3Qs: Could Boston host the Olympics?

Boston is on the short list of cities for a poten­tial U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Here, assis­tant pro­fessor of busi­ness Rosanna Garcia, who has vis­ited the past eight Summer Games, dis­cusses what it takes to host the inter­na­tional event and what it could mean for the city.

3Qs: Gender balance in biomedical research

A new policy from the National Insti­tutes of Health will require all bio­med­ical research funded by the NIH to be gender bal­anced. Here, Rebecca Shanksy, an assis­tant pro­fessor of psy­chology whose research is focused in this space, dis­cusses the impli­ca­tions of the decision.

3Qs: Net neutrality—what does it all mean?

Law pro­fessor Michael Ben­nett, whose research is at the nexus of law and tech­nology, weighs in on what the FCC chairman’s recent pro­posal means for net neu­trality and Internet traffic speeds, as well as why the impli­ca­tions of soci­etal igno­rance of how tech­nolo­gies work.

3Qs: Big Data project reaches for the ‘cloud’

North­eastern is a key partner in the Mass­a­chu­setts Open Cloud Project, a university-​​industry col­lab­o­ra­tion designed to create a new public cloud com­puting infra­struc­ture to spur Big Data innovation.

3Qs: Banking on the body

Are body prod­ucts like blood, milk, and sperm mar­ketable com­modi­ties, gifts to help others, or both? Kara Swanson, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of law with exper­tise in the his­tory of sci­ence and med­i­cine, explains the ori­gins and con­se­quences of the debate in her new book “Banking on the Body.”

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.