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To track a killer
Boston researchers trying to forecast Ebola’s spread, but more data would help
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As the biggest Ebola outbreak in history continues to claim lives, a handful of researchers are using mathematical models and knowledge about the virus to predict the reach of the disease before it strikes. Among them is Northeastern University researcher Alessandro Vespignani, but he and others are stymied by a lack of data about the outbreak and the disease itself, according to a news report in Science. Read More
Legal graffiti
Scribble on this white van, then go get a master's degree
whiteboard challenge
If you were at TechJam last week, or frequent the Kendall Square Farmers' Market, or plan to attend this weekend’s Star Trek Convention (don’t admit that last one), you’ll probably notice a large white van. It’s not a kidnapper. It’s actually a creative marketing strategy designed to drum up interest in Northeastern University’s new master of science in innovation program. Read More
Size matters
Nanomedicine promises better implants for Gronk and the rest of us
Tom Webster is working on surgical implants that speed healing and reduce infection at his nanomedicine lab.

When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski missed the first six games of last season because of a forearm injury, what kept him off the field was not the broken bone he suffered months earlier but rather a persistent infection where he received a metal plate to help repair his arm.

Tom Webster, a chemical engineer at Northeastern University, believes Gronkowski might have avoided infection and returned to action faster if the plate had been made of a new kind of material in development at his nanomedicine laboratory.

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Kendall Square Formula
Who invited them? Innovation party crashers keep coming as Northeastern launches new journalism program
Professor Jeff Howe will direct a new graduate program in media innovation at Northeastern (Brooks Canaday/Courtesy of Northeastern University)
First the musicians, now the reporters. Sorry, tech types. There’s another crasher at your innovation party. Northeastern University’s School of Journalism has received a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help launch a new graduate program focused on media innovation. Read More