NU Talk 2016

 

Asama Lekbua

Microbiology-trained-neuroscience student, Asama Lekbua, explains one of the hottest topics in biotechnology: why the little creatures inside our gut (microbiome) are instrumental to our well-being and their potential to influence mental health.


Jordan harris & Jeremy Thong

Jordan Harris and Jeremy Thong describe nanotechnology, an innovative and multidisciplinary field of science utilizing nanoscale systems for a variety of applications and discuss typical nanoscale research.


Cayman Somerville

Scientific journalism plays a significant role in communicating science to the public. In addition to illustrating the motivations and impacts of science, there has been a progression of science journalism into a new "science-media ecosystem.”


DAVIS SAWYER

Today’s unprecedented successes for novel therapeutics beg the question: are we improving at addressing diseases or are we just scientists and venture capitalists benefiting from serendipity?


TROY SUTTON & SAMUEL BLEHAR

LEED Green Certification is a "points-based" system that ranks buildings based on their sustainable construction and practice. Certain building materials and procedures qualify as "green-certified" and as the points accumulate, the higher the certification award is. Green buildings have a higher return on investment and are directly linked toward higher cost savings, energy use reduction, and overall healthier living.


LUKE KYUNGMIN SHIN

Luke Kyungmin Shin discusses general issues in our oral health care, such as under-utilization, limited access to care, and creative diagnosis, exploring the current dental care issues among Native Americans in Martha's Vineyard as an primary example. In the addition, Luke describes tobacco usage being the primary issue among indigenous people in America.


RONAN TALTY

Summary


NOA GOLAN

Social conflicts in adolescence are a source of severe stress that may contribute to the development of neuroaffective disorders. Noa Golan addresses how early life stress can interact with adolescent stress in rats to lead to adult dysfunction.


KRISTIAN TEICHART & SAMUEL KAPLAN

NEPTUN and PHEONX work to build academic curiosity and improve college career planning among high school students through learning in a non-traditional classroom setting.


VICTORIA HOFFMAN

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. Altruism and compassion for animals can improve a patient's social, physical, psychological, or cognitive functioning. Long term empathy and connection to animals can even make us live longer.


MEGAN MUNKACSY

Scientists of all backgrounds are helping to redefine what it means to bring oysters to the table, and are breaking barriers fighting to keep them there as the conditions of our waterways begin to challenge the shellfish industry.


BRENT KISBY

Immunotherapy has been widely studied to help combat drug addiction. Several studies have shown its efficacy for cocaine, methamphetamine, and most recently, "bath salts".