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3Qs: Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability

Block Island will soon be home to North America’s first off­shore wind farm. Here, Andrew Myers, an assis­tant pro­fessor who studies off­shore wind struc­tures, holds forth on the envi­ron­mental effects of wind energy and his work to improve the design of hurricane-​​resistant off­shore wind turbines.

3Qs: Vaccination policy, the Constitution, and the education system

Public health law expert Wendy Parmet recently co-​​authored an article in the New Eng­land Journal of Med­i­cine exploring the evolving land­scape of vac­ci­na­tion policy. Here, she dis­cusses what could come from a recently adopted law in California.

3Qs: Brady ‘Deflategate’ suspension upheld. What’s next?

The NFL on Tuesday upheld Patriots quar­ter­back Tom Brady’s four-​​game “Deflate­gate” sus­pen­sion. School of Law pro­fessor Roger Abrams talks about what could come next on the legal land­scape, and pre­dicts “the begin­ning of the end” of Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL commissioner.

Northeastern community reacts to new Boy Scouts policy

Stu­dents and fac­ulty described the group’s deci­sion to lift its ban on openly gay leaders while allowing church-​​sponsored units to con­tinue excluding gays for reli­gious rea­sons in unequiv­o­cally strong terms. “Claiming ‘morality’ or ‘reli­gious beliefs’ cannot over­ride basic prin­ci­ples of equality,” noted soci­ology pro­fessor Suzanna Walters.

For women in sports, ‘inclusion is the name of the game’

Jus­tine Siegal, director of sports part­ner­ships at Northeastern’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, says plenty of women have the skills to coach men’s pro­fes­sional sports teams. They just need the opportunity.

International co-​​op boosts student’s interest in sustainability

Marley Kimelman, S/SSH’18, recently returned from a co-​​op in Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked for the city on var­ious green ini­tia­tives and revi­tal­ized a stag­nant water her­itage project.

Two humanitarians bring hope to promising students in Kenya

Chelsey Gold­berg, SSH’16, and Alexa Arm­strong, S’16, spent 10 days in Kenya, where they doled out school sup­plies to stu­dious kids and made life-​​changing dona­tions to the par­tic­u­larly needy. “I can’t believe you’re here,” one 14 year-​​old girl told Goldberg.