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Louise Skinnari Wins Department of Energy Physics Grant

Physics Professor Louise Skinnari and her lab were recently awarded a multi-year grant from the United States Department of Energy. We caught up with her to discuss her experience at CERN, the transformative affect of funding on research, and her time at Northeastern. You have just received a DOE grant awarded in the field of “high […]
August 10, 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 […]
July 21, 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 […]
July 13, 2020

Disease Surveillance Leaves out the Communities That Need It Most

As the current COVID-19 crisis has made abundantly clear, public health agencies need reliable, up-to-date information to effectively address evolving health problems at local, state, and federal levels. Many agencies in the U.S. are looking to disease surveillance systems that incorporate hospital records and internet-sourced data to predict where and when the worst outbreaks will […]
July 09, 2020

‘We Find Ourselves Asking Scientists to Do More than Simply Study the Virus’

We find ourselves asking scientists to do more than simply study the virus,” said Mark Patterson, associate dean for research and graduate affairs in Northeastern’s College of Science, in a conversation streamed on Facebook Live. “In state houses, in cable news interviews, and on social media, they’re translating their data into insights, recommendations, and even advocacy.” Patterson spoke […]
July 06, 2020