3Qs: An engineer’s breakdown of a landslide

In the wake of the recent deadly mud­slide in Wash­ington state, Tom Sheahan, pro­fessor and senior asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs in the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, breaks down the anatomy of slides and offers poten­tial pre­ven­ta­tive measures.

3Qs: Our fascination with mystery

Psy­chology pro­fessor John Coley dis­cusses how the need for expla­na­tion can drive society—and per­haps the media—to be con­sumed with curiosity into the unknown, like with the missing Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370.

3Qs: What are you watching? #Now

We binge watch TV shows, live tweet along with actors, and indulge in increas­ingly com­pelling online pro­gram­ming. But these are just a few exam­ples of the TV industry’s recent evo­lu­tion, says Bill Lan­caster, a lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Studies.

Ask the Entrepreneur: 3Qs with Ariella Sharf

Ariella Sharf, a third-​​year psy­chology major, has cre­ated a com­pany called Head’s Up for Charity, which has been able to raise money and aware­ness for sev­eral causes around the world. You may be sur­prised to dis­cover how she came up with the idea.

3Qs: Who’s got your digital dossier?

North­eastern mobile sys­tems expert David Choffnes says data bro­kering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third par­ties, has blos­somed into a viable industry and is the reason many pop­ular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their per­sonal infor­ma­tion is shared.

3Qs: Drug diagnosis

Chem­istry and chem­ical biology pro­fessor John R. Engen uses a novel tech­nique to ana­lyze large, com­plex bio­phar­ma­ceu­tical drugs—which could have major impli­ca­tions for health­care and its asso­ci­ated costs.

3Qs: Service opens pathway to leadership

For stu­dents like Hannah Kil­foye, SSH’15, com­mu­nity ser­vice on holds the key to becoming a stu­dent leader. This week, she is a team leader on Northeastern’s Alter­na­tive Spring Break pro­gram in the Dominican Republic with Outreach360.

3Qs: Art on ice

Former pro­fes­sional ice skater Erin Sharaf, now of Northeastern’s physi­cian assis­tant pro­gram, reflects on the mental and phys­ical chal­lenges of Olympic figure skating.