Northeastern faculty members were hard at work this summer preparing to teach their fall courses. Here’s a look at some of the brand new courses they’ve developed and the work that goes into preparing for the new academic year.
Northeastern researchers project the probability of locally transmitted Zika cases outside of Florida to be extremely low, ‘just one or two.’ Much of the U.S. has no mosquitoes with Zika and will remain unaffected.
After getting dropped by all his major sponsors, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte signed a new endorsement deal with a little-known cough drop company. It’s a potentially low-risk, high-reward move for both the athlete and the brand, says professor Bruce Clark.
A firestorm erupted this week in response to the pharmaceutical company Mylan’s sharp increase in the price of its EpiPen, a life-saving treatment for severe allergic reactions. The company quickly backtracked, announcing a rebate plan. Here, three Northeastern faculty members—pharmacist Tayla Rose, healthcare finance expert Steven Pizer, and health policy researcher Gary Young—explain the clinical, economic, and policy implications of the controversy.
New research from Northeastern psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett shows that our beliefs about how farm animals are raised—whether on “factory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-eating experience, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influences not only how you interpret what you see but also very literally what you see,” Barrett said.
Through work with London’s transit system, professor Haris Koutsopoulos and a doctoral student are developing real-time predictive models to forecast the ebbs and flows of transit activity. The tools could aid transit operators with real-time system management and help commuters avoid crowded stations or trains.
A discovery by a research team led by Northeastern’s Paul Champion upends the understanding held for centuries of protons’ behavior. The researchers—using an ultrafast pulsed laser system designed at Northeastern—have revealed that protons actually tunnel through thermodynamic barriers rather than travel over them. Science magazine, struck by the results, highlighted the research in its “Editor’s Choice” column.
As a rising high school senior, assistant professor Matthew Eckelman, spent a summer at Northeastern simulating earthquakes on a shaker table to evaluate the stability of landfill liner systems. Twenty-one years later, he’s come full circle, hosting young scholars in his lab, guiding them toward STEM careers.
French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg at the Rio Olympics while vaulting during the men’s preliminaries. Associate professor Sandra Shefelbine explains why bones break as well as her research into how to prevent injury.
If you were using Facebook on a desktop last week, you may have noticed that your ad-blocking software was being blocked. That was a move by Facebook. We asked two Northeastern professors to explain how new strategies and technologies are changing the digital landscape for users, content providers, and advertisers.
From circular bruises, to colorful tapes, to one-arm sleeves, Olympic athletes have been sporting some unique markings and add-ons during the Rio de Janeiro Games. We asked a group of professors to explain what you’ve been seeing, with a particular focus on the science behind it.
A new Gallery 360 exhibit features interactive data visualizations that capture Northeastern buildings’ energy consumption over two years and present the data in stunning ways.