Physics News

Professor Dagmar Sternad Selected This Year’s Robert D. Klein University Lecturer

March 31, 2014

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Robert D. Klein University Lectureship, Dagmar Sternad, Professor of Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics, has been selected as this year’s Robert D. Klein University Lecturer.

Physics Undergraduate James Maniscalco Receives a Hodgkinson Award

March 27, 2014

Congratulations to undergraduate senior James Maniscalco who has received a Hodgkinson Award this year.

Physics Undergrad Trithep Devakul Wins a 2014 President’s Award

March 26, 2014

Congratulations to Physics Undergrad Trithep Devakul who has won a 2014 President’s Award.

Physics Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

March 21, 2014

Congratulations to Gregory Allan (Electrical Engineering/Physics) and Tushar Swamy (Electrical Engineering/Physics) who have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships this year.

Does Big Data Have the Flu?

March 21, 2014

These days, when people start felling a fever a a sore throat coming on, often times their first move isn’t to the medicine cabinet. Instead, it’s to a computer or smartphone to Google their symptoms.

Physics Graduate Student Sujeet Akula Wins this Year’s Outstanding Student Award

March 20, 2014

Congratulations to Sujeet Akula for winning this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student award!

Northeastern Hosts the Boston Area QuarkNet Masterclass on Saturday

March 13, 2014

On Saturday, March 15, NU Physics will Host the Boston area QuarkNet Masterclass.

You Might Fly to Space Sooner than You Think

March 12, 2014

Physics Senior Justin Dowd is about to become one of the youngest people to fly to space in early 2015.

Where Art and Science Intersect

March 07, 2014

Botond Részegh and Albert-László Barabási share a singular history.

Brilliant and Motivated, but a good Hire?

February 25, 2014

The evidence is clear that Albert László Barabási, a world-renowned network scientist and Distinguished University Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, has enjoyed a successful career.

Particle Physics Goes Public

January 29, 2014

Ever since CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, opened its doors in 2008, researchers at its Hadron Collider have pushed for their results to be publicly accessible.

Bold Ideas Take Flight at TEDxNortheasternU

January 27, 2014
North­eastern senior Justin Dowd said a rev­o­lu­tion is coming in space flight—and he has a front row seat to prove it.

Assistant Professor Swastik Kar Receives NSF Career Award

December 12, 2013

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Swastik Kar who has received an NSF Career Award.

Tables Turn as Nature Imitates Art

December 10, 2013

There are examples of art imitating nature all around us–whether it’s Monet’s pastel Water Lilies or Chihuly’s glassblown Seaforms, the human conception of natural pehnomena dazzles but does not often surprise.

A New Way to Battle HIV

December 03, 2013
More than 35 mil­lion people around the world now live with HIV/ ​AIDS. While drug dis­covery efforts to combat the dis­ease have been suc­cessful, mul­tiple treat­ments are required because the virus mutates and develops resis­tance to indi­vidual drugs.

The Potential Pandemic

December 03, 2013
In 2011, sci­en­tists suc­cess­fully engi­neered a lethal avian flu virus to be trans­mis­sible between birds as well as mam­mals and pos­sibly humans.

Bonding Together to Fight HIV

November 25, 2013

A collaborative team led by a Northeastern University professor may have altered the way we look at drug development for HIV by uncovering some unusual properties of a human protein called APOBEC3G (A3G).

New Research Takes Aim at Heart’s ‘Safe Zone’

November 15, 2013
Sudden car­diac arrest is the leading cause of death in the indus­tri­al­ized world. How­ever, it’s not well under­stood and is chal­lenging to both pre­dict and effec­tively pre­vent, according to Alain Karma, Arts and Sci­ences Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Physics.

Assistant Professor Paul Whitford Receives NSF Career Award

November 14, 2013

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Paul Whitford who has received an NSF Career Award for $954K.

Dr. Tanmoy Das (PhD 2010) Receives an NERSC Award for High Impact Scientific Achievement – Early Career

October 31, 2013

Dr. Tanmoy Das receives an Early Career award from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).

The Social Network, Hungary-style

October 30, 2013

For every Hungarian living in Greater Boston, there are about 4,000 non-Hungarians. Despite its small size, however, the Hungarian community has formed a tight social network, according to recent research from Distinguished University Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and Ancsa Hannák, a doctoral candidate in network science.

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics Announced

November 08, 2013

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs.  Join us for the 2013 Nobel Prize Colloquium event with guest speaker Joseph Incandela on Friday, November 22 in SH 305.

A Kid in a Network Shop

September 25, 2013
There are some ques­tions that you don’t need to be a sci­en­tist to ask. You need to be a little kid,” said Baruch Barzel, a post-​​doctoral research asso­ciate at Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research.

Nanoparticles for Cancer Imaging: The Good, the Bad, and the Promise

September 11, 2013

Professors Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar’s ARL-funded (U.S. Army Research Laboratory) project on Graphene Bolometers was recently mentioned on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

Three Takes on Curing Disease

August 28, 2013

One of the world’s foremost network scientists, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Albert-László Barabási is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers on a quest to construct the human “diseaseome”–the sum of all human diseases and the ways they relate to one another.

Graduate Student Jinzhong Zhang Featured in Article on Data Mining for b-quarks

Physics graduate student Jinzhong Zhang was one of the young physicists featured in an article about Data Mining for b-quarks.

Toyoko Orimoto: Searching the Next Frontier

August 16, 2013
North­eastern Assis­tant Pro­fessor of Physics, Toyoko Ori­moto, works at the Large Hadron Col­lider at the Euro­pean Orga­ni­za­tion for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzer­land.

Local Bioterrorism as a Potential Global Threat

July 18, 2013
According to a new com­puter mod­eling research study from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani, when it comes to bioter­rorist attacks, “dis­eases have no bor­ders.”

A Pivotal Moment for Particle Physics

July 08, 2013
A search that began almost 50 years ago is finally coming to a close. “But this is just the begin­ning,” said North­eastern physics pro­fessor Emanuela Bar­beris.

What’s Next for Particle Physicists, Post-Higgs?

July 16, 2013
In March of last year, sci­en­tists working with the Large Hadron Col­lider at the Euro­pean Orga­ni­za­tion for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzer­land iden­ti­fied the Higgs boson, the last elu­sive par­ticle in the Stan­dard Model of physics.

A Wiring Diagram for Disease

July 15, 2013
The human genome is a vast parts list for the inner works of our biology. It codes for thou­sands of pro­teins that make us who we are and keep our bodies up and run­ning.

How to Quantify Success

June 18, 2013
A growing number of researchers have begun devel­oping cre­ative ways to mea­sure suc­cess from a quan­ti­ta­tive point of view, from ana­lyzing cita­tion pat­terns to number-​​crunching pres­i­den­tial elections.

Northeastern Launches Nation’s First Doctoral Program in Network Science

July 11, 2013
The pio­neering degree pro­gram, which will begin this fall, will focus on an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary field that seeks to under­stand the under­lying com­plexity of var­ious systems.

Professor Latika Menon Awarded Grant Funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

June 24, 2013

Congratulations to Professor Latika Menon who was awarded a grant for her project investigating an advanced filtration material that could potentially separate water from oil and other complex solutions.

Students Learn Research Skills Through Summer Program

June 07, 2013

How does sus­pense affect heart rate? Or what can be learned from mod­eling and ana­lyzing bacteria’s move­ments or exam­ining the dif­fer­ences in coor­di­na­tion due to hand dom­i­nance with and without visual feed­back?

Professor Alain Karma and Collaborators Publish Latest Findings Concerning the Process of Directional Solidification Aboard the International Space Station in Physical Review Letters

June 07, 2013

New research into how materials act in space could lead to improvements in the design of everyday objects.

An Innovation Ecosystem Drives Future for Nanomedicine

June 03, 2013

From tar­geted drug delivery mech­a­nisms to super­sen­si­tive imaging tech­niques, nan­otech­nology holds many promises for med­i­cine.

Professor Mark Williams Awarded $950K NSF Grant

May 30, 2013

The Williams lab was awarded a 5-year $950,000 NSF grant beginning March 1, 2013 to probe single molecule DNA-ligand interactions.

Rocket Competition

May 23, 2013

On Friday, May 17th, students from Northeastern’s chapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS) went up to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH for a rocket launch competition, organized by NU Physics and Dartmouth Faculty.

3Qs: What to Know About the New Bird Flu Virus

May 13, 2013

Ear­lier this month, the U.S. gov­ern­ment declared that the emerging H7N9 bird flu “poses a sig­nif­i­cant poten­tial for a public health emer­gency.”

The World’s Leading Science Cities

May 13, 2013

Science and technology are key drivers of economic growth. But where are the world’s leading science cities? A new study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports ranks the top cities for physics research around the world.

Developing Nanotechnologies to Improve Medical Care

May 07, 2013

Imagine having the ability to take a single pill, or have one injection, and be ready for an MRI, CT scan, and PET scan at the same time? Or have medication go directly to killing a tumor rather than traveling throughout the body first?

The One Billion Map

May 01, 2013

For a network scientist few things can be more exciting that when the US government commits $100 million a year for its most massive network mapping initiative ever: obtain a map of the connectome, a complete circuitry of the brain. The effort’s scale and complexity only compares to Google’s mighty operation to map out the WWW and Facebook’s ambition to map out the world’s social circuitry.

Person of the Week: Dr. Alessandro Vespignani

April 30, 2013

Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health Sciences, Alessandro Vespignani has been selected as MPHPProgramsList.com’s Person of the Week.

Prepare for Takeoff

April 26, 2013

A little over a year ago, Justin Dowd’s boss bought a pack of colored chalk to write the day’s specials on the wall. Little did he know, that chalk would change Dowd’s life forever. The Northeastern undergraduate, then a third-year studying physics, told me he’d always had a penchant for doodling and a minor love affair with Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Professors Srinivas Sridhar and Swastik Kar’s Graphene Bolometer Project Highlighted in Photonics Spectra

April 22, 2013

Short-, long- and mid-wave IR imaging helps defense agencies find targets and even
determine intent.

Large Hadron Collider and Dark Matter Brings Gregory Peim to Northeastern University

April 04, 2013

Gregory Peim is a graduate student pursuing a doctoral degree in physics, conducting research under the direction of Professor Pran Nath.

Physics Graduate Student Gregory Peim Wins this Year’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award

April 04, 2013

Congratulations to Gregory Peim for winning this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student award! Gregory will be will be recognized at the upcoming Northeastern University Academic Honors Convocation on April 18.

Apps, Co-ops, Startups, and Global Solutions: It’s RISE:2013

March 28, 2013

Ever walk by a con­struc­tion project in the city and wonder what the site will look like one day? Well, a team of seven seniors at North­eastern has cre­ated a new app for that.

Under the Hood of the Ribosome

March 26, 2013

We all know—generally speaking—how a car works: The gas pedal makes it go, the break pedal makes it stop, and the steering wheel deter­mines its course. But pop open the hood and you’ll find there’s a lot more nuance to those maneuvers.

Beauty, Simplicity, and Symmetry

March 26, 2013

If Einstein’s theory of relativity is wrong, then this whole thing we call the universe is either a dream or it works a lot differently than we suspected.

TEDx Talk: the Art of the Higgs Boson

March 26, 2013

Assistant Professor Toyoko Orimoto recently gave a TEDx talk at the University of Geneva.

A Burst for Bursts

February 21, 2013

The other day I starred the following headline in my RSS feed: “Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less.”

AAAS 2013: Predicting Human Behavior

February 21, 2013

If you’ve driven on the highway, you’ve seen it: The traffic jam appears out of nowhere and disappears just as mysteriously.

Complex Systems Made Simple

February 19, 2013

Just as the name implies, com­plex sys­tems are dif­fi­cult to tease apart.

Justin Dowd: A True Story of Dark Matter

February 19, 2013

The university is more than galaxies, stars, planets, and empty space.

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology is Coming to Visit Campus February 13, 2013

February 11, 2013

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology is coming to visit campus on Wednesday, February 13. Come hear about their graduate programs at 3:30 in 114 Richards.

Justin Dowd: A Way to be Happier

February 04, 2013

Get ready to find out new, scientifically fortified ways to increase happiness and productivity.

Justin Dowd: Astronaut Training in a Military Jet

January 25, 2013

Justin Dowd (BS Physics/Math ’13) won the Metro’s Race to Space contest last spring. See his astronaut training in a jet flight!

Justin Dowd: A True Story of Black Holes

January 25, 2013

Black holes are real. New discoveries show some influence entire galaxies.

Justin Dowd: A True Story of Love

January 07, 2013

MRIs are shedding light on romance.

3Qs: Doomsday Predictions Debunked

December 21, 2012

Assistant Professor Toyoko Orimoto says that we should be more concerned with climate change than judgement day.

Professor Alessandro Vespignani Elected President of the Complex Systems Society

December 21, 2012

The sci­ence of com­plex sys­tems was born in the mid-​​20th cen­tury, but it has only recently begun to mature into a research field with real-​​world rel­e­vance.

Justin Dowd: The True Story of Whale Brains

December 18, 2012

Humans may not be the first life forms on Earth to evolve love and language. Researchers recently discovered an abundance of rare neurons in several ocean mammals’ brains thought to exist only in primates.

New BS/PhD Program Offers Cheaper, Faster and Better Track to Research Career

December 14, 2012

A new Physics BS/PhD program allows Northeastern undergraduate physics majors to continue on to a PhD in physics.

A Better Brainwave Monitor

December 05, 2012

The elec­trical out­puts of the brain con­tain mas­sive amounts of infor­ma­tion that could be a pow­erful resource if we could fully tap into it.

Student and Advisor Team Up For Co-op Success

December 05, 2012

Mathew Chamberlain, a fifth year senior, chose to attend Northeastern University because of its co-op program, and he’s participated in two exciting opportunities because of it.

Laser Reveals the Hidden Lives of Biomolecules

December 05, 2012

All around and inside us, an elab­o­rate dance of mol­e­c­ular vibra­tions is con­stantly taking place.

Professor Paul Champion Elected as a 2012 Fellow of AAAS

December 03, 2012

Congratulations to Professor Paul Champion who was elected as a 2012 Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Justin Dowd: The True Story of Darkness

December 04, 2012

Darkness is an illusion produced by the mind. Your eyes detect a sliver of light shining in the surrounding world, like Alice viewing Wonderland through a keyhole.

Justin Dowd: The True Story of Extraterrestrial Life

November 19, 2012

SETI is a research project dedicated to finding proof of intelligent life in our galaxy.

Undergraduate Susie Nimitpattana Wins Provost Undergrad Research Award

November 19, 2012

Congratulations to Undergraduate Susie Nimitpattana who will receive a 2012/13 Provost Undergraduate Research Award.

J. Phys. A: Mathematical and Theoretical Publishes Special Issue in Honor of Emeritus Professor F Y Wu

November 14, 2012

J. Phys. A: Mathematical and Theoretical  has published a special issue dedicated to the latest research in lattice models and integrability in celebration of the 80th birthday of Emeritus Professor of Physics Fa Yueh (Fred) Wu.

Professor Mark Williams Elected as a 2012 Fellow of the American Physical Society

November 13, 2012

Congratulations to Professor Mark Williams who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society this year.

Justin Dowd: Race to Space – The True Story of Your Future

November 13, 2012

Do you know where you will be in three years? The material of living things, including you, originates from a surprising place.

Justin Dowd: Weird Science – Ironic Einstein

November 13, 2012

Fact: Time passes faster on the moon than on Earth. For every minute you experience, slightly more than a minute goes by on the moon.

Titania Nanotubes Go Commercial

November 13, 2012

Seven years ago, physics pro­fessor Latika Mennon’s first grad­uate stu­dent said he wanted to “change the world.”

Undergraduate Sean Malley Wins Provost Undergrad Research Award

November 13, 2012

Congratulations to Undergraduate Sean Malley who will receive a 2012/13 Provost Undergraduate Research Award.

Justin Dowd: The True Story of Today’s Sunlight

October 22, 2012

Ever feel like the sun is far away? Right now, no matter where you are or what time it is, trillions of particles are passing through your body that were in the center of the sun less than ten minutes ago.

Hunting for the Platypus Particle

October 12, 2012

Members of the Experimental Physics Group (Professors Emanuela Barberis and Darien Wood and graduate students Darin Baumgartel and David Nash) worked on a search for leptoquarks.

Network Science: Luck or Reason

September 26, 2012

Professor Albert-László Barabási’s network science commentary published in Nature.

Dynamics of Ranking Processes in Complex Systems – Paper Published in Physical Review Letters

September 26, 2012

The Barabasi group’s article, “Dynamics of Ranking Processes in Complex Systems” has been printed in Physics Review Letters.

Justin Dowd: The True Story of Gecko Feet

September 24, 2012

Your day-to-day life will soon be affected by the bottom of a gecko foot. When you hear atomic physics one of the last images in your mind would be a reptile.

Professor Meni Wanunu Receives $825K Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute

September 17, 2012

Northeastern University physics Prof. Meni Wanunu has received an $825,000 award from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)—an organization that supports the development of technologies to dramatically reduce the cost of DNA sequencing in an effort to broaden the applications of genomic information in medical research and health care.

Justin Dowd: True Story of Nature’s Chaos

September 10, 2012

What does your future have in common with your morning coffee, hurricanes, gambling, sports and the galaxy? All are intertwined by a mysterious property of nature called chaos.

In Memoriam – Eugene Saletan

September 07, 2012

Gene Saletan Physicist, teacher, writer, poet, translator, artist, linguist, drummer, trombonist, folk dancer, skier, airman, Gene Saletan lived many lives. Until his last days, he envisioned more work to do and new paths to follow, but he ran out of time. He died on July 3rd of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Undergraduate Justin Dowd Published his Next Column in the Boston Metro

August 27, 2012

Justin Dowd (Math/Physics ’13), winner of the the Metro newspaper’s Race to Space, has created another chalk animation to go with his latest column in the newspaper.

New Technologies Beget New Science

August 03, 2012

Digital Epidemiology is an emerging field that has been developing over the last five years as a result of the data influx coming from new media and digital electronic devices.

Congratuations to Dr. Tarek Ibrahim who was Awarded the Doctor of Science Degree (D.Sc.) by the University of Alexandria

July 31, 2012

Tarek Ibrahim who received his PhD in particle theory  at NU in 1998 was awarded the Doctor of Science degree (DSc) by the University of Alexandria on the recommendation of three Fellows of the Royal Society.

What is a Topological Insulator?

July 19, 2012

Professor Arun Bansil publishes two new articles about topological insulators in Nature Magazine.

Crystal and Graphene 2012 Meeting

July 16, 2012

The 2012 Crystal & Graphene Science Symposium 2012 is scheduled for September 5-6, 2012.

Observations of a New Particle Compatible with the Long-Sought Higgs Boson

July 05, 2012

The Higgs boson is a fundamental particle introduced by several physicists in the 1960s in the context of developing a theoretical model, the Standard Model Higgs field, which would explain why certain fundamental particles have mass and others do not. The Higgs boson itself is the only particle predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics that eluded experimental detection till now. Without a Higgs boson, or a similar particle, fundamental particles would not have mass and the world as we know would not exist. Physicists have been looking for the Higgs boson for more than two decades; starting with the LEP experiments at CERN in the 1990s; and then continuing with the Tevatron experiments at Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments at CERN.

Forecasting the Spread of Emerging Diseases

July 03, 2012

In this new video, Alessandro Vespignani, Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health Sciences, explains how network science can not only predict the path of virus before it spreads around the world, but can potentially prevent it.

Professor Arun Bansil and Researcher Dr. Hsin Lin Publishes a Paper in Nature Physics

June 28, 2012

Professor Arun Bansil and Research Associate Dr. Hsin Lin are authors to an article published in Nature Physics on spin degrees and phenomena on surfaces of topological materials.

Visiting Research Professor Oleg Batishchev Awarded $800,000 Grant from US Department of Defense

Congratulations to Visiting Research Professor Oleg Batishchev who has been awarded an $800,000 grant by the US Department of Defense to simulate space and ionospheric plasmas.

A New Model for our ‘Bursty Behavior’

It’s a rather unsur­prising idea: Humans do things in bursts of activity. “We do not do things uni­formly,” said Albert-​​László Barabási, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Physics with joint appoint­ments in the Col­lege of Sci­ence and the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence and founding director of Northeastern’s world-​​leading Center for Com­plex Net­work Research.

Magnetic Breakthrough May Have Signficant Pull

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers have designed a super-​​strong mag­netic mate­rial that may rev­o­lu­tionize the pro­duc­tion of mag­nets found in com­puters, mobile phones, elec­tric cars and wind-​​powered generators.

Nanotubes and Silicon: Unexpected Ingredients in a New Optical Device

“A lot of discoveries in laboratory are purely accidental,” said Swastik Kar, an assistant professor of physics in the College of Science.

Art + Science = Career

Senior physics major Emily Batt learned an impor­tant lesson by con­ducting research on melan­choly 17th-​​century monks for a directed study as an unde­clared freshman.

Chemotherapy From the Inside Out

Physics Professor Sri Sridhar is joining forces with Dana Farber Cancer Institute to develop nanotechnology that will improve the way prostate cancer is treated.

Congratulations to Physics Undergrad Justin Dowd

Justin Dowd (Physics ’13) wins the Metro’s Race for Space contest.

Physics Undergrad Justin Dowd US Finalist in Metro’s Race to Space

Congratulations to fourth-year Justin Down who was selected as the US finalist in the Metro’s Race to Space.

Professor Swastik Kar Awarded $308K NSF Grant

Prof. Swastik Kar has been awarded a grant of $308,907 by the National Science Foundation to support a program to investigate and develop high performance photoswitches using carbon nanotube – Si heterojunctions for optoelectronic logic devices,. This is a 3-year award starting May, 2012. Prof. Young J. Jung of MIE department is the Co-PI on this award.

Physics Undergrad Selected as this Year’s Student Commencement Speaker and One of NU’s Most Influential Seniors

Congratulations to Undergraduate Senior Emily Batt (Physics ’12) who has been selected as this year’s commencement speaker.

Paper by Physics Faculty Listed Among Hottest Articles 2011 in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

Congratulations to Professors Don Heiman and Sri Sridhar and Research Associate Dattatri Nagesha.

Gene Sequencing at Warp Speed

One million vocalists singing the same song will sound cacophonous to an audience member if the singers belt out the tune at different tempos.

“But if you’re listening to one person sing, and he changes his tempo, you’re still going to stay in tune with him,” said Assistant Professor Meni Wanunu.

Mapping the Depths of the Earth

As they drove through the Okavengo Delta in Botswana, a team of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) scientists and three Northeastern physics students encountered a wild elephant attempting to protect his home from the unlikely intruders.

What is Network Science?

Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási discusses Network Science…

Laser Show—for a Cure

The naturally occurring antibiotic Actinomycin D (ActD) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a chemotherapy drug in 1964 and has been widely used for nearly 50 years to treat a variety of tumor types. Since then, scientists have discovered that ActD works by blocking DNA transcription, the process that transcribes DNA into RNA, a macromolecule that codes for the proteins necessary for cell survival.

3Qs: Physicists Push for Underground Testing Facility

Pran Nath, the Matthews Distinguished Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, is among a group of leading theoretical physicists who have asked the Department of Energy to develop a large underground neutrino facility to maintain U.S. leadership in the frontier of particle physics.

Forecasting the Spread of Emerging Diseases

If we can forecast the path of a hurricane or even the trajectory of a subatomic particle, why shouldn’t we also be able to forecast the spread of an emerging disease? That is the question Alessandro Vespignani, who was installed as Northeastern University’s Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of Physics on Tuesday in the Raytheon Amphitheater, began asking 10 years ago.

Adding the Flavor to Food Science

North American and Western European cuisines tend to use ingredients that share flavor compounds, while East Asian and Southern European cuisines tend to avoid ingredients that share flavor compounds, according to a study by Northeastern University network scientists.

3Qs: Searching for the “Holy Grail” of Physics

Researchers at CERN report they are closer to discovering the Higgs boson. The research team at CERN, includes NU graduate student David Nash, undergraduate co-op student Edward Vaisman, post-doctoral research Daniele Trocino, and physics professors George Alverson, Emanuela Barberis, and Darien Wood.

Undergraduates Mathew Chamberlain and Leo Byun Take the Bronze Medal in this Year’s University Physics Competition

Congratulations to Mathew Chamberlaina nd Leo Byun who were awarded the bronze medal in the second annual University Physics Competition.

Magnetic Breakthrough May Have Significant Pull

Northeastern University researchers have designed a super-strong magnetic material that may revolutionize the production of magnets found in computers, mobile phones, electric cars and wind-powered generators.

Research Partnership to Focus on Infrared Imaging

The Electronic Materials Reserach Institute (eMRI) at Northeastern University has signed a three-year cooperative research agreement with the United States Army Research Laboratory at Adelphi, Md., to design graphene-based technology for use in low-cost infrared imaging applications for the military.

Professor Arun Bansil Receives $1M Grant from the Department of Energy

Professor Arun Bansil has received a three-year, $1M grant from the US Department of Energy to develop the next generation...

World-Renowned Statistical Physicist Alessandro Vespignani Elected to the Academy of Europe

World-renowned statistical physicist Alessandro Vespignani has been elected to the physics and engineering sciences branch of the Academy of Europe for his research on the spread of epidemics.

Undergraduate Emily Batt Wins NU COS Co-op Expo

Congratulations to Physics major Emily Batt who came in first place at the first annual COS Co-op Expo. Emily was one of 16 students who presented their work and research from their co-op jobs.

World-renowned Statistical Physicist Alessandro Vespignani has Conducted Landmark Research on the Spread of Viruses

World-renowned statistical physicist Alessandro Vespignani is the weatherman of network science.

NSF $1.8M Interdisciplinary Grant Awarded to NU Professors

Physics Professor Alessandro Vespignani and Political Science Professor David Lazer have been awarded a $1.8M interdisciplinary grant from NSF to study independent networks in the context of socio-technical systems.

Argonne National Labs Highlight a New Technique Developed at Northeastern

Argonne National Lab and the Journal of Chemical Physics have highlighted a new technique developed by Professor Tim Sage and his team.  This technique provides crucial information on the vibrational dynamics of hemes and heme proteins.

NU Physicists in Outreach to Local High Schools

Professor George Alverson met this week with local high school physics teachers to help test and revise the Quarknet Masterclass exercise, which will be used this spring nation-wide.

Article Published in Nature is a Major Breakthorough in Cuprate Superconductivity

Ginestra Bianconi, an assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University, was part of a team of scientists who discovered an innovative way of using external stimuli, such as x-rays, to bring disorganized oxygen atoms to a state of equilibrium in only one day—a process that would normally take months to accomplish.

Co-op in Geneva, Switzerland

Edward Vaisman (Class of 2012) is a dual major in Electrical engineering and Physics who doing a co-op in Geneva, Switzerland.

CMS Submits 100th Paper

The CMS collaboration, represented at Northeastern by Professors George Alverson, Emanuela Barberis, and Darien Wood, and others, submitted its one-hundredth physics paper for publication.

Network Scientists at Northeastern and Collaborators Create First Large-Scale Map of a Plant’s Protein Network

Network scientists at Northeastern University have collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues in cell biology and interactive data acquisition to create the first large-scale map of a plant’s protein network.

Professor Pran Nath Weighs in on Clash over New Physics

Physics Professor Pran Nath is quoted in a recent Nature article about the CDF and DZero results at Fermilab.