Professor turns into coral polyp for Comic-​​Con

Mark Pat­terson is dis­cussing Aquaman at a Comic-​​Con 2015 panel on Friday. But on Thursday he attended the pop-​​culture con­ven­tion in cos­tume as a coral polyp, raising aware­ness about the dan­gers of microplas­tics in the ocean and Northeastern’s research to address the problem.

Northeastern ‘Disruptivator’ wants to improve musculoskeletal health

More than 100 mil­lion adults suffer from debil­i­tating mus­cu­loskeletal con­di­tions. Now one North­eastern student—a doctor of phys­ical therapy can­di­date named Lauren Jarmusz—is working to counter the health scourge, cofounding a startup aimed at con­necting people with doc­tors who spe­cialize in the field.

Researchers to address critical need in tracking young students’ progress

With a $1.6 mil­lion grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, North­eastern pro­fes­sors will develop a Web-​​based system that teachers can use to more easily track the progress of chil­dren with emo­tional or behavior disorders.

3Qs: Women’s World Cup success is ‘inspiring a nation’

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s vic­tory in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is an expe­ri­ence the players and fans will not soon forget. We asked North­eastern women’s soccer head coach Tracey Leone, who has 29 inter­na­tional appear­ances under her belt, what it’s like playing for the red, white, and blue.