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.

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.

Study: 70M more firearms added to US gun stock over past 20 years

The esti­mated number of privately-​​owned guns in the U.S. grew to approx­i­mately 265 mil­lion between 1994 and 2015, with the majority of those new guns being hand­guns, according to a com­pre­hen­sive national survey co-​​led by North­eastern. Owners also now cite pro­tec­tion as a pri­mary reason of ownership.

Recent graduate shines investigative light on 75-​​year-​​old civil rights cold case

Pvt. Felix Hall, a 19-​​year-​​old African Amer­ican from Mill­brook, Alabama, was lynched in the woods of Fort Ben­ning, Georgia, in 1941. More than 70 years later, Alexa Mills dug into the case as part of her course work in the School of Journalism’s Media Inno­va­tion pro­gram and then wrote a front-​​page fea­ture on her find­ings for The Wash­ington Post.

Undergraduate Lab Fair opens windows into worlds of research

When Andrew Tu, E’20, arrived at North­eastern last fall, he didn’t expect to be towing a 7.5-foot buoy by hand into the ocean come summer. But that world opened up to him at the Under­grad­uate Lab Fair when he learned about asso­ciate pro­fessor Ste­fano Basagni’s work on an under­water wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion network.

Alumna fights debilitating neurological diseases with science

Beth Stevens, an alumna and neu­ro­sci­en­tist, has spent her career researching dis­eases like Alzheimer’s and schiz­o­phrenia. On Thursday, the MacArthur “genius award” recip­ient joined Pres­i­dent Aoun to dis­cuss her success.

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.

New research offers ‘critical insights’ for treating, preventing Alzheimer’s disease

North­eastern pro­fessor Lee Makowski and his col­leagues sug­gest that Alzheimer’s dis­ease may progress not like falling domi­noes, with one mol­e­c­ular event sparking the for­ma­tion of plaques throughout the brain, but rather like a fire­works display.

Northeastern alumnus the genius behind life-​​saving EpiPen

Sheldon Kaplan “always wanted to be an engi­neer and to go to North­eastern,” recalls his son, Michael. Kaplan lived out those dreams, and the world-​​famous EpiPen he invented has saved count­less lives. Kaplan, who died in 2009, was inducted this year into the National Inven­tors Hall of Fame. Here’s his story.