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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 […]

Doughnuts, Soccer Balls And Exotic Topological Insulators

If you’re familiar with topology, you will know that a doughnut and a coffee cup are the same–topologically speaking–but differ from a soccer ball. Researchers here at Northeastern University are taking these ideas a step further. Theoretical physicist Prof. Arun Bansil and his research team have found a way to vary the sulfur to selenium […]

Northeastern Alumnus Creates Scholarship For Medical Research Students

A Northeastern University alumnus is helping future researchers advance in the field of medicine. Dr. Andrew Schafer, LA’69 Biology, recently established the Andrew I. Schafer, M.D. Co-op Research Fund, which provides a co-op scholarship to a students conducting laboratory medical research at Northeastern under the guidance of a faculty mentor for six-months. Dr. Schafer visited […]

Math, Biochemistry Major wins Goldwater Scholarship

Northeastern junior Jose Orozco won a 2011 Goldwater Scholarship. Northeastern junior Jose Orozco recently won a 2011 Goldwater Scholarship, an honor that recognizes outstanding undergraduate academic achievement in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. Orozco, a mathematics and biochemistry double major, learned of his award last month. No more than 300 students each year win the […]