The M.O. of MMOs

Celia Pearce, a newly appointed asso­ciate pro­fessor of game design, has spent the past three decades working in the inter­ac­tive media field. But she may not have become one of the world’s leading experts on vir­tual worlds and mul­ti­player gaming if not for a pre­scient phone call in 1983.

Virtual healthcare agents, at your service

North­eastern con­vened an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers for the 2014 Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gent Vir­tual Agents, where experts dis­cussed and show­cased avatars that could be used in a variety of health­care applications.

Where to put all the energy

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity con­vened experts from industry, gov­ern­ment, and acad­emia last week to dis­cuss advance­ments in next-​​generation energy storage and bat­tery technologies—both of which have major impli­ca­tions for global chal­lenges in energy con­sump­tion, mate­rials short­ages, and cli­mate change.

3Qs: Citizen journalism in Ferguson

Sarah Jackson, assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies, weighs in on how the main­stream media and cit­izen jour­nal­ists have cov­ered the events in Fer­guson, Mis­souri, where the shooting death of an unarmed teenager has sparked protests and tensions.

New grant supports co-​​ops in cancer nanomedicine

With sup­port from the National Insti­tutes of Health’s National Cancer Insti­tute, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will partner with the Dana-​​Farber/​Harvard Cancer Center to pro­vide co-​​op expe­ri­ences to under­grad­uate stu­dents, who will receive training to study and con­duct cancer nanomed­i­cine research.

The science of fiction

Eng­lish pro­fessor Gary Gosh­garian recently received a pro­fes­sional achieve­ment award from his alma mater for his impres­sive career as an accom­plished nov­elist, editor, and teacher.

New algorithm gives credit where credit is due

Assigning credit for sci­ence papers with mul­tiple authors can some­times be a chal­lenge. But a paper from Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research offers a new way to allo­cate this credit.

Researchers aim to thwart targeted cyberattacks

North­eastern cyber­se­cu­rity expert Engin Kirda and his col­leagues have pro­duced ground­breaking research that sheds light on tar­geted attacks, which rep­re­sent the growing majority of cyberes­pi­onage world­wide taking place today.

3Qs: Why time is now to link science, ocean policy

North­eastern pro­fessor Brian Hel­muth, an expert on cli­mate change and envi­ron­mental policy, has co-​​authored a paper in the journal Nature Cli­mate Change exam­ining the need to fur­ther inte­grate sci­ence into U.S. cli­mate and ocean policy.