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Advancing Global Learning

Phyllis Strauss, who is researching DNA repair in mice, and Nicole Rafter, an author, researcher and instructor in biological theories of crime, and crime films and society, have received highly competitive Fulbright Scholarships for 2009–2010, according to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program. Currently fulfilling her four-month Fulbright grant in […]

Nanotechnology Collaboration Aimed at Curing Cancers

Researchers at Northeastern’s Electronic Materials Research Institute (eMRI) are collaborating with two Harvard Medical School researchers to develop a nanotechnology-based “smart implant” to treat cancer. The device could improve the efficiency of radiation and drug-based treatments for lung, pancreatic and prostate cancers. Professor and physics department chair Srinivas Sridhar, director of the eMRI, is leading […]

Physics Rules Network Dynamics

Facebook, Google, and other expansive Internet sites share important characteristics with complex biological systems, says physicist Ginestra Bianconi—both contain a vast number and variety of linkages that can be better understood through network theory. In particular, Bianconi’s latest research focuses on modeling the evolution and dynamics of networks in different contexts: from the Internet to […]

Northeastern Microbiologist Wins Funding To Solve A Mystery

Professor of Biology Slava Epstein has won a prestigious million-dollar grant to do something scientists in the last hundred years have been unable to do: grow oral- disease causing organisms in a laboratory. Epstein is the single Northeastern University recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Challenge Grant. The NIH received more than 20,000 […]

Northeastern Professor Granted $5.5 Million by NIH

Northeastern biologist Kim Lewis has received a $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate why antibiotics are not effective for certain infectious diseases. The five-year project, part of the NIH Director’s Transformative Program (T-R01), will focus on three types of disease-producing bacteria to determine how dormant subpopulations of these microorganisms […]

Robotic Bee-Havior

A Northeastern University neurobiologist will bring his expertise in animal robotics to a five-year, $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Expeditions research project to develop robobees that mimic the communal feeding behavior of bee colonies. Biology professor Joseph Ayers will collaborate with a team of researchers from Harvard University to develop micro flying robots with […]

Discovery Connection

An initiative developed by members of Northeastern’s mathematics and science faculty that will promote interest in those subjects among college and high-school students by connecting them to research has garnered a five-year, $1.98 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Northeastern mathematicians, physicists and biologists will connect with first- and second-year Northeastern students to […]

Examining the Sound Patterns of World Languages

To better understand the human capacity for language, Northeastern psychology professor Iris Berent is searching for common sound patterns—simple syllables like “ba”—that are universally preferred across all human languages. This research into language patterns is being funded by a $1 million grant that Berent transferred with her when she moved to Northeastern from her previous […]