2009-10 Spring Quarter Research News and Honors
Pinkett Named 2010 Pew Scholar
Heather Pinkett, BMBCB, receives $240,000 over four years and gains inclusion into a select community of scientists.
New Role for Ancient Clock
Study shows direct link between diabetes and circadian clock in pancreas.
Using Science to Identify True Soccer Stars
Researchers find a new approach to ranking and rating soccer players.
Research Links Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with Diabetes
Andrea Dunaif's research has led the way in redefining PCOS as a serious metabolic disorder that affects women across their lifespan and in revolutionizing its treatment with insulin-sensitizing drugs.
Nanoparticle PSA Test Predicts if Prostate Cancer Will Return
Ultrasensitive test gives first accurate answer after prostate cancer surgery.
Working for Peace Five Fellows at a Time
Weinberg senior's vision creates a program with implications for Africa's future.
New Target Identified for Scleroderma Therapy
Currently no cure for chronic autoimmune disease that causes thickening of skin.
Sex Bias in Trials and Treatment Must End
Women's health suffers because they are often ignored in research trials.
New Methods for Imaging Fuel Cells
Scott Barnett and his research team seek to better understand how solid-oxide fuel cell performance and reliability are linked to manufacturing methods and constituent materials.
Undergraduate Research Bloggers Share Their Experiences
Called "Away We Go," a new site includes blogs by six students from four different research grant programs at Northwestern.
Fueled by the Sun
Sleek solar car and its student team to race in American Solar Challenge June 20 to 26.
Protein Could Heal Erectile Dysfunction After Surgery
'Sonic hedgehog' helps regenerate critical nerve that runs along prostate.
The Biomechanics of Information
Going more miles per gallon with your brain.
Understanding Digital Diversity
Eszter Hargittai addresses unequal access to the Internet in her research.
Age Gap Really Does Matter
Study shows math mentors much more effective in beginning of career.
Book Launch: "Acts of Activism" by Soyini Madison
The Program of African Studies will host the launch of Madison's new book at Annie May Swift Hall on Wednesday, June 2.
Tiny Blood Vessels in Brain Spit to Survive
Study reveals unique way capillaries clear blockages and how process slows in aging brain.
Blocking Tumor's Death Switch Stops Tumor Growth
Surprising discovery suggests promising new strategy for cancer therapy.
Early Church Music: A Multicontinental Phenomenon
Drew Edward Davies studies the music and cultures of New Spain from the 16th to the 18th centuries, an overlooked area of early music scholarship.
Shooting for the Stars
As the shuttle is retired, the future of manned space exploration is uncertain.
Caregivers of Brain Cancer Patients Play a Key Role
Loved ones can fill in gaping blanks about brain cancer patients' well-being.
Canary in the Coal Mine
Whispers about immigrants, terrorism, and trade hint at fears about global world.
A Delicate Balance
New study shows how networks keep themselves in synch
$2M Hughes Grant to Hook Undergraduates on Science
Northwestern transforming way undergraduates will learn biological science.
Revolutionary Molecular Physics
Brian Odom and his research group work to stage a new revolution in atomic, molecular, and optimal physics.
Matthew Hurtgen Receives Prestigious NSF Honor for Young Faculty
National Science Foundation recognizes creative integration of research and education.
Wrinkles Rate Worse than Cancer for Tanners
Warnings about a damaged appearance are best way to reduce tanning salon visits.
Showcase for Future Problem Solvers
Undergraduate research symposium is a showcase for tomorrow's problem solvers.
A Voice's Healing Power
Study tests if familiar voices can help repair injured brain's neural networks.
Animals Talk, Sing, and Act Like Humans?
Young children's reasoning about biological world is influenced by cultural beliefs.
New York City May Be Underfunded
Research shows New York is getting less Homeland Security funding than optimal.
Researchers Discover Genetic Link Between Both Types of ALS
Finding could ultimately lead to therapy for ALS.
At Heart, What It Means to Be Human
Barbara Newman studies medieval perceptions of what it means to be human, beginning with the exchange of hearts, a common motif in romances and saints' lives.
Large Study Tests If Exercise Can Prevent Disability in Older Adults
Goal is to help older adults maintain ability to walk and independence.
Learning to Use Regret
Studies in the negative emotions and how to use them.
Get Over Yourself
Why we think we're forces to be reckoned with.
Top Scientific Honor for Two Chemists
Chad Mirkin and Richard Van Duyne elected to National Academy of Sciences.
A Better Way to Predict Heart Attacks
New evidence that heart scans can help flag high-risk heart patients.
Eyjafjallajökull's Global Fallout
Airports affected are not necessarily the ones you would think.
Race and Empathy Matter on Neural Level
Rare neuroscience look at how strong identification with racial group affects empathy.
Two Weinberg Faculty Named Guggenheim Fellows
Betsy Erkkila and Gary Alan Fine have been named Guggenheim Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
President, Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows
Five elected to one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies.
David McLean Named Searle Scholar
McLean is among 15 researchers to receive the $300,000 award.
Muir Honored by Mellon Foundation
The historian is one of three scholars to receive prestigious award.
Printed origami offers new technique for small, complex structures, like biosensors.
Q&A: Earthquakes 101
Seismologist Seth Stein says recent quakes aren't likely connected.
Nanotechnology Guru Honored Again
Mirkin honored for pioneering research by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Another Big Bang
Particle collision advances could help explain origins of universe.
Providing Access to the Web is Not Enough
Research suggests broadband infrastructure not enough to narrow digital divide.
Q&A: Parkinson's Research
Dr. Tanya Simuni discusses the latest research at the Feinberg School of Medicine.