2011-12 Spring Quarter Research News and Honors
The Tale of Three Segregations
Poor other-race neighbors contribute to poverty of Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
Who Sleeps Better?
Study shows differences in length, quality of sleep, and daytime sleepiness by race.
$10 Million to Support Medical Application of Nanotechnology
New center will advance innovative research in regenerative medicine.
Scrambling to Preserve Afghanistan's Heritage
Professor documents efforts to save Buddhist site in heart of Taliban country.
City Kids Much More Likely to Have Food Allergies Than Rural Ones
First study to map food allergies across U.S. finds population density is key factor.
Shapiro Named Ver Steeg Fellow
Tony Award-winning director and theatre professor receives top honor.
Dance class for engineering students inspires creativity and enhances collaboration skills.
Rethinking the Links Between Inflammation and Chronic Disease
Early exposure to microbes reduces inflammation related to chronic disease later.
Researcher develop method that shows diverse complex networks have similar skeletons.
Less Couch Time Means Fewer Cookies
Just two simple changes in health behavior spurs big and lasting results.
Childhood Cancer Scars Survivors Later in Life
Scars, disfigurement and hair loss from childhood cancer can affect adult quality of life.
New materials contract when they should expand, expand when they should contract.
Female Face Different Clock Problem
Women trying to have babies also need to think about circadian clock.
New I2C Fellowship Gives Students a Closer Look at Innovation
Starting this June, students will have a new opportunity to learn about the commercialization process.
ISEN Announces New Undergraduate Certificate in Energy and Sustainability
People with spider phobia handle tarantulas and have lasting changes in fear response.
Tiny House Moves to a Big Venue
The zero-net-energy house will be on display at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Northwestern-Argonne Institute Co-Directors Announced
Two Grand Challenges Explorations Grants for Global Health
Groundbreaking research promises new drugs for malaria and low-cost diagnostics.
A Single Stem Cell Mutation Triggers Fibroid Tumors
Mutated stem cell "goes wild" in frenzied tumor expansion.
The Thrilling Road to Modern Stuntman
New book describes long road to Evel Knievel and today's Hollywood stuntmen.
James Sauls Wins Prestigious John Bardeen Prize
The prize is awarded for theoretical physics work that has provides significant insights into the nature of superconductivity.
Scientists Around the Globe Peer into Chicago Microscope at Same Time
iExperiment technology gives overseas scientists direct view into Northwestern microscope during experiment.
Catalyst Committee to Lead Strategic Planning Efforts
Provost names group to spearhead implementation of Northwestern's strategic plan.
Top Scientific Honor
Monica de la Cruz elected to National Academy of Sciences.
Shedding Light on Southpaws
Sports data help confirm theory explaining left-handed minority in general population.
Bilingualism Fine-Tunes Hearing, Enhances Attention
Dual language speakers better able to encode basic language sounds and patterns.
Linda Hicke to Become UTAustin Dean
Linda Hicke, Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, is leaving her position in the Office for Research to become Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin.
It's the Network!
Ever wonder why your friends have more friends than you or why diamond is harder than graphite?
Three Faculty Named Guggenheim Fellows
Prestigious fellowships awarded to Druckman, Epstein, and Spigel.
Physic Professor's Textbook Replaces the Old Standard
Anupam Garg publishes Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell.
Faculty Members Named AAAS Fellows
Nine elected to one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies.
First Blood Test to Diagnose Major Depression in Teens
Researchers have developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in teens.
Business Pitches Win Big
Northwestern entrepreneurs win almost $1 million in Rice Business Plan Competition.
Happiness: What Your Mother Didn't Tell You
Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert to lecture at Northwestern.
New Research Study Maps Mental Disorders in Adolescents
The Chicago Adolescent Longitudinal Project aims to identify early markers of mental illness and facilitate early intervention.
'Cancer's Biographer' Comes to Campus May 1
Mukherjee will expound on ancient origins and today's battle to cure the disease.
New Pregnancy Risk for Babies and Moms
Overweight moms with moderately high blood sugar raise health risk.
Feinberg Lab Uses Rabies to Map the Retina
By monitoring how the virus progresses, Steven DeVries is working to discover the pathways signals take once received by the retina.
Tiny Hitchhikers Attack Cancer Cells
Gold nanostars first to deliver directly to cancer cell nucleus.
New Drug Stops Spread of Prostate Cancer
Drug halts disease by turning off the "go" switch in cancer cells.
Drawing Connections Between Food Webs
If we hope to protein ecosystems and the species that live in them, we must understand them.
Mary Silber Named SIAM Fellow
The 2012 class of fellows includes 35 academics and professionals from the fields of applied mathematics and computational science.
Reducing the Cash Bite of Wind Power
Tax incentives are not the same when it comes to reducing cost to consumers and investors.
Matthew Grayson Receives Humboldt Alumni Award from German Foundation
The assistant professor was given the award for Innovative Networking Initiatives.
National Geographic Recognizes World-Changing Discoveries
Northwestern scientists are lauded for nanolithography and molecular electronics.
Diagnosis of ADHD on the Rise
American children visit doctors 10 million times for ADHD.
Who Wouldn't Pay a Penny for a Sports Car?
The right strategy doesn't guarantee advantage in auctions, real estate or stock market.
Weighing the W boson and Squeezing the Higgs
Physicists play a big role in helping solve a mystery of the universe.
Help for Kidney Transplant Recipients
Method may enable kidney recipients to live free of anti-rejection medication.
Student Team Wins $100,000 in Clean Energy Challenge
Northwestern wins an annual business competition that awards cash prizes to top Midwest clean-technology entrepreneurs.
Influencing Stem Cell Fate
New screening method helps scientists identify key information rapidly.
Squeezing polymers produces chemical energy but raises doubts about implant safety.