A simpler way to treat cancer

New research co-​​authored by pro­fessor Vladimir Torchilin and pub­lished in the journal Nature Med­i­cine on Sunday presents a straight­for­ward approach to destroying cancer cells that com­bines tra­di­tional strate­gies in a novel and syn­er­gistic way.

Northeastern awarded NIH grant to study links between contaminants, preterm birth

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a five-​​year, $13.5 mil­lion award from the National Insti­tutes of Health to con­tinue its inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, multi-​​university inves­ti­ga­tion into the com­plex rela­tion­ship between envi­ron­mental con­t­a­m­i­na­tion and preterm birth.

Student project targets memory impairment

For its senior cap­stone project, a team of engi­neering stu­dents devel­oped a pro­gram using Google Glass. The stu­dents say it could help memory-​​impaired indi­vid­uals iden­tify people they come in con­tact with and per­form daily tasks.

3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

A new policy from the National Insti­tutes of Health will require all bio­med­ical research funded by the NIH to be gender bal­anced. Here, Rebecca Shanksy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology whose research is focused in this space, dis­cusses the impli­ca­tions of the decision.

3Qs: Net neutrality—what does it all mean?

Law pro­fessor Michael Ben­nett, whose research is at the nexus of law and tech­nology, weighs in on what the FCC chairman’s recent pro­posal means for net neu­trality and Internet traffic speeds, as well as why the impli­ca­tions of soci­etal igno­rance of how tech­nolo­gies work.

Three students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

Doc­toral stu­dents Allison Matzelle, Jen­nifer Morales, and Tanya Rogers have been named 2014 grad­uate research fel­lows by the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. The pro­gram sup­ports out­standing grad­uate stu­dents in NSF-​​supported sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math­e­matics disciplines.

Can current stimulate smarts?

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers are part of an inter­na­tional, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary
 team exploring a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind approach to improve human intel­li­gence by stim­u­lating the 
brain with low-​​level tran­scra­nial cur­rent applied to the scalp.


Better science for better fisheries management

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Jon Grabowski, an expert in marine sci­ence and fish­eries and a member of the New Eng­land Fishery Man­age­ment Council’s Habitat Plan Devel­op­ment Team, is working with fish­eries sci­en­tists and man­agers to develop tools that will enhance fish­eries habitat management.

A course correction for transportation thinking

Pro­fessor Tim Cress­well has received a $1 mil­lion grant to build upon his work in mobility theory by exam­ining urban trans­porta­tion infra­struc­tures and trends in 14 coun­tries. The goal is to under­stand how cur­rent and emerging ideas influ­ence a larger global dis­cus­sion around mobility in areas such as policy, health, secu­rity, sus­tain­ability, and social justice.

Members of Congress visit Marine Science Center

U.S. Reps. John Tierney and Katherine Clark, as well as staff mem­bers from U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Eliz­a­beth Warren’s offices, vis­ited Northeastern’s unique urban coastal research facility in Nahant on Wednesday to learn more about the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary work taking place there.