Students find life calling through co-​​op

Co-​​op doesn’t just pro­vide stu­dents with pre­mier expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties. It also helps many find their life’s pur­pose, said sev­eral Col­lege of Sci­ence stu­dents who shared their sto­ries at last week’s Spring Co-​​op Expo.

Your iPhone gets emotional

Vir­tual humans, rela­tional robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-​​tracking tech­nolo­gies were among the inno­v­a­tive research projects high­lighted at a day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern that explored the inter­sec­tion of emo­tion sci­ence and technology.

Cancer research co-​​op points to exciting career path

Fifth-​​year chem­istry major Mark Naniong’s research while on co-​​op at the Dana-​​Farber Cancer Insti­tute made it to the pages of a pres­ti­gious aca­d­emic journal—and inspired him to pursue a career linked to inno­va­tion in science.

Nobel laureate to join Northeastern faculty

Sir Richard Roberts, a Nobel lau­reate and glob­ally rec­og­nized leader in genomics and mol­e­c­ular biology, has joined the uni­ver­sity as a Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Science.

Researchers ready for historic aquatic ‘Mission’

North­eastern pro­fes­sors have teamed up with Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed oceanog­ra­pher Jacques Cousteau, to lead Mission-31—a 31-​​day research oper­a­tion on the ocean floor off Florida’s coast.

Dead or alive? Researchers use uncertainty to scare

Lisa Feldman Bar­rett, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Psy­chology, and her team at the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Affec­tive Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory use the sci­ence of emo­tion to scare people at a haunted house — and raise money for charity.

Report shows Northeastern spinoffs help fuel economic growth

Three North­eastern spin­offs were high­lighted in a new report from The Sci­ence Coali­tion as exam­ples of how fed­er­ally funded uni­ver­sity research and the com­pa­nies cre­ated from that work can boosts the U.S. economy.

Crowdfunding drug discovery

The secrecy model that dom­i­nates drug dis­covery doesn’t work for neglected trop­ical dis­eases, which affect more than 1 bil­lion people each year. Asso­ciate pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri hopes to shift that par­a­digm with a new plat­form for secure data-​​sharing.

New research takes aim at heart’s ‘safe zone’

Backed by a $1.2 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health, physics pro­fessor Alain Karma is part of a research team studying how a par­tic­ular class of gene muta­tions in humans sig­nif­i­cantly increases the risk of sudden car­diac arrest by dis­turbing the heart’s elec­trical signaling.

Social insects put the ‘I’ in team to fight disease

New research from asso­ciate pro­fessor Rebeca Rosen­gaus con­firms ant larvae have retained their indi­vidual immune sys­tems throughout evo­lu­tion, which she said could help explain why social insects are geo­graph­i­cally wide­spread and eco­log­i­cally dominant.

Diving right in, student researcher explores ocean habitats

Fourth-​​year marine biology major Nadia Aamoum worked on inter­na­tional co-​​op on Mahe Island in Sey­chelles, where she learned the basics of dive research and which she is now applying to her work in the Three Seas Program.

Get the picture? New high-​​res images show brain activity like never before

Researchers in Northeastern’s Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Affec­tive Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory have cre­ated the highest-​​resolution image of the human brain stem in action. It could ulti­mately help sci­en­tists explore the grounds of human emo­tion like never before.

A new era for human fertility research

In 2004, Jon Tilly, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Biology, over­turned the par­a­digm that female mam­mals do not pro­duce new egg cells after birth. His dis­covery has opened the flood­gates for new clin­ical approaches to combat infer­tility and per­haps even stave off menopause.

In a bad mood? Change the channel

Research sug­gests that older adults main­tain their hap­pier out­look through dif­ferent emo­tion reg­u­la­tion strate­gies. With a new grant from the National Insti­tute on Aging, asso­ciate pro­fessor Derek Isaa­cowitz will examine how our mul­ti­media choices play into that.