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12 Nov

With a meteoric rise in deaths, talk of waves is misguided, say COVID-19 modelers

The numbers have become both horrifying and numbing — and there is no end in sight.

5 Nov

Decriminalizing drugs in Oregon a ‘victory for common sense and for science’

Fewer drug arrests should reduce Oregon residents’ interaction with the criminal justice and legal systems, and in turn, limit their risk for health problems associated with incarceration, including COVID-19 infection and drug overdose, Beletsky said. In his estimation, reinvesting criminal justice savings in under-resourced health and addiction services would go even further to make the […]

4 Oct

Not ready to pass the torch to robots? That’s fine—they can’t grab it yet.

A robot sorts fish in a processing plant, then passes them to a human worker for filleting. An astronaut floating in zero gravity exchanges tools with a robotic assistant. A robot hands a scalpel to a surgeon, freeing up a nurse for more complicated tasks. Neuroscientists and engineers at Northeastern are working together to make sure robots are up for the task, which is more complicated than it looks.

29 Jul

Amy Briesch will help evaluate integrated support systems in elementary schools

School Psychology professor Amy Briesch is a co-principal investigator on a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, designed to evaluate the effectiveness of academic, behavioral, and social supports at the elementary school level. The five-year study began on July 1, and will include the nation’s first study of the comprehensive integrated three-tiered framework […]

27 Jun

Bouve’s associate dean wins her field’s highest award

Maura Iversen has been honored with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Rheumatology, one of the most prestigious awards in the field. Iversen is both a tenured professor at Bouvé and Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Rehabilitation, and New Initiatives. She holds two doctorates, one in physical therapy from the MGH […]

16 Apr

What’s that ringing in my ear?

By Bill Ibelle, Editorial Director The ringing in their ears never stops. It’s enough to drive a person crazy. When stacked up against afflictions like cancer and AIDS, tinnitus may seem like a second-tier malady, but for 50 million Americans, the symptoms destroy concentration, sleep, mental health, and even careers. Tinnitus is the number one cause […]

19 Feb

Can this professor’s technology help create an army of efficient cancer killers?

Tali Konry wants to design a more effective serial killer. That may sound a little sketchy until you learn that Konry’s serial killers are immune cells, and their target is cancer. Konry, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is developing a technology that will address one of the most daunting challenges in cellular immunotherapy: the low […]

6 Dec

Looking where others have not

For decades, scientists have searched for a synthetic alternative to medical marijuana that can deliver its medicinal benefits without the harmful side effects. The problem is that the positives and negatives are tied together at the molecular level, and no one has found a way to separate them. Like a determined prospector, pharmacy professor Ganesh […]