2008-09 Summer Quarter Research News and Honors
Neurons Found to be Similar to Electoral College
Like electoral votes, dendrites integrate many inputs locally before sending signals to a central axon.
VIDEO: Students, Teachers Learn About Oncofertility
Tobin Marks Receives Von Hippel Award
Tobin J. Marks, chemistry and materials science and engineering, received the 2009 Von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society.
Doctors Fear Asking Mentally Ill to Quit Smoking
Researchers have designed and published the first comprehensive, evidence-based plan for mental health providers to help their patients quit smoking.
Late-Night Snacks: Worse Than You Think
A new study has found that eating at irregular times influences weight gain and the regulation of energy by the body's circadian rhythms may play a significant role.
Surprising Rate of Recurring Heart Attacks
A large international study shows that patients with vascular disease have a surprisingly high rate of recurring events such as strokes, heart attacks, and hospitalizations.
Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, Deadline Sept. 15
The National Science Foundation and journal Science are co-sponsoring a competition for scientific images. The winning entry will appear on the front cover of Science.
Misfolded Proteins: The Fundamental Problem is Aging
A new study reports that protein damage can be detected before individuals exhibit symptoms of age-associated diseases, which could potentially delay the damage.
Exploring the Biochemistry of Financial Risk
New research explores how testosterone plays an important role in gender differences in financial risk aversion and career choice.
A Lost Picasso? Uncovering Old Secrets to Identify Modern Sculptures
Researchers work with the Art Institute of Chicago to complete the first survey of the alloy composition of a large number of cast bronze sculptures by major European artists.
A Variety of Factors Determine Gender
Alice Dreger, medical humanities and bioethics, discusses the many factors that go into determining a person's gender.
Taking Up Music So You Can Hear
According to a new study, trained musicians are primed to understand speech in a noisy background.
Control of Development and Disease from an Unlikely Source
Research shows that a non-coding RNA is important for gene regulation and the development of interneurons that produce a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain.
Eight Receive Prestigious NSF Awards for Young Faculty
Eight young Northwestern faculty members received the Faculty Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.
Traffic Jam in Brain Causes Schizophrenia Symptoms
New research has revealed how schizophrenia works in the brain and provided a fresh opportunity for treatment.
CSGID Determines the Structures of 100 Proteins
Investigators at the Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases determined their 100th pathogen protein structure since beginning in 2007.
Tobin Marks Receives Nichols Award from American Chemical Society
Tobin J. Marks, chemistry and materials science and engineering, has received the 2010 William H. Nichols Medal from the American Chemical Society.
Too Many Ways to Say 'It Hurts'
David Cella, medical social sciences, is leading a far-reaching new national project that will establish a common scientific vocabulary.
Nanodiamonds Deliver Insulin for Wound Healing
Researchers have found that nanodiamond-insulin clusters could hold promise for wound-healing applications.
Permafrost Could Be Climate's Ticking Time Bomb
A Behind the Scenes look at Andy Jacobson's permafrost field work in Alaska. Jacobson is an assistant professor of Earth and planetary science.
Northwestern Develops Physician Assistant Program
Feinberg School of Medicine will offer a Physician Assistant Program that will have as its academic home the department of family and community medicine.
A Genetic Basis for Schizophrenia
Researchers are studying a gene that is involved in the susceptibility of schizophrenia with hopes of finding breakthroughs for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.
Stealthy Gene Network Makes Brain Tumors Flourish
Scientists have identified a network of 31 mutated genes that stealthily work together to create the perfect molecular landscape to allow brain tumors to flourish.
Dips and Swells of Your Brain May Reveal Early Mental Disorders
A Northwestern researcher is creating maps of the brain in hopes of providing the first scientific tool for early and more definite diagnosis of mental disorders.
How Noise and Nervous System Get in Way of Reading Skills
A new study demonstrates an unambiguous relationship between reading ability and neutral encoding of speech sounds.
Two Faculty Honored with Presidential Early Career Awards
Steven D. Jacobsen and Melina Kibbe were awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Stein Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Geology
Seth Stein, geological sciences, has been selected to receive the 2009 George P. Woollard Award from the Geophysics Division of the Geological Society of America.
'Normal' Cells Far from Cancer Give Nanosignals of Trouble
A new study of human colon, pancreatic, and lung cells finds that cancer cells and their non-cancerous cell neighbors, although quite different under the microscope, share very similar structural abnormalities on the nanoscale level.
Why Saints Sin and Sinners Get Saintly
A new study suggests that people with ample moral self-worth in one aspect of their lives can slip into immorality or opposite behavior in other areas.
Ellen Feldman to Head University Research Center Administration
Ellen Feldman has been named director of University Research Center Administration. She will work with Office for Research and Center leaders to provide strategic support on centers' goals and objectives and review financial and administrative processes.