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
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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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A day in the tidal pools with the Three Seas Program

Tara Duffy looked on as a handful of her students waded through tidal pools at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts, searching for algae and invertebrate creatures. It was a sunny day in February, with the kind of weather that arrives in New England to remind you to keep the faith, spring is just […]
February 26, 2021

They’re Harnessing the Power of Big Data to Track COVID-19 and Other Diseases

Around this time last year, Samuel Scarpino, an assistant professor in Northeastern’s Network Science Institute, received a call from a senior producer at VICE News. VICE’s reporters had failed to get any useful data about COVID-19 cases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Could he help? “Welcome to public health,” Scarpino told the […]
February 25, 2021

Alum Q&A: Katie Merry ’16

Katelyn “Katie” Merry works as a Community Planner for the US Air Force in Texas. Katie was an Environmental Studies Major, Class of 2016 What made you interested in studying Environmental Studies at Northeastern? “I started out at Northeastern as an undeclared major and then I took a class with Professor Faber on climate change, […]
February 01, 2021

Don’t worry about the koi fish on campus this winter–they’re just chilling

Tucked into the heart of Northeastern’s Boston campus is a tiny oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life. A koi pond, located between the Curry Student Center and Robinson Hall, sparkles in the sun and gurgles as a small waterfall splashes into it. Vibrant, nearly fluorescent koi flash just under the surface. But […]
January 21, 2021
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New Global Partnerships Expand Northeastern Ph.D Programs to Italy and Hong Kong

Northeastern’s doctoral students can forge global networks and pursue experiential learning in an international environment thanks to new agreements with a pair of widely recognized universities in Asia and Europe. The global experiential doctoral program between Northeastern, the University of Hong Kong, and Sapienza University of Rome is interdisciplinary flexibility, which allows students to pursue doctoral degrees in […]
December 17, 2020