2014: Year in Review

In 2014, news@Northeastern brought to you some of the most exciting sto­ries about our people. Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff excelled at breaking new ground in and out of class­rooms and research labs. Entre­pre­neurs and sci­en­tists inno­vated across dis­ci­plines. Stu­dents trav­eled the world to push the bound­aries of expe­ri­ence. Alumni showed pride and pas­sion in sup­port of their alma mater. And we were proud to share their sto­ries. Here are some of our—and your—favorites from 2014.

State of Northeastern: ‘Never been stronger’

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun on Wednesday declared that North­eastern is stronger than ever, rec­og­nized the accom­plish­ments of “unsung heroes” in the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity, and revealed the out­come of the North­eastern GO stu­dent co-​​op contest.

Big Data, innovative research

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern fac­ulty and stu­dents led inter­ac­tive demos and pre­sen­ta­tions show­casing research projects that leverage Big Data at the university’s sixth Pop Up Open Lab Expe­ri­ence and Recep­tion on Monday.

New research offers hope in treating sleeping sickness

The neglected trop­ical dis­ease affects tens of thou­sands of people and is mostly fatal. Now, new research co-​​authored by North­eastern chem­istry pro­fessor Michael Pol­lastri has iden­ti­fied hun­dreds of chem­ical com­pounds that could lead to a cure.

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.

What’s wiping out the Caribbean corals?

Sarah Gignoux-​​Wolfsohn and Felicia Aronson, two student-​​researchers at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, turned to crowd­funding to sup­port their work on exam­ining white-​​band dis­ease, which has killed up to 95 per­cent of the Caribbean’s reef building corals.

Blog:  iNSolution

Some scientists have all the fun

Some sci­en­tists get to have all the fun. Last week my col­league Joan Lynch and I made the trip up to Nahant to visit with a team of marine researchers based at […]