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.

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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 […]

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Guest Post: Inside the NASA Langley Research Center

This is a guest blog post by Craig Schmidt, a fourth-​​​​year under­grad­uate stu­dent in the Col­lege of Engi­neering and recip­ient of the pres­ti­gious Ver­tical Flight Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship. This summer he’s participating […]

Lobsterwoman turned marine biologist fishes for answers

North­eastern grad­uate stu­dent Marissa McMahan is mar­shaling her sci­en­tific training and her family’s con­nec­tion to the Maine lob­ster industry to research the black sea bass’ northern range expan­sion due to cli­mate change.

Alum earns entrepreneurship award for startup

North­eastern post­doc­toral researcher Asan­terabi Malima, PhD’13, received the Entre­pre­neurial Award during Mass­a­chu­setts’ cel­e­bra­tion of Africa Week in recog­ni­tion of his founding a biotech firm and devel­oping a device that enables early, low-​​cost dis­ease detection.

Northeastern partners on Boston’s new Alzheimer’s initiative

Alice Bonner, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of nursing at North­eastern and a national leader in Alzheimer’s dis­ease care research, will lead the university’s efforts as part of an ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­viding more sup­port ser­vices to people with Alzheimer’s and their fam­i­lies and raising aware­ness about the impor­tance of early detection.

The future’s most pressing energy questions

Top researchers, entre­pre­neurs, scholars, and pol­i­cy­makers from Mass­a­chu­setts and Switzer­land con­vened at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity on Friday for an energy summit, where par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed inno­va­tions and strate­gies to address cli­mate change and a range of other global energy challenges.

From stronger Kevlar to better biology

With sup­port from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, assis­tant pro­fessor Mar­ilyn Minus will apply her research into designing mate­rials stronger than Kevlar to create better syn­thetic col­lagen fibers and flame-​​retardant coatings.

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Probing for pollution at Mission 31

When North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Loretta Fer­nandez was a kid, she “wanted to be Jacques Cousteau” (her words, her emphasis). She wanted to live on The Calypso, the boat from which […]

Highway of dreams for microbiologists

A few years ago, biol­o­gists Slava Epstein and Yoshiteru Aoi fan­ta­sized about a device that would work like a highway lane clo­sure to iso­late pure bac­te­rial sam­ples from the envi­ron­ment. They teamed with assis­tant pro­fessor of chem­ical engi­neering Ed Goluch to make their dream a reality.

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.

How culture and history influence vaccination decisions

The rea­sons Eastern Euro­peans have either accepted or steered clear of the HPV vac­cine are com­plex, nuanced, and depend on a variety of soci­etal fac­tors, according to new research North­eastern asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor Irina Todorova and her colleagues.

The King of queen bees

Biology major Lena King was cap­ti­vated the first time she saw an open bee hive. On co-​​op at a Boston-​​based bee­keeping com­pany, she’s observing the world of the queen bee and researching ways to help hon­ey­bees survive.

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.

An aquatic adventure resurfaces

North­eastern research tech­ni­cian Sara Williams first heard of the under­water research habitat Aquarius as a young member of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Twelve years later, she’ll be leading a research project just out­side its doors.

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.

The secret life of serotonin

Post-​​doctoral researcher Chris Skip­with has received two pres­ti­gious fel­low­ships to develop nanosen­sors that detect sero­tonin and other small mol­e­cules in order to gain a better under­standing of their role in car­dio­vas­cular disease.

Wherefore art thou, dear zooplankton?

Grad­uate stu­dent Amanda Dwyer will lead a research project in con­junc­tion with Mis­sion 31, a month­long under­water expe­di­tion led by Fabien Cousteau, in which she’ll examine the dynamics of zoo­plankton on coral reefs.

A simpler way to treat cancer

New research co-​​authored by pro­fessor Vladimir Torchilin and pub­lished in the journal Nature Med­i­cine on Sunday presents a straight­for­ward approach to destroying cancer cells that com­bines tra­di­tional strate­gies in a novel and syn­er­gistic way.