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Physics study finds universality in cell shape as they undergo fluid-solid transition

Bi and his collaborators at the Harvard School of Public Health have just published a paper in Nature Physics on the "Geometric constraints during epithelial jamming," which looks to understand how epithelial cells change in shape and movement to heal injuries or spread cancerous cells.

Biophysicist is first professor recruited through “Game Changer” initiative

Herbert Levine, who will join Northeastern’s faculty in January 2019. Levine is the university’s first new hire through the "Game Changers Fund," a $50 million initiative to bring leading scientists and scholars to the university. Levine will also become Northeastern’s first National Academy of Sciences member.
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COS honors graduate students with awards

Dean Kenneth W. Henderson awarded five graduate students with this year’s College of Science Dean’s Awards for Graduate Student Excellence

Latika Menon, the Meditating Physicist

Latika Menon, associate professor of physics at Northeastern, has accomplished a lot in her career so far. However, Menon says that all of these achievements would not have been possible were it not for another, even greater achievement: finding clarity through breathing and meditation.

Scientists decode what makes a New York Times bestseller

Northeastern network scientist Albert-László Barabási and his colleagues have developed a model that harnesses the power of early sales data to predict how many total copies a book will sell. Their analysis uncovers a sales pattern that is common to all books and offers insight on what it takes to make the Times’ bestseller list.

What if superconductors could work at room temperature?

In a paper published recently in Communications Physics, a Nature publication, Bansil and his colleagues describe a discovery that brings us closer to that elusive feat—what he described as the “holy grail” of the field. For the first time, researchers were able to model the behavior of electrons, which are responsible for superconductors’ ability to conduct electricity.