New research offers hope in treating sleeping sickness

The neglected trop­ical dis­ease affects tens of thou­sands of people and is mostly fatal. Now, new research co-​​authored by North­eastern chem­istry pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri has iden­ti­fied hun­dreds of chem­ical com­pounds that could lead to a cure.

How does marine life survive climate extremes?

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a four-​​year, $1.2 mil­lion grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to develop new ways to study how marine organ­isms respond to cli­mate related severe tem­per­a­ture stress.

New algorithm gives credit where credit is due

Assigning credit for sci­ence papers with mul­tiple authors can some­times be a chal­lenge. But a paper from Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research offers a new way to allo­cate this credit.

Groundbreaking research maps cultural history

New research from Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research presents a pio­neering approach to under­standing Euro­pean and North Amer­ican cul­tural his­tory by map­ping out the mobility pat­terns of notable intel­lec­tuals over a 2,000-year span.

The King of queen bees

Biology major Lena King was cap­ti­vated the first time she saw an open bee hive. On co-​​op at a Boston-​​based bee­keeping com­pany, she’s observing the world of the queen bee and researching ways to help hon­ey­bees survive.

Take 5: A ‘Nor’Easter’ on Florida’s tropical shores?

North­eastern marine sci­ence pro­fes­sors Brian Hel­muth and Mark Pat­terson dis­cuss the deci­sion for North­eastern to join forces with Mis­sion 31, the month­long under­water expe­di­tion off the Florida coast and headed by Fabien Cousteau.

What you may not know about vertical seawalls

Water­front home­owners’ efforts rep­re­sent hun­dreds of thou­sands of minia­ture con­ser­va­tion projects. Under­standing how they tick is essen­tial to urban coastal sus­tain­ability efforts, according to Steven Scyphers, a post-​​doctoral research fellow at Northeastern.

An aquatic adventure resurfaces

North­eastern research tech­ni­cian Sara Williams first heard of the under­water research habitat Aquarius as a young member of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Twelve years later, she’ll be leading a research project just out­side its doors.

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.

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.

Three students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

Doc­toral stu­dents Allison Matzelle, Jen­nifer Morales, and Tanya Rogers have been named 2014 grad­uate research fel­lows by the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. The pro­gram sup­ports out­standing grad­uate stu­dents in NSF-​​supported sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math­e­matics disciplines.

Better science for better fisheries management

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Jon Grabowski, an expert in marine sci­ence and fish­eries and a member of the New Eng­land Fishery Man­age­ment Council’s Habitat Plan Devel­op­ment Team, is working with fish­eries sci­en­tists and man­agers to develop tools that will enhance fish­eries habitat management.

Members of Congress visit Marine Science Center

U.S. Reps. John Tierney and Katherine Clark, as well as staff mem­bers from U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Eliz­a­beth Warren’s offices, vis­ited Northeastern’s unique urban coastal research facility in Nahant on Wednesday to learn more about the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary work taking place there.

Stuck in the middle with oysters and crabs

New research from marine sci­en­tists at North­eastern shows that the behavior of middle preda­tors in marine food webs plays an impor­tant role in the wel­fare of the whole system—and that, like our behavior, middle predator behavior is pretty fickle.

Next stop: space

Rachael Tompa wants to be an astro­naut. The senior chose North­eastern because of its co-​​op pro­gram, which led to her expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity at NASA’s Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory in Cal­i­fornia. Her next stop? Prob­ably the Inter­na­tional Space Station.

A 50-​​year scientific legacy

North­eastern pro­fessor Barry Karger, whose con­tri­bu­tions to ana­lyt­ical chem­istry helped enable the sequencing of the human genome, will receive the Arnold O. Beckman Medal and Award for Out­standing Sci­en­tific Achieve­ments in the Field of Elec­tro­driven Sep­a­ra­tion Tech­niques later this month.

Marine researcher sticks to her roots

Jen­nifer Elliott, a doc­toral can­di­date at the Marine Sci­ence Center, is pur­suing research to deter­mine how best to reha­bil­i­tate the coral reefs in her home­land of Mau­ri­tius, a small island located in the Indian Ocean.

The wonder of human movement

North­eastern pro­fessor Dagmar Sternad received the 50th annual Robert D. Klein Uni­ver­sity Lec­turer Award on Tuesday and dis­cussed her inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on how the brain con­trols the human body.

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them

Nobel lau­reate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Sci­ence, dis­cussed his love for bac­teria and their sym­biosis with people on Monday after­noon at his inau­gural lec­ture, after which he con­versed with Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

Does Big Data have the flu?

In response to rev­e­la­tions of fail­ures in the Google Flu Trends’ pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers exam­ined how Big Data can best be uti­lized for sci­en­tific gain in a report pub­lished online on Thursday in the journal Science.