A “Turbo Charge” for Your Brain?

CAS prof’s research could lead to tools to enhance brain function, treat disorders Robert Reinhart calls the medial frontal cortex the “alarm bell of the brain.” “If you make an error, this brain area fires,” says Reinhart, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences. “If I tell you that you […]

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CAS Physicists Uncover Swimming Secrets of H. pylori

How the ulcer- and cancer-causing bacterium survives the stomach Rama Bansil (left) and Maira Constantino study how the shape of H. pylori shape contributes to its swimming ability. Their work could impact the fields of drug delivery and cancer treatment. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. While not as inspiring as the heart or as mysterious as the brain, […]

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NSF Program Brings Budding Astronomers to BU

Students paired with faculty on research projects BU’s Merav Opher meets with Mark Hubbert and Matt Schuler, students visiting campus through a National Science Foundation program that lets them access University resources in astronomy and space physics. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. Many of us thrill to the breathtaking views of outer space permitted by telescopes and spacecraft. […]

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Fighting Tick-Borne Disease with Computer Science

BU scientists on team building predictive tool to keep insects in check BU ecologists Tempest McCabe (GRS’21) and Michael Dietze develop computational tools to study the complex interactions between plants, animals, and climate. They want to find ways to predict ecological changes, such as fluctuations in tick populations, which could affect human health. Photo by […]

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Science Club for Girls Takes STEM to the Next Generation

GWISE grad students share knowledge and enthusiasm Aurora Kesseli (GRS’21) with third-graders Amaria Smith (left) and Cassandra Riley as they work on an experiment at the Girls Science Club. In a messy room at Allston’s West End House Boys and Girls Club, a dozen girls and women are gathered around a table, coloring and chatting. This […]

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Tackling the Wage Gap with Code

Hariri software team aids Boston Women’s Workforce Council Hariri Institute director Azer Bestavros at a City Hall press conference on the Boston Women’s Workforce Council wage gap report earlier this month, flanked by Katie Conboy, Simmons College provost (from left), former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Eddie Ahmed, MassMutual Financial […]

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A Better Way to Treat Burns from BU’s Grinstaff Lab

Less painful for patients, eliminates need for anesthetizing children Mark Grinstaff and members of his lab, among them Marlena Konieczynska, have developed a new hydrogen gel that could eliminate the need to anesthetize children for burn dressing changes. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. For patients with second-degree burns, it’s not always the initial injury that hurts […]

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