Northeastern announces year-​​end award winners

A score of stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff will be rec­og­nized for their impres­sive achieve­ments at the Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion, which will be held in the Blackman Audi­to­rium on April 23. Here’s a com­pre­hen­sive list of the honorees.

Research, entrepreneurship at Northeastern celebrated at RISE:2015

Stu­dents and fac­ulty across many dis­ci­plines pre­sented their schol­arly research, inno­v­a­tive thinking, and entre­pre­neurial endeavors at the annual expo, where many young researchers were hon­ored with pres­ti­gious awards.

Should human organs be for sale?

I’m not arguing that all body prod­ucts should be col­lected and dis­trib­uted in the same way,” says Kara Swanson, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, “but I think that his­tory sug­gests that we would be well-​​served by set­ting aside our instinc­tive fear of paid body prod­ucts as an his­toric artifact.”

Communication devices ‘enable’ children with disabilities

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty have com­bined their knowl­edge of engi­neering and phys­ical therapy to design, develop, and then deliver two low-​​cost com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices to dis­abled kids living at a pair of orphan­ages in Ecuador.

Campus forum analyzes Paris attacks

Five North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary forum exam­ining January’s attacks in Paris and their place in the larger con­text of con­flicts, ter­rorism, free speech, and inequality.

Northeastern researchers find inhaling supplemental oxygen can awaken anti-​​tumor cells

Immuno­phys­i­ology researcher Michail Sitkovsky and his col­leagues have found that sup­ple­mental oxy­gena­tion could dra­mat­i­cally increase the sur­vival rate of patients with cancer. The break­through find­ings were pub­lished Wednesday in Sci­ence Trans­la­tional Med­i­cine.

Climate models suggest major changes in coastal marine ecosystems

By the end of the 21st cen­tury, cli­mate change will sig­nif­i­cantly alter an impor­tant oceano­graphic process that reg­u­lates the pro­duc­tivity of fish­eries and marine ecosys­tems, North­eastern researchers report in a new paper in Nature. These changes are likely to influ­ence the geo­graphic dis­tri­b­u­tion of marine biodiversity.

Language study offers new twist on mind-​​body connection

Research from North­eastern pro­fessor of psy­chology Iris Berent and her col­leagues finds that spoken lan­guage and motor sys­tems are intri­cately linked—though not in the way that has been widely believed.

Looking ahead: Social movements in 2015

Marches and demon­stra­tions aimed at shaping the con­ver­sa­tion around race and social inequal­i­ties cap­tured the nation’s atten­tion in 2014. Here, North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Sarah Jackson talks about what we’ve learned from recent activism and what we might expect in 2015.

Northeastern joins new research center on healthy aging

Terry Fulmer, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, will lead Northeastern’s team involved in a new multi-​​university con­sor­tium, which focuses on healthy aging and inno­v­a­tive approaches to help middle-​​aged and older adults lead a more active lifestyle.

SOTU language analysis reveals history’s ‘twists and turns’

Ben Schmidt, an assis­tant pro­fessor of his­tory and a core fac­ulty member in the NU Lab for Texts, Maps, and Net­works, con­ducted a word-​​by-​​word analysis of Pres­i­dent Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

Groundbreaking Northeastern research sweeps the globe

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Kim Lewis and his team’s pio­neering research pre­senting a new antibi­otic that kills pathogens without encoun­tering any detectable resis­tance has cap­tured head­lines world­wide and drawn wide­spread praise from the sci­en­tific community.

Students’ tech-​​based proposals ‘enable’ elderly and severely disabled

Stu­dents in the “Enabling Engi­neering” tech­nical elec­tive recently pre­sented their design pro­posals to fac­ulty, peers, and project men­tors. The epony­mous stu­dent group may bring all of them to fruition.

A weekend to remember

North­eastern cel­e­brated Parent and Family Weekend, as stu­dents, their fam­i­lies, and the rest of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity came together to expe­ri­ence a host of exciting campus events.

Study: some online shoppers pay more than others

A new study co-​​authored by a team of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty and stu­dents has found numerous instances of price steering and dis­crim­i­na­tion on many pop­ular e-​​commerce retail and travel web­sites. That’s not nec­es­sarily a bad thing, they say—so long as the com­pa­nies are transparent.

A simulation game to help people prep for court

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is devel­oping an online sim­u­la­tion game that would pro­vide self-​​represented lit­i­gants with advo­cacy expe­ri­ence before they appear in court for legal pro­ceed­ings such as evic­tions, mort­gage fore­clo­sures, and debt col­lec­tion cases.