can con­tinue to do so without prosecution.

Graduate’s engineering work featured on Shark Week

Carl Fiester helped design a state-​​of-​​the-​​art autonomous under­water vehicle that last year cap­tured unique footage of great white sharks’ behavior off the coast of Mexico. Ear­lier this week, the footage was fea­tured on a Shark Week show on the Dis­covery Channel.

Comfort dogs bring healing in times of tragedy

Twelve golden retrievers recently arrived in Orlando to bring com­fort to the sur­vivors and those grieving after the mass shooting at the gay night­club Pulse. Here, Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, who spe­cial­izes in the psy­chology of emo­tion, explains how dogs help bring our ner­vous sys­tems back into bal­ance and, at least tem­porarily, make us feel safe.

Northeastern researchers find T-Mobile’s Binge On doesn’t live up to the hype

New research led by David Choffnes shows that what T-​​Mobile promises about free video streaming with Binge On is not what you, or con­tent providers, may actu­ally get. In many cases, sub­scribers were left with lower quality videos and unex­pected charges. More­over, because of flaws in T-Mobile’s system, the researchers found a way to make prac­ti­cally any Internet traffic free to subscribers.

Child’s play: Using virtual reality to advance physical therapy

Boston middle school stu­dents vis­ited campus last week to try out some new vir­tual reality games being designed for phys­ical therapy patients. Their game-​​playing will help researchers refine patient treat­ment and advance inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research.

World’s wind engineering experts convene at Northeastern

Northeastern’s Luca Caracoglia develops numer­ical method­olo­gies to sim­u­late how tall build­ings will respond to high winds, including hur­ri­canes. Last week he brought his exper­tise to bear as chairman and co-​​host of an inter­na­tional col­lo­quium. More than 200 engi­neering experts from around the world con­vened at North­eastern to dis­cuss how to best ana­lyze and con­struct tall build­ings, bridges, and other non-​​streamlined bodies.

Researchers reveal the hidden environmental and public health impacts of the US healthcare sector

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. health­care sector’s green­house gas emis­sions grew by more than 30 per­cent, accounting for 9.8 per­cent of the national total in 2013. “If the U.S. health­care sector were itself a country, it would rank 13th in the world for green­house gas emis­sions, ahead of the entire U.K.,” states a new paper coau­thored by North­eastern researcher Matthew Eckelman.