2011-12 Spring Quarter Research News and Honors
McCormick Researchers Boil Water without Bubbles
The right kind of texture and chemistry prevents bubbling during boiling.
Mercury in Water and Fish Detected with Nanotechnology
Researchers have developed a nanoparticle system that is sensitive enough to detect small levels of heavy metals.
Surmeier Presented Multi-Million Dollar Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Award
Surmeier will be the first Blueprint researcher to focus on Parkinson's disease.
McCormick Builds Relationship in India
Members of McCormick travel to India, a nation with a strong and growing footprint in the engineering sector.
Northwestern Researchers Set World Record for Highest Surface Area Material
The team created two new synthetic materials.
Northwestern Celebrates Global Health Day
Global Health Day highlights research opportunities and summer projects.
Neuroscience Just Got Faster, Cheaper, Easier
Asking 10 research questions instead of 100 gets same or better results.
Support Sought for Research Expansion
Northwestern plans new research facility on old Prentice site on Chicago campus.
Too Much Information?
Overwhelmed by instant access to news and information? Most Americans like it.
When to Worry About Kids' Tantrums
Distinguishing between preschoolers' typical misbehavior and early signs of mental health problems.
Advantage Flu Virus
Scientists discover one of the ways the influenza virus disarms host cells.
Northwestern Scientists Create Chemical Brain
Giant network links all known compounds and reactions to create chemical Google on steroids.
Ferroelectric materials could bring down cost of cloud computing and electronic devices.
Secrets of Superager Brains
Elderly SuperAgers have brains that look and act decades younger than their age.
Northwestern Plans Innovative Research Facility
Lifesaving research complex to rise on site of old Prentice Women's Hospital.
Brain Changes After a Stuffed Nose Protect the Sense of Smell
The brain works overtime behind the scenes to make sure the sense of smell is sharp.
Law Professor's Piracy Work Gets Noticed
Kontorovich's solution to prosecuting Somali pirates cited by Seychelles Supreme Court.
W.M. Keck Foundation Grant Funds Study of Proteins
Neil Kelleher will develop beyond-state-of-the-art mass spectrometer.
Thinner Diabetics Face Higher Death Rate
New-onset diabetics with normal BMI have higher mortality rate than heavier diabetics.
Dangerous Experiment in Fetal Engineering
Report: risk prenatal use of steroid to try to prevent intersex, tomboys, and lesbians.
Silver Lining in Bad Weather
U.S. Infrastructure Tested by Extreme Weather
Research Underscores Impact of Training in Spatial Thinking
Spatial training helpful in STEM achievement and transferrable to other fields.
More Code Cracking
Three related studies help uncover the rules of governing gene transcription.
New Research COI Policy Changes
Bevan Given Prestigious Javits Neuroscience Award
Bevan studies a small region of the brain, which is linked to symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
New Drug Could Treat Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Brain Injury
One-size-fits-all drug targets harmful brain inflammation in many diseases.
Three Northwestern Medicine Scientists Win Presidential Award
The recipients are C. Shad Thaxton, Charlesnika Evans, and Steven Kosak.
Farmers Tough on Artificial Limbs
Study finds that farmers and ranchers have unique prosthetic needs after an amputation.
Northwestern Memorial No. 1 in 'Best Hospitals' Ranking
The ranking was published by U.S. News & World Report.
Colbert Helps Open Doors to Bilingual Research
Northwestern researchers find yet another bilingual advantage.
Stress Reduction Therapy Prevents M.S. Brain Lesions
First study to show stress counseling stops brain lesions in multiple sclerosis patients.
New Study Finds Many Agencies Place Unqualified Caregivers in Homes of the Elderly
Caregivers have not undergone background checks, drug testing, or training.
Breaking the Skin Barrier
Drugs are first to topically deliver gene regulation via commercial moisturizers for skin disease.
Why Chronic Pain is All in Your Head
First study to show early brain changes predicts which patients develop chronic pain.
New Head of Knight News Innovation Lab
Northwestern lab transforms news through development of innovation technologies.
Wing Kam Liu Awarded Prestigious Gauss-Newton Medal
It is the highest award given by the International Association for Computational Mechanics.
Northwestern Medical Start-Up Wins 2012 TechWeek Launch Competition
BriteSeek won first place, walking award with more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Good News for Aging Eyes
Debilitating eyesight problems are on the decline for older Americans.
Landsberg Awarded Tripartite Faculty Prize
Lewis Landsberg, medicine-endocrinology, wins the prize for translational science and education.
A Nation of Hypochondriacs
Sure, we'll all die someday, but don't think about it too much.
Driving Illinois Innovation
Government and business leaders at conference to focus on building innovation in Illinois.
Learn That Tune in Your Sleep
Research shows that stimulation during sleep can enhance skill learning.
On a Roll!
NuMat wins another big competition for clean energy technologies.
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.