Serendipity has as much a place in science as in love. That’s what Northeastern physicists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar found during their four-year project to modify graphene.
What does it take to push the boundaries on the known facts of what the universe is made up of?
When it came time to choose a college, Nick DePorzio found a piece of information that solidified his choice to attend Northeastern.
Congratulations to Nick DePorzio (Physics ’16) who has been elected the SPS National Council position of Associated Zone Councilor.
The 1st annual Nanomedicine Day will be held on June 15 from 12-4:30 in 450 Dodge Hall.
The May 22nd Edition of Fermilab Today Includes an Article on the Work Done by Professor Darien Wood, Dr. Daniele Trocino, and Dr. Matt Chasco on the Production of Pairs of Z BosonsMay 22, 2015
Most everyday phenomena, from magnetism to the chemical processes of life, are due to exchanges of photons.
At the latest installment of the “Minds over Matters: NUterm Faculty Speaker Series,” Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor Alessandro Vespignani described how his lab is able to predict the spread of a disease by tracking one person.
Congratuations to Physics undergrads Nicholas DePorzio, Trithep Devakul, Marco Muzio, Alexander Piers and Tushar Swamy, winners of the President’s Awards, the Condit Awards, and a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention.
In an effort to visually represent just how easily a disease can spread across the globe, researchers at Northeastern’s MoBS Lab looked to a mode of transportation that makes it relatively easy to get around: a subway system.
On Saturday, March 14, 2015, Northeastern’s Physics Department hosted this year’s Boston area QuarkNet Masterclass.
Congratulations to Joseph Larkin on being awarded Best Poster at the 2015 Biophysical Society Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Physics Grad Student Michelle Jamer is the 2015 Recipient of the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship AwardDecember 16, 2014
Congratulations to physics graduate student Michelle Jamer, who has won the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Latika Menon who has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Professor Alessandro Vespignani’s MoBS Lab Co-Develops a Web Tool to Track News and Discussions on Ebola in Real TimeNovember 06, 2014
As the global Ebola crisis continues to evolve, each day brings new updates and news on the situation, from health officials investigating a potential new case in the U.S. to government leaders discussing response plans.
In one section of Snell’s Library’s Digital media Commons on Monday afternoon, a large computer screen displayed a dazzling visualization of a hypothetical outbreak of a flu-like disease originating in Chicago.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Northeastern University has developed a novel method for controllably constructing precise inter-nanotube junctions and a variety of nanocarbon structures in carbon nanotube arrays.
Congratulations to Professor Latika Menon who was awarded a patent discovering a low-cost route for the synthesis of titania nanotubes.
Northeastern University has received a five-year, $1.15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to train the next generation of cancer nanomedicine scientists and clinicians through a unique experiential learning program.
Physics Professor Srinivas Sridhar has received a $1.15 million grant titled “CaNCURE: Cancer Nanomedicine Co-ops for Undergraduate Research Experiences” funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health. This 5-year grant is a collaboration between Northeastern University and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.
Congratulations to Professor Sri Sridhar who has received a two year, $305K grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense.
When she was in middle school, Rachael Tompa turned down her first opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fl.
This year’s 17th annual Lawrence Awards were held on April 14 at the Raytheon Amphitheater.
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.
Congratulations to undergraduate senior James Maniscalco who has received a Hodgkinson Award this year.
Congratulations to Physics Undergrad Trithep Devakul who has won a 2014 President’s Award.
Congratulations to Gregory Allan (Electrical Engineering/Physics) and Tushar Swamy (Electrical Engineering/Physics) who have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships this year.
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.
Congratulations to Sujeet Akula for winning this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student award!
On Saturday, March 15, NU Physics will Host the Boston area QuarkNet Masterclass.
Physics Senior Justin Dowd is about to become one of the youngest people to fly to space in early 2015.
Botond Részegh and Albert-László Barabási share a singular history.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Swastik Kar who has received an NSF Career Award.
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 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).
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 CareerOctober 31, 2013
Dr. Tanmoy Das receives an Early Career award from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC).
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 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.
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.
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.
Physics graduate student Jinzhong Zhang was one of the young physicists featured in an article about Data Mining for b-quarks.
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.
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 LettersJune 07, 2013
New research into how materials act in space could lead to improvements in the design of everyday objects.
From targeted drug delivery mechanisms to supersensitive imaging techniques, nanotechnology holds many promises for medicine.
The Williams lab was awarded a 5-year $950,000 NSF grant beginning March 1, 2013 to probe single molecule DNA-ligand interactions.
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.
Earlier this month, the U.S. government declared that the emerging H7N9 bird flu “poses a significant potential for a public health emergency.”
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.
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?
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.
Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Health Sciences, Alessandro Vespignani has been selected as MPHPProgramsList.com’s Person of the Week.
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 SpectraApril 22, 2013
Short-, long- and mid-wave IR imaging helps defense agencies find targets and even
Gregory Peim is a graduate student pursuing a doctoral degree in physics, conducting research under the direction of Professor Pran Nath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor Toyoko Orimoto recently gave a TEDx talk at the University of Geneva.
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.”
If you’ve driven on the highway, you’ve seen it: The traffic jam appears out of nowhere and disappears just as mysteriously.
Just as the name implies, complex systems are difficult to tease apart.
The university is more than galaxies, stars, planets, and empty space.
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.
Get ready to find out new, scientifically fortified ways to increase happiness and productivity.
Justin Dowd (BS Physics/Math ’13) won the Metro’s Race to Space contest last spring. See his astronaut training in a jet flight!
Black holes are real. New discoveries show some influence entire galaxies.
MRIs are shedding light on romance.
Assistant Professor Toyoko Orimoto says that we should be more concerned with climate change than judgement day.
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.
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.
A new Physics BS/PhD program allows Northeastern undergraduate physics majors to continue on to a PhD in physics.
The electrical outputs of the brain contain massive amounts of information that could be a powerful resource if we could fully tap into it.
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.
All around and inside us, an elaborate dance of molecular vibrations is constantly taking place.
Congratulations to Professor Paul Champion who was elected as a 2012 Fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).
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.
SETI is a research project dedicated to finding proof of intelligent life in our galaxy.
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 WuNovember 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.
Congratulations to Professor Mark Williams who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society this year.
Do you know where you will be in three years? The material of living things, including you, originates from a surprising place.
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.
Seven years ago, physics professor Latika Mennon’s first graduate student said he wanted to “change the world.”
Congratulations to Undergraduate Sean Malley who will receive a 2012/13 Provost Undergraduate Research Award.
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.
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.
Professor Albert-László Barabási’s network science commentary published in Nature.
The Barabasi group’s article, “Dynamics of Ranking Processes in Complex Systems” has been printed in Physics Review Letters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 AlexandriaJuly 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.
Professor Arun Bansil publishes two new articles about topological insulators in Nature Magazine.
The 2012 Crystal & Graphene Science Symposium 2012 is scheduled for September 5-6, 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.
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 Research Associate Dr. Hsin Lin are authors to an article published in Nature Physics on spin degrees and phenomena on surfaces of topological materials.
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.
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.
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.
“A lot of discoveries in laboratory are purely accidental,” said Swastik Kar, an assistant professor of physics in the College of Science.
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.
Physics Professor Sri Sridhar is joining forces with Dana Farber Cancer Institute to develop nanotechnology that will improve the way prostate cancer is treated.
Justin Dowd (Physics ’13) wins the Metro’s Race for Space contest.
Congratulations to fourth-year Justin Down who was selected as the US finalist in the Metro’s Race to Space.
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.
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.
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.
Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási discusses Network Science…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.