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Northeastern welcomes new faculty

Northeastern welcomes an impressive group of new faculty across many disciplines for the 2017-18 academic year. Here, we profile some of these professors and highlight their research, teaching, and journeys to Northeastern.

 

When comparing chefs to scientists, most people associate the former with being “creative” and the latter with being “rigorous.” But Samuel Scarpino doesn’t buy it. He’s a scientist with a passion for cooking, and he sees parallels between the two occupations. The fall, he joined the faculty in the College of Science. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Professor puts research into action to stop spread of disease

When comparing chefs to scientists, most people associate the former with being “creative” and the latter with being “rigorous.” But Samuel Scarpino doesn’t buy it. He’s a scientist with a passion for cooking, and he sees parallels between the two occupations. The fall, he joined the faculty in the College of Science.”

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Joshua Gallaway, DiPietro Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, joined Northeastern’s faculty this fall. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

The battery whisperer

Joshua Gallaway, an electrochemist who joined the faculty this fall. Understanding how batteries work—and what will make them run better and longer—is the crux of his research.

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Shalanda Baker is a newly appointed Northeastern professor with expertise in the interplay between global energy transition, climate change, and indigenous rights. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Professor finds passion in energy justice law

In 2009, Shalanda Baker left her job as a project finance lawyer at a big global law firm and booked a one-way ticket to Latin America. If not for this bold move, she might not have been named professor of law, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern this fall.

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Ang Li joined Northeastern's faculty this fall as an assistant professor of architecture. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Architecture professor explores ‘alternate endings’ for buildings, materials

In a world that can be messy and chaotic, new faculty member Ang Li looks for loops and loopholes. That is, loops in the life cycle of buildings and building materials, and loopholes where architects like her can intervene to make the process more sustainable, equitable, and community-centric.

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Professor seeks ‘flashes of insight’ in regeneration research, innovative optics

Samuel Chung, a newly appointed assistant professor of bioengineering, will pursue two research tracks in his ISEC lab: neurogeneration and optics. “The long-term goal of my research,” he says, “is to look for ways to stimulate central nervous system regeneration in people with spinal cord injuries.”

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Removing stigma from the patient-pharmacist relationship

Benita Bamgbade knew what the medical literature said. Pharmacists don’t counsel patients with mental illness as often as they counsel others. But Bamgbade, an assistant professor who joined Northeastern’s faculty this fall, says the problem can be overcome.

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Journalism grad returns to Northeastern to train next generation of digital storytellers

Meg Heckman spent more than 10 years working at a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in New Hampshire. But her drive to train the next generation of journalists to excel in the digital age compelled her to seek out a career in higher education. She landed at Northeastern this fall, when she joined the faculty in the School of Journalism’s Media Innovation program.”

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Ted Landsmark joined Northeastern this year as Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the new director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.  Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

For public policy leader, ‘caring about other people is intrinsic to the work we’re doing’

Ted Landsmark joined Northeastern this year as Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the new director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. His diverse career has included everything from blacksmithing to lawyering. The guiding principle over the years, though, has been his passion for social justice and equality.

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The evolving laws and rules around privacy, data security, and robots

Woodrow Hartzog, who joined Northeastern’s faculty this fall, studies the problems that arise when personal information is collected using new technologies. “Information is power, and when other people collect it they have power over us and that leaves us vulnerable,” he says.

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what role does the brain play in shaping subjective experience? Ajay Satpute, assistant professor in the College of Science, explores this puzzle through the interplay of psychology and neuroscience. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Exploring emotion in the brain

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what role does the brain play in shaping subjective experience? Ajay Satpute, assistant professor in the College of Science, explores this puzzle through the interplay of psychology and neuroscience.

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Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Trailblazing the way to a better night’s sleep

Most guidelines suggest adults get six to eight hours of sleep each night. Lichuan Ye, associate professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, thinks about sleep for much longer than that each day. Indeed, her research focuses on promoting better sleep, and managing sleep disorders.

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Charn McAllister primarily studies political skill—that is, the ability to leverage working relationships in order to achieve personal or organizational objectives. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

From the Army to academia: One professor’s journey

Charn McAllister enrolled at West Point in July 2001, just two months before 9/11. During a tour of duty in Iraq, a phone call from his wife changed his professional ambitions. Now, nearly a decade after that call, he’s a newly appointed faculty member in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

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