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Dissecting Drowned Drumlin Fields

Earth and environmental sciences associate professor Peter Rosen said Boston Harbor is home to the nation’s only “drowned drumlin field,” a group of elongated hills formed under glacial ice. He addressed roughly 100 students, faculty, staff and community members at the Marine Science Center (MSC) in Nahant on Wednesday as part of a monthly lecture series […]
February 11, 2012

From The Crime Lab To The Chemistry Lab

Adam Hall began his master’s degree program in chemistry and chemical biology at Northeastern while performing instrumental analyses on samples in the Massachusetts State Police crime lab. “Tuesdays and Thursdays were drug days,” he recalls. Narcotics officers, who live under-cover on the streets buying and selling drugs, would descend on the lab with thousands of samples, which […]
February 02, 2012

3Qs: Physicists Push for Underground Testing Facility

Pran Nath, the Matthews Distinguished Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, is among a group of leading theoretical physicists who have asked the Department of Energy to develop a large underground neutrino facility to maintain U.S. leadership in the frontier of particle physics.
February 02, 2012

Forecasting the Spread of Emerging Diseases

If we can forecast the path of a hurricane or even the trajectory of a subatomic particle, why shouldn’t we also be able to forecast the spread of an emerging disease? That is the question Alessandro Vespignani, who was installed as Northeastern University’s Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of Physics on Tuesday in the Raytheon Amphitheater, began asking 10 years ago.
February 02, 2012

Forecasting The Spread Of Emerging Diseases

If we can forecast the path of a hurricane or even the trajectory of a subatomic particle, why shouldn’t we also be able to forecast the spread of an emerging disease? That is the question Alessandro Vespignani, who was installed as Northeastern University’s Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor of Physics on Tuesday in the Raytheon […]
February 01, 2012

3Qs: Physicists Push For Underground Testing Facility

by Angela Herring Pran Nath, the Matthews Distinguished Professor of Physics at Northeastern University, is among a group of leading theoretical physicists who have asked the Department of Energy to develop a large underground neutrino facility to maintain U.S. leadership in the frontier of particle physics. We asked Nath to explain the facility and its value. […]
January 30, 2012

Bringing Chemistry To Music

Shortly after receiving tenure more than a decade ago, Northeastern University professor David Budil was teaching Schrödinger’s wave equation to a class of physical chemistry students. To explain the concept that a higher harmonic of a fundamental wave corresponds to a particle of higher energy, Budil used the analogy of waves produced by a musical […]
January 22, 2012

The Blues Doctor Is In The House

If members of the audience packing 318 Curry Student Center yesterday afternoon closed their eyes, they may have felt transported to a New Orleans blues bar — courtesy of the piano stylings of Murray Gibson, dean of the College of Science. But that “bluesy” sound the audience heard does not arise naturally from a modern piano’s […]
January 19, 2012

A Partnership To Cure Sleeping Sickness

Chemistry professor Michael Pollastri is collaborating with pharmaceutical company and researchers in Spain to identify existing drugs that could be modified to stop a scourge of sub-Saharan Africa. African sleeping sickness, which currently affects 30,000 people, starts out like the flu. Patients complain of fever, headaches and joint pain. But if Trypanosoma brucei, the parasite […]
January 19, 2012

Speaking Up

Mentally ill children in Kuwait are often isolated from the outside world, according to Northeastern University psychology students Alaa and Dalal Alhomaizi, twin sisters who grew up in the Arab state. “It’s like they don’t exist,” Alaa said. As Dalal put it, “A family’s identity can be tarnished if the community finds out about a mentally ill […]
January 03, 2012

Department Colloquium

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Kash Title: Modulation of Emotional Neural Circuitry: Implications for Alcoholism and Affective Disorders Date: Thursday, April 11, 2012 Time: 4:00 p.m Location: 108 West Village G The abstract for this talk is available here. For more information on our colloquium series, click here! Dr. Thomas Kash of The University of North Carolina will […]
January 01, 2012

Adding the Flavor to Food Science

North American and Western European cuisines tend to use ingredients that share flavor compounds, while East Asian and Southern European cuisines tend to avoid ingredients that share flavor compounds, according to a study by Northeastern University network scientists.
December 20, 2011

3Qs: Searching for the "Holy Grail" of Physics

Researchers at CERN report they are closer to discovering the Higgs boson. The research team at CERN, includes NU graduate student David Nash, undergraduate co-op student Edward Vaisman, post-doctoral research Daniele Trocino, and physics professors George Alverson, Emanuela Barberis, and Darien Wood.
December 20, 2011

3Qs: Searching for the "Holy Grail" of Physics

Researchers at CERN report they are closer to discovering the Higgs boson. The research team at CERN, includes NU graduate student David Nash, undergraduate co-op student Edward Vaisman, post-doctoral research Daniele Trocino, and physics professors George Alverson, Emanuela Barberis, and Darien Wood.
December 20, 2011

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