The Path To Discovery

As an undergraduate at Northeastern, Dr. Andrew Schafer, LA’69 would often see the sun rise from a lab on campus. “I would do my experiments at night, not infrequently working in the lab until dawn, struggling mightily and often unsuccessfully to just learn basic techniques,” he said. “After washing and autoclaving my own glassware – […]
April 10, 2010

Unlocking The Mysteries Of Crack Formation

In research published in the March 4 issue of the journal Nature, Northeastern University physicists have pioneered the development of large-scale computer simulations to assess how cracks form and proliferate in materials ranging from steel and glass to nanostructures and human bones. For years, scientists have tried to understand the propagation of cracks and how they […]
March 05, 2010

Breakthrough in Tracking a Cause of Chronic Infections

Northeastern University researchers have identified a protein that enables bacterial cells to survive antibiotic treatment. This discovery by biology professor Kim Lewis and his team, published in the February 22 issue of the journal PloS (Public Library of Science) Biology, reveals for the first time the mechanism by which bacteria maintain a chronic infection in spite of […]
February 24, 2010

Learning Sustainability From The Rainforest

If he wasn’t caring for endangered spider monkeys, junior biology major Zack Kennedy was securing turtle eggs against poachers during a co-op last fall in the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in Peru’s Amazonian rainforest. The experiential learning opportunity, which also required him to grow his own food and live without electricity, sparked his interest in environmental sustainability. It showed him […]
February 23, 2010

Three Seas Offers Immersion in Marine Environment

For undergraduate students, the opportunity to work side-by-side with leading faculty researchers can be a life-changing experience. So what is it like for students to spend day in and day out, living and working with top researchers for months at a time? Ask any of the participants of the Three Seas Program at Northeastern. Now […]
February 22, 2010

Human Behavior is 93% Predictable, Research Shows

Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, a group of leading Northeastern University network scientists recently found. Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and his team studied the mobility patterns of anonymous cell-phone users and concluded that, despite the common perception that our actions are random and unpredictable, human mobility follows surprisingly regular patterns. The team’s […]
February 19, 2010

Breakthrough Technology for Testing Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Drugs

In a breakthrough development for early drug research, Northeastern University scientists are now able to test, in real time, the impact of new drugs being developed to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A patented new imaging technology developed by Northeastern’s Center for Translational NeuroImaging (CTNI) enables researchers to produce highly accurate data without resorting to […]
February 17, 2010

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 […]
January 11, 2010

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 […]
December 21, 2009

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 […]
December 11, 2009

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 […]
November 16, 2009

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 […]
September 24, 2009

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 […]
September 08, 2009

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 […]
September 03, 2009

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