• Scientific snacks on Krentzman Quad

    For the better part of a decade I worked in chemistry laboratories that had regular access to liquid nitrogen. If I knew then what I know now…I would have eaten a lot more ice cream during those years. Friday afternoon, the Northeastern student affiliates of the American Chemical Society hosted their annual liquid nitrogen ice-cream party […]

  • Faculty News

    Alvero Cuervo-Cazurra, assistant professor of international business and strategy in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, joined the executive committee of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management. Four professors of mathematics, Christopher King, Venkatramani Lakshmibai, Mikhail Shubin, and Andrei Zelevinsky, have been named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical […]

  • Deadline Nears for Grant Program Supporting Research Innovation

    The deadline to submit applications to the 2014 TIER 1 internal grant program is fast approaching. This competitive program is designed to encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary teams to secure proof of concept, with a goal of successfully competing for future sponsored research opportunities. Funds are also available as seed grants for faculty […]

  • Selected Funded Projects

    Rebecca Carrier, associate professor of chemical engineering, received funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effect of lipid ingestion on drug absorption in the human intestines, using mechanistic studies paired with mathematical modeling. The resulting model will enable quantitative prediction to help advance the rational design of delivery vehicles to maximize absorption […]

  • Regional High-Performance Computing Center Opens

    Three years in the making, the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) officially opened its doors in Holyoke on November 16, 2012, the culmination of a historic partnership to develop a world-class, high-performance, academic research computing center. Powered by a combination of “green” and cost-competitive traditionally sourced energy,the center offers a sustainable solution to […]

  • Lessons in resilience from Superstorm Sandy

    North­eastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity co-​​hosted a con­fer­ence on Tuesday to dis­cuss the need to strengthen trans­porta­tion resilience to major dis­as­ters like Super­storm Sandy. The event, held at the Stevens Insti­tute for Tech­nology in Hoboken, N.J., kicked off a series of four day­long sym­posia focused on enhancing the resilience of trans­porta­tion, energy, health […]

  • Congratulations to recipients of the FY14 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants

    Adaptive management of coastal ecosystems under climate change: A novel framework based on mathematical, computational, and network sciences Tarik Gouhier (Marine and Environmental Science), Auroop Ganguly (Civil and Environmental Engineering) Cyber-Physics Sensors for Affective Science Research Srinivas Sridhar (Physics), Lisa Barrett (Psychology) Exploring the Link between Bacterial DNA Damage Response and Biofilm Disassembly Yunrong Chai […]

  • 3Qs: The 3-D printing of tomorrow

    Professor Ahmed Busnaina’s method of directed assembly is faster, cheaper, and more versatile than traditional 3-D printing. What does it mean? Could $10 iPhones and tissue engineering breakthroughs be just the tip of the iceberg. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

  • Polling in the new era of Italian politics

    In late February, something happened to the Italian government that had never happened before: a hung parliament. After 75 percent of the population turned out to vote, it took two days to tally the results. Now, almost three weeks later, the center right and center left parties remain in a steadfast gridlock. A third party–the […]

  • Healthy choices despite disparities

    Interactive health technologies are a hot topic these days. Between Nike’s FuelBand and mobile phone apps like LoseIt!, the world has come to realize that interactive computing has a lot to offer  the layperson in the way of managing her own health. These new platforms were just starting to emerge when professor Andrea Parker began […]

  • Weekly Webcrawl: Better late than never

    Last week’s Webcrawl got stuck in a snowbank on Friday morning. It took me all weekend to dig it out. (Actually, that’s fiction, but the true story is much less exciting.) Here are a few of my favorite science stories from last week: I’m sure you didn’t miss it, but a baby born with AIDS […]

  • Study: Antibiotics are unique assassins

    In recent years, the notion that there is a single mechanism by which antibiotics wipe out bacteria has permeated the field of microbiology. Now, new research from professor Kim Lewis and his team questions that hypothesis.

  • The social side of Sandy

    When disaster strikes, we rely on our social networks for support. During hurricane Sandy, neighbors helped neighbors by sharing electrical power with those who’d lost it or removing tree limbs from each other’s rooftops. In many cases, the help we get during emergencies comes from whomever happens to be nearby, but more and more our […]

  • Young scientists in training

    Northeastern’s Center for STEM education hosted the 67th annual Boston Science Fair over the weekend, where middle- and high-school students presented research on topics ranging from basketball bouncing to cellular signaling.

  • Mediterranean diet is old but good news

    I went grocery shopping over the weekend and if you knew anything about my normal eating habits, you would have been rather surprised by the things I brought home with me: tons of fruits and vegetables, a huge bag of potatoes, shrimp, haddock, whole grain bread, nuts galore, yogurt, and even a little granola. I […]

  • Dumpster dive

    Last spring, four members of the Husky Environmental Action Team, or HEAT, got down and dirty with campus trash. For the last 20 years, building services director Mark Boulter has organized the annual “dumpster dive” to get a sense of what the Northeastern community is throwing away. This was the first time students got to […]

  • Hiding in plain sight

    Applications like invisibility cloaking can’t be realized until the metamaterials that enable them are operable at a range of frequencies. New research from associate professor Hossein Mosallaei could lead to this possibility.

  • Weekly Webcrawl: Sequestration edition

    In recognition of sequestration–across-the-baord federal spending cuts that automatically take effect today–I’m dedicating this week’s webcrawl to the beauty of science. First, watch this and swoon: via Wired. This video reminds me of two things: The world is a beautiful place that deserves our attention, exploration, and educated protection. Politics are a lot like the […]

  • The secrets to success in urban design

    Experts from academia and the public and private sectors converged at Northeastern for a daylong symposium focused on how to design sustainable cities for the future.

  • A radar for emotion

    Engineers are good at tracking things. That’s according to Northeastern graduate student, Sarah Brown. As a fellow of Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Brown is collaborating with researchers at both Draper and Northeastern to track something that has never really been tracked before: emotion. Well, let me rephrase that. Emotion has been tracked before, but not […]

  • Character study: Michail ‘A2A’ Sitkovsky

    Like all humans, scientists come in every shape, size and color imaginable. Every now and then I run into a real character. That is most certainly the case with the subject of my story on the News@Northeastern today. Professor Michail Sitkovsky is a burly man with a mutinous brow and thick accent that makes everything […]

  • Sustainable partnerships in Seattle

    At a recent event at Northeastern University’s graduate campus in Seattle, President Joseph E. Aoun called Northeastern’s graduate campus initiative a “50-year investment” in the city that will focus on degree programs in high-demand fields and thoughtful research and educational collaborations.

  • The brakes of inflammation

    Professor Michail Sitkovsky’s literature review in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the vast body of research that followed his team’s groundbreaking discovery about the inner workings of the immune system.