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.