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A ‘Springboard’ To Propel Her Research Forward

In June, Emily Corcoran, who is pursing a PhD in chemistry, received career advice from Ei-ichi Negishi, who won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry. “He told me to use good research as a springboard for my own work,” said Corcoran, whose career goal is to serve as a principal investigator for a lab. “The […]

3Qs: Immorality Driven By Corrupting Influences

by Jason Kornwitz Notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger — who eluded authorities for more than 16 years — is accused of murdering 19 people. Here, David DeSteno, associate professor of psychology at Northeastern University, who studies the role of emotion in social cognition and social behavior, assesses the mind of crime figures like Bulger […]

Prof. David Budil Named Associate Dean For Research

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Budil as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science (COS) at Northeastern University, effective September 1, 2011. Professor Budil is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, who studies the physical behavior of macromolecules.  He is an expert in the use […]

Network Scientist Awarded International Prize For Research

Albert-László Barabási, a world-renowned network scientist at Northeastern University, has received the 2011 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for his body of research on complex networks in natural, technological and social systems. The prize, which includes a $71,800 cash award, is given by the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, in Turin, Italy. “Winning the award was pleasantly surprising,” said Barabási, […]

3Qs: When Oil And Water (And Land) Mix

Last year it was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and then another in China in early June and just last week, Montana suffered an oil spill, with an estimated 42,000 gallons dumping into the Yellowstone River. Jennifer Cole, director of the Environmental Studies Program at Northeastern, discusses how oil spills affect […]

Gossip Triggers Defensive Response

Unflattering gossip about our friends, family members — even down-and-out movie stars — shapes our visual perception of these individuals and provides a looking glass into how we subconsciously protect ourselves from harm, according to a new study led by a neuroscientist at Northeastern University. “You are more conscious of a face if you know […]

From Co-Op To President: Ouellette’s Journey To The Top

Back in 1976, David Ouellette was looking for a co-op through Northeastern. In fact, the opportunities available through co-op are what attracted the chemistry major to the University. Paving a Career Path Ouellette found a co-op at Chemtan Company, Inc., located near his home in Exeter, NH. He took the job because it not only […]

Getting Inside The Control Mechanisms Of Complex Systems

Northeastern University researchers are offering a fascinating glimpse into how greater control of complex systems, such as cellular networks and social media, can be achieved by merging the tools of network science and control theory. Albert-László Barabási and Yang-Yu Liu coauthored a paper on the research findings, featured as the cover story in the May 12 […]

Jellyfish ‘Fingerprints’

Annette Govindarajan is fascinated with studying jellyfish, specifically their complex life cycles. That passion was forged years ago after working with hydrozoans, a jelly of the stinging variety. “I was intrigued by how they could occupy different parts of the marine environment,” said Govindarajan, a lecturer in Northeastern University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, […]

Unraveling The Mysteries Of High Temperature Superconductors

Superconductors are perfect conductors with zero resistance. They can carry currents without loss of electrical energy as waste heat. Most materials however become superconducting only at very low temperatures, requiring expensive cooling. Northeastern University Prof. Arun Bansil and his team have discovered new clues toward unraveling how superconductivity can remain intact at higher temperatures. Bansil’s […]