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.
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.
A competitive opportunity at Red Bull sets architecture student Jeff Sayles II on a new career course.
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.
Lynne Sarikas, director of the MBA Career Center, discusses the state of seasonal employment this year, and how those looking for full-time employment can use the holidays and part-time work to their professional benefit.
Professor Denis Sullivan, director of Northeastern’s Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development, examines the challenges facing Egypt as it begins holding parliamentary elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.