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New seed-grant program supports interdisciplinary research to bolster nation’s resilience

Headshots of Professors Jennie Stephens, Suzanna Walters, and Brooke Foucault Welles

Crisis can strike suddenly and on a large scale: take a major hurricane or tsunami, for example. It can also strike more gradually and on a small scale, such as the breakdown of the human body as it ages. To be better prepared for risks that can threaten our health and well-being on the national and cellular levels (and everything in between), dozens of researchers across Northeastern’s colleges are working to bolster the broad understanding of resilience.

“We’re building this university-wide community, because in reality, the solutions for most of the really important societal challenges require the collective insights and expertise garnered from the sciences, social sciences, and engineering. Northeastern is leading the way in forging these kinds of collaborative research teams.”

Stephen Flynn, founding director of the Global Resilience Institute and professor of political science

Through a new seed grant program supported by Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute, 11 interdisciplinary teams of researchers from all of Northeastern’s colleges are studying vastly different facets of resilience—including combatting arthritis and better understanding the role gender plays in community resilience—so we can bounce back better and stronger when we get knocked down.

Read the full story at news@Northeastern.

Published On: August 14, 2017 | Tags: ,,,,,
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