Transgender student shares coming-​​out story

Coming out was like showing people who I am for the very first time,” said Alex Ahmed, PhD’19. “I wasn’t a dif­ferent person, but there was some­thing about me that was very dif­ferent, some­thing that could change how you see me.”

Blog:  iNSolution

Northeastern researcher’s work leads to popular theory bearing his name

It’s not every day that a sci­en­tist gets a theory named after him. But when seis­mol­o­gists learned of North­eastern pro­fessor George Adams’s theory to help pre­dict earth­quake damage, they knew just what to call it: Adams Instability.

Business professor recognized for entrepreneurship research

Kim­berly Eddle­ston in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness is one of four pro­fes­sors to be rec­og­nized with a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor­ship by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foun­da­tion. The award will sup­port her inno­v­a­tive research on family busi­nesses and the careers of entrepreneurs.

New grant puts Northeastern at forefront of solving health challenges for women, children

The award, from the NIH and the EPA, will estab­lish a center in Puerto Rico that will study how pol­lu­tant expo­sure and psy­choso­cial risk fac­tors impact the health and devel­op­ment of chil­dren living on the island’s heavily con­t­a­m­i­nated northern coast.

Northeastern secures $20 million agreement with US Army to conduct critical defense research

The $20.4 mil­lion coop­er­a­tive agree­ment pro­vides a unique mech­a­nism for North­eastern to obtain expe­dited funding for research in designing and devel­oping advanced engi­neered mate­rials with secu­rity appli­ca­tions, and expands on the university’s lead­er­ship in secu­rity and resilience research.

New research challenges ‘broken windows theory’ of crime prediction

In a recently pub­lished study, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor Daniel T. O’Brien offered a new model for advancing the study of neigh­bor­hood dynamics. He lever­aged Big Data to shed new light on what fac­tors pre­dict crime in urban neigh­bor­hoods, finding that pri­vate conflict—not public disorder—is a strong indicator.

Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease

Chem­istry doc­toral stu­dent Dana Klug makes pos­sible drug options the way a chef makes a gourmet dish—adding an atom of hydrogen here, removing an atom of nitrogen there—to stop a deadly par­a­site in its tracks.

3Qs: Urban and coastal planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

A decade after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina made land­fall in Louisiana, North­eastern pro­fessor Stephen Flynn exam­ines how the cat­a­strophic event vaulted our ability to recover from nat­ural dis­as­ters into a national priority.

Narrow escape from Hurricane Katrina inspires professor to study post-​​disaster recovery

Daniel Aldrich and his family nar­rowly escaped the wrath of the cat­a­strophic storm, which made land­fall in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005. Since then, Aldrich, now a pro­fessor at North­eastern, has ded­i­cated his career to exam­ining com­mu­nity resilience, with a par­tic­ular focus on the impor­tance of social capital.

Congressman tours Northeastern’s Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton received a com­pre­hen­sive overview of Northeastern’s robust port­folio of secu­rity research on Thursday after­noon and under­scored the impor­tance of pro­viding research funding in this area.

Carnivorous conchs to blame for oyster decline

David Kimbro, a marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has solved the mys­tery of why reefs in Florida inlets were expe­ri­encing large num­bers of oyster loss. Drought and sub­se­quent high salt levels in water led to a pop­u­la­tion spike in one of the oys­ters’ main preda­tors: conchs.

Blog:  iNSolution

Underwater crustaceans could solve missing plane mystery

As author­i­ties con­tinue to debate the topic, marine sci­ence expert Brian Hel­muth explains how bar­na­cles on a recently dis­cov­ered frag­ment of an air­plane wing could help inves­ti­ga­tors deter­mine if the debris came from missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

Congressman praises Northeastern’s commitment to STEM education

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III vis­ited campus on Wednesday to observe the university’s efforts to bol­ster interest and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math education.

3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

North­eastern physi­cists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar led a research team whose novel work has poten­tial appli­ca­tions for improved cell­phone cam­eras and tiny tran­sis­tors that when mul­ti­plied by the bil­lions could fuel computers.

Blog:  iNSolution

Is ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ still valid?

North­eastern net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási reveals the truth behind six degrees of separation—and why the number doesn’t matter.

Researchers find Massachusetts schools are improving food options

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Jes­sica Hoffman and a team of researchers exam­ined middle and high schools across the com­mon­wealth fol­lowing the imple­men­ta­tion of a statewide nutri­tion bill. Their encour­aging find­ings show the fea­si­bility of making sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments in the com­pet­i­tive foods and bev­er­ages avail­able in schools.

3Qs: Online shoppers ‘Primed’ for huge deals

Web per­son­al­iza­tion expert Christo Wilson holds forth on Amazon Prime Day, the latest man­u­fac­tured shop­ping day to promise big sav­ings on scores of prod­ucts, and offers up some tips for online shop­pers looking to exer­cise their con­sumer freedom.

Professor turns into coral polyp for Comic-​​Con

Mark Pat­terson is dis­cussing Aquaman at a Comic-​​Con 2015 panel on Friday. But on Thursday he attended the pop-​​culture con­ven­tion in cos­tume as a coral polyp, raising aware­ness about the dan­gers of microplas­tics in the ocean and Northeastern’s research to address the problem.