3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

International co-​​op boosts student’s interest in sustainability

Marley Kimelman, S/SSH’18, recently returned from a co-​​op in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked for the city on var­ious green ini­tia­tives and revi­tal­ized a stag­nant water her­itage project.

To battle natural hazards, interdisciplinary research team turns to resilient, sustainable buildings

A team of North­eastern researchers has received a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant to develop a deci­sion frame­work for designing build­ings that are both resilient and sus­tain­able in the face of mul­tiple envi­ron­mental haz­ards like earth­quakes, flooding, and heavy winds.

Research, entrepreneurship at Northeastern celebrated at RISE:2015

Stu­dents and fac­ulty across many dis­ci­plines pre­sented their schol­arly research, inno­v­a­tive thinking, and entre­pre­neurial endeavors at the annual expo, where many young researchers were hon­ored with pres­ti­gious awards.

Looking ahead: Social movements in 2015

Marches and demon­stra­tions aimed at shaping the con­ver­sa­tion around race and social inequal­i­ties cap­tured the nation’s atten­tion in 2014. Here, North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Sarah Jackson talks about what we’ve learned from recent activism and what we might expect in 2015.

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A global network for marine sustainability

In this guest blog post to iNSo­lu­tion, Jen­nifer Mocarski, who works in Northeastern’s Urban Coastal Sus­tain­ability Ini­tia­tive, writes about INSHORE, a newly formed global net­work of marine sci­en­tists. Ear­lier this […]

Skateboard venture is on the incline

One year since embarking on a mis­sion to elim­i­nate ocean plastic pol­lu­tion, Bureo Skate­boards has now sold 2,000 boards, part­nered with Patag­onia, and estab­lished key rela­tion­ships with Chile’s fishing community.

How does marine life survive climate extremes?

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a four-​​year, $1.2 mil­lion grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to develop new ways to study how marine organ­isms respond to cli­mate related severe tem­per­a­ture stress.

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.

Where are the whales?

New research from Purnima Ratilal, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering whose exper­tise is in under­water acoustic sensing methods, pro­vides high-​​resolution local­iza­tion data of sperm whales swim­ming in shallow con­ti­nental shelf waters.

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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 […]

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.

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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 […]

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.

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.

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.

Better science for better fisheries management

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor Jon Grabowski, an expert in marine sci­ence and fish­eries and a member of the New Eng­land Fishery Man­age­ment Council’s Habitat Plan Devel­op­ment Team, is working with fish­eries sci­en­tists and man­agers to develop tools that will enhance fish­eries habitat management.

How climate talks can be more successful

New research from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity phi­los­ophy pro­fes­sors sug­gests that global cli­mate nego­ti­a­tions would be more suc­cessful if coun­tries worked together out­side of global bar­gaining venues.

The law’s role in supporting sustainable cities

At a recent con­fer­ence at Northeastern’s School of Law, former Envi­ron­mental Pro­tec­tion Agency admin­is­trator Carol Browner said his­tory and nature can help guide cities in finding inter­dis­ci­pli­nary solu­tions to chal­lenges in urban sustainability.

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The oyster doctors hit the silver screen

Last May I posted about a very cool sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion project from Ran­dall Hughes and David Kimbro, both assis­tant pro­fes­sors of marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence. Before they came to North­eastern a […]

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.

Northeastern ranked America’s greenest university

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity con­tinues to gain recog­ni­tion for its long-​​standing com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability, placing first among Amer­ican uni­ver­si­ties and third overall world­wide in this year’s Green­Metric Ranking of World Uni­ver­si­ties.

Nobel laureate to join Northeastern faculty

Sir Richard Roberts, a Nobel lau­reate and glob­ally rec­og­nized leader in genomics and mol­e­c­ular biology, has joined the uni­ver­sity as a Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Science.

Robotic inspectors on disaster duty

Jerry Hajjar, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is helping to design an autonomous low-​​flying vehicle capable of under­standing and pre­dicting struc­tural damage in unsafe and remote loca­tions fol­lowing dis­aster events and for longterm maintenance.

Global ecology as the next grand strategy

Retired Marine Colonel Mark Myk­leby said at a lec­ture at North­eastern on Tuesday that the nation’s biggest problem is global unsus­tain­ability and it will take behav­ioral change, not national strategy, to fix it.

From plastic pollution to sustainable skateboards

An orga­ni­za­tion co-​​founded by North­eastern alumnus Ben Knep­pers has sup­port from ven­ture accel­er­ator pro­grams at North­eastern and in Chile to turn trash from the South Amer­ican country’s com­mu­ni­ties and coast­line into a sus­tain­able business.