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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

3Qs: Banking on the body

Are body prod­ucts like blood, milk, and sperm mar­ketable com­modi­ties, gifts to help others, or both? Kara Swanson, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of law with exper­tise in the his­tory of sci­ence and med­i­cine, explains the ori­gins and con­se­quences of the debate in her new book “Banking on the Body.”