40 years after Title IX

At a recent panel dis­cus­sion on campus, North­eastern polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Eileen McDonagh noted that, “Sports is the most sex-​​segregated sec­ular insti­tu­tion in Amer­ican society.”

3Qs: How to eat healthy around the holidays

Overeating is common this time of year, between the large hol­iday feasts and more and more sweets creeping into the kitchen. With Thanks­giving only a few days away, we asked nutri­tion expert Katherine Tucker, chair of the Depart­ment of Health Sci­ences in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, to offer her tips to eat healthy and avoid overindulging.

3Qs: Disconnect between Obama and the Republican Party

A day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity on Thursday will explore the fas­ci­nating sub­plots of the polit­ical land­scape now that the 2012 elec­tions are less than a year away. The event was orga­nized by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor William Crotty, the Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Public Life. To pre­view the con­fer­ence, we asked Crotty to examine how Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has fared in his first term in dealing with resis­tance from the Repub­lican Party.

3Qs: When to diagnose and treat children for ADHD

Ear­lier this month, the Amer­ican Academy of Pedi­atrics expanded the guide­lines for diag­nosing and treating chil­dren with atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tivity dis­order (ADHD), low­ering the age to include kids as young as 4 years old. We asked Robert Volpe, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, whose research involves assessing the aca­d­emic prob­lems chil­dren with ADHD expe­ri­ence, to ana­lyze the new guide­lines — and dis­cuss how research in this area has evolved in recent years.

3Qs: Tips to maintain a healthy diet

As stu­dents return to campus, the less-​​structured living envi­ron­ment can present chal­lenges to main­taining healthy eating habits, We asked Sab­rina Noel Feldeisen, a reg­is­tered dieti­cian and research assis­tant pro­fessor in the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences, to offer tips for stu­dents to make healthy food choices as the aca­d­emic year begins.

3Qs: Is a potential Facebook hack on the horizon?

The hacker group Anony­mous recently announced through a YouTube video that it plans to “kill” Face­book on Nov. 5 for sup­pos­edly abusing the pri­vacy of its users. We asked Engin Kirda, the Sy and Laurie Stern­berg Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Endowed Pro­fessor for Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance — with joint appoint­ments in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence and Depart­ment of Elec­trical and Com­puter Engi­neering — to dis­cuss the poten­tial impli­ca­tions of the hack and the motives behind hacking groups such as Anonymous.

3Qs: Are cigarette warning labels effective?

This summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion unveiled graphic new cig­a­rette warning labels that will be required to appear on pack­ages starting next year. We talked to law pro­fessor Richard Day­nard, the pres­i­dent of the School of Law’s Public Health Advo­cacy Insti­tute and chair of its Tobacco Prod­ucts Lia­bility Project, about the effec­tive­ness of warning labels and a law­suit chal­lenging the new labels’ legality.

3Qs: Reflecting on a crisis in immigration policy

Last week, the U.S. Diver­sity Visa Lot­tery pro­gram suf­fered a com­puter glitch that resulted in the issuance and then sub­se­quent can­cel­la­tion of 22,000 visas. Here, Pro­fessor Rachel Rosen­bloom, an expert in immi­gra­tion law and policy at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law, weighs in on the recent visa snafu and related immi­gra­tion issues.

3Qs: When oil and water (and land) mix

Last year it was the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and then another in China in early June and just last week, Mon­tana suf­fered an oil spill, with an esti­mated 42,000 gal­lons dumping into the Yel­low­stone River. Jen­nifer Cole, director of the Envi­ron­mental Studies Pro­gram at North­eastern, dis­cusses how oil spills affect wildlife and irri­ga­tion, and empha­sizes the need to reeval­uate our depen­dence on fossil fuels.