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.