For ideas about fighting pandemics, look to termites and ants

Social insects like termites and ants have evolved many methods to combat disease. What can we learn from them in fighting human pandemics? A lot, says Rebeca Rosengaus, an associate professor and behavioral ecologist at Northeastern. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
June 01, 2021

Remembering Jim Waters

The Northeastern College of Science recently lost an important and influential member of the community. Entrepreneur, benefactor, trustee, and scientist, Jim Waters passed away on May 17th, 2021. Born and raised in Nebraska, Jim Waters’ family moved to Framingham Massachusetts in 1942. In 1947, he received a bachelor’s degree in physics and engineering from Columbia […]
May 26, 2021

The not-so secret life of bees

Elena Getsios, who just finished her third-year behavioral neuroscience and philosophy major at Northeastern, got a taste for beekeeping after attending an event about the craft a few years ago. She jumped at the chance to learn more when she saw that the university offered a co-op at Best Bees, an urban beekeeping company located […]
May 21, 2021

Student Profile: Margaret Cai, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering Major

Margaret Cai is a Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry Major. She is graduating next year in the Spring of 2022. Why did you decide to study Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry at Northeastern? “I’ve always been very interested in biology and chemistry. When I was younger, I read books about diseases just because I found them fascinating. […]
May 19, 2021
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Northeastern’s award-winning coastal research campus in Massachusetts faces public vote

NAHANT, Mass. Northeastern students Jaxon Derow and Sahana Simonetti gather mussels for a research project at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center. For ecological forecasters at the center, mussels act as a barometer of climate change, and help researchers understand changing biodiversity in the Gulf of Maine. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
May 14, 2021

How Bill Detrich’s foresight led to the DNA sequencing of a rare icefish species

In 2004, Northeastern’s Bill Detrich had an idea ahead of its time: that scientists would one day sequence DNA from all of the Earth’s living creatures. Now, his efforts in anticipation of that genetics boom are paying off. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
May 10, 2021
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Lifestyle choices affect our brain’s capabilities throughout life — this researcher wants to know how.

Timothy Morris did not anticipate he would become an academic, but his career path led him to the position he now loves: postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern. Morris recounts his research journey, the significance of his current work, and why academia at Northeastern is his calling.
April 30, 2021

Sculpture meets science when physicist Albert-László Barabási makes art from network patterns

Albert-László Barabási wanted to be a sculptor. Then he discovered physics and pioneered a new field of network science. Now, the Northeastern professor has also developed a new form of art, too. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
April 30, 2021