Professor honored for outstanding contributions to improving diversity in biomedical engineering

The Bio­med­ical Engi­neering Society Diver­sity Award, pre­sented this year to Srinivas Sridhar, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Physics, Bio­engi­neering, and Chem­ical Engi­neering. “This award rec­og­nizes the work I’ve been doing for the past 10 years, a path moti­vated by spreading knowl­edge and breaking down bar­riers to access of knowl­edge,” he said.

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.”

Dean charts bold vision for College of Engineering

Growing up in France, Nadine Aubry knew that she wanted to har­ness the power of engi­neering to make a pos­i­tive impact on the world. Now, as dean of the Col­lege of Engi­neering, she is shaping the future of engi­neering edu­ca­tion while being rec­og­nized for her achieve­ments through pres­ti­gious appoint­ments and major awards.

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.