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Northeastern researchers work to keep hospital-​​acquired staph infections in check

Hospital-​​related staph infec­tions are ram­pant, with hun­dreds of thou­sands being reported in the U.S. each year. North­eastern researcher Kim Lewis and his col­leagues are at the fore­front of devel­oping new drugs to stop the trend.

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Is that a turnip or a bomb?

North­eastern researchers have devel­oped a new pro­gram­ming lan­guage that can deci­pher images relayed by drones, untan­gling, for instance, if an image is of a ter­rorist planting a bomb or simply a farmer planting root veg­eta­bles for his livelihood.

Do you know what’s in your drinking water?’

New fac­ulty member Ameet Pinto, assis­tant pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is working to answer that ques­tion. Specif­i­cally, his research focuses on the role of micro­bial organ­isms in drinking water and how they con­tinue to sur­vive today’s exhaus­tive water treat­ment processes.

And the winners are…

The breadth and depth of Northeastern’s research and entre­pre­neurial spirit was on full dis­play Thursday at RISE:2016, the university’s Research, Inno­va­tion, and Schol­ar­ship Expo. Industry leaders judged some 400 projects, which detailed the work of more than 900 North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty. The judges sub­mitted their rat­ings and the top award win­ners were rec­og­nized at an after­noon recep­tion in East Village.

Good things come in small packages

Pic­ture this: A sensor the size of two match­sticks side-​​by-​​side that can detect a bac­te­rial infec­tion in two min­utes flat. It would quickly enable health-​​care providers to admin­ister an antibi­otic that tar­gets the spe­cific bug rather than a broad-​​spectrum drug that could be hit-​​or-​​miss. That describes the mind-​​boggling research project that Daniel Ost­berg, E’20, dis­played in Inno­va­tion Alley at RISE:2016.