When healthy habits become risky business

People tend to adopt risky behav­iors after get­ting vac­ci­nated against trans­mis­sible dis­eases, but how does this behavior affect the spread of infec­tions? In new research, North­eastern fac­ulty are taking a closer look.

A tribute to the dream

In a cer­e­mony on Thursday after­noon fea­turing sev­eral moving per­for­mances and a con­ver­sa­tion with civil rights pio­neer Bob Moses, the North­eastern com­mu­nity hon­ored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and com­mem­o­rated the 50th anniver­sary of the Civil Rights Act.

3Qs: Boon or bubbles for U.S. economy in 2014?

What’s the U.S. eco­nomic out­look for this year? We asked John Kwoka, the Neal F. Finnegan Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics at North­eastern. One domestic factor he has his eye on—indications that new bub­bles are forming in the housing and stock markets.

The global water crisis

In the first ses­sion of the semester-​​long Open Class­room series on the world’s water crisis, Shafik Islam, the director of the Water Diplo­macy Ini­tia­tive at Tufts Uni­ver­sity, posed a chilling ques­tion: “Will water lead to war?”

3Qs: New ways to treat injuries like Gronk’s

Pro­fessor Thomas Web­ster, chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, is exploring nanomed­i­cine approaches that could have a major impact on healing sports injuries like those suf­fered by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his ACL and MCL.

The plight of the modern coalminer

Open-​​pit coalminers who drive heavy-​​duty vehi­cles face a unique brand of whole-​​body vibra­tion caused by oper­ating this equip­ment. Backed by a new grant from the Alpha Foun­da­tion, phys­ical therapy pro­fessor Jack Den­ner­lein will explore its effect on the body.

Northeastern celebrates Mandela’s life, legacy

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff gath­ered in the Sacred Space on Thursday after­noon to com­mem­o­rate the life and legacy of Nelson Man­dela, the former South African pres­i­dent and anti-​​apartheid icon who died last week at the age of 95.

Better strategies to treat dementia

Every dementia patient requires a nuanced form of care, according to Alice Bonner, a newly appointed asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Nursing and a leading expert in treating dementia.

The (second) life of an inventor

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering Con­stan­tinos Mavroidis cites Northeastern’s spirit of inno­va­tion as a cat­a­lyst for his recent elec­tion to the National Academy of Inventors.