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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

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of Learning

Our wide scope of Experiential Learning opportunities help COS students discover what they want to do—or not do—after graduation. Pathways include our signature Cooperative Education (co-op) program, vast Global Experience offerings, and civic outreach through our Service-Learning platform. Students work with advisors to tailor their experiential education to meet specific learning and personal goals.

Past Co-Op Employers

  • Alnylam Pharamaceuticals
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • City of Boston
  • Genentech
  • Merck KGaA
  • Government of The United States
  • Northeastern University
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • US Food and Drug Administration
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Harvard University

See Where Our Students Have Been

Abigail Campbell sinks down past vibrant coral heads towards a sandy clearing, trailed by a collection of brightly colored fish hoping for a meal.
Elizabeth Curtis, Biology ’19, pulls a sample of a beer during the brewing process at Boston Beer Company in Jamaica Plain.
Julie Dobkin pictured “babysitting” Philly, a baby orphaned baboon who is being hand raised on the sanctuary.

News

Scientists Still Don’t Have All the Answers about the Coronavirus–and That’s a Sign of Progress

Seven months into the pandemic, U.S. government officials and scientists still disagree over basic safety guidance on the coronavirus. People are still disregarding key public health advice. And we are still seeing leading public health organizations revise their understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

But the fact that messaging from public health and scientific experts has changed during the pandemic is a sign of progress—and not completely unexpected, says Samuel Scarpino, an assistant professor who runs the Emergent Epidemics Lab at Northeastern.

“By the very nature of emerging and infectious diseases,” Scarpino says, “sometimes you’re going to be right and sometimes you’re going to be wrong.”

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August 05, 2020

They’re Planning to Build a New Space Station… at the Bottom of the Ocean

When we wanted to study space, we built the International Space Station—a place where astronauts could live, work, and conduct long-term experiments without having to return to Earth.

What if we had something similar on the bottom of the ocean?

Fabien Cousteau, a renowned aquanaut, environmentalist, and documentary filmmaker (and grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau), has been envisioning exactly that. And Northeastern is helping to make it a reality.

The rest of this story can be read here

August 05, 2020

The Cdc Is No Longer in Control of Covid-19 Hospitalization Data. Here’s What That Means.

Under a new federal mandate, the COVID-19 data that U.S. hospitals had been sending directly to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention are now being sent to a different central database, using a system run by a private technology firm.

The change raised concerns among public health experts, who warned the new directive might be a move to sideline the CDC, the leading public health agency in the U.S.

Samuel Scarpino, an assistant professor who runs the Emergent Epidemics lab at Northeastern, says that barring a catastrophe, such as computing systems being hacked or destroyed, changing the way data is collected in the midst of a public health crisis is far from ideal.

“It’s a horrible idea—that’s the technical term for it,” Scarpino says.

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August 05, 2020

Covid-19 Misconceptions Are Hard To Fight. Cognitive Psychology Might Help.

There are plenty of misconceptions about COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. And that’s especially true during a time when false information about the disease, the virus, and possible treatments is so hard to counteract.

Different misconceptions about the coronavirus—about how it gets transmitted, and how it leads to COVID-19 complications, for example—can result from a limited understanding of microbes and disease.

Misconceptions can also arise from a mix of different beliefs and ways of thinking that people inadvertently use when they try to make sense of things they don’t fully understand, says John Coley, an associate professor of psychology at Northeastern who has been studying those thinking modes for the past 10 years.

Read the rest of this story here.

August 05, 2020

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