Structure of the brain’s ‘marijuana receptor’ revealed

New research by an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team, including Northeastern’s Alexan­dros Makriyannis, reveals how THC—the psy­choac­tive ingre­dient in marijuana—gets into brain cells. The find­ings open the door to the devel­op­ment of new med­ica­tions, free from side effects, for con­di­tions from pain and obe­sity to neu­ro­log­ical dis­eases and addiction.

Global climate deal to phase out fast-​​growing pollutant. What happens next?

More than 170 coun­tries reached a land­mark cli­mate deal last weekend to limit the use of a chem­ical used in air con­di­tioners and refrig­er­a­tors that’s been called the world’s fastest-​​growing cli­mate pol­lu­tant. North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Eck­elman weighs in on the deal’s sig­nif­i­cance and the envi­ron­mental trade offs that come with replacing one tech­nology with another.

3Qs: Why Bluetooth headphones are better than you might think

Apple cre­ated a stir when it announced it had elim­i­nated the head­phone jack from its latest iPhone model, pushing many users to wire­less head­phones. Here, Tom­maso Melodia, director of Northeastern’s Wire­less Net­works and Embedded Sys­tems Lab­o­ra­tory, explains the sci­ence behind Blue­tooth head­phones and how their quality com­pares to wired devices.

Northeastern to launch innovative program in energy for underrepresented minority students

North­eastern researchers have received a $5 mil­lion grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to estab­lish an inno­v­a­tive schol­ar­ship and men­toring pro­gram that sup­ports col­lege transfer stu­dents from under­rep­re­sented back­grounds who are studying and doing research in energy.

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.

Engineering professor receives NIH ‘New Innovator Award’ for pioneering biomedical research

The National Insti­tutes of Health rec­og­nized Nikolai Slavov, assis­tant pro­fessor of bio­engi­neering, with its New Inno­vator Award. On win­ning the award, Slavov said, “There is this momentum and enthu­siasm for taking smart risks among both the fac­ulty and stu­dents at Northeastern—asking big ques­tions and doing what­ever is required to con­tribute to their resolution.”

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.

New professor studies energy in the emerging interdisciplinary field of sustainability science

Jennie Stephens’ research focuses on the global energy tran­si­tion away from fossil fuels toward renewables—particularly, under­standing the social dynamics of inte­grating wind power, solar, and smart grid into energy systems.

New professor has made crime prevention his life’s work

Anthony Braga, newly appointed Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor and director of the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, has been working in con­junc­tion with the Boston Police Depart­ment for more than 20 years, ana­lyzing poli­cies and devel­oping pro­grams aimed at reducing the city’s vio­lent crime rate.

Study: Using Big Data to monitor societal events shows promise, but the coding tech needs work

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor David Lazer and his col­leagues ana­lyzed global-​​scale data­bases of news events and found them wanting. Their rec­om­men­da­tions for improve­ments would enable researchers to build models antic­i­pating every­thing from the esca­la­tion of con­flicts to the pro­gres­sion of epidemics.

Advancing Northeastern’s leadership in drug discovery

Diomedes Logo­thetis, the new chair of the Depart­ment of Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences, has a vision: To advance Northeastern’s standing as a go-​​to insti­tu­tion for aca­d­emic researchers inter­ested in drug dis­covery. “We can be the engine dri­ving the under­standing of how new drugs act,” he says.