Faculty: welcome to the DSC

The Dig­ital Schol­ar­ship Com­mons, which opened ear­lier this semester at Snell Library, serves as a ded­i­cated meeting space for fac­ulty and doc­toral stu­dents to access a range of high-​​level ser­vices for dig­ital schol­ar­ship, teaching, and research.

Why bacteria are beautiful, and why we need them

Nobel lau­reate Sir Richard Roberts, recently appointed Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Sci­ence, dis­cussed his love for bac­teria and their sym­biosis with people on Monday after­noon at his inau­gural lec­ture, after which he con­versed with Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun.

When smaller is better

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences Tania Konry has devel­oped a system that effi­ciently tests for a wide range of bio­log­ical spec­i­mens. Whether you’re looking for com­plex cancer cell bio­markers in a sample or simple bac­teria in drinking water, the system costs sig­nif­i­cantly less than stan­dard approaches and spits out results in a frac­tion of the time.

Does Big Data have the flu?

In response to rev­e­la­tions of fail­ures in the Google Flu Trends’ pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers exam­ined how Big Data can best be uti­lized for sci­en­tific gain in a report pub­lished online on Thursday in the journal Science.

3Qs: Who’s got your digital dossier?

North­eastern mobile sys­tems expert David Choffnes says data bro­kering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third par­ties, has blos­somed into a viable industry and is the reason many pop­ular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their per­sonal infor­ma­tion is shared.

Magic and symmetry in mathematics

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity asso­ciate pro­fessor of math­e­matics Ivan Loseu was named a Sloan 2014 Research Fellow for his con­tri­bu­tions to the field of rep­re­sen­ta­tion theory, a sophis­ti­cated branch of algebra.

The dark side of fair play

Spite is a puz­zling human behavior that seem­ingly affords no value to its owner. But new research from assis­tant pro­fessor of phi­los­ophy Rory Smead reveals that spite­ful­ness may actu­ally be the unlikely origin of the kindly act of fairness.

Tweets of the Week: March 3–6

The Empower cam­paign, Alter­na­tive Spring Break, fac­ulty research, and more rea­sons why stu­dents “heart” co-​​​​op were among our selec­tions for tweets from and about the North­eastern com­mu­nity this week. Building sus­tain­able … read more »

Your face says it all? Not so fast

New research from Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Psy­chology Lisa Feldman Barrett’s lab refutes a decades-​​old belief in emo­tion science—that emo­tions are uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized across people and cultures.

3Qs: Drug diagnosis

Chem­istry and chem­ical biology pro­fessor John R. Engen uses a novel tech­nique to ana­lyze large, com­plex bio­phar­ma­ceu­tical drugs—which could have major impli­ca­tions for health­care and its asso­ci­ated costs.

New tools to get your smartphone up to speed

Dave Choffnes, an assis­tant pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, is devel­oping pro­grams that incen­tivize smart­phone users to share their data in order to improve the mobile Internet expe­ri­ence while still pro­tecting their privacy.