What you may not know about vertical seawalls

Water­front home­owners’ efforts rep­re­sent hun­dreds of thou­sands of minia­ture con­ser­va­tion projects. Under­standing how they tick is essen­tial to urban coastal sus­tain­ability efforts, according to Steven Scyphers, a post-​​doctoral research fellow at Northeastern.

Brazil’s urban transformation ahead of the World Cup

Thomas Vicino, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, has received a U.S. Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship to con­duct research on the process of rapid urban­iza­tion and eco­nomic devel­op­ment plan­ning in Brazil, the site of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

A toolkit for a healthier population

North­eastern has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foun­da­tion to develop a com­pre­hen­sive user’s guide for population-​​based health met­rics, which can be applied to national pay­ment reform and pre­ven­ta­tive care efforts.

An aquatic adventure resurfaces

North­eastern research tech­ni­cian Sara Williams first heard of the under­water research habitat Aquarius as a young member of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Twelve years later, she’ll be leading a research project just out­side its doors.

Professor to lead U.S. biomaterials research society

Thomas Web­ster, pro­fessor and chair of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, has been named pres­i­dent of the U.S. Society for Bio­ma­te­rials, a 3,000-plus-member orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to enhancing human health and quality of life through bio­ma­te­rials research.

The secret life of serotonin

Post-​​doctoral researcher Chris Skip­with has received two pres­ti­gious fel­low­ships to develop nanosen­sors that detect sero­tonin and other small mol­e­cules in order to gain a better under­standing of their role in car­dio­vas­cular disease.

Wherefore art thou, dear zooplankton?

Grad­uate stu­dent Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in con­junc­tion with Mis­sion 31, a month­long under­water expe­di­tion led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zoo­plankton on coral reefs.