This is Northeastern University’s first ever research blog. We’re calling it iNSolution because that’s what our faculty and student researchers are in the business of — finding solutions to societal problems while simultaneously contributing to the fundamental knowledge base of their respective fields. I am Northeastern University’s first ever official science writer (at least in the communications office). This blog was my idea and I’m starting to wonder what I’ve gotten myself into — there’s so much going on around this campus among so many brilliant minds that I’m a bit nervous about keeping up with the pace. Before coming to Northeastern I was a freelance science writer and a chemical technician at a small nanotechnology company. In college I majored in chemistry and literature with a focus in poetry. I could never decide between the two seemingly disparate fields. Turns out I didn’t have to. Northeastern research is at a very exciting point in its growth. I’m honored to have the job of telling its story. But I’m going to need your help — send me your ideas and endeavors, your questions, compliments, and complaints. Comment on the posts — be a part of the conversation.
iNSolution's Latest Posts
The Oxford English Dictionary named “selfie” the word of the year for 2013, but I think Merriam-Webster’s choice of “science” was a much better one. You too can engineer the perfect cookie with a little help from NPR. But if you can hold off eating it for a little while, you’ll probably be more successful […]
Kaya Simmons grew up in Brooklyn, that wonderful burrow of bridges, bagels, the world-famous Cyclone ride…and superfund sites? In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency took the Gowanus Canal–one of the most polluted bodies of water–under its wing. A major source of pollution, Simmons told me at the recent Pop Up lab on sustainability, is combined sewage overflow. […]
When professor Dave Kaeli approached them about entering a supercomputer competition, electrical and computer engineering students Neel Shah and Tushar Swamy had zero experience in the task at hand. “I had never even built a regular computer,” said Shah, let alone a super one. But that didn’t stop them from signing up…nor from stealing the […]
I’ll be able to say I knew her when! My science writer friend Christy Gelling‘s fingernails went viral when female scientists hijacked Seventeen magazine’s #ManicureMonday. Maryn McKenna’s discussion of how how important new antibiotics highlights the significance of Northeastern professor Kim Lewis’ recent discovery of a drug that eradicates methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA. […]
If asked to describe your house, what sorts of details would you include? I think I’d talk about the pink walls in my kitchen, the green tiles of my fireplace, the high ceilings, and the big windows. In a lecture hosted by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities on Tuesday, Massey University associate professor […]
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