Pro-​​GMO: Nobel laureate makes the case for genetic modification

Thursday night at North­eastern, Nobel lau­reate and Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Sir Richard Roberts argued that despite what you may have heard, GMOs are safe and have the poten­tial to save lives in devel­oping coun­tries. Here are five key points from his talk.

Students, faculty praise global experience at Dialogue of Civilizations Fair

The most amazing thing I have ever done.” That’s how senior Christa Blomquist described her Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in Ice­land. At Thursday’s annual dia­logue fair, she was among the stu­dents and fac­ulty who extolled the virtues of living, working, and studying in an unfa­miliar country.

Researchers tracking Ebola’s spread win first Aspen Institute Italia Award

[alt blurb:] North­eastern pro­fessor Alessandro Vespig­nani led an inter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tive effort to track the spread of Ebola in Liberia. The Aspen Insti­tute award, Vespig­nani says, “is intended to foster the idea of sci­ence without bor­ders, sci­ence as a global endeavor. Its themes align closely with those of Northeastern.”

New psychology professor studies link between physical activity, cognitive health

Chuck Hillman prac­tices what he preaches, applying his research find­ings to his per­sonal life. When he’s not studying the rela­tion­ship between phys­ical activity and cog­ni­tive health, he’s biking, playing ice hockey, or lifting weights in his home gym.

Northeastern network scientist part of international research group selected for $75M One Brave Idea Research Award

Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Albert-​​László Barabási brings his exper­tise at mod­eling com­plex net­works to an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research group focused on ending coro­nary heart disease.

The ecosystems ecologist, a wonderer at heart

Asso­ciate pro­fessor Jen­nifer Bowen, a new fac­ulty member at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, studies the inter­con­nect­ed­ness between human activity and some of the world’s tiniest inhabitants—microbes—nestled in marine environments.

3Qs: Why Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are igniting and how to deal with the recall

Fed­eral reg­u­la­tors yes­terday announced a formal recall of some 1 mil­lion Sam­sung Galaxy Note 7 smart­phones after reports of the devices over­heating and igniting. North­eastern research pro­fessor K.M. Abraham, an expert on lithium-​​ion bat­tery tech­nology, explains the phe­nom­enon and how to respond to it.

Fear not: The number of locally transmitted cases of Zika in US to be very small

North­eastern researchers project the prob­a­bility of locally trans­mitted Zika cases out­side of Florida to be extremely low, ‘just one or two.’ Much of the U.S. has no mos­qui­toes with Zika and will remain unaffected.

See what all the buzz is about for these bee-​​keeper co-​​ops

Made­line Car­penter and Peter Kilian are on co-​​op at Best Bees Com­pany, where the biology majors have some extra­or­di­nary work­mates: thou­sands and thou­sands of honey bees. Our staff pho­tog­ra­pher joined the stu­dents for a day and offers this behind-​​the-​​scenes look.