2011-12 Fall Quarter Research News and Honors
Hips that Function Better and Last Longer
Lubricant in metal-on-metal hip implants found to be graphite, not proteins.
Joe Schofer Named National Associate by National Research Council
The honorary title is given to people with an "extraordinary dedication" to the National Academies.
Bike-Friendly App Takes Second Prize in 'Apps for Metro Chicago' Grand Challenge
Trailblaze Chicago shows city officials where bike paths are most needed.
Fred Rasio Named Editor of The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Journal is a peer-reviewed express scientific journal that publishes significant original research.
Teresa Woodruff Visits the White House
President Obama recognizes mentoring program led by Woodruff.
Why Women Quit Breast Cancer Drugs Early
Side effects are so bad women end treatment and risk return of cancer.
Cornea Gene Discovery Reveals Why Humans See Clearly
Gene found in humans and mice that protects transparency of cornea, may lead to new therapy for eye diseases.
Artificially Enhanced Athletes
Analysis shows now-banned technical swimsuits led to top swim performances in 2009.
Driskill Foundation Gift for Life Sciences
Driskill Foundation gift to medical school will help support innovative young scientists.
Analytics Goes to the Head of the Class
Northwestern in collaboration with IBM offers degrees for next generation careers.
A Rare Survey of the One Percent
Researchers survey opinions, attitudes, and behaviors of nation's wealthiest.
New "Culprit" Found in Lou Gehrig's Disease
A second "bad" gene is linked to damaged cell buildup, paralysis in Lou Gehrig's disease.
America is on Track to Get Even Fatter
By 2020 majority of adults in America will be overweight, suffer from diabetic conditions.
Teresa Woodruff Receives Presidential Award
Woodruff received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from Barack Obama.
Dating Checklist Meets Reality
Study says romantic preferences fall by wayside once you meet a potential dating partner.
Building Better Batteries
New technology improves both energy capacity and charge rate in rechargeable batteries.
November 9 Designated "Steven T. Rosen Day"
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed the day in honor of the physician's contribution to the field of oncology.
Traveling with Twain
Medill professor, alumna, and student follow a literary hero's journey in search of America.
Dead of Winter is Tough on Arthritis Sufferers
Dark, cold weather derails physical activity routines of older Chicagoans with arthritis.
More Promising Natural Gas Storage?
New method removes discovery bottleneck by identifying materials with promise.
Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook about Age
Unintended consequences of the "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act."
Michael Jewett Receives Prestigious Packard Fellowship
Synthetic biologist receives $875,000 grant to reconceptualize how we engineer biology.
Paving the Way for Undergraduate Research
Office of the Provost continues adding resources to undergraduate research site.
So Many Proteins, So Much Promise
New top-down strategy of identifying proteins could lead to early detection of disease.
Ramille Shah Honored by Association of Women in Science
Shah is named Scientist of the Month for October 2011.
Astronomers Explain 'Blue Stragglers'
Astronomers discover how mysterious stars stay so young.
Financial Trust Index at 'Worrisome' Levels
The latest findings show that trust in America's financial systems has dwindled to 23 percent, on par with the earliest months of financial crisis.
Could a Computer One Day Rewire Itself?
Scientists develop a new nanomaterial that "steers" current in multiple dimensions.
Sniffing Out the Brain's Predictive Power
Researchers find that the brain smells what it expects rather than what it sniffs.
Research Funding Tops Half Billion Dollars
Funding for Northwestern research in 2011 is robust across a range of fields.
Peanut Allergy Turned Off by Tricking Immune System
New approach makes allergen appear safe and prevents life-threatening reaction.
Chicago History, On the Go
A new mobile application and exhibit offer amazing new ways to explore Chicago's past.
Leading The Fight Against Distracted Driving
Traffic Safety School offers training to guard against growing risks of multitasking on the road.
Saw Palmetto is Ineffective for Prostate Symptoms
Largest study shows popular herb is no better than placebo, even at high doses.
Living Like a Caveman
Northwestern expert not surprised that Paleolithic diet works for modern-day humans.
Resisting Peer Pressure
Kids in the same groups of friends are not necessarily influenced by peers' negative behavior.
Carla Pugh Receives Highest Presidential Award
Researcher's breast simulators will measure doctors' ability to detect breast cancer.
Edible Carbon Dioxide Sponge
All-natural nanostructures could address pressing environmental problem.
One Size Doesn't Fit All When it Comes to Vitamin D for Men
African-American men especially need high doses of supplements.
Fathers Wired to Provide Offspring Care
Study confirms that testosterone drops steeply after baby arrives.
New materials hold promise for better detection of nuclear weapons.
Collaborative Science and Engineering
Pioneering research center receives $16.2 million from National Science Foundation.