Carnivorous conchs to blame for oyster decline

David Kimbro, a marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has solved the mys­tery of why reefs in Florida inlets were expe­ri­encing large num­bers of oyster loss. Drought and sub­se­quent high salt levels in water led to a pop­u­la­tion spike in one of the oys­ters’ main preda­tors: conchs.

Send off to Pittsburgh

On Tuesday after­noon, the North­eastern com­mu­nity gath­ered to send off the men’s bas­ket­ball team. Taking part in their first March Mad­ness since 1991, the Huskies are headed to Pitts­burgh for […]

Ebola tracking visualizations

Alessandro Vespignani’s Lab­o­ra­tory for the Mod­eling of Bio­log­ical and Socio-​​technical Sys­tems (MoBS Lab) has been fol­lowing the ongoing devel­op­ment of Ebola and have cre­ated info­graphics and visu­al­iza­tions of the virus’ growth, impact, and poten­tial to spread.

Alternative Spring Break: A firsthand account

Through one of Northeastern’s Alter­na­tive Spring Break pro­grams, 11 stu­dents ven­tured into the Florida Ever­glades to clean up trash and remove inva­sive species from the environment.

Spring break, with a humanitarian twist

During Northeastern’s Alter­na­tive Spring Break next week, 180 stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff will work on more than a dozen immer­sive ser­vice projects world­wide, ranging from pro­tecting nat­ural resources in the Ever­glades to tutoring orphaned chil­dren in the Dominican Republic.

3Qs: What to know about this year’s flu season

Mark Dou­glass, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of phar­macy, dis­cusses how to pro­tect against the flu—which is expe­ri­encing its worst out­break in a decade—and the impor­tance of get­ting a flu vaccine.

3Qs: Life after the Olympics

Jus­tine Siegal of Sport in Society says early prepa­ra­tion and a strong sense of self can help Olympic ath­letes lead suc­cessful lives long after their playing days are over.

3Qs: The future of the Affordable Care Act

Pro­fessor Kristin Madison exam­ines the poten­tial out­comes of the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on Pres­i­dent Obama’s sig­na­ture health-​​care legislation.

3Qs: Analyzing the cybersecurity threat posed by hackers

Themis Papa­george, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ence, exam­ines the cyber­se­cu­rity threat posed by al-​​Qaida and Anony­mous, a global group of hackers.

3Qs: Evaluating U.S.-Afghanistan relations

Kim­berly Jones, a fac­ulty asso­ciate in North­eastern University’s Middle East Center for Peace, Cul­ture and Devel­op­ment, ana­lyzes Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s visit to Afghanistan on the eve of the one-​​year anniver­sary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Redesigning Boston’s North End

Civil engi­neering stu­dents cre­ated an inno­v­a­tive solu­tion for lim­iting the neighborhood’s traffic prob­lems and pedes­trian congestion.

Teaching the language of baseball

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity junior Roberto Lavin tutored prospects in the Dominican Base­ball Academy run by the Boston Red Sox, which will host their Opening Day at Fenway Park today.

3Qs: ‘Leaping’ into the realm of science

Today is Feb. 29, the extra day we add to the cal­endar in leap years. But why do we need this extra day, and what is the sci­ence behind it? And what about the lesser-​​known leap second – which del­e­gates from more than 70 nations recently debated whether to abolish? We asked Murray Gibson, dean of the Col­lege of Sci­ence, to answer these ques­tions – as well as how early sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered the need to adjust the calendar.

3Qs: Taking a patient-​​facing approach to health care

The United States spends $2 tril­lion in health care annu­ally. New tech­nolo­gies and approaches to health care have led to a growing field in health infor­matics, which has a focus on both the clin­ical and per­sonal aspects of the industry. We asked Tim­othy Bick­more, an asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, to dis­cuss the impact this field can have on the health care industry as a whole, as well as Northeastern’s new PhD pro­gram in health informatics.

3Qs: Rockin’ around the holidays

Whether you love it or hate it, it’s hard to escape hol­iday music this time of year. In malls, on the radio and on tele­vi­sion, artists are con­tin­uing to recreate hol­iday clas­sics and new holiday-​​themed hits. Richard Strasser, asso­ciate pro­fessor of music industry, looks at how the hol­i­days affect the music industry, and whether new releases and music down­loading are likely to alter people’s gift-​​giving plans this year.

3Qs: Is the NBA season doomed?

On Monday, the NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer, began the process of dis­banding their union and pre­pared for legal action against the owners. This devel­op­ment in the NBA labor nego­ti­a­tions could jeop­ar­dize the entire 2011–2012 season. We asked Roger Abrams, Richardson Pro­fessor of Law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law, to dis­cuss the legal details of the NBA lockout, and what both sides seek to gain and lose going forward.

3Qs: Investigating a scandal

Explo­sive sexual assault alle­ga­tions against a former Penn State Uni­ver­sity foot­ball coach came to a head last week, when the uni­ver­sity fired its pres­i­dent as well as leg­endary head foot­ball coach Joe Paterno. Walter Robinson, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Jour­nalism, was part of the Boston Globe’s Spot­light team that unearthed the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. We asked Robinson to com­pare these scan­dals, and examine how the national media has cov­ered this latest scandal.

3Qs: Do Cain, Perry tax proposals add up?

In antic­i­pa­tion of the pri­mary elec­tion, two Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and busi­ness leader Herman Cain — are pro­moting new tax plans. We asked William Dickens, a Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomics in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, to eval­uate Perry’s flat tax and Cain’s “9–9-9” plan.

3Qs: A scary time in cinema?

Around this time of year, movie the­aters and tele­vi­sion host horror movie spe­cials and relive the clas­sics. But have horror films lost their way? In honor of Hal­loween, we asked Ter­rence Masson, director of Cre­ative Indus­tries in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, to examine how scary movies have evolved in recent years — and how to bring back the true fright factor.

3Qs: Examining the dynamics of drug violence

In recent months, more reports have sur­faced of esca­lating vio­lence involving drug car­tels in parts of Mexico. We asked Ramiro Mar­tinez Jr., a pro­fessor in the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice and the Depart­ment of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology at North­eastern, to examine the cur­rent dynamic amid the Mex­ican drug vio­lence plaguing these regions. As a quan­ti­ta­tive crim­i­nol­o­gist, Martinez’s research looks at how vio­lence varies across eco­log­ical set­tings, and if vio­lent crimes and vio­lent deaths vary across racial and ethnic groups.