Panel discussion to focus on urban planning and development in Boston

Northeastern’s Real Estate Club will host a panel dis­cus­sion this evening on the past, present, and future of urban plan­ning and devel­op­ment in the university’s sur­rounding neigh­bor­hoods. Titled “Cranes and the Com­mu­nity,” the event will con­vene six experts with knowl­edge in fields ranging from archi­tec­ture to city planning.

Alumna fights debilitating neurological diseases with science

Beth Stevens, an alumna and neu­ro­sci­en­tist, has spent her career researching dis­eases like Alzheimer’s and schiz­o­phrenia. On Thursday, the MacArthur “genius award” recip­ient joined Pres­i­dent Aoun to dis­cuss her success.

Northeastern soccer scores a win-​​win with new head coaches

As first-​​year head coaches of Northeastern’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, Chris Gbandi and Ashley Phillips are working hard to build win­ners both on and off the field. The women’s team will host Boston Col­lege on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Par­sons Field, with a pre-​​game bar­becue begin­ning at 12:30 p.m.

A helpful guide to navigating campus

Northeastern’s campus sits on 73 acres of land, the equiv­a­lent of more than 55 NFL foot­ball fields. But the one-​​of-​​a-​​kind sanc­tuary of lush green spaces and tree-​​lined path­ways is not as hard to nav­i­gate as you might think.

3Qs: How safe are US airports?

The Trans­porta­tion Secu­rity Admin­is­tra­tion is finding more firearms than ever at air­port check­points. Is this a sign that the TSA is doing its job or an indi­ca­tion that more trav­elers are trying to board planes with these weapons in their bags? And what about “insider threats” among air­port per­sonnel? We asked an expert.

Northeastern celebrates achievements of D’Amore-McKim school’s 2016 graduate class

This country can’t suc­ceed without your skills,” Com­mence­ment speaker Sy Stern­berg told some 300 stu­dents at the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness’ grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Matthews Arena on Thursday night. “This country does not move for­ward without you.”

3Qs: What the Lochte saga can teach us about branding

After get­ting dropped by all his major spon­sors, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte signed a new endorse­ment deal with a little-​​known cough drop com­pany. It’s a poten­tially low-​​risk, high-​​reward move for both the ath­lete and the brand, says pro­fessor Bruce Clark.

3Qs: Discovery of Earth-​​like planet suggests ‘we might not be alone’

A newly dis­cov­ered planet called Proxima b is tan­ta­liz­ingly close to Earth and lies within the right dis­tance of its star to sup­port life. For Cor­dula Robinson, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in the Geospa­tial Infor­ma­tion Tech­nology pro­gram, the dis­covery sug­gests that “life out­side of our solar system is a pos­si­bility.” Here, she explains why all of us should take note of our nearest inter­stellar neighbor.

Chew on this: How we believe our meat is raised can influence how it tastes

New research from North­eastern psy­chology pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Bar­rett shows that our beliefs about how farm ani­mals are raised—whether on “fac­tory farms” or in more humane conditions—can shape our meat-​​eating expe­ri­ence, from how we think it smells and tastes to how much we’d be willing to pay for it. “We show that what you feel very directly influ­ences not only how you inter­pret what you see but also very lit­er­ally what you see,” Bar­rett said.

3Qs: Exploration and collaboration are taking gaming to the next level

Two of the most unique—and poten­tially revolutionary—games of all-​​time were released this summer, in “Pokémon Go” and “No Man’s Sky.” The seem­ingly very dif­ferent games share a striking sim­i­larity that says a lot about the future of the gaming industry. Here, Casper Harteveld, assis­tant pro­fessor of game design, explains why.

3Qs: Will states follow Feds’ lead on phasing out private prisons?

The Jus­tice Depart­ment will be phasing out the use of pri­vate prisons, citing safety con­cerns as well as their lack of reha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incar­cer­a­tion expert, to explain how this direc­tive might affect for-​​profit prisons at the state level and whether the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion could impact the DOJ’s new policy.