Northeastern secures academic partnerships for co-​​ops, research in Cuba

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has signed agree­ments with insti­tu­tions in Cuba offi­cially estab­lishing part­ner­ships that will lead to a range of new aca­d­emic opportunities—from global co-​​ops to research—for North­eastern stu­dents and faculty.

Do you know what’s in your drinking water?’

New fac­ulty member Ameet Pinto, assis­tant pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is working to answer that ques­tion. Specif­i­cally, his research focuses on the role of micro­bial organ­isms in drinking water and how they con­tinue to sur­vive today’s exhaus­tive water treat­ment processes.

And the winners are…

The breadth and depth of Northeastern’s research and entre­pre­neurial spirit was on full dis­play Thursday at RISE:2016, the university’s Research, Inno­va­tion, and Schol­ar­ship Expo. Industry leaders judged some 400 projects, which detailed the work of more than 900 North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty. The judges sub­mitted their rat­ings and the top award win­ners were rec­og­nized at an after­noon recep­tion in East Village.

Good things come in small packages

Pic­ture this: A sensor the size of two match­sticks side-​​by-​​side that can detect a bac­te­rial infec­tion in two min­utes flat. It would quickly enable health-​​care providers to admin­ister an antibi­otic that tar­gets the spe­cific bug rather than a broad-​​spectrum drug that could be hit-​​or-​​miss. That describes the mind-​​boggling research project that Daniel Ost­berg, E’20, dis­played in Inno­va­tion Alley at RISE:2016.

Northeastern joins innovative food systems collaborative

In recog­ni­tion of its forward-​​thinking approach to food, North­eastern Dining was invited to join the Menus of Change Uni­ver­sity Research Col­lab­o­ra­tive, which pro­motes inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research and prac­tice to offer healthier, more sus­tain­able menus in dining halls across the country.

Doctoral student gets hands-​​on research experience in population health

Through Northeastern’s pop­u­la­tion health doc­toral pro­gram, Cas­sidy Griffin com­bines her doc­toral studies with research at MEDITECH, a Massachusetts-​​based health infor­ma­tion com­pany. In so doing, she is learning how to con­duct both dis­covery– and innovation-​​driven research on how pop­u­la­tion health and data ana­lytics can help orga­ni­za­tions improve effi­ciency and effec­tive­ness of health­care delivery.