BU Scientists Attend Launch of National Microbiome Initiative

May 17th, 2016

White House event announces federal, private sector collaboration 05.17.2016 By Barbara Moran Right now, armies of microbes are wiggling, slithering, and swimming through your gut, over your tongue, and across your skin. Your microbes can do things that are essential, like making vitamin K, or dysfunctional, like increasing your risk of obesity. The... More

New Tool to Diagnose Zika – Researchers introduce freeze-dried, paper-based prototype in journal Cell

May 12th, 2016

By Barbara Moran. Photos by Cydney Scott Zika grabbed the world’s attention in late 2015, when scientists in Brazil began to suspect a connection between the virus and fetal microcephaly—a syndrome in which babies are born with small heads and neurological deficits—and also Zika’s possible link to Guillain-Barré, a neurological syndrome... More

Good Chemistry – Professor Malika Jeffries-EL looks to one of the most abundant elements to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems

May 12th, 2016

By Barbara Moran For Malika Jeffries-EL (Chemistry, MSE), the love affair began at science camp. She was young, and like many young scientists before her, she fell hard, smitten by the elegance and beauty of the periodic table. “Back then, I was like, ‘Oh my God, there are all these different atoms!’”... More

ENG’s Gerald Fine wins Gitner Award for Classroom Tech Use

May 2nd, 2016

Future Engineers Learn Real-life, Hands-on Design 05.02.2016 By Rich Barlow Almost 30 years in business left engineer Gerald Fine (ME, MSE) troubled as he spied the horizon of his profession. Too many young colleagues were good with a computer keyboard, but all thumbs when it came to something you’d expect to be as... More

For John Straub, Teaching Is about Sharing Enthusiasm

April 28th, 2016

2016 United Methodist Church Scholar/Teacher of the Year By Susan Seligson John E. Straub (Chemistry, MSE) never planned to be a teacher. “I have known natural, gifted teachers,” he says. “I am not one.” A born introvert, Straub has learned that much of what makes a good teacher is enthusiasm for one’s... More