A simpler way to test for water pollution

Assis­tant pro­fessor Loretta Fer­nandez has devel­oped a straight­for­ward method for deter­mining the con­cen­tra­tion of con­t­a­m­i­nants likely to end up in the tis­sues of organ­isms living in pol­luted waterways.

Live from the seafloor, it’s Mission 31!

Last week, North­eastern researchers were joined by Provost and Senior Vice Pres­i­dent for Aca­d­emic Affairs Stephen W. Director to con­verse with audi­ence mem­bers at the Boston Museum of Sci­ence from a unique van­tage point: the bottom of the ocean at the Aquarius Reef Base off Florida’s coast.

Hot and bothered: climate change and the ecology of fear

When ani­mals must bal­ance the fear of being eaten with their own need to feed, their deci­sions affect the whole ecosystem. New research from North­eastern pro­fessor Geoff Trussell, who directs Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, sug­gests this effect is even more pro­nounced under future cli­mate change scenarios.

Take 5: A ‘Nor’Easter’ on Florida’s tropical shores?

North­eastern marine sci­ence pro­fes­sors Brian Hel­muth and Mark Pat­terson dis­cuss the deci­sion for North­eastern to join forces with Mis­sion 31, the month­long under­water expe­di­tion off the Florida coast and headed by Fabien Cousteau.

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.