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.
“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.
[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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
For ecological forecasters like Northeastern’s Brian Helmuth, mussels act as a barometer of climate change. That’s why Helmuth created “robomussels”—tiny robots that look like mussels but are outfitted with sensors to track temperature conditions.
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.
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.”
University Distinguished Professor Albert-László Barabási brings his expertise at modeling complex networks to an interdisciplinary research group focused on ending coronary heart disease.