3Qs: The future of gaming technology

Microsoft, cre­ator of the Xbox Live — an online mul­ti­player video gaming and dig­ital media delivery ser­vice — has announced it would offer main­stream tele­vi­sion pro­gram­ming to its sub­scribers, cre­ating direct com­pe­ti­tion with tra­di­tional cable ser­vices. Magy Seif El-​​Nasr, asso­ciate pro­fessor of game design and inter­ac­tive media with joint appoint­ments in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design and the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence at North­eastern, explains the new fea­tures and how they might impact tra­di­tional cable offerings.

Faculty Reads, Volume Seven

In the sev­enth edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the role of African-​​American music in Amer­ican cul­tural his­tory, the Bib­lical ori­gins of Jewish sexual iden­ti­ties and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of suc­cessful leaders in the public sector.

3Qs: Is makeup a stepping-​​stone for working women?

A recent study funded by Proctor & Gamble — which sells Cov­er­Girl and Dolce & Gab­bana makeup — found that wearing makeup, up to a point, increases people’s per­cep­tions of a woman’s lik­a­bility, her com­pe­tence and trust­wor­thi­ness. We asked Linda Blum, asso­ciate pro­fessor of soci­ology and interim director of the Women’s, Gender and Sex­u­ality Studies pro­gram at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity to assess how these find­ings affect women in the work­place and their pro­fes­sional advance­ment strategies.

3Qs: On ‘Black Friday,’ will retailers see green?

With Thanks­giving set for tomorrow, ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ are just around the corner. Given the cur­rent eco­nomic uncer­tainty, will con­sumers still turn out in droves to take advan­tage of the hol­iday sales and one-​​day deals? We asked Fleura Bardhi, asso­ciate pro­fessor of mar­keting in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, to examine how con­sumers and retailers will approach Black Friday shop­ping and pro­mo­tions this year.

Faculty Reads, Volume Six

In the sixth edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the Amer­ican Rev­o­lu­tion, the com­plexity of human-​​animal rela­tion­ships, and the impor­tance of cash flow to cor­po­rate decision-​​making.