news @ Northeastern – The global water crisis

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The Spring 2014 Myra Kraft Open Classroom seminar will explore the many challenges that water presents for our society, including health, economic and environmental issues.

Faculty Research Round-Up: Brian Helmuth

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When our faculty aren’t busy teaching or conducting research, they’re often publishing or promoting their work. Here’s a look at what Brian Helmuth, Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy, has been working on this year: Papers October 2013 | Diversity and Distributions Predicting biological invasions in marine habitats through eco-physiological mechanistic models: a case […]

Seminal conference to explore urban coastal sustainability

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By Angela Herring | Northeastern News | February 5, 2013

The majority of the world’s cities lie on a shore­line, and by 2020, two-​​thirds of all Amer­i­cans are expected to reside in coastal cities. From San Fran­cisco to Boston to Hong Kong, humans are living in ever-​​closer quar­ters with the marine species that set up shop here eons ago.

“We need to under­stand the inter­face between the human and nat­ural envi­ron­ment and deter­mine ways to solve prob­lems for both,” said Brian Hel­muth, a North­eastern pro­fessor of public policy and envi­ron­mental sci­ence.

To address those issues, Hel­muth and Geoff Trussell, chair of the Depart­ment of Marine and Envi­ron­mental Sci­ences and director of the Marine Sci­ence Center, are orga­nizing the Sus­taining Coastal Cities Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will be hosted by the Col­lege of Sci­ence this spring and is the first of its kind, focusing on key issues in urban coastal sustainability. Read More

3Qs: Considering new data on genetically modified corn

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By Angela Herring | news@Northeastern | October 2, 2012

An article recently pub­lished in the journal Food and Chem­ical Toxicology shows the results of a two-year study on the health effects of a corn species pro­duced by the agri­cul­tural giant, Monsanto. The corn is genet­i­cally mod­i­fied to resist the her­bi­cide Roundup, and per­vades the U.S. agri­cul­tural system.

We asked Chris Bosso, a pro­fessor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Humani­ties, to explain the impact the new data will have on the growing dis­cus­sion of genetically mod­i­fied foods. Read More

Illinois company in final stages of bidding to make high-speed rail cars for Amtrak

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By Alejandra Cancino | Chicago Tribune | September 28, 2012

A rail manufacturer based in Illinois is in the final rounds of bidding to build 130 high-speed passenger rail cars for use on Amtrak routes in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and California.

The order would total $352.3 million.

The bid was submitted by Sumitomo Corp. of America and Nippon Sharyo U.S.A., which opened a $35 million passenger rail car plant in Rochelle in July.
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