Researchers find the tipping point between resilience and collapse in complex systems

Using sta­tis­tical physics, net­work sci­en­tist Albert-​​László Barabási and his col­leagues have devel­oped the first-​​ever tool to iden­tify whether systems—be they tech­no­log­ical, eco­log­ical, or biological—are in danger of failing.

What Ebola and HIV/​AIDS can teach us about the Zika virus pandemic

Assis­tant pro­fessor Richard Wamai, an expert on HIV/​AIDS and neglected trop­ical dis­eases, pro­vides much-​​needed per­spec­tive on why the Zika virus has struck so fiercely and the public health mea­sures that could halt it.

3Qs: Detection of gravitational waves ‘opens a new window to the study of the universe’

On Thursday, a team of sci­en­tists announced that they had detected grav­i­ta­tional waves, rip­ples of energy across space-​​time sparked by the merging of two black holes. North­eastern physi­cist Pran Nath dis­cusses the impact of the major break­through. Image by NASA

Physicist uses light to accelerate treatment of drug-​​resistant cancers

Assis­tant pro­fessor Bryan Spring develops pho­to­dy­namic ther­a­pies that both target malig­nant cells and halt new tumor growth. It’s a novel one-​​two punch approach to per­son­al­ized medicine.

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Facebook’s new degrees of separation: Does it matter?

Last week the pop­ular social media plat­form reported that each of us is con­nected to everyone else not by six but just three and a half other people. North­eastern net­work the­o­rist Albert-​​László Barabási offers a more com­pre­hen­sive view: the number itself is a “toss up,” depending on the den­sity of the network.

Northeastern professor testifies at House hearing on countering terrorism financing

Nikos Passas, an inter­na­tional finan­cial crime expert, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday telling mem­bers of a House Finan­cial Ser­vices Com­mittee task force that the global threat of trade-​​based money laun­dering is serious but that effec­tive responses are within reach.

3Qs: When true crime becomes a pop culture phenomenon

On Wednesday, the man whose con­vic­tion was pro­filed on the hugely pop­ular “Serial” pod­cast, returns to court for a post-​​conviction hearing. Here, law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed, an expert in wrongful con­vic­tions, says that “Serial” and Making a Mur­derer have high­lighted some of the chief flaws in our crim­inal jus­tice system. But he also says that he is dis­mayed by how the pro­grams pre­sented their cases.

Northeastern achieves highest classification for research activity

In the new Carnegie Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Insti­tu­tions of Higher Edu­ca­tion released Tuesday, North­eastern is one of only 115 higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions nation­wide in the top tier for research activity. The clas­si­fi­ca­tion sig­nals the impact of the university’s strategic vision and invest­ments over the past 10 years that have ele­vated North­eastern into a pow­er­house on par with the nation’s elite research col­leges and universities.

Researchers’ preclinical trial upends conventional wisdom about responses to fear

North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology Rebecca Shansky pro­vides insights into new treat­ments for post-​​traumatic stress dis­order with a pre­clin­ical study that dis­tin­guishes how males and females respond to trau­matic events.

Doctoral student gets hands-​​on research experience in population health

Through Northeastern’s pop­u­la­tion health doc­toral pro­gram, Cas­sidy Griffin com­bines her doc­toral studies with research at MEDITECH, a Massachusetts-​​based health infor­ma­tion com­pany. In so doing, she is learning how to con­duct both dis­covery– and innovation-​​driven research on how pop­u­la­tion health and data ana­lytics can help orga­ni­za­tions improve effi­ciency and effec­tive­ness of health­care delivery.